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Free Thinking

Hay Festival: PJ O'Rourke, Steven D Levitt, Stephen J Dubner

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter is joined on the BBC stage at the 2015 Hay Festival by writer and provocateur PJ O'Rourke, and Freakonomics authors Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
P.J O'Rourke
Interviewed Guest:
Steven Levitt
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Dubner

Free Thinking

Ivan Klima, the East-West divide in Europe, Science Fiction in Theatre

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Ivan Klima looks back over his writing life with Philip Dodd, who also heads a discussion on central Europe. Plus, the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Ivan Klima
Interviewed Guest:
Gwendolyn Sasse
Interviewed Guest:
Zoltan Boszormenyi
Interviewed Guest:
Dr Sarah Dillon
Interviewed Guest:
Susannah Clapp

Free Thinking

Cities, Export of Empire, India's New Story

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Historian and MP Tristram Hunt on how Britain's experience of Empire shaped today's global cities and Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Dr Shruti Kapila and Pankaj Mishra discuss India's future. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Tristram Hunt
Interviewed Guest:
Bhikhu Parekh
Interviewed Guest:
Shruti Kapila
Interviewed Guest:
Pankaj Mishra

Free Thinking

Nazis, Holocaust, Time and Memory

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter surveys new thinking on the Nazis and genocide with Richard J Evans, Jane Caplan and David Cesarani. Plus Andre Singer and Eva Hoffman discussing image and memory. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Evans
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Caplan
Interviewed Guest:
David Cesarani
Interviewed Guest:
Andre Singer
Interviewed Guest:
Eva Hoffman

Free Thinking

Man Booker Winner, Weather and Twilight, The Kibbo Kift

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet presents. With Alex Clark on 2015's Man Booker Prize, Peter Davidson and Alex Harris on their histories of weather and twilight, and Michael Rosen on the Kibbo Kift. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Davidson
Interviewed Guest:
Alexandra Harris
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Rosen

Free Thinking

Plants and The Black Panthers

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet is joined by Andrea Wulf and Richard Mabey to talk Plants and Humboldt. Plus Stanley Nelson on his new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Andrea Wulf
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Mabey
Interviewed Guest:
Mohammed Mubarak
Interviewed Guest:
Stanley Nelson

Free Thinking

Peter Carey, A History Manifesto

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Rana Mitter. With Peter Carey discussing his new novel Amnesia, plus a debate about whether historians can help with global inequality, climate change and governance. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Peter Carey
Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
David Armitage
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Skidmore
Interviewed Guest:
Lucy Delap

Free Thinking

TS Eliot Prize winner David Harsent, Robert Crawford, Allan Ropper on healing the brain

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy presents. With 2014 TS Eliot Prize winner David Harsent, Robert Crawford and Lyndall Gordon on TS Eliot, and Allan Ropper on the dilemmas of treating brain disease. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Robert Crawford
Interviewed Guest:
Lyndall Gordon
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
David Harsent
Interviewed Guest:
Allan H Ropper
Interviewed Guest:
Brian Hurwitz

Free Thinking

2015 Festival

Old Ways, New Directions

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter hosts a debate asking if in the hunger for new ideas we are forgetting the lessons of the past. With shepherd James Rebanks and cultural anthropologist Veronica Strang. Show more

Free Thinking

2015 Festival

Northern Lights: Joanne Harris on the Norse God Loki

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Author Joanne Harris and Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough discuss the god Loki and the power of Norse mythology. Recorded at the Free Thinking Festival for the Northern Lights season. Show more

Free Thinking

Wood and Trees: War and Remembrance

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

From Paul Nash paintings of blasted tree stumps to commemorative planting, Paul Gough, Gabriel Hemery and Gail Ritchie join Samira Ahmed to discuss woods in war and peacetime. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Paul Gough
Interviewed Guest:
Gabriel Hemery
Interviewed Guest:
Gail Ritchie
Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
James Taylor

Free Thinking

The History of Pain, Martin Freeman as Richard III, Animal Rights

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Philip Dodd. With a discussion about changing medical attitudes to pain, a review of Richard III starring Freeman and Alasdair Cochrane on animal rights. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Joanna Bourke
Interviewed Guest:
Marion Coutts
Interviewed Guest:
Arthur Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Alasdair Cochrane
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Richards

Free Thinking

Whose Book Is it Anyway?

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy and her guests explore the rise of reading in Britain, from the monasteries to the political pamphlet war to the rise of 'middle-brow' and niche publishing. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Dennis Duncan
Interviewed Guest:
Sophie Coulombeau
Interviewed Guest:
Katie McGettigan
Interviewed Guest:
Katherine Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Rubery

Free Thinking

Landmark: Waverley

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

A special programme exploring Walter Scott's novel Waverley, as Rana Mitter reflects on the writer and the books which helped the British like the idea of Britain. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Jenni Calder
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Crawford
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Lincoln

Free Thinking

Madness in Civilisation, Night Walking

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet with Andrew Scull, author of Madness in Civilisation, and Lisa Appignanesi. Plus Matthew Beaumont, author of Night Walking, and Deborah Longworth on the 'flaneuse'. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Scull
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Appignanesi
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Beaumont
Interviewed Guest:
Deborah Longworth

Free Thinking

Landmark: The One Thousand and One Nights Yesterday and Tomorrow

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Philip Dodd is joined by historian Robert Irwin, Arabic literature expert Wen-chin Ouyang, director Tim Supple and writer Hanan al-Shaykh to discuss The One Thousand and One Nights. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Robert Irwin
Interviewed Guest:
Wen-chin Ouyang
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Supple
Interviewed Guest:
Hanan al-Shaykh

Free Thinking

Paul Foot Award, Valuing the Arts

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy explores how we value the arts with sociologist and director of the London School of Economics Dr Craig Calhoun. Plus the winner of the 2015 Paul Foot Award. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Hislop
Interviewed Guest:
Craig Calhoun
Interviewed Guest:
Alinah Azadeh
Interviewed Guest:
Naomi Paxton

Free Thinking

John Gray, Paul Durand Ruel and Inventing Impressionism

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Matthew Sweet. Including political philosopher John Gray discussing the notion of free will and an exploration of how artistic movements become successful. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
John Gray
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Riopelle
Interviewed Guest:
Godfrey Barker
Interviewed Guest:
Jacky Klein

Free Thinking

Writers Writing about Love

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy is joined by novelists AL Kennedy, Tahmima Anam and Alain de Botton to talk about depicting relationships across cities and continents. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
AL Kennedy
Interviewed Guest:
Tahmima Anam
Interviewed Guest:
Alain de Botton

Free Thinking

Revolutionary thinking: Paul Mason, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Dacher Keltner

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Paul Mason, Mary and Bryan Talbot discuss French revolutionary Louise Michel with Matthew Sweet. Plus psychologist Dacher Keltner on what he calls the power paradox. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Paul Mason
Interviewed Guest:
Mary Talbot
Interviewed Guest:
Bryan Talbot
Producer:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Dacher Keltner