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Duration: 45 minutes

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

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Rana Mitter is joined by Edith Hall, Nandini Das and Beatrice Groves to explore the books which inspired Shakespeare from the Bible and classical stories to his contemporaries. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Edith Hall
Interviewed Guest:
Nandini Das
Interviewed Guest:
Beatrice Groves

Free Thinking

Nottingham Contemporary Art Debate

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy is joined by curators and artists and an audience at Nottingham Contemporary to discuss the life of an artist today as Tate Modern opens its new wing. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Elizabeth Price
Interviewed Guest:
Alice Channer
Interviewed Guest:
Ann Gallagher

Free Thinking

TS Eliot Prize, Lisa Randall, New Architecture, Flooding

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy is joined by Sarah Howe, winner of the 2015 TS Eliot Prize. Plus a conversation with physicist Lisa Randall as well as discussions about new architecture and flooding. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Howe
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Randall
Interviewed Guest:
Douglas Murphy
Interviewed Guest:
Owen Hopkins

Free Thinking

Anna Pavord: Gardens in Art, University

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Gardening writer Anna Pavord visits the Royal Academy exhibition Painting the Modern Garden and talks to Anne McElvoy about her new book Landskipping. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Ann Pavord
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Mackay
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Cohen
Interviewed Guest:
Frances Cairncross

Free Thinking

Screaming Lord Sutch on Stage, Margaret MacMillan

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

James Graham talks to Anne McElvoy about his new play which puts Screaming Lord Sutch on stage. Plus Margaret MacMillan on whether individuals can make a difference to history. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
James Graham
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Margaret MacMillan
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Furber
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Standage
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Goodman

Free Thinking

Political Sketch Writing, Enclosure Acts, Emma Butcher on Branwell Bronte, Pushkin House Book Prize

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy and guests discuss the style of the general election and the job of sketch writers. Plus Emma Butcher marking 200 years since Branwell Bronte was born. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
John Crace
Interviewed Guest:
Quentin Letts
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Jenkins
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Healey
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Butcher
Interviewed Guest:
Rosalind Blakesley
Interviewed Guest:
Charlotte Hobson

Free Thinking

Partition: Novelists' views of India and Pakistan now

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Neel Mukherjee, Preti Taneja, Mohsin Hamid and Nadeem Aslam talk borders and migration with Anne McElvoy, plus Gurindher Chadha on her film about Partition, Viceroy's House. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Gurinder Chadha
Interviewed Guest:
Neel Mukherjee
Interviewed Guest:
Preti Taneja
Interviewed Guest:
Mohsin Hamid
Interviewed Guest:
Nadeem Aslam

Free Thinking

Russian Nationalism. Scythians. Hull and Port Talbot on stage.

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy talks to Anne Applebaum about Russian-Ukrainian history. Nick Tandavanitj and Rhiannon White discuss new dramas in Hull and Port Talbot. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Applebaum
Interviewed Guest:
Serhii Plokhy
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Tandavanitj
Interviewed Guest:
Rhiannon White

Free Thinking

Schiller's Mary Stuart, Gunter Grass, Preti Taneja on translated fiction, Rachel Reeves

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

With director Robert Icke on staging Mary Stuart, Preti Taneja on newly translated foreign fiction and Karen Leeder on Gunter Grass's last book. Plus a book by Rachel Reeves MP. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Robert Icke
Interviewed Guest:
Preti Taneja
Interviewed Guest:
Karen Leeder
Interviewed Guest:
Preti Taneja
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Reeves
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy

Free Thinking

Davos Discussions, Shobana Jeyasingh, Barbers in concentration camps

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

With Anne McElvoy. With a debate about topics explored at the 2017 World Economic Forum, research into barbers in WWII concentration camps and choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Douglas Alexander
Interviewed Guest:
Liam Halligan
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew McAfee
Interviewed Guest:
Sean Williams
Interviewed Guest:
Shobana Jeyasingh

Free Thinking

Partition, Mohsin Hamid, Gurinder Chadha

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Anne McElvoy. With author Mohsin Hamid talking about migration, Mohsin Hamid, Preti Taneja and Sam Goodman discussing India's Partition, and director Gurinder Chadha. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Mohsin Hamid
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Preti Taneja
Interviewed Guest:
Sam Goodman
Interviewed Guest:
Gurinder Chadha

Free Thinking

High Society, Xinran and China's One-Child Policy, Decisive UK Elections

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy presents. With a review of High Society at the Old Vic in London, writer Xinran discussing China's one-child policy and three historians' view of the general election. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Neil Brand
Interviewed Guest:
Xinran Xue
Interviewer:
Isabel Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Bale
Interviewed Guest:
Krista Cowman
Interviewed Guest:
Jon Lawrence

Free Thinking

2015 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year Debate

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

As the 2015 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year is announced, Anne McElvoy chairs a debate with the finalists in front of an audience at Tate Modern. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
Maria Balshaw
Interviewed Guest:
Deborah Shaw
Interviewed Guest:
Diane Lees
Interviewed Guest:
Hugh Mulholland
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Smith

Free Thinking

Chalke Valley History Festival: Heroism v Failure

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

David Starkey, Amanda Foreman and Saul David join Anne McElvoy for a debate about what teaches us most: heroism or failure. Recorded at the Chalke Valley History Festival. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
David Starkey
Interviewed Guest:
Amanda Foreman
Interviewed Guest:
Saul David
Presenter:
Anne McElvoy

Free Thinking

Russian Art and Exile. Part of Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Author Boris Akunin and broadcaster and writer Zinovy Zinik in conversation with Anne McElvoy, recorded with an audience at Pushkin House, plus Alexander Brodsky's pavilion. Show more

Free Thinking

Designing the future

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Shahidha Bari discusses design pioneers Enid Marx, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Edward Bawden, and looks at future design at the V&A with 2018 New Generation Thinker Lisa Mullen. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Shahidha Bari
Interviewed Guest:
Alan Powers
Interviewed Guest:
James Russell
Interviewed Guest:
Eleanor Herring
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Mullen

Free Thinking

Canada 150: Identity - Robbie Richardson, Alison MacLeod, Deborah Pearson, Rupi Kaur and Kevan Funk

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott explore images of Canada, including First Nations art, Anne of Green Gables on TV, and poems and art posted on Instagram and Twitter by Rupi Kaur. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Shahidha Bari
Presenter:
Laurence Scott
Interviewed Guest:
Rupi Kaur
Interviewed Guest:
Alison MacLeod
Interviewed Guest:
Robbie Richardson
Interviewed Guest:
Deborah Pearson
Interviewed Guest:
Kevan Funk

Free Thinking

Gentrification

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Essayist Adam Gopnik talks to Shahidha Bari about city living. Plus artist Lucinda Rogers on depicting changes to a London market and a new report into prosperity. Show more

Free Thinking

Macbeth on Film, James Shapiro, Barrie Keeffe

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro on 1606, Matthew Sweet, Sonia Massai and Andrew Hilton on the new Macbeth film, and Barrie Keeffe on a revival of his 1977 play Barbarians. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
James Shapiro
Interviewed Guest:
Sonia Massai
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew Hilton
Interviewed Guest:
Barrie Keeffe
Interviewed Guest:
Fern Riddell

Free Thinking

What does Global Shakespeare Mean?

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Philip Dodd is joined by academic Preti Taneja, Professor David Schalkwyk, director Dominic Dromgoole and Professor Sonia Massai to discuss what global Shakespeare means. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Dominic Dromgoole
Interviewed Guest:
Sonia Massai
Interviewed Guest:
Preti Taneja
Interviewed Guest:
David Schalkwyk