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Free Thinking

Being Human: Vernon Lee, Lying, Coma

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott discuss new research on supernatural fiction writer Vernon Lee with Francesco Ventrella. Plus what it means to lie and popular ideas of the 'coma'. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Shahidha Bari
Presenter:
Laurence Scott
Interviewed Guest:
Francesco Ventrella
Interviewed Guest:
Jenny Kitzinger
Producer:
Robyn Read

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

New generation thinkers Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott discuss the aesthetic and holistic aspects of running with four converts from the worlds of arts and academia. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Shahidha Bari
Presenter:
Laurence Scott
Interviewed Guest:
Kai Syng Tan
Interviewed Guest:
Angus Farquhar
Interviewed Guest:
Hayden Lorimer
Interviewed Guest:
Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Free Thinking

Narcissism: Will Storr, Olivia Sudjic, Tom Jackson and Sophie Scott

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott explore our perceived obsession with the self. With journalist Will Storr, authors Olivia Sudjic and Thom Jackson, and neuroscientist Sophie Scott. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Shahidha Bari
Interviewed Guest:
Laurence Scott
Interviewed Guest:
Will Storr
Interviewed Guest:
Olivia Sudjic
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Jackson
Interviewed Guest:
Sophie Scott
Producer:
Zahid Warley

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

Being Human: Lost and Found in the Archives

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott consider how archives come to life with klezmer music, stories from conflict in Northern Ireland and voices from marginalised communities. Show more

Free Thinking

From 18th-century automata to superheroes and digital living

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Blockbusters around the world: From the Indian Superman to Batman in the Philippines, Iain Smith and Matthew Sweet look at the hidden history of unlicensed superhero films. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Charlotte Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Laurence Scott
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Mullen
Interviewed Guest:
Iain Smith
Producer:
Fiona McLean

Free Thinking

Westerns, The Oscars

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Matthew Sweet is joined by Professor Christopher Frayling to discuss the revival of westerns and by Briony Hanson and Laurence Scott to consider the 2016 Oscar contenders. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Frayling
Interviewed Guest:
Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest:
Laurence Scott
Producer:
Craig Smith

Free Thinking

Dad's Army, Utopia in sci-fi, States of Mind at the Wellcome Collection

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

As Dad's Army inspires a film, Matthew Sweet looks at the fifth column, learns about a robot's emotions and looks at utopia in sci-fi. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Juliet Gardiner
Interviewed Guest:
Steven Fielding
Interviewed Guest:
Lola Canamero
Interviewed Guest:
Laurence Scott
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Healey

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

As Georgia O'Keeffe images of New Mexico go on display at Tate Modern, Matthew Sweet discusses deserts with writers Geoff Dyer and Laurence Scott and curator Tanya Barson. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Geoff Dyer
Interviewed Guest:
Laurence Scott

Free Thinking

Muriel Spark, Digital Life, Diversity in British Poetry

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter is joined by New Generation Thinkers. With Laurence Scott on digital living, Sarah Dillon on Muriel Spark and Sandeep Parmar on diversity in modern British poetry. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Laurence Scott
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Dillon
Interviewed Guest:
Sandeep Parmar

Book of the Week

Picnic Comma Lightning

Episode 1: Augmented Reality

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

A philosophical meditation on 21st-century reality, inspired by the death of the author Laurence Scott's parents. Read by Stephen Mangan. Show more

Book of the Week

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Episode 2: The End of Things

Duration: 14 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Bereavement forces you to consider how much things matter. The second episode of Laurence Scott's philosophical memoir. Read by Stephen Mangan. Show more

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Episode 3: Optical Disillusions

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Stephen Mangan reads the third episode of Laurence Scott's moving philosophical memoir. Today - we are all photographers now. Show more

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Episode 4: Fellow-Feeling

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Stephen Mangan reads the fourth episode of Laurence Scott's philosophical memoir. Today: how are you feeling? Show more

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Episode 5: Final Fantasies

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Stephen Mangan reads the final episode of Laurence Scott's philosophical memoir. Today - obsessive personal accounting. Show more