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Free Thinking online and in living colour

Wednesday 31 October 2012, 14:47

Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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Free Thinking. 'LIVE STREAMING, ALL WEEKEND'

Free Thinking, Radio 3's annual festival of ideas, is this weekend. It starts on Friday evening with a special In Tune, live from The Sage Gateshead, and the festival goes on all weekend, covering dozens of big issues. The theme this year is 'them and us'.

The band of interesting, provocative speakers and debaters booked to entertain you this year include: writer and thinker Amos Oz, correspondent Kate Adie, novelist Philippa Gregory, campaigning journalist Polly Toynbee, evolutionary scientist Mark Pagel and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson. There are dozens more. Read the whole programme on the Radio 3 web site.

And the big online story this year is that we're streaming live video from the festival all weekend. Free Thinking has always been a vivid live event in a physical venue in the real world. It's now also a live event in your study or your kitchen or your living room, wherever you happen to live.

Fourteen sessions, starting with that special edition of In Tune on Friday and going right through Saturday and Sunday, will be streamed in vivid colour on the Radio 3 web site. Join us. It'll be amazing.

And we'll be tweeting and updating the Facebook page throughout, of course. If you're watching the live stream or if you're coming to The Sage Gateshead, use the hashtag #freethinking.

Steve Bowbrick, Head of Interactive, BBC Radio 3

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    Comment on Amos Oz's talk under the heading "Free Thinking" on BBC Radio 3 on 12.11.2012 at 10 pm
    It was a nice talk, and Amos Oz is an appealing character with a good sense of humour, but it was subtly pro-Israel: he deplored the "moralising and patronising" attitude of Europeans and Americans towards Israel; he said that the two-state solution would require 200,000 Palestinians to be allowed to return to Israel, but 750,000 were expelled in the ethnic cleansing of 1948, and they have grown to more than 3 million now; and he suggested that Hamas was not elected in the West Bank, only in Gaza. I wonder if you would therefore be willing to balance this talk with a more pro-Palestinian talk, e.g. by Ilan Pappe, professor at the University of Exeter and author of the book "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine"; or Mustafa Barghouthi, a Palestinian medical doctor and pro-democracy activist. I have heard them both giving talks, and they are good speakers.

 
 

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