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2 Nov 2012 - 4 Nov 2012

Sage Gateshead

Radio 3's Free Thinking 2012


  • Michael Ignatieff Michael Ignatieff

    On the eve of the US election, Michael Ignatieff addresses this year's central festival theme Them and Us with his talk "Enemies and Adversaries in Politics".

  • Schedule of broadcasts Schedule of broadcasts

    Festival events are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 weeknights through November.

  • Drama: The Torchbearers Drama: The Torchbearers

    Kevin Whately stars in Simon Armitage’s, new drama about four Olympic torchbearers, to be broadcast live from the BALTIC.

  • Amos Oz Amos Oz

    One of Israel's most influential novelists and thinkers discusses the changing situation in the Middle East.

  • Lee Hall Lee Hall

    Best known for his film Billy Elliot and his play The Pitmen Painters, Lee Hall discusses his writing, life and ideas.

  • Aliens: The Ultimate Them and Us Aliens: The Ultimate Them and Us

    If we're not alone in the Universe, will this fundamentally affect how humanity understands itself, and should we be prepared for the consequences?

  • Full line-up for Free Thinking Festival 2012 Full line-up for Free Thinking Festival 2012

    BBC Radio 3 brings together leading thinkers for a weekend of provocative debate, new ideas, music and drama. Including Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, who delivers the keynote Free Thinking Lecture.


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    Philippa Gregory
    Philippa Gregory (45 minutes)

    Novelist Philippa Gregory talks to Rana Mitter at the 2012 Free Thinking festival.

  • BBC Radio 3

    Mark Pagel
    Mark Pagel (45 minutes)

    At Free Thinking 2012, Mark Pagel gives a talk: 'evolution and humanity - what next?'.

  • BBC Radio 3

    Rewriting World History
    Rewriting World History (45 minutes)

    From the 2012 Free Thinking Festival, Rana Mitter chairs a debate about world history.


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