Arts and Ideas

              Arts and Ideas

              The best of BBC Radio 3's flagship arts and ideas programme Free Thinking - featuring in-depth interviews with artists, scientists and public figures, vociferous debates, and reviews of the latest cultural events. Free Thinking is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Tues – Thurs 10pm

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              • Free Thinking - Steve Hilton; Beowulf; The Beaux' Stratagem

                Thu, 21 May 15

                Duration:
                46 mins

                Are work and progress making us inhuman? Anne McElvoy is joined by Steve Hilton, a former Senior Advisor to David Cameron, and Peter Fleming, Professor of Business and Society at City University, London. Actor Julian Glover performs an extract from Beowulf and talks about reworking the Old English poem for the stage. And New Generation Thinker Lucy Powell joins director Simon Godwin to discuss a new production of The Beaux' Stratagem at the National Theatre.

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              • Free Thinking - Jospeh Stiglitz and Alain Mabanckou: 20th May 15

                Wed, 20 May 15

                Duration:
                45 mins

                Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz discusses income inequality. Novelist Alain Mabanckou reflects on the experiences of the African diaspora in France. Presented by Philip Dodd.

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              • Free Thinking - Colm Toibin; Mammoth Cloning; Fareed Zakaria

                Tue, 19 May 15

                Duration:
                45 mins

                Matthew Sweet is joined by Colm Toibin to discuss the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop; Beth Shapiro on cloning mammoths and Fareed Zakharia, the American news presenter and journalist, makes the case for a liberal education.

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              • Free Thinking - High Society; Xinran; UK elections

                Thu, 14 May 15

                Duration:
                46 mins

                A week on from the election, Anne McElvoy turns to three historians - Tim Bale, Krista Cowman and Jon Lawrence - to offer their views on the dramatic changes to the UK's political landscape; writer Xinran talks about the consequences of China's one-child policy, and Anne has a first night review of High Society at the Old Vic directed by Maria Freedman.

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              • Free Thinking - Dante's Divine Comedy 13 May 2015

                Wed, 13 May 15

                Duration:
                44 mins

                To mark Dante's birth 750 years ago, Philip Dodd chairs a Landmark discussion about his poem The Divine Comedy, with Prue Shaw, author of 'Reading Dante', scholar Nick Havely, the poet Sean O'Brien and writer Kevin Jackson.

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              • Free Thinking - Gut Instinct 12 May 15

                Tue, 12 May 15

                Duration:
                45 mins

                Matthew Sweet is joined by former Labour strategist Alastair Campbell, epidemiologist and advocate for a healthy gut Tim Spector, journalist Michael Goldfarb, and Dr Luke Evans to consider the role our guts play in matters of politics, culture and beyond. Art historian and biographer Frances Spalding offers her verdict on a new ballet from Wayne McGregor, Woolf Works. And ahead of receiving an honorary Palme D'Or at Cannes this year, octogenarian Agnes Varda discusses her double life as celebrated filmmaker and artist.

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              • R3Arts:Free Thinking - Anne Enright, Christopher Hampton 07May15

                Thu, 7 May 15

                Duration:
                45 mins

                Anne Enright, Ireland's first Laureate for Fiction, talks to Anne McElvoy about her new novel The Green Road. The economist Richard Layard and Professor of Psychology David M. Clark discuss the economics of psychological therapy. Plus, Christopher Hampton on translating the plays of Florian Zeller.

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              • Free Thinking - Antony Sher 06 May 2015

                Wed, 6 May 15

                Duration:
                45 mins

                Philip Dodd in extended conversation with the actor Antony Sher whose recent roles include Willy Loman and Falstaff.

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              • Free Thinking - Sir Thomas Browne 05 May 15

                Tue, 5 May 15

                Duration:
                45 mins

                Matthew Sweet talks to Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Claire Preston and Gavin Francis about the mind-adventures of doctors in time and space. Sir Thomas Browne was a man fascinated by everything from nature to religion, to the shock of the new. How does his story resonate now?

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              • Free Thinking - Julian Barnes 30 Apr 15

                Thu, 30 Apr 15

                Duration:
                45 mins

                Anne McElvoy is joined by the Booker Prize-winning writer Julian Barnes to discuss the painters he admires, and his new collection of essays on 19th and 20th century artists. The Pakistani novelist and women's rights activist Bapsi Sidhwa talks about her 1978 novel The Crow Eaters, which is about to be re-published. And Anne discusses poetry inspired by light, and in particular the work of Jackson Mac Low with James Wilkes and Greg Lynall.

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