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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Recent episodes (10)

  • Free Thinking - Akram Khan 30 Oct 14

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Choreographer Akram Khan talks to Anne McElvoy about curating a festival at the Lowry, the relationship between dance and visual art and his interest in flamenco. Professor Diane Purkiss reviews Eileen Atkins performance at the RSC in The Witch of Edmonton. Deanna Petherbridge discusses an exhibition of prints showing witches that she's curated at the British Museum.

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  • Free Thinking - Orhan Pamuk - 29.10.14

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Orhan Pamuk talks to Philip Dodd about his writing career and his views of modern Turkey. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2006, his novels include The Black Book, Snow, My Name is Red and The Museum of Innocence - a book and a real building created by the author which earlier this year was awarded the European Museum of the Year award.

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  • Free Thinking - Orhan Pamuk - 29 Oct 14

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Orhan Pamuk talks, in an extended conversation with Philip Dodd, about his writing career and his views of modern Turkey.Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2006 his novels include The Black Book from 1990, the magisterial Snow marinaded in politics and religion and set in a remote Turkish town and The Museum of Innocence a book and a real building created by the author. There’s also his nonfiction including the memoir Istanbul.

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  • Free Thinking - Mike Leigh 28 Oct 14

    Tue, 28 Oct 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Mike Leigh discusses his film about Turner. Steve Connor and Matthew Sweet discuss an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge which brings together 180 paintings and models to explore the way mannequins have been used by artists - from a technical tool to a fetishised object. And New Generation Thinker Naomi Paxton discusses Guy Fawkes traditions.

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  • Free Thinking - Margaret Atwood 23 Oct 14

    Thu, 23 Oct 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to celebrated Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood whose most recent novel MaddAddam completed her dystopian trilogy that began a decade ago with Oryx and Crake and continued six years later with The Year of the Flood. Originally broadcast on 17.09.2013.

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  • Free Thinking - Australian writer Peter Carey - 22.10.14

    Wed, 22 Oct 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    How history can help to shape policy making? Rana Mitter is joined by The History Manifesto's co-author, David Armitage, Chris Skidmore MP and historian, and Lucy Delap, Director of Cambridge University and Kings College London’s History and Policy Unit. And one of Australia’s most prominent novelists Peter Carey is back with a new book ‘Amnesia’. He talks to Philip Dodd.

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  • Free Thinking - Marcel Proust 21 Oct 14

    Tue, 21 Oct 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    This Free Thinking is devoted to one of the landmarks of European literature -- Marcel Proust's gigantic novel, A la recherche du temps perdu which is perhaps best known in English as In Search of Lost Time. Matthew Sweet gathers together four Proust fans from very different backgrounds - the Pulitzer prize winning novelist, Jane Smiley, the psychotherapist, Jane Haynes, Christopher Prendergast, who has edited the latest translation of the book and from France, the writer, Marie Darrieussecq. The actor Peter Marinker tackles the difficult task of giving an English voice to Proust.

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  • Free Thinking - William Morris 16 Oct 14

    Thu, 16 Oct 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Jeremy Deller and Fiona McCarthy have each curated an exhibition looking at the art of William Morris. David Cromer's production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town was an off Broadway hit. Now the actor director is staging it in London. Ken Burns won an Emmy for his documentary about The American Civil War. Anne McElvoy has been watching his new series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History and discusses it with historian Charlie Laderman and DD Guttenplan, who writes for The International Herald Tribune, The Nation and The New York Times.

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  • Free Thinking - The notion of Jewish identity: 15.10.15

    Wed, 15 Oct 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Rana Mitter talks to three people who have been exploring their own relationship with the Jewish faith: writer and broadcaster David Baddiel, the Israeli historian Professor Shlomo Sand and the journalist Julie Burchill

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  • Free Thinking - Man Booker Prize 14 Oct 14

    Tue, 14 Oct 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Sherlock Holmes is investigated by Mark Gatiss and Matthew Sweet as the Museum of London opens an exhibition. Literary critic Alex Clark gives her verdict as the Man Booker Prize is announced. Also the relevance of Plato and Aristotle to contemporary life are debated by the American novelist and philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein and Armand Leroi, Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Imperial College, London.

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