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 - Thomas Ostermeier - 25 Sep 14

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    As the Schaubühne Berlin's production of Henrik Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People' opens at The Barbican, Anne McElvoy speaks to the play's director Thomas Ostermeier. American novelist Joseph O'Neill discusses his new book 'The Dog' and, continuing the series meeting this year's shortlisted authors for the Man Booker Prize, Ali Smith explains the connected stories which comprise her novel 'How to Be Both'.

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  • Free Thinking - Francis Fukuyama: 24 Sep 14

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Fukuyama and Howard Jacobson are interviewed by Philip Dodd. In 1989, Francis Fukuyama published an essay which he titled “The End of History?" He's just published Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy. Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker prize in 210 for his comic novel The Finkler Question. His new book J is a dystopian love story.

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  • Free Thinking - Language - 23 Sep 14

    Tue, 23 Sep 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Steven Pinker's research at Harvard is into language and cognition. His new book The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century explores the links between syntax and ideas. Will Self experiments with language and literary form. Will Self's new book Shark links an incident in World War II with an American resident in a therapeutic community in London overseen by psychiatrist Zack Busner. They join Matthew Sweet for a Free Thinking programme about language.

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  • Free Thinking - Figuring Out Abstract Art - 18 Sept 14

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Scientist Susan Greenfield, painter Fiona Rae, poet Paul Farley and artist and TV presenter Matt Collings discuss abstract art past and present. The event recorded in front of an audience at the Starr Auditorium at Tate Modern is chaired by Anne McElvoy. Part of a series of broadcasts tying into BBC 4 Goes Abstract

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  • Free Thinking - Martin Amis - 17 Sept 14

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    40 mins

    Martin Amis talks to Philip Dodd about his reputation for courting controversy and his 14th novel The Zone of Interest. Recorded in front of an audience as part of the BBC Proms.

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  • Free Thinking - Lenny Henry - 16 Sept 14

    Tue, 16 Sep 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Rudy's Rare Records stars Lenny Henry as the son who works alongside his father in a record shop. The Radio 4 comedy has been adapted for stage and is being performed with live music at Birmingham Rep and the Hackney Empire. In a conversation recorded in front of an audience at The Studio at Birmingham Rep, Lenny Henry talks to Matthew Sweet about performing on radio, stage and screen and his campaign for better Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation.

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  • Free Thinking - Culloden- 15 Sept 14

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Peter Watkins' film Culloden is 50, and in front of an audience at the Edinburgh Festival, Matthew Sweet discusses its influence on portrayals of Scotland's Highland identity in book and film with Diana Gabaldon, author of the best-selling Outlander series, historian Tom Devine and media expert John Cook.

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  • Proms Poetry Competition - 12 Sept 14

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    37 mins

    The poet Daljit Nagra and Radio 3 presenter Ian McMillan introduce the winning entries in this year's Proms Poetry Competition - and welcome some of the winners on stage to read them. In association with the Poetry Society. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Robert Frost - 08 Sept 14

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    In 1914 the American poet Robert Frost published his collection 'North of Boston'. It was hailed as 'one of the most revolutionary books of modern times' by the English poet Edward Thomas. Matthew Hollis, who has written about the friendship between the two writers, is joined by Frost's biographer Jay Parini to discuss the poet. This programme presented by Matthew Sweet, was recorded in front of an audience at The Royal College of Music as part of the BBC Proms. To find out further information about the events which are free to attended go to bbc.co.uk/proms.

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  • Prom Plus Literary - Philip Larkin - 05 Sept 14

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Poets Andrew Motion and Kate Clanchy discuss the writing of Philip Larkin and his collection, 'Whitsun Weddings', which was first published 50 years ago in 1964. This programme presented by Matthew Sweet, was recorded in front of an audience at The Royal College of Music as part of the BBC Proms. To find out further information about the events which are free to attended go to bbc.co.uk/proms.

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