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 Festival - Free Information 20 Nov 14

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    The Cost of Free Information. Against a backdrop of perceived excess of intellectual property, and problems that require solving with a matter of urgency, Rana Mitter and Jodie Ginsburg, Dr. Rufus Pollock and Kenneth Cukier test the promises of the internet to spread ideas quickly and democratically. This event was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead on 02.11.14.

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  • Free Thinking Festival: Happy Talk - 19.11.14

    Wed, 19 Nov 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    How much self-knowledge do you need to be happy – and what are the limits to what you can achieve alone? Paul Dolan, Vincent Deary and Beatrix Campbell ask why everybody from governments to therapists want us to be happy. Chaired by Rana Mitter.

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  • Free Thinking Festival - Characters 18 Nov 14

    Tue, 18 Nov 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Knowing Your Characters. Matthew Sweet talks to playwright David Greig and actor Siobhan Redmond about their approaches to drama. How much do you have to know about the characters and the story before you begin? How has theatre contributed to the recent discussions about Scottish identity? This event was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead on 01.11.14.

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  • Free Thinking Festival: Antarctica 17 Nov 14

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    A hundred years ago, Ernest Shackleton set out on his Trans-Antarctic expedition which ended when his ship Endurance became trapped in packed ice. The lure of this polar region remains strong both in our imaginations and in terms of understanding what is happening to the planet. Rana Mitter discusses the Antarctica of our imaginations and the reality of the landscape with writer Meredith Hooper, polar explorer Ben Saunders, architect Hugh Broughton and glaciologist Jonathan Bamber.

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  • Free Thinking Essay - The Spin Doctors 14 Nov 14

    Fri, 14 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Spin Doctors of 19th-Century America. Embracing the emerging sciences of the age, 19th-century Americans thought they might be able to combine physiognomy (the science of reading faces) and the techniques of photography to uncover the true characters of leaders and statesmen. Joanna Cohen from Queen Mary, the University of London explores their efforts and the lessons for voters now. This event was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead on 01.11.14.

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  • Free Thinking Essay - Shakespeare & India 13 Nov 14

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Drawing on Shakespeare's plays and Indian translations of them from recent times - and on writing by Saadat Hasan Manto and Rabindranath Tagore, the voices of partition and independence - Preti Taneja from Jesus College Cambridge explores the power of gibberish to upset fixed notions of language and identity. This event was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead on 01.11.14.

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  • Free Thinking Festival - Animals 13 Nov 14

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Animals: Watching Us Watching Them Watching Each Other. Rana Mitter talks to the primatologist, Andrew Whiten, Professor of Evolutionary and Development Psychology at St Andrews, to Dr Katie Slocombe of York University and to the social anthropologist, Professor Alex Bentley of Bristol University, about chimps and imitation, culture and evolution - from the deep past to our digital present. This event was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead on 02.11.14.

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  • Free Thinking Essay - Women's Theatre 12.11.14

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Naomi Paxton from the University of Manchester explores the international movement for a Women's Theatre from the 1890s to the start of the First World War, and considers how their ideas may have changed how theatre is experienced today. This event was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead on 02.11.14.

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  • Free Thinking - Language of Money - 12.11.14

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    John Lanchester talks to Matthew Sweet about his novel Capital, our understanding of the economy and whether the language of money creates barriers between bankers and borrowers. This event was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead on 01.11.14

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  • Free Thinking Essay - Speech Before Words 11 Nov 14

    Tue, 11 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Where did language come from? It's often been described as the fundamental barrier between humans and animals. However, many scientists now believe speech evolved gradually from animal communication. Will Abberley from the University of Oxford argues that some of the most compelling efforts to picture this evolution have been in science fiction, and that these stories still impact on debates about language today. This event was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead on 01.11.14.

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  • Free Thinking Festival - Elif Shafak 11 Nov 14

    Tue, 11 Nov 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Turkey's best selling female writer, Elif Shafak, talks to Anne McElvoy about imagination and storytelling as she publishes her new novel The Architect's Apprentice. Her cosmopolitan voice is of particular importance in a year when the Middle East has been undergoing enormous shifts, and both nationalism and xenophobia are on the rise around the world. This event was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead on 01.11.14.

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  • Free Thinking Essay - Beastly Politics 10 Nov 14

    Mon, 10 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Is man the only political beast? Can other animals be regarded as members of our democratic communities, with rights to political consideration, representation or even participation? Alasdair Cochrane from Sheffield University believes that the exclusion of non-humans from civic institutions cannot be justified, and explores recent attempts to re-imagine a political world that takes animals seriously. This event was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead on 02.11.14.

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  • Free Thinking Festival - From Flat Caps 10 Nov 14

    Mon, 10 Nov 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Anne McElvoy explores whether it is worth getting hot under the collar about blue collar history with historian Alison Light, David Almond and Eliza Carthy. Once upon a time the working class were heroes; their close-knit communities were celebrated. Has this working class disappeared along with the great industries- steel -coal and ship building - that brought them into being? Is the working class now a figment of other people's dreams or nightmares? This event was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead on 02.11.14.

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  • Free Thinking Essay: Beards and Whiskers

    Fri, 7 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Historian Alun Withey says beards can shed light on a whole range of things from medicine to the military. Pogonotomy - or the art of shaving - is about more than fashion. Recorded in front of an audience at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at Sage, Gateshead. New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the AHRC to find the brightest academic minds with the potential to turn their ideas into broadcasts.

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  • Free Thinking Essay - Disraeli the Romantic

    Thu, 6 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Daisy Hay from Exeter University explores the way in which Disraeli invented the modern politician as a man or woman of feeling, and asks whether the image he projected as an emotionally in-touch everyman stemmed from fact or fiction? Recorded in front of an audience at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at Sage, Gateshead. New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the AHRC to find the brightest academic minds with the potential to turn their ideas into broadcasts.

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  • Free Thinking Festival: Burning the Facts

    Thu, 6 Nov 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Which historical 'facts' should be burned on the fire? How do you comb ancient and recent times for evidence? Rana Mitter is joined by Helen Castor and Laura Thompson to discuss the ways mythmaking can cloud history. Recorded in front of an audience at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at Sage, Gateshead. All the discussions and essays from the Free Thinking festival are available as Radio 3 Arts and Ideas downloads.

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  • Free Thinking Festival: The Essay

    Wed, 5 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Sophie Coulombeau on the origins of the custom for women to take their husband's name. Recorded in front of an audience at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at Sage Gateshead. New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the AHRC to find the brightest academic minds with the potential to turn their ideas into broadcasts.

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  • Free Thinking Festival 2014: Right Thinking People

    Wed, 5 Nov 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    David Willetts MP and the writer and philosopher Roger Scruton discuss the best way to foster knowledge in schools and universities and whether politicians have become too professionalised. In an age when many politicians have never had other jobs, are we better off with representatives who have specialist knowledge from careers forged outside Westminster? The conversation is chaired by Anne McElvoy and was recorded in front of an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage, Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking Essay: Scold The Front Page

    Tue, 4 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    New Generation Thinker Tom Charlton on what 17th-century ideas about censorship share with the Leveson report. Recorded in front of an audience at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at Sage Gateshead. New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the AHRC to find the brightest academic minds with the potential to turn their ideas into broadcasts.

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  • Free Thinking Festival 2014: You Must See This

    Tue, 4 Nov 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Matthew Sweet explores the way digital media have transformed our cultural tastes with poet Kei Miller, author and online games creator Naomi Alderman, music journalist Dave Hepworth and Prospect Magazine's Digital Editor, Serena Kutchinsky. Recorded in front of an audience at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at Sage Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking Essay: The Human Copying Machine

    Mon, 3 Nov 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    New Generation Thinker Tiffany Watt-Smith explores mirroring and a nineteenth-century fascination with imitation. Recorded in front of an audience at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at Sage Gateshead. New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the AHRC to find the brightest academic minds with the potential to turn their ideas into broadcasts.

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  • Free Thinking Festival 2014: Knowing Your Enemy

    Mon, 3 Nov 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Anne McElvoy chairs a discussion about conciliation in an age of uprisings recorded in front of an audience at the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at Sage Gateshead. Best-selling Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov joins journalist John Kampfner and conflict resolution expert Gabrielle Rifkind.

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  • Free Thinking Festival - Karen Armstrong

    Fri, 31 Oct 14

    Duration:
    59 mins

    Karen Armstrong, one of the world's leading thinkers about religion, gives the Free Thinking Lecture, arguing that, in the current global situation, a recognition of how little we know is the only way to peace. She talks to Rana Mitter and takes questions from the audience. Recorded on 31.10.14 in front of an audience at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas 2014 from Sage Gateshead.

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  • 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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  • Free Thinking - Henry IV 09 Oct 14

    Thu, 9 Oct 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to Phyllida Lloyd about playing Shakespeare in a female prison in her new version of Henry IV. Tim Marlow, Karen Lang, and Daniel Johnson discuss reading history through the paintings of Kiefer and Polke ahead of next month's 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. And the man often touted as France's greatest writer has just won this year's Nobel prize for Literature. Anne talks about the contribution of Patrick Modiano to film as well as literature with Ian Christie and Akane Kawakami.

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  • Free Thinking - Tim Minchin, David Cronenberg 8 Oct 14

    Wed, 8 Oct 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Canadian filmmaker and originator of the body horror genre, David Cronenberg covers topics as wide ranging as consumption, cancer, and creativity as he talks about his debut novel and new film. Shami Chakrabarti discusses her work as a human rights campaigner, and the idea of anger as a motivating force. Plus Tim Minchin on turning Storm, a poem he performed in a live set, into a graphic novel.Presenter: Matthew Sweet. Producer: Ella-mai Robey

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  • Free Thinking Festival - Colm Toibin - 07 Oct 14

    Tue, 7 Oct 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Colm Toibin is one of Ireland's finest writers, whose books explore issues such as Catholicism, immigration and homosexuality. This month he has published Nora Webster - a novel set in Ireland in the late 1960s which features a cameo appearance from one of his characters in Brooklyn. In 2012 he published a re-imagining of the life of the Virgin Mary - The Testament of Mary. As booking opens this week for this year's Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead, hear the conversation he recorded with Philip Dodd at the 2012 festival. First broadcast on 6th December 2012.

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  • Free Thinking - Matthew Barzun - 2 Oct 14

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    At a time when the special relationship between the UK and the US is under particular scrutiny, Anne McElvoy talks to the American Ambassador to Britain, Matthew Barzun, about the politics of power and takes a look with Matt Wolf at sexual politics in Hollywood in the new Anglo-American production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, starring Lindsay Lohan and Richard Schiff.

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  • Free Thinking - Ai Weiwei at Blenheim: 1 Oct 14

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Rana Mitter has a first-night review of Electra with Kristin Scott Thomas from Professor Edith Hall and Susannah Clapp; historian Andrew Roberts talks about his new biography of Napoleon and Katie Hill discusses the most extensive to date UK exhibition of Ai Weiwei's artworks just opening at Blenheim Palace.

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  • Free Thinking - Neel Mukherjee - 30 Sep 14

    Tue, 30 Sep 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet examines our contradictory attitudes to China and it's culture with the film historian Sir Christopher Frayling and the Chinese ceramics expert Stacey Pierson, who has been to see the British Museum's new exhibition about Ming. Padraig Reidy who writes for Index on Censorship and Rob Gifford of the Economist discuss the merits of Tim Berners Lee's Magna Carta for the web. And novelist Neel Mukherjee talks about his Man Booker Prize nominated book The Lives of Others.

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  • 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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  • Proms Plus Literary: Martin Amis - 29 Aug 14

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Novelist Martin Amis discusses 'The Zone of Interest', his 14th novel, in which he revisits the Holocaust for the first time since his controversial book, 'Time's Arrow'. This programme presented by Philip Dodd, 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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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Wombs on Legs?

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    From HG Wells and Margaret Atwood to Battlestar Galactica, science fiction texts and tv series have long used birth control as a metaphor for the limits on individual freedom. New Generation Thinker Sarah Dillon, from the University of St Andrews, looks at the roles for women which science fiction has imagined and asks is sci-fi sexist? Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Ecstatic

    Thu, 28 Aug 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    The audience at a rock concert adoring the star; a Pentecostalist congregation praising God; an athlete reaching the pitch of performance known as "the zone" - these can all be described as feelings of "ecstasy". Jules Evans, from Queen Mary, University of London, examines rationalist arguments about elation being a form of madness and asks whether it is beneficial or dangerous to feel ecstatic. Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Language Wars

    Wed, 27 Aug 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Defenders of traditional English language and grammar often present themselves as purists but New Generation Thinker John Gallagher, from Cambridge University, argues that we have always borrowed words and adapted phrases. His essay outlines the impact C16th and C17th global exploration and trade had on our native tongue. Recorded on Sunday 27th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Cutting Tradition

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    What do recent debates among medical ethicists and lawyers over male infant circumcision reveal about the different ways we view male and female bodies? Rebecca Steinfeld, from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, looks at changing attitudes to religious traditions involving genital cutting. Recorded on Sunday 27th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - False Conception

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Annie Besant promoted contraceptive advice to the Victorian working classes. In 1877 she was prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act. New Generation Thinker Fern Riddell, from King's Collge London, outlines Besant's arguments and explores the ensuing debates about respectability and sexual behaviour in 19th-century England. Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - What's Eating You?

    Sat, 23 Aug 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    What is the place of food and body image in contemporary culture? Lionel Shriver is the author of novels including We Need To Talk About Kevin and Big Brother, which depicts the impact of food obsession on family relationships. Dr Val Curtis from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is the author of Don't Look, Don't Touch: The Science Behind Revulsion. Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival, chaired by Samira Ahmed.

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  • Prom Plus Literary - Iceland - 22 Aug 2014

    Fri, 22 Aug 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    As the Iceland Symphony Orchestra appear at the Proms, Radio 3's New Generation Thinker and expert in Nordic sagas Eleanor Rosamond Barraclough joins novelist Joanna Kavenna to discuss Icelandic culture with Ian Macmillan. This programme 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 – Wilfred Owen - 21 Aug 14

    Fri, 22 Aug 14

    Duration:
    34 mins

    Wilfred Owen is one of the greatest First World War writers. The poets Fred d'Aguiar and Michael Longley discuss the work of the poet whose poetry inspired Britten's War Requiem. This programme, is presented by Ian McMillan and 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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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Sugata Mitra

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Professor Sugata Mitra's pioneering experiments gave children in India access to computers to teach themselves and inspired the novel which became the film Slumdog Millionaire. He is now using retired volunteers in the UK to share their knowledge and guide children across the other side of the world. At the Free Thinking Festival he outlines the way he plans to use the $1 million 2013 Ted Prize to further his vision of "schools in the cloud". Presented by philip Dodd and recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Why Are Maps Still So Powerful?

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Can a map reveal too much? How do they direct our thinking? From ancient atlases to satnav and Google, maps continue to be a key planning tool, but how much are they now instruments of control? To discuss what the very word ‘mapping’ now means Rana Mitter is joined by Vanessa Lawrence CB, head of the Ordnance Survey and Professor Jerry Brotton, Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London. Recorded on Sunday 27th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Melbourne: 19 Aug 14

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Melbourne prides itself on being the 'cultural and sporting capital of Australia'. It's a UNESCO City of Literature. As the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform at tonight's Prom concert the publisher Carmen Callil, founder of Virago Press, and novelist Helen Fitzgerald discuss Melbourne. The programme is presented by Rana Mitter and 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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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Are We at a Tipping Point? Controlling Infection and Combatting Disease 28 Oct 13

    Mon, 18 Aug 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Increasing resistance to antibiotics is a threat to Britain which could be as dangerous as terrorism. That's the argument put by Professor Dame Sally Davies in her Free Thinking lecture at Sage Gateshead. She is joined on stage by Professor Hugh Pennnington and Dr Andrew Sails to talk about strategies for combatting infection and improving the nation’s health. Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in an event hosted by Anne McElvoy in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - WW1's Lost Generation: 17th Aug 2014

    Sun, 17 Aug 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Award-winning novelist and poet Helen Dunmore and the writer Simon Heffer discuss the myths and realities behind the idea of the Lost Generation of World War 1. This programme, is presented by Rana Mitter and 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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  • PROMS PLUS LITERARY - Gavin Maxwell: 15 Aug 14

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Nature writers Miriam Darlington and Horatio Clare join Rana Mitter to discuss the Scottish author of Ring of Bright Water Gavin Maxwell on his centenary. Readings by Scott Handy. This programme is presented by Rana Mitter and 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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  • Proms Plus Literary - Dylan Thomas- 11 Aug 2014

    Mon, 11 Aug 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

    The current National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and the painter Peter Blake celebrate the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas. The reader is Trystan Gravelle. This programme, is presented by Shahidha Bari and and 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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  • Proms Plus Literary - Tony Harrison - 07 Aug 2014

    Thu, 7 Aug 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    The poet and playwright Tony Harrison talks to Matthew Sweet about his passionate commitment to the classics, poetic language and political writing over the last fifty years. 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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  • Proms Plus Literary - Craig Raine - 05 Aug 2014

    Tue, 5 Aug 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    The poet Craig Raine discusses the ways in which borrowing and reshaping existing phrases is a feature of music and literature and why writers adopt a magpie approach to language. This programme, presented by Anne McElvoy, 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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  • Proms Plus Literary - Poetry from WW1 - 04 Aug 2014

    Mon, 4 Aug 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    On the centenary of Britain's entry into the First World War Dame Shirley Williams and Colonel Tim Collins introduce an anthology of poetry from the war. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music, before this evening's Prom, and featuring actors Roslyn Hill and Monty d'Inverno. This programme, is presented by Anne McElvoy and and 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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  • Proms Plus Literary - The Taming of the Shrew - 02 Aug 2014

    Sat, 2 Aug 14

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Rana Mitter talks to the actors Janet Suzman and Alexandra Gilbreath about Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Both women have played the part of Kate -- both in acclaimed RSC productions and both made it their own. They'll be discussing the play's sexual politics and what Shakespeare has to say to audiences today. This programme 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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  • Proms Plus Literary - John Tavener - 23 July 2014

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Poet and librettist Michael Symmons Roberts and broadcaster Reverend Richard Coles on the literature which inspired John Tavener from George Herbert and John Donne to Blake. This programme presented by Matthew Sweet and 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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  • Proms Plus Literary - Responses to War - 20 July 2014

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    The Booker prize winning novelist Pat Barker, author of the Regeneration Trilogy on the subject of the First World War, and the poet Owen Sheers discuss writers', musicians' and painters' responses to war including the work of Keith Douglas, UA Fanthorpe, David Jones, Alun Lewis and the paintings of CW Nevinson. The reader is Samuel West. This programme 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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  • Proms Plus Literary - Chinese Culture Today - 19 July 2014

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Professor Rana Mitter discusses contemporary Chinese culture with a novelist and film maker Xiaolu Guo and Dr Katie Hill, an expert on Chinese Modern Art. The event was recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of 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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  • Free Thinking - Decision Making in the Money Markets - 17 July 2014

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Does emotion or reason dictate the financial markets? Anne McElvoy is joined by Frances Hudson, Global Thematic Strategist at Standard Life Investments; Daniel Ben Ami, financial journalist, author of 'Cowardly Capitalism' Greg Davis, Head of Behavioural and Quantitative Investment Philosophy, Barclays and Adrian Wooldridge of the Economist whose book 'The Fourth Revolution - The Global Race to Reinvent the State is out now.' Recorded at The Bowler Hat at this year's City of London Festival.

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  • Free Thinking - Politics and writing in Kenya - 16 July 14

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Billy Kahora, one of the writers nominated for this year's Caine Prize for African writing joins Philip Dodd to reflect on the way artists in Kenya respond to the political and religious unrest in the country.

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  • Free Thinking - Prisons & Anthropomorphism - 15 July 14

    Tue, 15 Jul 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet interviews Karen Joy Fowler author of a novel which looks at the consequences of introducing a primate into a family and the human fascination with anthropomorphism with animal studies experts Susan McHugh and Giovanni Aloi. From Cape Town the South African man of the theatre Athol Fugard pays tribute to his late friend and fellow activist the author Nadine Gordimer. After today’s Howard League conference on community sentencing Matthew asks David Wilson and Gerard Lemos, commentators on the penal system, whether there is an alternative to prison or if prison is the alternative.

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  • Free Thinking - Virginia Woolf & Richard Flanagan - 10 July 14

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    With Anne McElvoy. Curator Frances Spalding and Dr Alexandra Harris discuss what portaits of Virginia Woolf convey of her character as a new exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery. Richard Flanagan's father was a Japanese POW on the "Death Railway". The Australian novelist's new book The Narrow Road to the Deep North was inspired by this.New Generation Thinker Alun Withey looks back at medical history. Stella Rimmington, former director general of MI5 and diplomat Alan Judd discuss turning their experiences of the security services into fiction.

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  • Free Thinking - History of Pain, Richard III, Animal Rights - 09 July 14

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd is joined by political commentator Steve Richards to discuss the new production of Richard III which stars Martin Freeman and is set in the 1970s. Historian Joanna Bourke considers changing medical attitudes to pain. She's joined by Marion Coutts, who has written about her husband's death in The Iceberg, and by the comedian Arthur Smith. Should we equate animals with humans when talking about rights? New Generation Thinker Alasdair Cochrane argues for a shift in our thinking.

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  • Free Thinking - The Digital Age & Boyhood - 08 July 14

    Tue, 8 Jul 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Richard Linklater filmed the actor who stars in Boyhood over 12 years from a 6 year old to a college youth. Matthew Sweet and author Toby Litt review the project and discuss growing up. Artist Cory Arcangel talks about his book composed from tweets and working in digital media. He also explores the themes explored in Digital Revolution at the Barbican Centre, which brings together film-makers, artists, game developers and musicians. As state schools across England prepare for the introduction of coding to the curriculum, journalist Aleks Krotoski and Benjamin Southworth - digital entrepreneur and former deputy chief executive of the government's Tech City initiative, join Matthew to discuss how - if at all - we should be preparing for the 'digital age'. Plus we hear another column from one of this year’s New Generation Thinkers, Jo Cohen, who asks whether we need to rethink the American Constitution, as the country recovers from its Independence day celebrations.

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  • Free Thinking - Oh What a Lovely Savas - 03 July 14

    Thu, 3 Jul 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    '€˜Oh what a lovely Savas' begins Rana Mitter in this edition of Free Thinking, using the Turkish word for War. Along with Sean McMeekin of the Koc University in Istanbul, the novelist Kamila Shamsie, Naoko Shimazu of Birkbeck College and Erez Manela of Harvard University Rana puts Japan, China, India, the Ottomans, Koreans and others centre stage in the years 1914 to 1918. If you weren’t from one of the European Great Powers could you even get into the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 which was to lead to the Treaty of Versailles? And was the failure of the Racial Equality Clause to get on the statute books at this conference the beginning of the end of Empire even for those who won the war?

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  • Free Thinking - Yael Farber & Liberalism - 02 July 14

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Yael Farber directs Richard Armitage in the Crucible at the Old Vic. She talks to Philip Dodd about fear, conspiracy and her South African roots. Also Liberalism past and present. Edmund Fawcett author of Liberalism: The History of an Idea is in the studio alongside historian and Telegraph writer Tim Stanley and Alex Callinicos, Professor at King's College, London. Plus another column from one of the 2014 Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers: Tiffany Watt-Smith explores war neuroses and shell shock after the first World War.

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  • Free Thinking - Woods in War and Peace - 01 July 14

    Tue, 1 Jul 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    From Paul Nash paintings of blasted tree stumps in the first world war to today's commemorative planting: Paul Gough, Gabriel Hemery and Gail Ritchie join Samira Ahmed to explore woods and trees in war and peacetime.

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  • Free Thinking - Balancing Power in World War One - 26 June 14

    Thu, 26 Jun 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Jonathan Powell and historians Margaret MacMillan, Orlando Figes and Adam Tooze explore the Great Powers with Anne McElvoy. The First World War shattered the power balance in Europe. As we confront an uncertain world order, who are the great powers today, how has their role changed and where do they now stand in determining geo-politics?

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  • Free Thinking - Barbara Kruger & Laurie Penny - 26 June 14

    Wed, 25 Jun 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Samira Ahmed discusses feminism with American artist Barbara Kruger and journalist Laurie Penny;and cartoonist Posy Simmonds talks about the role of cartoonists responding to politics and international affairs

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  • Free Thinking - The Thirty-Nine Steps - 24 June 14

    Tue, 24 Jun 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    The Thirty-Nine Steps first appeared in Blackwoods Magazine in August and September 1915 and depicts Europe on the edge of war in May and June 1914. It quickly became popular reading in the trenches and on the home front, and nearly a hundred years and three film adaptations later, its popularity is enduring. In a special edition of Free Thinking, as part of Radio 3's focus on World War One, Matthew Sweet talks to Buchan's biographer Andrew Lownie and Buchan scholars Dr Michael Redley and Dr Kate Macdonald about the connections between Buchan's own war experience and The 39 Steps, and to Professors Elleke Boehmer and Terence Ranger about how ideas about empire and adventure play out in the novel.

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  • Free Thinking - Libertarianism & Trevor Paglen - 19 June 14

    Thu, 19 Jun 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    A new collection of Ranter writings from the English Civil War sheds light on their extreme libertarian views. Anne McElvoy is joined by the book's editor Nigel Smith. Plus journalist Rod Liddle and Conservative Party politician Douglas Carswell discuss libertarianism today. New Generation Thinker Naomi Paxton reflects on the Actresses' Franchise League. And a 62 metre photographic installation unveiled at London's Gloucester Road Tube station depicts the US reconnaissance base in North Yorkshire. Anne speaks to the image's creator Trevor Paglen.

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  • Free Thinking - Sean Scully & Colour - 18 June 2014

    Wed, 18 Jun 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd talks to the artist, Sean Scully, about his latest show and explores our perception of colour with neuroscientist Jamie Ward and fashion expert, Caroline Cox.

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  • Free Thinking - Radical Bookshops - 17 June 14

    Tue, 17 Jun 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to Philip Hensher, who's novel The Emperor Waltz draws together stories about a man who founds the first gay bookshop in London, a young painter who joins the Bauhaus and a woman fascinated by a Roman cult. We also discuss John La Rose's New Beacon project which was was the focal point of a black radical publishing industry that emerged in the UK in the late sixties, with the poets Linton Kwesi Johnson and Anthony Joseph and the co-founder of New Beacon Sarah White. New Generation Thinker Daisy Hay looks at the Victorian practice of keeping hair as a personal memento. Plus the Sheffield documentary festival has just premiered a film called "Peter De Rome Grandfather of Gay Porn - Matthew Sweet has been to meet him.

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  • Free Thinking - Eimear McBride & Nathan Filer - 12 June 14

    Thu, 12 Jun 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Prize-winning first novelists Eimear McBride and Nathan Filer join Anne McElvoy to discuss literary experimentation. Matt Thorne gives us a first night review of the European premiere of Anne Washburn's play Mr Burns which is set in a world without electricity. New Generation Thinker Sophie Coulombeau examines British philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham€'s €'Universal Tattoo'€™. And as Chancellor George Osborne makes his annual Mansion House speech to the City of London we get Peter Knight and Janette Rutterford to consider the image of finance past and present.

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  • Free Thinking - Community & The Human Figure - 11 June 2014

    Wed, 11 Jun 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    The director of the Hayward Ralph Rugoff, former principal Royal Ballet dancer Deborah Bull and neuroscientist Professor Patrick Haggard explore presentations of and research into the human body. And what is the meaning of 'community' with philosopher and writer Julian Baggini, journalist and historian Tim Stanley and writer Ziauddin Sardar. Plus Preti Taneja, one of the 2014 Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers, on the female casting of King Lear.

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  • Free Thinking - Belle & Turgenev's Fathers and Sons 10 June 14

    Tue, 10 Jun 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Amma Asante's film Belle depicts an illegitimate mixed-race girl brought up in eighteenth-century London in Kenwood House, the household of Lord Mansfield. Director Amma Asante and Dr Kit Davies talk to Matthew Sweet about the issues raised in the film. Writer Rosamund Bartlett has a first night review of Brian Friel's stage version of Turgenev's Fathers and Sons which opens at London's Donmar Warehouse tonight. There's the first column from the 2014 Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers: Tom Charlton brings those who would question the value of a research library to book. Plus Andrew Pendleton and Ryan Bourne discuss whether a globalised economy an environmental problem or a solution.

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  • Free Thinking - Kenneth Clark & Arts Broadcasting - 05 May 14

    Thu, 5 Jun 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd discusses Kenneth Clark's Civilisation and arts broadcasting with Janina Ramirez, Kim Evans, Gus Casely-Hayford and Charles Uzzell-Edwards, aka artist Pure Evil.

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  • Free Thinking - Tiananmen Square - 04 June 14

    Wed, 4 Jun 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Rana Mitter remembers what happened in Tiananmen Square on June 4th 1989 with people who were there. He also asks what the sociological background to events on that day was. And how has the memory or even the truth of that day and what lay behind it faired in the 25 years that have followed?

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  • Free Thinking - London's Skyline & Joshua Ferris - 03 Jun 14

    Tue, 3 Jun 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet discusses online identity theft and religious belief with American novelist Joshua Ferris, as he publishes his new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. As the London Festival of Architecture opens with a debate on whether London needs more tall towers, Matthew talks to Sir Terry Farrell, Owen Hatherley, Nicholas Boys Smith, Angela Brady, about how London should look in the future. And we head to the Foundling Museum, whose latest exhibition marks the 250th anniversary of the death of William Hogarth to find out how artist Jessie Brennan has re-imagined ‘A Rake’s Progress’ without people, just a famous London tower block.

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  • Free Thinking - Arianna Huffington & Richard Hytner - 29 Apr 14

    Thu, 29 May 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Arianna Huffington talks to Anne McElvoy about measuring success using The Third Metric. Richard Hytner and Kerrie Fleming look at stress in business and the nature of leadership. Zia Haider Rahman on his debut novel In the Light of What We Know which contains elements of his own Bangladeshi background, a scholarship to Oxford and time spent as an investment banker on Wall Street. Plus Anne pays tribute to the late Maya Angelou's influence and humour.

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  • Free Thinking - PJ O'Rourke, Stephen Dubner, Steven Levitt 28 May 14

    Wed, 28 May 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Presenter Rana Mitter, is joined on the BBC stage at the Hay Festival by writer and provocateur, PJ O'Rourke and the Freakonomics authors, the economist Steven D Levitt and journalist Stephen J Dubner to discuss decision-making, how emotional and economic stability leads to self-absorbtion, how difficult it is to stop and think about anything and why there is such a gulf between the economic and political and personal rationales for the nature of health care provision here in the UK, the US and around the world.

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  • Free Thinking - Export of Empire & India's New Story - 27 May 14

    Tue, 27 May 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Rana Mitter talks to historian and MP Tristram Hunt about how Britain's experience of Empire shaped today's global cities. Plus a discussion about the future of India with Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Dr Shruti Patel and the writer, Pankaj Mishra.

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  • Free Thinking - Essay Writing & Tim Winton - 22 May 14

    Thu, 22 May 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy looks at the resurgence of non-fiction writing and the essay as a form hearing from Jonathan Freedland, Wayne Kostenbaum and Maia Jenkins. Novelist Tim Winton talks about his new book Eyrie. Political commentators Robert Ford and Peter Kellner explore when does populism becomes extremism.

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  • Free Thinking - Writers and Their Notebooks - 21 May 14

    Wed, 21 May 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    As the British Library launches a website devoted to writers' notebooks and manuscripts, Discovering Literature, novelist Lawrence Norfolk takes a look at his own notebooks, and talks to AS Byatt, John Cooper Clarke and David Mitchell about theirs. He's joined in the studio by Wendy Cope, Bidisha, and Rachel Foss of the British Library for a discussion about notebooks, creativity, and how the digital age might be changing literature.

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  • Free Thinking - John Clare & Jimmy Wales - 20 May 14

    Tue, 20 May 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to Iain Sinclair and New Generation Thinker Dr Greg Tate about a walk to mark John Clare's death 150 years ago. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, discuss how privacy vs expression and remembering vs forgetting clash in the internet age. Plus Cherry Potter and Daniel Bird give us an assessment of Polish filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk.

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  • Free Thinking - Nick Payne & Penny Dreadful - 15 May 14

    Thu, 15 May 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Nick Payne talks to Anne McElvoy about his play Incognito and the man who stole Einstein's brain. New Generation Thinker Fern Riddell reviews Sky Atlantic's Penny Dreadful and our fascination with Victorian Gothic. Helen McCarthy and Pauline Neville-Jones discuss female diplomats. Plus another New Generation Thinker, Jules Evans, reports on the Reader Organisation's Conference at the British Library, the recent campaigns against the prison book ban and our relationship with reading.

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  • Free Thinking - Does Europe need an East? - 14 May 14

    Wed, 14 May 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Interview with the prominent Czech writer who has just published memoir, My Crazy Century, followed by a discussion debating whether Europe will always need an East. And why are we interested in science fiction film and theatre.

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  • Free Thinking - Godzilla and Hayao Miyazaki - 13 May 14

    Tue, 13 May 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    MJ Hyland reviews Simon Armitage's The Last Days of Troy at the Royal Exchange Manchester starring Lily Cole. Chris Harding looks at Japanese fears in Godzilla and The Wind Rises. Dr Philip Roscoe and Professor Geoffrey Wood on whether academia needs to change the focus of studies into financial systems. Plus Zoe Norridge discusses Deutsche Borse prize winner Richard Mosse and depictions of African countries affected by war.

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  • Free Thinking - Representing Cities - 08 May 14

    Thu, 8 May 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy looks at the benefits and challenges of cities pooling resources. Michael Wynne and Rachel De-lahay discuss their plays opening in Liverpool and Birmingham this week. Plus New Generation Thinkers Matthew Smith, from the University of Strathclyde, and Charlotte Blease, from University College Dublin, have been working on philosophy and psychiatric diagnosis, depression and ADHD.

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  • Free Thinking - David H Hwang & Eleanor Marx - 07 May 14

    Wed, 7 May 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    David Henry Hwang tells Philip about his 2007 drama Yellow Face, reflecting life of Asian American and now showing in London; biographer Rachel Holmes and New Generation thinker, historian Emma Griffin explore Eleanor Marx's life.

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  • Free Thinking - Charles Kingsley's Water Babies - 06 May 14

    Tue, 6 May 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    As a musical version of The Water Babies opens Simon Heffer and New Generation Thinker Corin Throsby discuss the ideas of Charles Kingsley. Matthew Sweet talks about literary satire with novelist Edward St Aubyn. Plus we mark today's anniversary of Roger Bannister's 4 minute mile by talking to documentary maker Sally McLean about her current film project which profiles the Viennese running coach Franz Stampfl.

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  • Free Thinking - Thom Gunn & Michael Cunningham - 01 May 14

    Thu, 1 May 14

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Samira Ahmed is joined by poets Paul Farley, Fiona Sampson and Clive Wilmer to discuss Thom Gunn, who died ten years ago. An interview with Michael Cunningham, about his new novel The Snow Queen. Plus historians Charlie Laderman and Umit Ungor discuss Turkish Armenian relations.

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  • Free Thinking, BBC Radiophonic Workshop

    Wed, 30 Apr 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    The BBC Radiophonic workshop,opened in 1958 with an aim to experiment and produce original music for various iconic BBC programmes. It was shut down 40 years later by Director General John Birt. In an edition recorded just as the Workshop prepare to release a new album, and tour the UK, Matthew Sweet brings together Radiophonic Workshop members Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Peter Howells, and Mark Ayres to reflect on the days and nights they spent in the workshop, coaxing ageing machines into otherworldly life, and pioneering electronic music.

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  • Free Thinking - 18th Century Sexual Politics - 29 Apr 14

    Tue, 29 Apr 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd explores the sexual mores of eighteenth-century England talking to Faramerz Dabhoiwala of Exeter College, Oxford, Joanne Bailey of Oxford Brookes University, David Turner of Swansea University, author and broadcaster Hallie Rubenhold and Judith Hawley of Royal Holloway College. This download does contain some strong language.

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  • Free Thinking - Banksy + Chris Marker - 24 Apr 14

    Thu, 24 Apr 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Samira Ahmed discusses the ownership of street art with Mary McCarthy, Director of MM Contemporary Arts; Professor Lionel Bently, barrister and copyright expert on intellectual property, and street artist and gallery owner, Pure Evil. Ex-ITV CEO Stewart Purvis on the rise of indie news organisation Vice. Plus artist Jeremy Millar, film critic Chris Darke and Habda Rashid, Assistant Curator at The Whitechapel Gallery discuss French film maker Chris Marker's life and work.

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  • Free Thinking - Dame Janet Suzman - 23 Apr 14

    Wed, 23 Apr 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    In extended conversation with Philip Dodd, Dame Janet Suzman talks about her acting and directing and politics in her native South Africa - which goes to the polls on May 7th.

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  • Free Thinking - 18th Century Crime and Punishment - 17 Apr 14

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Philip Dodd explores 18th century attitudes to the law, crime and punishment with Professor Norman S Poser, Antonia Hodgson, Lucy Powell and Geoffrey Robertson QC.

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  • Free Thinking - 18th Century Economics - Bernard de Mandeville - 16 Apr 14

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    In 1714 Bernard de Mandeville published his provocative Fable of the Bees, in which he explored the relationship between morality and economic wealth. As part of Radio 3's 18th Century season of programming, Matthew Sweet chairs a discussion with the Natural History Museum's Dr Erica McAlister, Southampton University economic historian Dr Helen Paul, finance journalist and presenter of BBC Radio 4's Money Box Paul Lewis and Stephen Davies, Education Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. They reflect on Mandeville's fable and how it relates to economics and the organisation of society today.

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  • Free Thinking - 18th Century Power Politics - 15 Apr 14

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures Desmond Shawe-Taylor and historians Amanda Foreman, StellaTillyard and Jeremy Black about 18th century monarchy and power.

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  • Free Thinking - 18th Century - 10 Apr 14

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    If Mrs Thatcher thought she was living again through Victorian England, we are now living through the eighteenth century. This special edition of Free Thinking explores London as the centre of the world then and now, financial bubbles bursting then and now, and the lust for consumption then and now, whether of bodies or bodices. Philip Dodd brings together the MP and author Kwasi Kwarteng, historians Helen Berry, Jerry White and AN Wilson and playwright April De Angelis for a discussion which is part of BBC Radio 3's eighteenth century season of programming.

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  • Free Thinking - Originality - 09 Apr 14

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Naomi Alderman, Geoff Mulgan and Lionel Bently join Philip Dodd to explore the ever-changing meaning of Originality. Nicholas Penny, director of the National Gallery, discusses the meaning of greatness in art in front of the new exhibition - Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice. And as Simon Stephens's new play Birdland opens, the playwright talks inspirations, death and originality.

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  • Free Thinking - Betty Balfour - 08 Apr 14

    Tue, 8 Apr 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet discusses the silent film star Betty Balfour with BFI curator Byony Dixon and comedian Lucy Porter and interviews Dutch novelist Peter Buwalda and James Lovelock.

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  • Free Thinking - Is War Good for Us? - 03 Apr 14

    Thu, 3 Apr 14

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Anne McElvoy looks at the impact of war, the Afghan elections and childhood violence. She's joined by Professor Hew Strachan and Ian Morris. Film critic Charlotte O Sullivan has been watching 'I Declare War,' Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson's film about childhood games which turn sour. And in the week that the British Command handed over to the Americans in Helmand province, Noorjahan Akbar and Hamdullah Mohib talk about what has happened to their culture and society in Afghanistan over that time and what might change with national elections at the week-end.

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  • Free Thinking - Policing - 01 Apr 14

    Tue, 1 Apr 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet explores the idea of the police with the playwright Roy Williams, the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, Sara Thornton, the historian Kate Colquhoun and the film maker and criminologist Roger Graef.

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  • Free Thinking - Contemporary Curating 27 Mar 14

    Fri, 28 Mar 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic and curators Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Victoria Walsh join Anne McElvoy to discuss the display of art and design. As Prospect magazine launches the long list for its poll of World Thinkers for 2014, Serena Kutchinsky, Digital Editor of Prospect, joins Anne to debate what makes a leading intellectual. And lawyer and political activist Raja Shehadeh outlines the arguments he will be putting forward in this year's Edward Said London Lecture: Is there a Language of Peace? The programme was broadcasted from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre where Radio 3 is broadcasting live every day for two weeks.

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  • Free Thinking - EM Forster - 26 Mar 14

    Thu, 27 Mar 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Damon Galgut's new book Arctic Summer evokes EM Forster's experiences in India and the inspiration Forster found there. Galgut joins Rana Mitter and a panel of guests including Tariq Ali and Alex Clark to explore the writing and career of EM Forster in a programme live from Radio 3's pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre.

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  • Free Thinking - Landmarks: Seven Samurai - 25 Mar 14

    Wed, 26 Mar 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film Seven Samurai traces the story of a group of Samurai who are hired to prevent thieves stealing the crops from a farming village in 1587. It regularly appears on polls of the greatest films of world cinema. Matthew Sweet is joined for a discussion of this Landmark of culture by Professor Ian Christie, critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, writer SF Said and Dr Alexander Jacoby. The programme was broadcasted from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre where Radio 3 is broadcasting live every day for two weeks.

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  • Free Thinking - Charm - 20 Mar 14

    Thu, 20 Mar 14

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Author and design consultant Stephen Bayley has written an e-book called Charm: A Victim's Guide. He joins Philip Dodd for a discussion on the pros and cons of charm with Rachel Johnson, novelist AL Kennedy and PR expert Mark Borkowski - from Castiglione's The Book of The Courtier to its role in politics, public life and modern middle management techniques. The programme was broadcasted from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre where Radio 3 is broadcasting live every day for two weeks.

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  • Free Thinking - Childhood - 19 March 14

    Thu, 20 Mar 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Frank Field MP, child psychiarist Dickon Bevington and authors Meg Rosoff and Philip Ridley join Philip Dodd for a discussion about different aspects of childhood. The programme was broadcasted live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café area.

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  • Free Thinking - Leadership and Military Intervention - 18 Mar 14

    Wed, 19 Mar 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Historian Archie Brown and military expert Frank Ledwidge join Samira Ahmed to discuss whether strong leaders undermine rather than enhance the possibility of good leadership. Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh talks about making life-or-death decisions in the operating theatre. And Susannah Clapp and novelist Nicola Upson review Blithe Spirit, which sees Angela Lansbury return to the London stage. Broadcast from the pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre where Radio 3 is broadcasting live all day every day for the last two weeks of March.

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  • Free Thinking - Jonathan Lethem & Gary Shteyngart - 13 Mar 14

    Thu, 13 Mar 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    American authors Jonathan Lethem and Gary Shteyngart discuss radicalism, belonging and why being 'American' is no longer enough.

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  • Free Thinking - The Brits Who Built the Modern World - 12 Mar 14

    Wed, 12 Mar 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd chairs a discussion between Terry Farrell, Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Michael and Patty Hopkins and Richard Rogers recorded at RIBA. These architects have come together to share a public platform as part of the Brits Who Built The Modern World Season of events which has included the opening of a new gallery at RIBA, an exhibition at the V and A and a BBC Four TV series.

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  • Free Thinking - David Grossman 11 March 14

    Tue, 11 Mar 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    David Grossman's new book Falling Out of Time mixes poetry, drama and fiction to explore grief and loss. His own son died in 2006. Matthew Sweet spoke to him when he was in London during Jewish Book Week.

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  • Free Thinking - Flora Thompson & Ruins - 06 Mar 14

    Thu, 6 Mar 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Richard Mabey discusses his biography of Flora Thompson, author of Lark Rise to Candleford, and choreographer Richard Alston joins Anne McElvoy on the eve of Radio 3's Ravel Day. Plus there’s a discussion about the ongoing fascination with ruins; whether a picturesque castle ruin glimpsed through the mist or the eerie photographs of an abandoned Detroit. Anne talks to the curator of a new exhibition at Tate Britain and the writer, Amanda Hopkinson.

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  • Free Thinking - Julian Schnabel 5 March 14

    Wed, 5 Mar 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Philip Dodd in conversation with artist and film-maker Julian Schnabel, best known for creating a series of paintings on broken ceramic plates as well as directing films, including The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls, and a biopic of the painter Basquiat. Michael Goldfarb, the author of Emancipation, How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance, considers the life of a pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, the oldest known holocaust survivor who died on 23 Feb 2014 at the age of 110.

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  • Free Thinking - Vikings - 04 Mar 14

    Tue, 4 Mar 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet visits the British Museum's Vikings exhibition with the curator Gareth Williams and Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough from Durham University. Lincoln Paine discusses his history of navigation and seafaring 'Sea and Civilization'. Plus Captain M.K.Barritt, author of An Artist in the Channel Fleet, looks at the Napoleonic War artist John Thomas Serres.

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  • Free Thinking - Spitting Image - 27 Feb 14

    Thu, 27 Feb 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld talk about the impact of education and religion on success and Anne McElvoy has a first night review of Peter Gill's new play Versailles from historian David Reynolds. Plus Spitting Image is 30 years old, the series'€™ original producer John Lloyd, the Labour politician Alan Johnson and editor of the satirical website The Daily Mash, Tim Telling talk about its legacy.

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  • Free Thinking - Wim Wenders on Peace 27 Feb 2014

    Wed, 26 Feb 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Film director Wim Wenders and Australian philosopher Mary Zournazi explain why they believe we need a new visual and moral language for peace. Richard King outlines why he believes taking offence has become a political tactic.

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  • Free Thinking - Paul Foot Award - 25 Feb 14

    Tue, 25 Feb 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    As Dirty Rotten Scoundrels becomes a musical, Samira Ahmed considers the scoundrel with historian of literature Nandini Das and novelist Nick Harkaway. Danny Dorling talks about the UK housing crisis. Plus we report on the winner of this year's Paul Foot Award for campaigning or investigative journalism.

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  • Free Thinking - France & Algeria 20 Feb 14

    Thu, 20 Feb 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy looks at the relationship between France and its former colonies, talking to David Bellos about his translation of a classic novel depicting the Algerian War, and to Andrew Hussey, whose new book is about "the Long War Between France and Its Arabs" and to Dr Karima Laachir from SOAS at the University of London. Professor Tim Birkhead talks to Anne about his new book and research into bird mating systems. And Charlotte Higgins discusses her new book and the lessons we can learn from the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus, who died in AD 14.

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  • Free Thinking - Charlie Chaplin 19 Feb 14

    Wed, 19 Feb 14

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Charlie Chaplin's City Lights is ranked by The American Film Institute as one of the best American films ever made. To mark the centenary of Chaplin's iconic tramp character, Matthew Sweet discusses City Lights with comedian Lucy Porter, actor Paul McGann, film maker and historian Kevin Brownlow, and Chaplin's biographer David Robinson. Recorded in front of a live audience at the Watershed Arts Centre as part of the Bristol Slapstick Festival.

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  • Free Thinking - Class in Britain 18 Feb 14

    Tue, 18 Feb 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Shelagh Delaney wrote A Taste of Honey when she was 18. First performed in 1958, a new National Theatre production stars Lesley Sharp and Kate O'Flynn. Oxford historian Selina Todd has a first night review. Anthony Little, headmaster of Eton College discusses class, tradition and teaching manhood. And discussing the pivotal notion of self-worth in terms of achieving social mobility are Douglas Murray, Selina Todd and Lindsay Johns. Presented by Philip Dodd.

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  • Free Thinking - Stuart Hall - 17 Feb 14

    Mon, 17 Feb 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    To mark the death of cultural historian Stuart Hall, another chance to hear his extended conversation with Philip Dodd, which was first broadcast in December 2004.

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  • Free Thinking - Literary Heroines- 13 Feb 14

    Thu, 13 Feb 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Ofsted chair Sally Morgan and Tim Montgomerie debate Ed Miliband's speech about parent power with Anne McElvoy. Bidisha and Rebecca Mead discuss literary heroines as role models.German artist Georg Baselitz discusses his artistic career as his work goes on show in two London Galleries. And literary depictions of flooding. What books you might want to avoid reading if you are faced with rising water levels.

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  • Free Thinking - Atheism and Belief 12 Feb 14

    Wed, 12 Feb 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Two books published this month include the idea of "the death of God" in their titles: Terry Eagleton's 'Culture And The Death Of God' and Peter Watson's 'The Age Of Nothing: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God'. Both authors join Philip Dodd to discuss what 'the death of God' could mean, along with theologian Elaine Storkey and Roger Scruton, whose forthcoming book 'The Soul Of The World' discusses the expression of religious belief through art.

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  • Free Thinking - Spike Jonze's Her - 11 Feb 14

    Tue, 11 Feb 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Spike Jonze's new film Her depicts a writer developing a relationship with his computer operating system. Matthew Sweet and Aleks Krotoski look at what it says about the changing relationship between man and machine as the internet of things develops. Is Big Data the future ? Ian Angell Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics, historian Tom Holland and Tom Smith discuss our attitude to data past and present. Plus 95 year old Diana Serra Carey - aka Baby Peggy of the silents - remembers Shirley Temple.

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  • Free Thinking - Hanif Kureishi - 06 Feb 14

    Thu, 6 Feb 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Hanif Kureishi's career has included screenplays My Beautiful Launderette, Venus, London Kills Me and The Mother. His novels Intimacy, The Buddha of Suburbia and The Black Album have been adapted for film, TV and theatre. His new novel The Last Word depicts an Indian-born writer of fading reputation whose biography is being written by a younger author. Kureishi talks to Philip Dodd about writing about sex, ageing and drawing a line between autobiography and fiction.

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  • Free Thinking - First World War, Empathy 05 Feb 14

    Wed, 5 Feb 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet revisits Alan Bleasdale's 1986 World War One TV series The Monocled Mutineer inspired by life of soldier Percy Toplis. He talks to Paul McGann who played the soldier in the series and academics Julian Putkowski and Richard Drayton. Philosopher Roman Krznaric wants to launch an empathy revolution. He is being joined by an author Sheri Fink and Professor Jan Slaby.

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  • Free Thinking - Christine Lagarde - 04 Feb 14

    Tue, 4 Feb 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    As International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde gives this year’s Dimbleby Lecture, Anne McElvoy asks seasoned Lagarde watchers Gillian Tett and Ngaire Woods to analyse her performance and to reflect on whether her growing personal mythology is enough to alter the reputation of the oft-criticised organisation she fronts. Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently said “how ever many entrepreneurs you think you need, it isn’t enough” to cope with the world’s challenges. But entrepreneurs are often portrayed as greedy and ruthless in films like The Wolf of Wall Street. Luke Johnson and Mariana Mazzucato consider where the truth lies. Plus Anne considers the portrayal of boxers in culture with Anna Whitwham, Lynda Nead and Steven Fowler.

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  • Free Thinking - Ukraine and Russia - 30 Jan 14

    Thu, 30 Jan 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Anne McElvoy on unrest in Ukraine and the state of dissent in Russia today with Boris Akunin, Masha Gessen, Marc Bennetts, Anna Shevchenko and Edward Lucas.

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  • Free Thinking - Australia 28 Jan 14

    Wed, 29 Jan 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Christos Tsiolkas, Germaine Greer and the Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson talk about the fault-lines in Australia ancient and modern. In this special edition of Free Thinking presenter Samira Ahmed explores what lies within the Australian psyche?

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  • Free Thinking - Feminism in Theatre 28 Jan 14

    Tue, 28 Jan 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    American novelist Jonathan Lethem discusses the singer Pete Seeger, whose death has been announced today. Martin Creed's artworks have included a room full of balloons and a room containing only a light switch. Matthew Sweet considers how Creed questions what are the limits to art, talking to Creed himself, art critic Charlotte Mullins and comedian Waen Shepherd. And, as their latest plays open on the London stage, Free Thinking brings together the director and writer Carrie Cracknell and the writer Abi Morgan to consider feminism in theatre.

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  • Free Thinking - Derek Jarman 23 Jan 14

    Thu, 23 Jan 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    The actor Simon Russell Beale discusses playing the role of King Lear. Derek Jarman is the subject of a season at the BFI and an exhibition Pandemonium - at the Cultural Institute at King's College London. Composer Simon Fisher Turner, artist Tacita Dean, writer Jon Savage and Director of Film at the British Council Briony Hanson appraise his career. Plus New Generation Thinkers Philip Roscoe and Jonathan Healey reflect on attitudes to the deserving poor, benefits culture and the Channel 4 series Benefits Street.

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  • Free Thinking: Japanese History, Chinese Democarcy 22 Jan 2014

    Wed, 22 Jan 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Zhang Weiwei, one of China's foremost public intellectuals, talks to Rana Mitter about why China should not become a democracy. And as rising tensions between China and Japan continue to dominate headlines in East Asia, we hear from two young journalists, Mariko Oi and Haining Liu. Finally the author of 'Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival' David Pilling and historian Naoko Shimazu reflect on Japan's historic ability to re-invent itself and why it needs that skill more than ever at the present time.

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  • Free Thinking - Suicide discussion - 21 Jan 14

    Tue, 21 Jan 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet discusses the way we talk about suicide with Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of 'Stay - A history of suicide and the philosophies against it'. Audio only video games are on the increase. Sound designer Nick Ryan explains his approach to creating them and Naomi Alderman reflects on the sound world they create. As Culture Minister Ed Vaizey prepares to meet some of Britain's leading black actors to discuss what is preventing them being given more tv and stage roles we hear the views of actress Adjoa Andoh. Writers Adam Gopnik and Louise Doughty discuss attitudes to Romani people in France and the UK.

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  • Free Thinking - Steve McQueen 16 Jan 14

    Thu, 16 Jan 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to director Steve McQueen about his new film '12 Years A Slave' and assesses this year's Oscar nominations, among them Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo Di Caprio and directed by Martin Scorcese. Plus the poet Fred D'Aguiar, anthropologist Kit Davis and the historian Madge Dresser discuss slave narratives.

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  • Free Thinking - Girls & Constitution 15 Jan 14

    Thu, 16 Jan 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Samira Ahmed looks at the appeal of Lena Dunham's US TV series Girls with comedian Yasmeen Khan and TV producer John Yorke; talks to Peruvian born novelist Daniel Alarcón about migration from the countryside to the cities of Peru and across borders from Latin America to the USA. And Professors Conor Gearty, Iain McLean and Linda Colley debate what a new constitution might look like.

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  • Free Thinking - T S Eliot prize 14 Jan 14

    Tue, 14 Jan 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Sinead Morrissey is the winner of this year's T S Eliot Prize for her anthology Parallax. She performs her poems and talks to Anne McElvoy about her role as Belfast's first Poet Laureate. As a new wall is built between Bulgaria and Turkey to deter immigrants Anne explores the way governments use walls to control people's movements and the political and architectural impact of walls as both barriers and gateways. And as Radio 3's Drama on 3 is given over to a new adaptation of The Oresteia, Aeschylus' classic trilogy about murder, revenge and justice, playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz - whose new version of The Furies is the final episode, and classicist Edith Hall discuss the tragedies and their modern relevance.

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  • Free Thinking - Liberal England 09 Jan 14

    Thu, 9 Jan 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    As part of BBC Radio 3's Music on the Brink season Professor Roy Foster, the journalist and author Nick Cohen, Baroness Shirley Williams, Duncan Brack of the Liberal Democrat Party History Group and the author Bea Campbell join Philip Dodd to discuss a Landmark book which explores the collapse of Liberal values in Britain. And does 'The Strange Death of Liberal England' written by George Dangerfield in 1934 have a message for political debate and the wider culture now?

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  • Free Thinking - Robert Musil 08 Jan 14

    Wed, 8 Jan 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Joining Matthew Sweet for a Landmark discussion about Robert Musil's book, The Man Without Qualities, its author and the historical landscape from which they both emerged are the writers Margaret Drabble and William Boyd, the cultural historian Philipp Blom, German literature expert Andrew Webber and with readings from Peter Marinker.

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  • Free Thinking - Brink of War 07 Jan 14

    Tue, 7 Jan 14

    Duration:
    44 mins

    As part of Radio 3's Music on the Brink, Free Thinking takes the cultural temperature of Paris, Berlin, London, St Petersburg and Vienna in the years leading up to the First World War. The novelist AS Byatt, the film expert Neil Brand and the cultural historians Alexandra Harris and Philipp Blom have chosen artworks and artefacts from the period and will use them to explore, with Anne McElvoy, the ideas and spirit of the European capital cities on the brink of World War 1.

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  • Night Waves - Feminism in 2013 19 Dec 13

    Thu, 19 Dec 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy discusses the state of Feminism in 2013. From women in the boardroom to Twitter trolls; from activism to male violence, via the intersection of class, race and gender and the limits of identity politics. Anne surveys the issues that have dominated Feminist debate in 2013, with Julie Bindel, Caroline Criado-Perez, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Sibylle Rupprecht and Zoe Stavri.

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  • Night Waves - Tokyo Story 18 Dec 13

    Thu, 19 Dec 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    50 years ago this month director Yasujiro Ozu died after making 53 films. Tokyo Story follows an elderly couple who go to visit their busy grown up children and their widowed daughter-in-law. Rana Mitter presents a Landmark edition looking at this cinematic classic, hearing from actor Richard Wilson, Professor Naoko Shimazu and film critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh.

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  • Night Waves - Neil Tennant 17 Dec 13

    Tue, 17 Dec 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Singer and song writer Neil Tennant in conversation with Philip Dodd. He discusses the influence of the North East on his career which began in publishing and magazines, the road to London which proved irresistable, and about life with musical partner Chris Lowe in Pet Shop Boys. The biggest selling British pop duo of all time with more than fifty million albums sold worldwide, last year Pet Shop Boys performed at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics and they have just returned from a tour which has taken them to 29 countries.

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  • Night Waves - Peter O'Toole 16 Dec 13

    Tue, 17 Dec 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    To pay tribute to the actor Peter O’Toole, Matthew Sweet is joined by director Roger Michell, film producer Kevin Loader, actresss Annabel Leventon and theatre critic Michael Billington. Behavioural geneticist Robert Plomin presents his theory on the importance of genetic inheritance for determining academic achievement. New Generation Thinker Christopher Harding leads a tour of Japanese Christmas. New Generation Thinker Eleanor Barraclough and John Lennard, literature and fantasy scholar, explore dragons in myth and literature, from Beowulf to Smaug.

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  • Night Waves - American Psycho 12 Dec 13

    Fri, 13 Dec 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Susannah Clapp and Cleo Van Velsen join Anne McElvoy to review the musical stage adaptation of American Psycho, starring Matt Smith. Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses the turbulent politics of US President Theodore Roosevelt, the subject of her new book The Bully Pulpit. New Generation Thinker Sarah Peverley outlines Christmas traditions of the Medieval period. Charles Hind, Gavin Stamp and Tanya Sengupta discuss Britain’s colonial architecture.

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  • Night Waves - Psychotherapy 10 Dec 13

    Wed, 11 Dec 13

    Duration:
    47 mins

    The Science Museum in London is staging Mind Maps, an exhibition on the history of psychology and Philip Dodd discusses it with psychologist Keith Laws and Clare Allan. Lisa Appignanesi joins Philip to put a new volume of correspondence between Freud and his daughter Anna in context. As religion has declined, has psychotherapy come to take its place in how we think about what it is to be human? Giles Fraser joins Philip along with New Generation Thinker Christopher Harding to discuss. And playwright Howard Brenton and the poet Moniza Alvi discuss writing about Partition.

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  • Night Waves - The Early 1960s 09 Dec 13

    Tue, 10 Dec 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    As Andrew Lloyd Webber prepares to open his new musical about Profumo and Stephen Ward, Matthew Sweet explores 1963 - the year that 'sexual intercourse began' according to Philip Larkin's poem. Joining Matthew are Lord Hutchinson who defended Christine Keeler; journalist and campaigner Bea Campbell; actress and singer Lynda Baron; Don Black, lyricist for the musical Stephen Ward; Richard Davenport-Hines, author of An English Affair; and Geoffrey Robertson QC, leader of a campaign to clear Stephen Ward's name.

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  • Night Waves - Nelson Mandela 05 Dec 13

    Thu, 5 Dec 13

    Duration:
    34 mins

    In a change to our usual programme and podcast, Philip Dodd introduces two interviews with Athol Fugard and Janet Suzman on the day that Nelson Mandela died, aged 95.

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  • Night Waves - Big Business 04 Dec 13

    Thu, 5 Dec 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Has "business become a dirty word?" Stefan Stern and Linda Yueh join Samira Ahmed to look at whether business has separated itself from society and lost the confidence of its customers. Acclaimed children's author Meg Rosoff discusses one of the most eagerly awaited films of the year - Alexander Payne's Nebraska. And Samira will also be discussing art and the Middle East with the British Museum's Venetia Porter, the critic Godfrey Barker, and Saudi Arabia's best known artist, Abdulnasser Gharem.

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  • Night Waves - Black Nativity 03 Dec 13

    Wed, 4 Dec 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet has a first night review from Susannah Clapp of Jude Law as Henry V directed by Michael Grandage. He also talks to maritime geographer Phil Steinberg and expert in international public law, Steve Haines, about what the Freedom of the Seas means now and how maritime governance may develop this century. And Hughes biographer Bonnie Greer and the writer Fred D'Aiguiar have watched a new version of Langston Hughes' 1961 retelling of the nativity story; Black Nativity and talk to Matthew about Langston Hughes' enduring legacy.

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  • Night Waves - Turner Prize, Candide, Letters 02 Dec 13

    Tue, 3 Dec 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Art critic for The Times Rachel Campbell-Johnston profiles the work of Laure Prouvost, winner of the Turner Prize 2013. Theatre critic Mark Shenton and Dr Caroline Warman review a new staging of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, choreographed by former Royal Ballet star Adam Cooper. Writers Hermione Lee and Simon Garfield discuss the insight personal letters give into writers' lives and creative processes. And Night Waves reflects on how experimental band Can melded the ideas of Karlheinz Stockhausen and free jazz to revolutionise 60s' German pop.

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  • Night Waves - Amy Tan, Strange Blooms, François Mitterrand 28 Nov 13

    Fri, 29 Nov 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Bestselling writer Amy Tan joins Anne McElvoy to discuss her new novel, The Valley of Amazement. Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh's latest work, Strange Blooms, is inspired by the visual flamboyance of flowers; she is joined by fashion historian Caroline Cox to explore the changing depictions of flowers in fashion and culture. Writer Philip Short discusses his biography of one of the key architects of modern Europe, François Mitterrand.

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  • Night Waves - Gandhi 27 Nov 13

    Thu, 28 Nov 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Rana Mitter looks forward to an Age of the Happy City with innovative urban scholar, Richard Burdett, and journalist and urban experimentalist, Charles Montgomery. One of India's leading historians Ramachandra Guha tells Rana about Gandhi before India. He traces the friendships, set-backs, struggles and events which shaped Gandhi's thinking and honed skills he would take back into India's struggle for independence. And Jacky Klein reviews a major retrospective of artist brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman's work opening this week at London's Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

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  • Night Waves - Orwell & Stoicism 26 Nov 13

    Wed, 27 Nov 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    As Scotland and England consider the future of the United Kingdom, Philip Dodd discusses what Orwell and his version of Englishness might have to offer the debate, with Robert Colls, author of 'George Orwell: English Rebel', historian Selina Todd, and singer and author Pat Kane. As an exhibition of glasswork by contemporary British artists opens in London, Philip talks to two of the contributors Gavin Turk and Sue Webster about working in the medium. Philip is joined by Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Jules Evans who is one of the organisers of Stoic Week and by classicist Professor Edith Hall, and philosopher and journalist Mark Vernon to discuss the concept.

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  • Night Waves - Tony Benn, PL Travers, Guy Debord 25 Nov 13

    Tue, 26 Nov 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Veteran politician Tony Benn talks to Matthew Sweet about his final volume of diaries, A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine. Historian Eliza Filby and journalist David Aaronovitch examine how much political traditions shape contemporary politics. Writer Brian Sibley reveals the lesser-known side of Mary Poppins author PL Travers. Writer Will Self discusses Guy Debord’s prescient polemic, The Society of the Spectacle.

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  • Night Waves - Britten 100, Theatre Uncut, John F Kennedy 21 Nov 13

    Fri, 22 Nov 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    With the return of the Young Vic's Theatre Uncut season, Anne McElvoy is joined by Neil LaBute, Hannah Price and Tiffany Jenkins to discuss the role and nature of political theatre. Writer Scott Turow reflects on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, 50 years on. As part of Radio 3's Britten 100 celebrations, Alexandra Harris and Francis Spalding discuss the life and work of his librettist Myfanwy Piper.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Penny Woolcock 20 Nov 13

    Wed, 20 Nov 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Penny Woolcock talks to Samira Ahmed about directing a film version of John Adams's opera The Death of Klinghoffer. For the Free Thinking Festival, she returned to the city where she began her career. During her work at Trade Films in Gateshead she depicted the aftermath of the closure of the steelworks in Consett in When the Dog Bites. Her most recent project involved negotiating a truce between rival Birmingham gangs which she documented in One Mile Away. Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Night Waves - Doctor Who at 50 19 Nov 13

    Wed, 20 Nov 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    50 years of Dr Who is celebrated this weekend by the BBC. Matthew Sweet discusses the TV series with historian Dominic Sandbrook, philosopher Ray Monk and New Generation Thinker and cultural historian Fern Riddell. A Free Thinking career interview with artist William Tillyer, whose work is being celebrated in a retrospective at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art MIMA. Dr Adam Smith reflects on the political philosophy underlying the rhetoric of the Gettysburg address, given by Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Whose Strife 14 Nov 13

    Thu, 14 Nov 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Whose Strife Is It Anyway? Amit Chaudhuri, Gaiutra Bahadur and Aamer Ahmed Khan discuss depictions of the powerless in fiction and factual reporting with Rana Mitter. Chaudhuri has explored life in Calcutta in many of his novels and essays; Badhadur's book Coolie Woman: The Odyssesy of Indenture takes the history of her great grandmother and examines the status of women who worked as labourers on sugar plantations; Khan is an editor for the Urdu section of the BBC's World Service. Recorded on Sunday 27th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Audiences 12 Nov 13

    Tue, 12 Nov 13

    Duration:
    43 mins

    In a bid to reach new audiences, theatre is increasingly moving off the stage and the visual arts are coming out of the gallery, but is this a welcome trend? Matthew Sweet chairs the Free Thinking panel: BALTIC Curator Godfrey Worsdale, critic Sarah Kent, artist Wolfgang Weileder and Helen Marriage, director of Artichoke, the arts company responsible for a puppet elephant parading through London and Durham's Lumiere street light festival. Recorded on Sunday 27th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Therapy Versus Prayer 08 Nov 13

    Fri, 8 Nov 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Is the idea of counselling as non-judgmental listening flawed? New Generation Thinker Christopher Harding, from Edinburgh University, focuses his talk on attitudes in Japan and the UK. He asks whether prayer involves fewer hidden pressures than a session with a shrink. Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Who's Got Hold of Children's Imaginations? 08 Nov 13

    Fri, 8 Nov 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    As we strive to protect our children’s imaginations from negative influences, are we running an even greater risk – of starving those imaginations altogether? Writer Patrick Ness, author of the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy, and Dr Charles Fernyhough, whose writing examines the development of childhood language and memories, join Matthew Sweet to explore what stimulates young minds and how children cope in an unstable world. Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - The Countryside 07 Nov 13

    Fri, 8 Nov 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Are our policy makers too urban in their outlook? Have we lost touch with nature? On stage at Free Thinking to debate the issue are: Dame Fiona Reynolds, former head of the National Trust; Simon Thurley, CEO of English Heritage and author of The Building of England and The Men from the Ministry; Jon Alexander, reformed ad-man and founder of the newcitizenship project; rural sociologist Professor Mark Shucksmith, Director of Newcastle University's Newcastle Institute of Social renewal and Canon Dagmar Winter, Rural Affairs Officer for the Diocese of Newcastle. Recorded on Sunday 27th October 2013 and chaired by Samira Ahmed in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Science and Sensibility 06 Nov 13

    Thu, 7 Nov 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Today many scientists are engaged in exploring the interaction between logical and intuitive aspects of the mind. New Generation Thinker Gregory Tate, from the University of Surrey, argues that novelists have been examining similar psychological questions for centuries, and he outlines the way the novels of Jane Austen shed light on the balance of power between thought and emotion. Recorded on Sunday 27th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking - John Waters 06 Nov 13

    Thu, 7 Nov 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    John Waters' film Hairspray became a hit musical. His "Trash Trilogy" involved negotiations with film censors. In an extended interview recorded in front of an audience, John Waters talks to Samira Ahmed about a career which has moved from film to hosting a show on American Court TV which featured marriages that ended in murder. Their discussion ranges over the influence of Catholicism, his birthplace Baltimore, the films of Douglas Sirk and the perils of hitchhiking. Recorded in front of an audience.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Alice Hall 05 Nov 13

    Wed, 6 Nov 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Blogs, YouTube, Facebook and phone apps have changed the way we share our lives, leading to an explosion in the telling of life stories. Alice Hall, from the University of York, explores our changing perceptions of what memory and memoir mean and looks at the way the language of modern fiction has tried to reflect this shift. Recorded on Sunday 27th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Controlling Moods and Minds 04 Nov 13

    Tue, 5 Nov 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    What is the neuroscience of depression, how does it affect decision-making, and what are the ethics of medical treatments? Rana Mitter chairs a discussion looking at how we control our minds. He is joined on stage by Professor Barbara Sahakian who questions the ethics of smart drugs, Richard Bentall the Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool, and Guardian columnist and author Clare Allan. Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - How on Earth 31 Oct 13

    Thu, 31 Oct 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    In a world of diminishing natural resources, global economic crisis and constant pressure on time, how does not having enough shape the way we think and act? Professors Sendhil Mullainathan from Harvard, Simin Davoudi from Newcastle and Jeremy Till from Central St Martins discuss scarcity and sustainability with Philip Dodd and an audience at Sage Gateshead. Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Power to the People 30 Oct 13

    Wed, 30 Oct 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Social media allows us to make our views known quickly but where does this public pressure and the increasing emphasis on "choice" and "consultation" leave professional expertise and political instinct? Anne McElvoy chairs a panel at the Free Thinking Festival of Ideas, including the founder of the Renewal campaign David Skelton, the columnist David Aaronovitch and Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham. Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Sarah Peverley 29 Oct 13

    Wed, 30 Oct 13

    Duration:
    16 mins

    A 15th-century English monarch was appointed by God and had absolute supremacy but how was that belief shaken when medieval kings were unfit to rule or the throne was contested? New Generation Thinker Sarah Peverley, from Liverpool University, looks at the way the people viewed their rulers during the Wars of the Roses. Recorded on Saturday 26 October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Zamyatin's We 29 Oct 13

    Wed, 30 Oct 13

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Yevgeny Zamyatin's experiences in the Tyne shipyards fed into his dystopian fable "We", which was published in 1919. It depicts a city of glass where citizens are spied upon. Fans of the book have included George Orwell, Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Wolfe and it increasingly resonates with today's concerns about surveillance techniques. Matthew Sweet and an audience at The Free Thinking Festival from Sage Gateshead discuss the novel with poet Sean O'Brien, columnist David Aaronovitch and Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Sarah Dillon. Recorded on Sunday 27 October 2013.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Boneless, Bloodaxe and Hairy Breeches: What Did the Vikings Ever Do for Us? 28 Oct 13

    Mon, 28 Oct 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    When Lindisfarne monastery was attacked in 793AD the monk Alcuin described the church of St Cuthbert, "splattered with the blood of the priests." New Generation Thinker Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, from Durham University, takes this moment as the starting point for an exploration of the power battles between Vikings and Anglo Saxons which led to the symbolic battles of 1066. Recorded on Saturday 26th October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

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  • R3 Arts: Free Thinking 2013 - Michael Marmot 25 Oct 13

    Sat, 26 Oct 13

    Duration:
    58 mins

    Sir Michael Marmot delivers the opening lecture of the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2013, exploring the traits that determine a healthy life span and arguing that we need to rethink the relationship between health, wealth and self-control. Professor Marmot is one of the global pioneers of research into health inequalities - how stress, status and diet can affect our wellbeing. His ground-breaking Whitehall Studies followed the health and stress levels of British civil servants over a decade and he coined the term "status syndrome" to describe his discovery that being lower down the pecking order leads to a shorter life span. Recorded on Friday 25 October 2013 in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking 2013 - Twenty Minutes - An Interview with Neil Tennant 25 Oct 13

    Fri, 25 Oct 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Neil Tennant, singer of pop duo Pet Shop Boys, grew up in the fishing port of North Shields and went to a Catholic school in Newcastle. He talks to Philip Dodd about the influence of the North East on his career, which began in publishing and magazines. Last year the Pet Shop Boys performed at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics and they have just returned from a tour which has taken them to 29 countries.

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  • Night Waves - The Common Reader 24 Oct 13

    Thu, 24 Oct 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet leads an elite party of literary explorers - Linda Grant, Aminatta Forna, Naomi Alderman and Tim Stanley on an expedition to find "the common reader" -- being stalked by Woolf in the 20th Century and by Johnson in the 18th. Both believed that the common reader "uncorrupted with literary prejudices" was the final arbiter of "poetical honours" so it's a quest that's clearly still relevant today. The question is what does a common reader look like in our digital age? What are they reading? Where? And how?

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  • Night Waves - Landmark: Le Grand Meaulnes 23 Oct 13

    Thu, 24 Oct 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    A Landmark edition in which Anne McElvoy and guests look at Alain-Fournier's celebrated and nostalgic tale of adolescent romance, Le Grand Meaulnes. Michèle Roberts, Hermione Lee and Patrick McGuiness examine it's enduring appeal and legacy from the poetry of its language, to the interlocking mysteries of its plot to the intriguing romantic life and early death of its author, and the story of the woman who inspired him. With readings by Peter Marinker.

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  • Free Thinking - Michael Grigsby 22 Oct 13

    Tue, 22 Oct 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    In the second of 2 programmes from Derry Londonderry Radio 3's Matthew Sweet examines the work and legacy of director Michael Grigsby, who died earlier this year, and who made a trilogy of films in Ulster. In the first two, Too Long A Sacrifice and The Silent War, he invited people to talk about how The Troubles had impacted on their lives. Matthew Sweet is joined by two film-makers who worked closely with Michael Grigsby, Rebekah Tolley and John Furse, to pay tribute to his work. This event was recorded at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry-Londonderry, this year's UK City of Culture.

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  • Free Thinking in the Summer - Derry-Londonderry 21 Oct 13

    Tue, 22 Oct 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    BBC Radio 3's annual Free Thinking festival of ideas continues its summer of activity around the country. In the first of 2 programmes from Derry-Londonderry Matthew Sweet celebrates the city's status as City of Culture 2013 and explores its cultural past and present with a series of discussions, events and interviews recorded at The Playhouse. Writer Owen Hatherley, Derry-based architect Mary Kerrigan and local crime writer Brian McGilloway reflect on the architecture and landscape of Derry and the lives of its citizens.

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  • Night Waves - Eric Schlosser, Richard II 17 Oct 13

    Fri, 18 Oct 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Susannah Clapp joins Anne McElvoy for the very first review of David Tennant’s much anticipated performance as the lead in Shakespeare's Richard II. Writer and journalist Eric Schlosser reveals a series of near-disasters in the history of management of nuclear weapons. New Generation Thinker Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough has a sneak preview of the Illuminating York Festival, which celebrates the city’s Viking history. Richard Burton on his new biography of poet Basil Bunting.

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  • Night Waves - Landmark: Oh What a Lovely War 16 Oct 13

    Thu, 17 Oct 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Fifty years since Oh What a Lovely War was first performed, Night Waves pays tribute to Joan Littlewood's revolutionary anti-war musical. In a programme recorded before an audience at the Theatre Royal Stratford East where the show received its premiere, Samira Ahmed and her guests, the critic, Michael Billington, Erica Whyman from the RSC, the historian, David Kynaston and Murray Melvin from the original cast, discuss how Oh What A Lovely War changed Britain's theatrical landscape and redefined the way the think about the First World War.

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  • Night Waves - Man Booker Prize 15 Oct 13

    Wed, 16 Oct 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd discusses the announcement of the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize with Sarah Churchwell. Susannah Clapp is in the studio discussing Rufus Norris, the director revealed today as the new Artistic Director of the National Theatre. Philip is joined by the Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland and historian of US politics Prof Philip Davis to discuss the current US shutdown. James Malpas and Karen Leeder review the new Paul Klee exhibtion at the Tate Modern. And Philip takes a trip into the heart and history of the Kremlin and asks the historian Catherine Merridale about it's secrets.

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  • Night Waves - Captain Phillips, David Thomson, The Events 14 Oct 13

    Tue, 15 Oct 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Tom Hanks stars as Captain Phillips in the new film from Paul Greengrass; writer Writer Kevin Jackson and Anja Shortland join Matthew Sweet to discuss the film and its portrayal of Somali Piracy. Film historian David Thomson discusses the most memorable moments in films. As David Greig’s play The Events opens, inspired by the Norwegian massacre by Anders Breivik, the director Ramin Gray, forensic psychiatrist Cleo Van Velsen and priest Giles Fraser discuss the possibility of forgiveness in the face of atrocity.

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  • Night Waves - ZSL London Zoo Ep.3 10 Oct 13

    Fri, 11 Oct 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    In the last of Matthew Sweet's visits to ZSL London Zoo we consider our relations with our closest animal relatives - apes. Daniel Simmonds, Keeper at ZSL London Zoo's Gorilla Kingdom, discusses the problems that come with looking after creatures so similar to, but different from us. Is any kind of mutual understanding possible at all? Matthew picks up the theme with anatomist and anthropologist Alice Roberts, physician and philosopher Raymond Tallis and novelist James Lever. So what happens when you stare into the eyes of an ape?

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  • Night Waves - Verdi 200, Dayanita Singh, 2000 years of social media 09 Oct 13

    Thu, 10 Oct 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Social media, as old as Cicero and as revolutionary as Christianity? Tom Standage and William Dutton join Philip Dodd to explore our networked world and to question whether social media alters historic mappings of power and authority. Photographer Dayanita Singh discusses her new retrospective at London’s Hayward gallery and her approach to the camera. As part of Verdi 200, Radio 3’s season celebrating the composer’s bicentenary, music historian Sarah Lenton and scholar René Weis explore Verdi’s passion for Shakespeare.

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  • Night Waves - Masters of Sex 8 Oct 13

    Wed, 9 Oct 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Catholic theologian Hans Küng in his new work asks 'Can We Save The Catholic Church?'. He discusses this and more with Anne McElvoy. Anna Raeburn and Adam Mars-Jones review the first episode of Masters of Sex and discuss the work of Masters and Johnson. In a theatre critique, Susannah Clapp comes straight from the Donmar Warehouse to the studio for a first night review of Arnold Wesker's 'Roots'. And the author Wendy Lower has written a new book 'Hitler's Furies - German women in the Nazi Killing Fields' and Anne asks her what she found there.

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  • Night Waves - Miliband, Slavoj Zizek, Ghosts, Melissa Benn 03 Oct 13

    Fri, 4 Oct 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Jonathan Derbyshire, the Managing Editor of Prospect magazine, and Observer columnist Nick Cohen discuss the genealogy of left wing politics in Britain. The thinker and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek takes on the ideology machine of Hollywood in his new film, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology. Directors Richard Eyre and Stephen Unwin discuss their two respective productions of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, which have both just opened. Melissa Benn asks what messages we are conveying to young women and what advice we should be giving our daughters to empower them for the future.

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  • Night Waves - Landmark: The Old Men at the Zoo 02 Oct 13

    Thu, 3 Oct 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    In Night Waves’ second outing to London Zoo, Matthew Sweet and guests discuss Angus Wilson's 1961 novel 'The Old Men at the Zoo'. Matthew is joined by Wilson's friend and biographer Margaret Drabble, by the poet and novelist Iain Sinclair, and by Jonathan Powell and Margot Hayhoe who brought the story to TV screens in the 1983 BBC series.

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  • Night Waves - Jung Chang & Allende 1 Oct 13

    Wed, 2 Oct 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    With Rana Mitter. Bestselling author of Wild Swans, Jung Chang discusses her new biography of the most important woman in Chinese history; Empress Dowager Cixi. Alastair Sooke survey's a new show by The critics' favourite Young British artist, Sarah Lucas. US historian Tim Stanley joins Rana to discuss former Chilean President Salvador Allende along with the author of a new book on the subject, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera. And our latest contribution to the Sound of Cinema season: Simon Fisher Turner discusses his new soundtrack to The Epic of Everest.

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  • Night Waves - The Clash of Civilisations?, George Grosz, Simon Heffer 30 Sep 13

    Tue, 1 Oct 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Samuel Huntington’s essay ‘The Clash of Civilisations?’ was published twenty years ago; Philip Dodd and guests Douglas Murray, Maria Misra and Gideon Rose discuss the importance and relevance of the essay today. Karen Leeder reviews a new exhibition of the work of George Grosz which focuses on his satirical depictions of bourgeois life in Weimar Berlin. Simon Heffer on his new book High Minds, which explores 1840s-1880s as a period which laid the foundations for modern Britain.

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  • Night Waves - Cate Blanchett, The Ugly Renaissance 26 Sep 13

    Fri, 27 Sep 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Actress Cate Blanchett joins Samira Ahmed to discuss her role in Woody Allen's latest film, Blue Jasmine. Renaissance scholar Alexander Lee, Sarah Dunant and Radio 3 New Generation Thinker John Gallagher reassess the Renaissance and consider whether our view of the period is seen through rose-tinted glasses. Maxim Leo on his new memoir, Red Love, and the compromises involved in living in the DDR. Art critic Joanne Harwood reviews Tate Modern's retrospective of the late Brazilian artist Mira Schendel.

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  • Night Waves - Zaha Hadid, French Cinema Music, Cynicism 25 Sep 13

    Thu, 26 Sep 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Architect Zaha Hadid joins Rana Mitter to reflect on her designs for the Serpentine's new Sackler Gallery. Critics Ian Christie and Muriel Zagha discuss the sounds and music of French Cinema. Philosopher Julian Baggini and Classicist Richard Seaford consider the pros and cons of cynicism towards the public sphere.

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  • Sound of Cinema - Baz Luhrmann & Craig Armstrong

    Wed, 25 Sep 13

    Duration:
    19 mins

    Australian director Baz Luhrmann shot to fame in 1992 with Strictly Ballroom and was nominated in 2003 for seven Tony awards for his Broadway production of La Boheme. He's best known however for his bright and brash films Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby which was released earlier this year. On all three he has worked with Glasgow based composer Craig Armstrong who studied with Cornelius Cardew and began his career as in-house composer at the city's Tron Theatre. Baz and Craig explain to Tom Service how their creative relationship works and reflect on the role of music in Baz's films.

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  • Sound of Cinema - Carter Burwell

    Wed, 25 Sep 13

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Carter Burwell is famed for scoring the films of the iconic Coen Brothers, from 1984's Blood Simple to Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and No Country for Old Men; they have one of the longest standing collaborations in the industry. Burwell was born in New York City where in the 1980s he played in a number of punk bands and worked at the New York Institute of Technology where he was first approached by the Coens. He talks to Tom Service about how he goes about approaching each score, for the Coen Brothers as well as other regular collaborators Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, Gods and Monsters), Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), and Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths).

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  • Sound of Cinema - James Horner

    Wed, 25 Sep 13

    Duration:
    20 mins

    As part of the BBC's Sound of Cinema season, Tom Service talks to ten-time Academy Award nominee James Horner. Horner was born in Los Angeles but spent his early years in London and studied at the Royal College of Music before returning to California to pursue a doctorate in composition. Having initially intended composing concert music he fell into the film industry more or less by accident. His award winning collaboration with James Cameron has spanned three decades, from Aliens in 1986 to the biggest selling soundtrack of all time Titanic, and most recently 2009's Avatar, and he has also regularly worked with Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13), and Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Apocalypto).

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  • Sound of Cinema - Ken Loach and George Fenton

    Wed, 25 Sep 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Acclaimed director Ken Loach and composer George Fenton have collaborated on fourteen films together in the last two decades. Beginning in 1994 with Ladybird Ladybird, they have worked together on titles including Sweet Sixteen, My Name is Joe, Looking for Eric, and the Palme d'Or-winning The Wind that Shakes the Barley. Currently working on a new release for 2014 being filmed in Ireland, they take time out to talk to Tom Service about the role of music in Ken's films - how it can make the specific universal and bring to the fore real emotions rather than false ones.

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  • Night Waves - Loyalty & Shunga 24 Sep 13

    Wed, 25 Sep 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    In the light of recent revelations about feuding in the Labour party does it make sense to demand or even expect loyalty from people in public life? Two former newspaper editors, Andreas Whittam Smith and David Yelland will be joining Philip Dodd to give their opinions. Also in the programme the historian, Tom Holland, will be sharing his passion for Herodotus; Tim Clark and Rosina Butler will be discussing the evolution of the Japanese erotic print; and the Magnum photographer, Martin Parr will be paying tribute to one of his gurus - the late Tony Ray Jones.

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  • Night Waves - ZSL London Zoo 23 Sep 13

    Tue, 24 Sep 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    In the first of three special programmes from ZSL London Zoo, Matthew Sweet examines the Zoo as cultural institution. Matthew discusses the Zoo's current incarnation as conservation centre with ZSL's Zoological Director David Field and head of the Tiger Conservation Programme Sarah Christie, and takes a tour of the Zoo with architecture critic Ellis Woodman to explore the peculiarities of designing housing for animals.

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  • Night Waves - The Innocents 18 Sep 13

    Thu, 19 Sep 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    A Landmark edition recorded in front of an audience at the British Film Institute as part of the Sound of Cinema season: Matthew Sweet is joined by the film's stars Peter Wyngarde and Clytie Jessop, psychoanalyst Susie Orbach, writer and critic Christopher Frayling and stage and screenwriter Jeremy Dyson to examine the British horror classic The Innocents. They explore how the combination of cinematography, the script of William Archibald and Truman Capote and Georges Auric's original music and the direction of Jack Clayton created a masterpiece that terrified even the critics.

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  • Night Waves - Rory Kinnear 18 Sep 13

    Thu, 19 Sep 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Actor Rory Kinnear, currently playing Iago at the National Theatre, discusses the challenges of writing his first play. Samira Ahmed talks to the Australian Art exhibition curator at The RA and to Edmund Capon, former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, whose television series The Art of Australia starts next month. Kit Davis assesses a landmark of American cinema, Michael Roemer's 1964 film Nothing But A Man. And Roger Highfield and Eliane Glaser discuss the idea of the scientist as hero and curator of wonder.

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  • Night Waves - Margaret Atwood 17 Sep 13

    Tue, 17 Sep 13

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to celebrated Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood whose latest novel MaddAddam competes her dystopian trilogy that began a decade ago with Oryx and Crake and continued six years later with The Year of the Flood.

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  • Night Waves - Simon Schama, Beeban Kidron, End of Human Rights 16 Sep 13

    Tue, 17 Sep 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Historian Simon Schama joins Philip Dodd to discuss his book and TV series The Story of the Jews. Stephen Hopgood and Clive Stafford Smith debate the pros and cons of the human rights industry, and whether it has shifted to serve Western interests. Director Beeban Kidron on her documentary InRealLife, which explores the impact of the internet on children and young people.

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  • Night Waves - John le Carre special 12 Sept 13

    Fri, 13 Sep 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    In a special event recorded in front of an audience at London's Royal College of Music Anne McElvoy talks to John le Carré to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking Cold War espionage novel, The Spy who Came in from the Cold. It's the book which brought him international fame and which was described by Graham Greene as 'the best spy story I have ever read'. He discusses his extraordinary childhood as well as the state of Britain today, and the revelations of whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden.

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  • Night Waves - Richard Dawkins & Tacita Dean 11 Sept 13

    Thu, 12 Sep 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd is joined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins speaking about his new memoir - An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist. Plus Tacita Dean speaks about about her new film 'JG' premiering in a new exhibition of her work at London's Frith Street and theatre critic Susannah Clapp reviews 'The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, a new play by Dennis Kelly at London's Royal Court.

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  • Night Waves - Women on stage, Wilkie Collins, A.I. 10 Sep 13

    Tue, 10 Sep 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Actor Diana Quick, playwright Jessica Swale and critic Susannah Clapp join Matthew Sweet to discuss the changing role of women, as reflected in the theatre. The works of Henry Moore and Francis Bacon are brought together in the Ashmolean Museum's exhibition ‘Flesh and Bone’ - art critic Bill Feaver reviews. Andrew Lycett discusses the founding father of Victorian sensation-fiction, Wilkie Collins. Professor Nello Cristianini explores the shifts in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

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  • Night Waves - Booker Prize 2013 & Patrick Leigh Fermor 10 Sept 13

    Tue, 10 Sep 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Rana Mitter assesses the shortlist for this year's Booker prize and speaks to nominee Jhumpa Lahiri. Joanna Bourke and Paul Schulte examines the history of chemical warfare and our ambivalence to it. Plus Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper celebrate the publication of the long awaited final instalment of Patrick Leigh Fermor's account of his journey from the Hook of Holland to the Bosphorus and beyond.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Proms Poetry Competition 06 Sep 13

    Tue, 10 Sep 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Ian McMillan, Judith Palmer and Don Paterson introduce the winning entries in this year's Proms Poetry Competition - and welcome some of the winners on stage to read their poems. The reader is Samantha Bond. Recorded in front of an audience at this year's Proms Plus events at the Royal College of Music. In Association with the Poetry Society.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Louis MacNeice 02 Sep 13

    Thu, 5 Sep 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and poet Paul Farley on the work of one of the most popular and influential of the Thirties poets, Louis MacNeice, the BBC producer who worked with Benjamin Britten and W.H. Auden and whose most enduring work, Autumn Journal, is set amid the upheaval of the period leading up to the Second World War. MacNeice died fifty years ago this week. There's also a Proms appreciation of fellow Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney whose death was announced on Friday. Ian McMillan presents. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this summer's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - The Sound of Outer Space 31 Aug 13

    Thu, 5 Sep 13

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Capturing the sound of dark matter, comets and distant planets is one of the toughest tasks a film composer can face. Matthew Sweet talks to composers Anna Meredith and Miguel Mera about the ways in which film composers have met the challenge. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this summer's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Billy Budd 27 Aug 13

    Wed, 28 Aug 13

    Duration:
    21 mins

    D.H. Lawrence hailed Herman Melville's novella, Billy Budd, a masterpiece when it was first published in 1924. Then, in 1951, came Britten's opera, adapted from the book. The writers Philip Hoare and Jamila Gavin join Rana Mitter to explore the book's themes of good and evil, justice and the law and the actor Peter Marinker will be on hand to illustrate their remarks with readings from the book. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Music & Cinema 26 Aug 13

    Tue, 27 Aug 13

    Duration:
    21 mins

    From the very first days of silent film to the contemporary CGI blockbuster, music has always played a crucial role in cinema, guiding the audience throught the story, keeping their attention, fixing time and place. The film composer Debbie Wiseman and critic David Benedict discuss with Matthew Sweet the ways in which movie makers have created mood with music. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Britten & Poetry 21 Aug 13

    Wed, 21 Aug 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Benjamin Britten's compositions were inspired by the work of many poets and novelists, including Wilfred Owen, W.H. Auden, Blake, Shakespeare, Henry James and Thomas Mann. The actor Samuel West, who has narrated some of Britten's films, and writer Alexandra Harris explore the relationship between words and music. Presented by Ian McMillan and including readings by Malcolm Sinclair. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Rudolf Nureyev 15 Aug 13

    Fri, 16 Aug 13

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Rudolf Nureyev was one of the greatest dancers of the 20th century. His charisma and electrifying stage presence made him a superstar and he transformed the status and even the expected appearance of the male dancer. Twenty years after his death the former director of the Royal Ballet, Dame Monica Mason, who partnered him in Hamlet, and his biographer, Julie Kavanagh, celebrate his life and legacy with Samira Ahmed. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Sylvia Plath 08 Aug 13

    Fri, 9 Aug 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Sylvia Plath and the publication of her novel, The Bell Jar, the writer, Lavinia Greenlaw and the critic, Sally Bayley, look back on the legacy of a remarkable poet with readings by Buffy Davis. Born in Boston in 1932 Plath moved to England to study at Cambridge where she met and married the poet Ted Hughes. Her first collection of poems, Colossus, was published here in 1960. In 1962 she wrote most of the poems which would form her best known collection, Ariel. She died in February 1963 during one of the most severe winters on record in Britain. Ariel and The Bell Jar were published after her death. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Romanticism 03 Aug 13

    Mon, 5 Aug 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Robert Crawford and Fiona Stafford discuss how the Romantic movement linked Beethoven with the poetry of Scottish writers such as Burns, James Macpherson and Walter Scott. Presented by Susan Hitch. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Michael Tippett 01 Aug 13

    Fri, 2 Aug 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Rana Mitter introduces an anthology of unexpected readings from the letters and autobiography of the English composer Michael Tippett. With guests Ivan Hewett and Oliver Soden. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Light Music 31 Jul 13

    Thu, 1 Aug 13

    Duration:
    21 mins

    The writers Simon Heffer and Andrew O'Hagan discuss the halcyon days of light music at the BBC and beyond with Matthew Sweet. With its jaunty melodies and cascading strings, they restore it to its proper place: the heart of British musical life. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - John le Carré 29 Jul 13

    Tue, 30 Jul 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    In a special event John le Carré celebrates the 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking Cold War espionage novel, The Spy who Came in from the Cold, the book which brought him international fame and which was described by Graham Greene as 'the best spy story I have ever read'. Anne McElvoy presents in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events, with readings by John Shrapnel.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Staging Wagner 27 Jul 13

    Mon, 29 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Wagner's stage directions are notorious: giant dragons; underwater singing; horses on stage; storms; destruction by raging fires. Designer Peter Mumford and Dr John Snelson of the ROH discuss the solutions available to 21st century artists and some famous 19th and 20th century stagings. Presented by Anne McElvoy and including readings by David Rintoul. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Playing Falstaff 24 Jul 13

    Thu, 25 Jul 13

    Duration:
    22 mins

    What makes Falstaff, Prince Hal's fat, boastful and cowardly companion so irresistible to writers and composers? The character appears in several Shakespeare plays and in musical works by Verdi, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Salieri. Samira Ahmed talks to Timothy West and Desmond Barrit about their experience of playing one of Shakespeare's greatest characters.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Poles in Britain 17 Jul 13

    Thu, 18 Jul 13

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Polish is the third most spoken language in the UK, after English and Welsh, and the 2011 census found over half a million Poles living in Britain. But you don't need to speak Polish in order to embrace Polish culture, thanks to a current boom in translating Polish novels into English. Rana Mitter asks the Polish-born writers Eva Hoffman and A.M. Bakalar to provide a guide to the most exciting writing coming out of Poland today. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as part of this year's Proms Plus events.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Mahler 15 Jul 13

    Tue, 16 Jul 13

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Rana Mitter talks to conductor and music blogger Kenneth Woods to bust some popular Mahler myths. Actor Nicholas Boulton reads extracts from his passionate and sometimes monstrous letters to Alma. The stormy angst-ridden man of popular perception had a very different side to him according to Kenneth and a rare audio recording provides a chance to hear a first-hand account of what he was like from a musician who actually worked under him. Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music as the first of this year's Literary Proms Plus events.

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  • Night Waves - Boris Johnson 11 July 13

    Thu, 11 Jul 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    In conversation with Anne McElvoy, Boris Johnson discusses leadership ambitions, what Cicero has to teach us about politics, and why a politician should sometimes dare to be dull. Sarah Frankcom tells Anne why she and Maxine Peake are reviving Shelley's poetic account of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. New Generation Thinker John Gallagher guides the listener on a romp through 16th century phrasebooks for travellers. And writer Tim Lott and critic Kate Muir discuss depictions of holidays gone wrong in film.

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  • Free Thinking in the Summer 10 Jul 13

    Thu, 11 Jul 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Rana Mitter chairs a debate from the York Festival of Ideas on whether we can afford ethical business. The panel includes The Guardian's Lucy Siegle, Adrian Wooldridge of The Economist, founder of Ethical Superstore Andy Redfern and economist Virginie Perotin. As austerity bites into family finances and public services, cheap goods seem ever more attractive, even vital. But is there a price to pay in fairness, and to the environment? York has a long history of making ethical business ideals a reality, but can those ideas be carried forward into the era of austerity?

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  • Night Waves - Egypt's democracy 09 July 13

    Wed, 10 Jul 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd is joined by the historian Tom Holland and the political scientist Salwa Ismail to try to make sense of the new Egyptian revolution unfolding in front of us. Actress Diana Quick reflects on playing Eva, a charming but controlling German-Jewish émigré in Richard Greenberg's play The American Plan. James Malpas reviews the new exhibition of Laura Knight's portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. And to discuss how to make our evolving cities more habitable, Philip is joined by Richard Sennett, Amanda Levete and Gerard Evenden.

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  • Night Waves - Clive James 08 Jul 13

    Tue, 9 Jul 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to award-winning director Jane Campion about her new TV drama series, Top of the Lake, set amidst the remote landscape of her native New Zealand. Clive James, Australian born poet and broadcaster, is best known for his irreverent TV chat shows and autobiographical memoirs. His output has been curtailed in recent years due to serious illness but he has just published a new translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. He explains why this project was so important and what he's learnt through being forced to stop and reflect on his life.

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  • Free Thinking in the Summer - Chalke 04 Jul 13

    Thu, 4 Jul 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    BBC Radio 3's annual Free Thinking festival of ideas continues its summer of activity as it takes up residency at leading summer events across the country. Anne McElvoy chairs a debate from the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History festival to examine how the British have looked to their history to give them a sense of national identity, and explores whether a sense of belonging and citizenship can be found from our past. The guests include historians Michael Wood, Helen Castor and Tom Holland and the MP and writer Kwasi Kwarteng.

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  • Free Thinking in the Summer - Hay 03 Jul 13

    Wed, 3 Jul 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Philip Dodd discusses the Problem with Love with behavioural scientist Dylan Evans, television presenter Esther Rantzen, Costa Prize-winning author AL Kennedy and singer and writer Pat Kane. Is it bad for us? How does love alter our brains and our bodies? What impact will social media and changing gender relations have on the future of love? The edition is was recorded at the recent HowTheLightGetsIn philosophy and music festival as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking in the Summer.

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  • Night Waves - Dystopia & Mexico 02 July 13

    Wed, 3 Jul 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Two new dystopian novels by the scientist Susan Greenfield and academic Martin Goodman give Matthew Sweet the chance to ask whether dystopias ever really go away, and even if they don't do they ever say anything constructive about the future? Henry Gee joins the discussion. Director Ben Wheatley's latest work A Field In England sits squarely in the middle of the honourable tradition in British cinema of horror films set in the country. Wheatley joins Matthew along with the writer Iain Sinclair to discuss the genre. And Matthew reviews the Royal Academy's latest exhibition 'Mexico: A Revolution in Art,1910 - 1940,' with Sarah Kent and Amanda Hopkinson.

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  • Night Waves - Vali Nasr 01 Jul 13

    Tue, 2 Jul 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Rana Mitter talks to Washington insider Vali Nasr about his new book 'The Dispensable Nation - American Foreign Policy in Retreat.' The reputation of Alfred Russel Wallace, co-founder with Darwin of the Theory of Natural Selection, has now regained its former lustre. Rana and guests discuss why one of Victorian Britain's greatest scientists fell into obscurity. Ibrahim El-Salahi has a major retrospective at Tate Modern and exhibition curator, Salah Hassan explains the Sudanese artist's crucial role in the evolution of the reputation of African Art. Mount Fuji has finally gained World Heritage Status - Martin Dusinberre explains its central role in Japanese culture.

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  • Night Waves - Claire Messud 27 June 13

    Fri, 28 Jun 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    With Anne McElvoy, including an interview with the best-selling american novelist Claire Messud about her latest book The Woman Upstairs featuring a narrator consumed with anger. David Runciman, Michela Massimi and Matthew Taylor join Anne to examine the genesis of "Progress", the idea and the extent to which it remains persuasive, despite the setback of the 20th Century. Adam Mars Jones reviews a new biopic written and directed by David Mamet in which Al Pacino plays the music producer Phil Spector. And Joshua Oppenheimer reflects on his gripping but chilling documentary The Act Of Killing.

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  • Free Thinking in the Summer 26 Jun 13

    Wed, 26 Jun 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Rana Mitter chairs a Free Thinking debate from the annual 12-hour My Night With Philosophers festival at the Institut Français on the role of philosophy in public life, and asks what can the tools of philosophy offer the European political mindscape in the current climate?

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  • Night Waves - Melanie Phillips 25 June 13

    Wed, 26 Jun 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Journalist and broadcaster Melanie Phillips discusses her autobiography Guardian Angel with Matthew Sweet and explains her dramatic transition from the darling of Britain's liberal left, to the Daily Mail's star columnist. Director Simon Godwin, theatre critic Susannah Clapp and TV writer Philip Martin discuss just how porous the theatrical "fourth wall" can be. And Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Jonathan Dee on his new novel A Thousand Pardons.

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  • Night Waves - Lowry 24 Jun 13

    Tue, 25 Jun 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd and Susan Hitch review a new production of Benjamin Britten's Gloriana at the ROH. As a new academic journal of Porn Studies is announced Philip and guests discuss whether being morally neutral about pornography is possible or desirable. Sarah Peverley is one of this year's New Generation Thinkers and in her first Night Waves outing she considers the figure of King Arthur. A major exhibition of Lowry's urban landscapes has opened at Tate Britain. Curator T.J.Clark talks about how Lowry's growing stature in the British art world coincided with the disappearance of the industrialised land he depicted.

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  • Night Waves - David Edgar 20 June 13

    Fri, 21 Jun 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to David Edgar about his new play 'If Only' which focuses on The Coalition Government. Composer Orlando Gough tells us about his role in a one-off-art event celebrating the UK's long-silent foghorns in the north-east of England. Geographer Danny Dorling explains why he believes the predicted population explosion won't happen and even if it does, we might just cope, with Nick Bostrom in discussion. And Adam Broomberg discusses his works with Oliver Chanarin and why their concern is mistrust of the images which saturate our lives.

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  • Night Waves - The Wasp Factory 19 June 13

    Thu, 20 Jun 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd goes to the V&A to speak to Hari Kunzru about his new work, and discusses manipulation of memory, and our anxieties about forgetting, with the actor Edward Petherbridge, the historical novelist Lawrence Norfolk, and memory expert Professor Giuliana Mazzoni. The writer Val McDermid talks to Philip Dodd about the remarkable book, The Wasp Factory and its impact, and her friend and fellow writer Iain Banks. And historian, Rebecca Steinfeld, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, on "the war of the wombs" in Israel, a battle that pits Jewish against Arabic reproductive power.

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  • Free Thinking in the Summer 18 Jun 13

    Tue, 18 Jun 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    BBC Radio 3's annual Free Thinking festival of ideas hits the road this summer as it takes up residency at leading summer events across the country. Rana Mitter chairs a debate from the York Festival of Ideas on the legacy of the War of the Roses with Helen Castor, Sandy Grant and Mark Ormrod reflecting on how the Wars of the Roses shaped the country from the 15th century right up to the present day. In the year that Richard III's remains were identified beneath a Leicester Car Park, why does the Wars of the Roses continue to exert such a hold over our imaginations, from Game of Thrones to new BBC series The White Queen?

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  • Night Waves - Conor McPherson 17 Jun 13

    Tue, 18 Jun 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to Conor McPherson about his new play The Night Alive, working with his own material as writer and director, violence on stage and his muses. On the 700th anniversary of Boccaccio's birth, Matthew is joined by Massimo Riva, Guyda Armstrong and Lindsay Johns to discuss the relevance of the Florentine author today. David Kynaston has been 'Opening the Box' on the years 1957 - 59, the third in his series of books looking across the history of post-war Britain. But are we just too sentimental about the 1950s? New Generation Thinker Chris Harding explains how religions and scientific psychology and psychiatry are drawing ever closer together in our modern consciousness.

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  • Night Waves - Neil Gaiman 13 Jun 13

    Fri, 14 Jun 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to Neil Gaiman, prolific award-winning author of novels for adults and children alike and writer for radio and television about new novel, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. Historian, Selina Todd, writer and novelist Bidisha, and Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley tiptoe round a debate raging across social media, 'check your privilege’. Universe Cosmologist consultant, Marcus Chown reports back from Visions of the Universe exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

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  • Night Waves - Joss Whedon 12 Jun 13

    Thu, 13 Jun 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Samira Ahmed talks to Joss Whedon, creator of the cult TV hit Buffy The Vampire Slayer, whose new film is a modern dress version of Much Ado About Nothing. Marianne Elliott talks about her new production of Tennessee Williams's play Sweet Bird of Youth, starring Kim Cattrall as a Hollywood leading lady whose youth is fading. Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Greg Tate looks back to a famous debate on Education between Matthew Arnold and T.H. Huxley which throws an interesting light on the current over-heated discussions about what our children should be taught.

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  • Night Waves - The Amen Corner 11 June 13

    Wed, 12 Jun 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    A first night review of the National Theatre's revival of James Baldwin's drama The Amen Corner, starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Matthew Sweet along with Susannah Clapp and Lindsay Johns review. Are conspiracy theories the sign of a decayed or thriving democracy? Discussing are Professor Sir Richard Evans, David Aaronovitch and Eliane Glaser. New Generation Thinker John Gallagher meditates on the pleasures and pitfalls of disguise for the sixteenth century traveller. And Matthew interviews Rachel Kushner whose latest novel, The Flamethrowers is about the art and radicalism of the 1970's.

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  • Night Waves - Turkey 10 Jun 13

    Tue, 11 Jun 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd examines A Crisis of Brilliance a new exhibition at London's Dulwich Picture gallery with the curator David Boyd-Haycock. As Turkey's anti-government protest continues, Elif Shafak, Karl Sharro and Professor Benjamin Fortna, explore the underlying reasons for civil society's dissatisfactions. Sarah Dillon is one of this year's New Generation Thinkers and her column is on the role of analogy in science. Søren Kierkegaard, the grandfather of existentialism, was also a sophisticated humourist. Philip is joined by theologian George Pattison and the Danish comedian Claus Damgaard for a Kierkegaardian lesson in freedom.

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  • Night Waves - Chagall Reviewed 06 June 13

    Fri, 7 Jun 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Alex Harris and Anne McElvoy review the latest Marc Chagall exhibition at the Tate Liverpool. Andrew Simms and Stephen D. King discuss the "End of Western Affluence". Anne talks to Cornelia Parker about her latest exhibition at Frith Street Gallery. And one of this year's Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough reflects on the possible relationship between Nordic Noir TV and Old Norse Tales.

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  • Night Waves - Bill Viola 05 June 13

    Thu, 6 Jun 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd talks to internationally renowned video artist Bill Viola about his latest show: nine major new works in a museum-scale exhibition in London. What is the play, A Satire of the Three Estates relevance to Scottish identity today? We ask Professor Greg Walker who has restored the text, and theatre critic Joyce McMillan. Award-winning documentary maker Norma Percy discusses her latest series on the Iraq war and Jules Evans, one of this year's Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers, reflects on philosophy.

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  • Night Waves - China Growth 04 June 13

    Wed, 5 Jun 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    What will China's economy look like in ten years' time? Liam Byrne an MP, is also a passionate advocate for stronger relations with China and he joins Rana Mitter and Linda Yueh to discuss our future with China. In recent years India-watchers have noted a worrying drift away from freedom of speech and to discuss this with Rana are Soli Sorabjee, Vappala Balachandran, Flavia Agnes and Tim Garton Ash. And New Generation Thinker Alice Hall asks how helpful is the label 'superhuman' for disabled atheletes if we want to understand the real problems faced by disabled people today?

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  • Night Waves - Camp 03 Jun 13

    Tue, 4 Jun 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet is joined by writer, Mark Ravenhill and literary critic, Sos Eltis to consider Steven Soderbergh's film - Behind the Candelabra. They’ll also discuss what it adds to our understanding of "camp" and its part in contemporary culture. Art historian T J Clark, talks about his latest book, Picasso and Truth. The aim, he says, is to sweep away the tittle tattle which so often passes for Picasso criticism so that we can get a clear view of the artist's achievement. New Generation Thinker Fern Riddell examines female political violence in Edwardian Britain.

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  • Night Waves - Suffrage Plays 30 May 13

    Fri, 31 May 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to Debra Craine about British choreographer Akram Khan’s new work, iTMOi or In the Mind of Igor, which takes inspiration from Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Environmentalist George Monbiot's new book Feral argues for a "rewilding" of Britain, and a reintroduction of beavers, boars and controversially, wolves. Former Director of the National Trust Dame Fiona Reynolds has a totally different approach. New Generation thinker and Tudor historian Jonathan Healey reports from the new Mary Rose Museum. Naomi Paxton and Fern Riddell discuss the Actresses' Franchise League and the plays they wrote to support the cause of Women's Suffrage.

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  • Night Waves - Race & Statistics 29 May 13

    Thu, 30 May 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd reviews the UK premiere of David Mamet's controversial play Race and discusses its impact and arguments with Susannah Clapp and Kit Davies. Nate Silver is the star statistician who accurately predicted the results of every state in the 2012 US election and tells Philip that every child should study statistics. RB Kitaj talks about his new show at the British Museum. And Philip and guests discuss the moral implications of giving and being grateful.

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  • Night Waves - Morality and the Law 28 May 13

    Wed, 29 May 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy discusses ethics and the law after several politicians have complained recently about tax avoidance by big companies. To discuss are Geoffrey Robertson QC, Mark Littlewood and Angie Hobbs. Australian writer Andrew Upton talks about his sometimes controversial adaptations of classic Russian plays and explains to Anne why he inserted an egg fight into his recent production of Maxim Gorky's Children of the Sun. And writer Philip Hoare explores his fascination and fear of the sea when he talks to Anne about his new book; "The Sea Inside".

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  • Night Waves - Childhood 27 May 13

    Mon, 27 May 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet examines our current and past attitudes to childhood and asks whether nurturing children is something that we should deregulate or attempt to reform. He’s joined by Jay Griffiths, author of Kith - in which she argues that children in Brazilian rain forests are happier than those in Western cities, Hugh Cunningham, historian and author of the Invention of Childhood, sociologist Frank Furedi, who coined the phrase paranoid parenting, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Irish-Nigerian poet, playwright and Carnegie medal winner Meg Rosoff who writes fiction for children and young adults.

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  • Night Waves - Wagner 200 23 May 13

    Fri, 24 May 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    With Anne McElvoy. It is of course 200 years this week since the birth of the composer who perhaps excites more strong opinions about his life and work than any other. Professor Paul Rose, Barry Emslie and Dr Barbara Eichner discuss Wagner and antisemitism. What about Prague as a capital of the 20th century? Defending this thought is Derek Sayer and discussing it with him is Andrew Lass and Dr Rajendra Chitnis. And Anne speaks to Michael Landy about his new exhibition at the National Gallery, Saints Alive.

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  • Night Waves - Khaled Hosseini 22 May 13

    Thu, 23 May 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Former physician and best-selling author, Khaled Hosseini talks to Rana Mitter about his latest novel - And the Mountains Echoed - his charity relief work in Afghanistan, and his thoughts on writing a sympathetic Taliban character. As the Man Booker International Prize is announced, Night Waves is first to speak to the winner and discuss the body of their work. What is the way forward for psychiatry? Rana is joined by Lucy Johnstone, Tom Burns and Matthew Smith to discuss. And a first night review by Susannah Clapp of the winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Digraced.

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  • Night Waves - James Salter 21 May 13

    Wed, 22 May 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to the American writer, James Salter...although writer seems rather an inadequate description. He's been a fighter pilot, a rock climber and a film maker as well sitting at a desk staring at a blank page. His memoir Burning the Days came out in the UK in 1997 to huge acclaim and he's published some short stories since then as well but now, after a gap of 34 years, there's a brand new novel - All That Is. Matthew Sweet talks to him about the thrill of flying, women, grief and the consolations of fiction.

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  • Night Waves - Italian Mafia 20 May 13

    Tue, 21 May 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Samira Ahmed talks with Lee Smolin, a controversial and prominent figure in the field of theoretical physics, about the search for a new kind of theory that can be applied to the whole universe challenging the way we experience time. Is Italy a Mafia republic? Acclaimed Mafia historian John Dickie, political journalist Annalisa Piras and author Clare Longrigg discuss. Samuel Beckett's 'Not I' premiered 40 years ago. To mark the anniversary the Royal Court theatre is staging the piece again, performed by Lisa Dwan. Lisa and Derval Tubridy, join Samira. Challenges to our concept of the physical world abound with recent news in technological advances. Philosopher Julian Baggini reflects on conceiving the inconceivable.

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  • Night Waves - Jesse Norman 16 May 13

    Fri, 17 May 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy examines the political legacy of Edmund Burke with Conservative MP Jesse Norman, who is keen to point out differences between Burke's more communitarian conservatism and the liberal individualism espoused by some people who describe themselves as conservatives today. Exploring a new exhibition on propaganda and power at the British Library are Eliane Glaser, author of Get Real: How To Tell It Like It Is In A World Of Illusion and Matthew McGregor, Political Director of Blue State Digital who was involved in the 2012 Obama election campaign. Sean Holmes, artistic director of the Lyric Theatre, the actor Adjoa Andoh and Geoff Colman, Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama discuss the future of acting.

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  • Night Waves - Peter Brook 15 May 13

    Wed, 15 May 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to Peter Brook. The theatre director has had a lifelong relationship with Shakespeare which he has explored in his productions of plays including A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear and Hamlet starring actors such as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Paul Scofield. He discusses his new book of essays reflecting on the playwright, The Quality of Mercy.

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  • Night Waves - The Great Gatsby 14 May 13

    Wed, 15 May 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    With Samira Ahmed. Sarah Churchwell and Kevin Jackson discuss the Great Gatsby as a new film, directed by Baz Luhrmann is released. Samira talks to the Indian architect Charles Correa about how he attempts to marry modernism with concern for local meaning in his work. And Samira is joined by historian and blogger Tim Stanley, the historian of Communism Robert Service, and the leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett to discuss political movements.

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  • Night Waves - Death 13 May 13

    Tue, 14 May 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet visits Tate Britain’s unveiling of a comprehensive new vision of its permanent collection. Thematic presentation gives way to strict chronology. Susannah Clapp gives a first night review of Public Enemy, a new production of Ibsen's play about corruption and the nature of the public good. New research has revealed only a very small percentage of the population has made plans for the end of their lives. Matthew and guests discuss the idea of the good death. F R Leavis’ spirit has been summoned to the discussion table in the recent wranglings about what should be taught to children in schools. David Ellis, who studied with, and the novelist Margaret Drabble discuss his influence and reputation.

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  • Night Waves - The Hot House 09 May 13

    Fri, 10 May 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy applies herself to the crisis of modern banking, the plight of buildings in Moscow and a masterpiece of British theatre. She talks to Simon Russell Beale and John Simm about the latter, Pinter's early tragicomdedy, The Hothouse, before sharing notes on bankers with the academic economist, Anat Admati and then enlisting the views of the conservationist, Clem Cecil about the Melnikov House - one of the jewels in Russia's modernist crown. She’s also joined by Karen Leeder and Catherine Merridale to discuss the power that Hitler and Stalin still exert over writers in Germany and Russia.

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  • Night Waves - Rothko Returns to Latvia 08 May 13

    Thu, 9 May 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    The Mark Rothko Arts Centre has opened its doors for the first time and some of his paintings return to his birthplace in Daugavpils, Latvia. Philip Dodd journeys there to speak to curator, for whom the project has been a labour of love, and Rothko's children about their father's memories of the city. John Beddington is the former chief scientific advisor to the government. He’s represented the interests of the scientific community to Whitehall during an era of massive cutbacks in public spending. He talks to Philip about what role scientists play in the big decisions of public life?

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  • Night Waves - Peter Nichols 07 May 13

    Wed, 8 May 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Rana Mitter talks to the playwright Peter Nichols as his 1981 Passion Play opens again in the West End with Zoe Wanamaker as the betrayed wife Eleanor. In his latest book Strictly Bipolar, psychoanalyst Darian Leader looks at the cultural setting for bipolar disorder, and suggests a new way of making sense of the condition. And the architect Sunand Prasad and critic Rowan Moore discuss meaning in architecture and the role of the audience - or the public as we call them when discussing buildings rather than plays - in creating that meaning.

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  • Night Waves - Terence Stamp 06 May 13

    Tue, 7 May 13

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to actor, writer and international screen star Terence Stamp as a season of his films re-examines his career at London's British Film Institute.

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  • Night Waves - Future Warfare 2 May 13

    Thu, 2 May 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy hosts a special edition looking at the state of warfare in the modern world. Today Western nations find themselves in conflicts with enemy networks, rather than enemy nations, the technology of war has developed to using unmanned aerial vehicles, and our increasing reliance on the internet raises the spectre cyber warfare. Do these developments mean we've entered a new era for warfare? What do they mean for the ethics of conflict in the modern world?

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  • Night Waves - Billy Liar 01 May 13

    Thu, 2 May 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    50 years since 'Billy Liar' was released Samira Ahmed talks to one of the film’s stars, Helen Fraser, and film historian Melanie Williams to discuss its role in British cinema. When it comes to success and leadership, are those who are extroverted given an unfair advantage? Susan Cain, who argues the power of the introvert is undervalued, Julia Hobsbawm, the business woman dubbed the "Queen of Networking", and the cultural historian Henry Hitchings discuss. Sarah Kent talks about the artist Ellen Gallagher’s new exhibition, AxMe. And Michael Burleigh argues the collapse of colonial empires after World War II led to countless vicious power struggles and that the consequences of distant wars are still with us.

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  • Night Waves - Tony Garnett 30 Apr 13

    Wed, 1 May 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd talks to film and television producer Tony Garnett about his career including his early BBC work with Ken Loach, the traumatic death of his parents. Margaret Mead was a famous anthropologist who fought for a seat at the table of international relations for her discipline. Discussing her legacy and the shifting status of anthropology are Peter Mandler, author of a new book about her, and the anthropologist Kit Davies. In his latest book Steve Jones asks how the Bible fares as a scientific textbook. He joins Philip to discuss the science of culture and the culture of science.

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  • Night Waves - The Octoroon 29 Apr 13

    Tue, 30 Apr 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet is on stage at the Theatre Royal Stratford East for a post-performance discussion of The Octoroon, by Dion Boucicault, which can be heard on Sunday 5 May 2013 on Drama on 3. To discuss the enduring appeal and legacy of the play, Matthew Sweet is joined by playwright Mark Ravenhill, who adapted the play for Radio 3; the cultural commentator Kit Davis; the Victorian theatre expert Anne Varty; and two of the cast members, Amaka Okafor and Golden Globe nominee Toby Jones. As the play’s attitudes reflect the time in which it is set, this edition contains some language now regarded as racist.

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  • Night Waves - Simon Schama 25 Apr 13

    Fri, 26 Apr 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Simon Schama joins Anne McElvoy to discuss his foray into literature, and the controversy it caused amongst historians. As a new series starts on BBC 2 looking at American Primetime TV, Simon Schama, Alan Yentob and American TV Executive Caryn Mandabach discuss how popular American TV series have reflected American social history. Kamila Shamsie, reflects on Intizar Husain and his masterpiece, Basti, a vivid fictional account of Pakistan from partition to the present that has made its author one of the frontrunners for this year's Man Booker International Prize. David Darcy reviews a musical about the life of Imelda Marcos written by the musician and artist David Byrne.

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  • Night Waves - Englishness 24 Apr 13

    Thu, 25 Apr 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd, Jesse Norman MP, Lord Maurice Glasman, the author Paul Kingsnorth, theatre director Lisa Goldman, Dr Joanne Parker of the English Department of Exeter University and the broadcaster and historian Michael Wood discuss the enigma of Englishness and its uses as an identity.

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  • Night Waves - Othello & Insects 23 Apr 13

    Wed, 24 Apr 13

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Rana Mitter talks to Susannah Clapp with the first review of the National Theatre's production of 'Othello', starring Adrian Lester as the Moor. According to David Boyle's new book, 'Broke', something is killing off the middle classes and to discuss this are Selina Todd and Mark Littlewood. The literary biographer Richard Holmes has taken to the air in his latest book - a history of ballooning and its pioneers. And, as "Who's the Pest?" brings a season of insect inspired events to the Wellcome Collection in London, Rana is joined by Mark Moffett, and Erica McAlister to discuss the hidden virtues of insects.

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  • Night Waves - The New Common Reader 22 Apr 13

    Tue, 23 Apr 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet is leading an elite party of literary explorers - Linda Grant, Aminatta Forna, Naomi Alderman and Tim Stanley on an expedition to find "the common reader" -- being stalked by Woolf in the 20th Century and by Johnson in the 18th. Both believed that the common reader "uncorrupted with literary prejudices" was the final arbiter of "poetical honours" so it's a quest that's clearly still relevant today. The question is what does a common reader look like in our digital age? What are they reading? Where? And how?

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  • Night Waves - Sheryl Sandberg 18 Apr 13

    Fri, 19 Apr 13

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Anne McElvoy and Susannah Clapp review the west-end play Doktor Glas, starring Krister Henricksson, best known in the UK for his role as Kurt Wallander. Sheryl Sandberg the chief operating officer of Facebook talks about her new book, Lean In, describing how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers and encourages women to sit at the table and pursue their goals. Saloua Raouda Choucair has her first international exhibition at Tate Modern. Richard Cork and Karl Sharro assess her work and examine how she fits within 20th century art history. Thane Rosenbaum and Salil Tripathi discuss revenge and justice.

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  • Night Waves - Rick Gekoski 17 Apr 13

    Thu, 18 Apr 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Rana Mitter discusses the allure of the missing work of art with the writer Rick Gekoski. Are some works of art more interesting in their absence? New Generation thinkers Corin Throsby and Laurence Scott propose the idea that crowd-funding and social media are changing the relationship of artists and their audiences. Rana talks to the playwright Tanika Gupta about her new play for the RSC, The Empress, opening at the Swan in Stratford. And Ian Macmillan and Julia Jordan discuss the films of the experimental writer BC Johnson who would have been eighty this year.

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  • Night Waves - Howard Brenton 16 Apr 13

    Wed, 17 Apr 13

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Howard Brenton discusses his new play The Arrest of Ai Wei Wei with Philip Dodd. Are the BRICS countries set to challenge the World Bank, and realise a power shift from the West and Northern hemispheres to the East and South? Philip discusses with Oscar Guardiola Rivera, Andrew Chesnut and Robert Guest. New Generation thinker Jonathan Healey explains how land reforms brought in by Napoleon in Spring 1813 heralded a profound social change that still affects us today. And a review of Gus Van Sant's latest film Promised Land by Lionel Shriver.

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  • Night Waves - Desertion in the armed forces 15 Apr 13

    Tue, 16 Apr 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet asks historian Charles Glass, author of a new book on deserters in World War Two, whether desertion is an act of sanity, and not - as some armed forces have tended to believe - a symptom of mental illness. He also talks to Ben Griffin of the organisation Veterans for Peace, who represents soldiers in current conflicts who seek a way out. Hermione Lee discusses the letters novelist Willa Cather didn't want you to read, and Sandra Hebron and Mary Wild review Pasolini's controversial film Theorem.

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  • Night Waves: Margaret Thatcher 11 Apr 13

    Fri, 12 Apr 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Since her death on the 8th April, Baroness Thatcher has been lauded as the greatest peace-time Prime Minister of the 20th century, but also criticised as the most divisive politician of a generation. With such a wide range of views, how can we make sense of the 'Iron Lady'? Samira Ahmed is joined by historians Dominic Sandbrook and Selina Todd, economist Mark Littlewood, writers Peter Hitchens and Will Self, Classicist Edith Hall, and politician and veteran of the Thatcher Government Edwina Currie.

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  • Night Waves - Oliver Stone 10 Apr 13

    Thu, 11 Apr 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Samira Ahmed talks to American film director Oliver Stone about his documentary miniseries which uses new archive material and little known documents to explore an unconventional account of events that took place during the twentieth century that have shaped America's history. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses her new novel Americanah. As the British Library expands its archiving power by storing every UK Website, plus public tweets and Facebook entries, we ask what lies behind our need to collect everything with AS Byatt and Jane Humphries. And Samira talks to the Estonian composer Eugene Birman about his new cantata Nostra Culpa.

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  • Night Waves - Landmark: Rijksmuseum 09 Apr 13

    Wed, 10 Apr 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet visits Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt's The Night Watch, which reopens to the public this month, following a decade of restoration.

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  • Night Waves - Landmarks: The Making of the English Working Class 08 Apr 13

    Tue, 9 Apr 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd explores one of the classics of social history, The Making of the English Working Class by E P Thompson. Ground breaking and passionately engaged it changed the way we thought about the Industrial Revolution and the men, women and children whose hard labour drove it. Even fifty years after its publication modern historians are in dialogue with the book --arguing with its thesis, qualifying its messages and, in the case of the very bold, claiming to have improved on it. To discuss its status as a landmark of our culture Philip is joined by Maurice Glassman, the political theoretician and erstwhile guru of Ed Miliband's Labour and the historians, Alison Light, Miles Taylor and Emma Griffin.

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  • Night Waves - Diarmaid Macculloch 04 Apr 13

    Fri, 5 Apr 13

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Church Historian Diarmaid Macculloch joins Anne McElvoy to discuss the role that silence has played in the development of Christianity. David Dewing, director of The Geffrye Museum, argues that the museum sector neglects a focus on the middle classes; historian Selina Todd joins him to debate this idea. Actor Edward Petheridge and gerontologist Raymond Tallis discuss the neurological impact of the two strokes Petheridge suffered whilst rehearsing for the role of King Lear, which is the subject of a new play My Perfect Mind. And film critic Ian Christie remembers the novelist and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

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  • Night Waves - Nostalgia and the NHS 03 Apr 13

    Thu, 4 Apr 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Is nostalgia for an idea of the NHS is inhibiting clear-eyed debate? Samira Ahmed is joined by columnist Ian Birrell and campaigning GP Jonathon Tomlinson to discuss. Alexandra Harris reviews an exhibition of Paul Nash's work at the Pallant House Gallery. Geneticist and writer Adam Rutherford discusses his latest exploration of the origin and future of life. And the television commissioner and producer John Yorke, whose work includes Life on Mars, Shameless and EastEnders, explores television and storytelling.

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  • Night Waves - History at school 02 Apr 13

    Tue, 2 Apr 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    What history should children learn and be able to contextualise? And what do they know? Rana Mitter enters the Great British History debate with the historian David Cannadine, Tristram Hunt MP, Sheila Lawlor of the think tank Politeia, Stephen Drew, headmaster of Brentwood County High School in Essex and Professor Dinah Birch of the Universitry of Liverpool.

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  • Night Waves - Nicholas Hytner 28 Mar 13

    Tue, 2 Apr 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Sir Nicholas Robert Hytner looks back at his time as the head of the National Theatre in London which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Professor Rosi Braidotti discusses her new book The Posthuman with Professor Joanna Bourke. And Award-winning film maker Penny Woolcock reveals her unique involvement in the attempts of two Birmingham inner city gangs to bring peace to their neighbourhoods.

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  • Night Waves - Mohsin Hamid 27 Mar 13

    Thu, 28 Mar 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Samira Ahmed talks to international best selling author Mohsin Hamid about his new novel How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Susan Aldworth and the editor of the magazine RawVision, John Maizels explore the Wellcome Collection's show of Outsider Art from Japan. Peter Moffat discusses his television series, The Village, starring John Simm and Maxine Peake and to round things off Susannah Clapp reports on the first night of The Low Road - Bruce Norris's follow up to the much garlanded Clybourne Park.

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  • Night Waves - James Wood 26 Mar 13

    Wed, 27 Mar 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to acclaimed literary critic James Wood, visits an exhibition on Pompeii & Herculeneum and discusses the legacy of documentary maker Michael Grigsby. Plus the latest film by Francois Ozon, In the House, is reviewed.

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  • Night Waves - Constitutions and press regulation 21 Mar 13

    Fri, 22 Mar 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    As Zimbabwe votes in favour of a new constitution, Anne McElvoy is joined by Albie Sachs, journalist Simon Jenkins human rights lawyer Chibli Mallat to examine whether national constitutions aid or impede democracy. In light of this week’s cross-party deal on press regulation established by Royal Charter, Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and media expert James Curran offer contesting views on the State’s relationship with the press. Susannah Clapp delivers a first night review of The Book of Mormon, the new musical from the creators of South Park. And Simon Morrison discusses Lina Prokofiev, the wife of the composer Sergei, who is the subject of his new biography.

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  • Night Waves - Baroque Spring 20 Mar 13

    Thu, 21 Mar 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Rana Mitter hosts a special edition of Night Waves as part of Radio 3’s Baroque Spring season, including a visit to Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland. Joined by artists and designers, Rana explores the legacy of baroque and its influence today.

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  • Night Waves - Noam Chomsky 19 Mar 13

    Wed, 20 Mar 13

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky joins Philip Dodd for an extended conversation on American individualism, the role of reason, and a life spent holding authority to account. And Philip meet the Master of Wellington College, Anthony Seldon, to get a very different perspective on how power operates in society.

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  • Night Waves - Javier Marias 18 Mar 13

    Tue, 19 Mar 13

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to the Spanish novelist Javier Marias about his new book 'The Infatuations'. Night Waves takes stock of the man who sold the world as a new exhibition 'David Bowie is....' gets set to open at the Victoria and Albert Museum. And In another new book 'The Undivided Past' David Cannadine is looking beyond the supposed clash of religions, classes and civilisations and asks does a "History Beyond Our Differences" lead to confusion in the absence of polarised views?

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  • Night Waves - Aleksandar Hemon 14 March 13

    Fri, 15 Mar 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to Aleksandar Hemon, the Bosnian-born writer who some have been comparing to Nabokov and Conrad, about his newest book which is his first venture into non-fiction. Jonathan Jones reviews the new show of work by the British Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare's. Emma Griffin, Jane Humphries and Judith Hawley discuss a challenging new history of the Industrial Revolution. And Alice Rawsthorn explains why she believes good design and a good life should always go together.

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  • Night Waves - Ken Loach 13 Mar 13

    Thu, 14 Mar 13

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Ken Loach talks to Philip Dodd about his new documentary Spirit of '45, which celebrates the hopes of democratic socialism in post-war Britain. As the first UK retrospective of works by George Bellows opens, Night Waves sends the American poet Eva Salzman to take a look. Geoff Mulgan lays out his vision for a new breed of capitalism when he discusses his book The Locust and the Bee. And Keith Laws, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology discusses with Rupert Read, a philosopher of science whether psychologists should do more to act like scientists.

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  • Night Waves - John Agard 12 Mar 13

    Wed, 13 Mar 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    What does a nineteenth century Swedish play have to say about post-apartheid South Africa? Samira Ahmed talks to director Yael Farber about her re-working of Strindberg's Miss Julie. Why are we compelled to explore our physical and physiological limits and how may that benefit us - doctor of medicine Kevin Fong, and philosopher Andy Martin discuss. Also poet John Agard talks about being awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. And Samira talks to the Mexican film maker, Carlos Reygadas who won the best director award at Cannes last year.

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  • Night Waves - Julia O'Faolain 11 March 13

    Tue, 12 Mar 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to Booker-nominated novelist Julia O’Faolain about her new memoir and growing up with her father, a celebrated writer and a radical dissident. Helen Wallace reviews George Benjamin’s and Martin Crimp’s new opera, ‘Written on Skin’. Professor Nora Crook explains how she discovered who really censored Shelley’s notorious poem, ‘The Revolt of Islam’. Marcus Chown reviews The Challenger, a new docu-drama about the investigation into the 1986 space shuttle disaster. And we debate whether the use of words like ‘unacceptable’ and ‘inappropriate’ are part of a tendency to avoid casting strong moral judgements.

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  • Night Waves - Hilary Mantel defends her comments on the Duchess 07 Mar

    Fri, 8 Mar 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy meets Hilary Mantel, the winner of the David Cohen Prize for literature. Mantel also defends her comments about the Duchess of Cambridge. The writer and former priest Mark Vernon discusses his latest book on love with the philosopher and economist Jamie Whyte, and the novelist and academic Eva Hoffman. The artistic team that created War Horse re-unite for Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream which opens this week at the Bristol Old Vic. Anne McElvoy discusses the new production with co-director Tom Morris. Revolutionary Iran - a new book explores the unique history of the Islamic republic. Anne McElvoy speaks to Michael Axworthy, one of the world's principle experts on the country.

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  • Night Waves - Danny Boyle 06 Mar 13

    Thu, 7 Mar 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    The Olympics ceremony master Danny Boyle joins Rana Mitter to discuss the British film industry and what he thinks is the role of creativity in boosting the economy. As we approach the 200th anniversary of Dr David Livingstone's birth, Rana discusses the man and reassesses his legacy in today's Africa, with John MacKenzie and Kit Davis. Ruth Ozeki talks about her new novel "A Tale for the Time Being". And Rana along with Dr Olga Dmitrieva visits a new exhibition on early relations between the Tudors and early Stewarts with the courts of the Russian Tsars.

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  • Night Waves - Heritage 05 Mar 13

    Wed, 6 Mar 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    With Matthew Sweet. A first night review, by Susannah Clapp, of Peter Morgan's new play, The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as the Queen. Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, the architect Richard Griffiths and architecture critic Hugh Pearman discuss what place heritage has in a modern and increasingly urbanised Britain. Adrian Wootton reviews possibly the last film from Steven Soderbergh; Side Effects. And Jaron Lanier, one of the most important philosophers of the digital age talks about his book Who Owns The Future?

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  • Night Waves - Sex and the Arab World 04 March 13

    Tue, 5 Mar 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel, joins Philip Dodd to explore how the struggles for political change in the Arab world have been accompanied by a sexual revolution. Professor Andrew Hussey explains how the culture and history of France can by understood by observing the history of the Louvre. As Science is becoming ever more popular in our news and consciousness, neuroscientist Daniel Glaser and philosopher of science Rupert Read discuss whether we are living through a new age of Enlightenment. And critic Nigel Floyd reviews Broken, the new film directed by Rufus Norris.

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  • Night Waves - Anarcho-Capitalists 28 Feb 13

    Fri, 1 Mar 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    As extreme libertarian thought is on the rise in right-wing politics, Anne McElvoy is joined by Business editor of The Economist Robert Guest and American historian Tim Stanley to explore the growth of ‘anarcho-capitalism’. Italian film writer Pasquale Iannone reviews Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die. Set designer Christopher Oram and theatre critic Susannah Clapp take a look at what makes great theatre stage design. And to coincide with the Southbank’s The Rest is Noise festival, Anne and guests explore the cultural and political transformations of Berlin during the 1920s and ‘30s.

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  • Night Waves - Mandarin Finnegans Wake 27 Feb 13

    Thu, 28 Feb 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Samira Ahmed examines why James Joyce's experimental and 'difficult' work Finnegans Wake has been a surprise hit in China. Travel writer Sara Wheeler discusses her new book, 'O my America!’, which tells the story of six remarkable women who fled nineteenth-century England to reinvent themselves in the USA. Historian Justin Champion, sociologist Eileen Barker and theologian Martin Palmer join Samira to discuss why we are so obsessed with the idea of the end of the world. And we look at an unlikely cultural movement which has flourished in post 9/11 America - Muslim comedy.

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  • Night Waves - Paul Foot Award 26 Feb 13

    Wed, 27 Feb 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    As the winner of the Paul Foot award for investigative and campaigning journalism is announced, Matthew Sweet re-assesses the significance of this award with Ian Hislop and the winner Andrew Norfolk, in a year the judges have described as "exceptionally strong". Matthew talks to political philosopher John Gray about his latest book and asks should we turn towards contemplation of the natural world and the non-human? And James Lasdun discusses his memoir on literary stalking with psychoanalyst Lisa Appignanesi and New Generation Thinker Martin Goodman.

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  • Night Waves - Compassion 25 Feb 13

    Tue, 26 Feb 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Does compassion inhibit rational political debate? To discuss, Philip Dodd is joined by MP David Blunkett, IPPR Director Nick Pearce, and Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Adriana Sinclair. Sarah Dunant reviews a new Frederico Barocci exhibition, arguing that the artist should be added to the list of Italian Renaissance masters. Rory Carroll discusses his new book on Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. And Annalisa Piras reflects on what the surprises of the Italian election can tell us about the country’s cultural climate.

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  • Night Waves - Le Grand Meaulnes 21 Feb 13

    Thu, 21 Feb 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    A Landmark edition in which Anne McElvoy and guests look at Alain-Fournier's celebrated and nostalgic tale of adolescent romance, Le Grand Meaulnes. Michèle Roberts, Hermione Lee and Patrick McGuiness examine it's enduring appeal and legacy from the poetry of its language, to the interlocking mysteries of its plot to the intriguing romantic life and early death of its author, and the story of the woman who inspired him. With readings by Peter Marinker.

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  • Night Waves - Ray Kurzweil 20 Feb 13

    Thu, 21 Feb 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Ray Kurzweil, renowned American inventor, thinker and futurist, joins Rana Mitter to discuss questions of consciousness and humanity, and the possibilities of a world where humans and intelligent machines live side by side. Rana explores the idea of the ‘Anglosphere’, and whether there is a shared identity across the English-speaking world, with historians John Darwin and Tim Stanley and the writer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. And playwright Anders Lustgarten discusses his new production for the Royal Court theatre.

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  • Night Waves - Shlomo Sand 19 Feb 13

    Wed, 20 Feb 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Adam Mars-Jones reviews the first West End revival of the nine Tony award winning; A Chorus Line. What is old age, and when we get there, how do we face the end? Philip Dodd discusses with the best-selling novelist Lynne Reid Banks, historian Pat Thane and Professor of English Literature at Oxford, Helen Small. Plus an interview with the controversial Israeli historian Shlomo Sand.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Aliens 18 Feb 13

    Tue, 19 Feb 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet debates how the discovery of alien life might change the way we think about humanity and how it will impact our moral and philosophical universe. Matthew is joined by the best-selling science-fiction writer Stephen Baxter, the science broadcaster and journalist Sue Nelson, the futurist and neuroscientist Anders Sandberg, and one of our leading space scientists, John Zarnecki, Professor of Space Science at the Open University. This event was recorded as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday 4th November 2012.

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  • Night Waves - Andrew Soloman 14 Feb 13

    Fri, 15 Feb 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Geoffrey Robertson QC joins Anne McElvoy to pay tribute to American philosopher and constitutional law expert Ronald Dworkin, who died on 14th February 2013 aged 81. We hear from award-winning author Andrew Solomon about his monumental study of modern identity - Far From the Tree. Writer and historian Joanna Bourke reviews Complicit, Channel 4's new feature-length drama, which explores an MI5 officer’s moral dilemma over the use of torture in the War on Terror. And did brutal conquest rather than political liberation lie at the heart of Italian unification? Historian Lucy Riall discusses.

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  • Night Waves - Sylvia Plath 13 Feb 13

    Thu, 14 Feb 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet discusses the legacy of Sylvia Plath, who died 50 years ago this week, with her friend Ruth Fainlight and the poet Fiona Sampson. Tacita Dean and film maker Mike Figgis join Matthew in the studio to discuss the shift in film from traditional to digital technology and its implications. A review of The Bride and the Bachelors, a new exhibition of the work of Marcel Duchamp. And the science writer Marcus Chown and futurologist Anders Sandberg discuss the potential threats caused by two asteroids passing close to the Earth.

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  • Night Waves - A Life Of Galileo 12 Feb

    Wed, 13 Feb 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Mark Ravenhill on translating Bertolt Brecht's A Life of Galileo; the value of the mundane is discussed; and is the way in which today's corporations are run now obsolete?

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  • Night Waves - Amit Chaudhuri 11 Feb 13

    Tue, 12 Feb 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Novelist, poet and musician Amit Chaudhuri joins Samira Ahmed to discuss his latest book which reflects on his relationship with Calcutta. Clifford Longley and Peter Stanford discuss the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Susannah Clapp joins us for a first-night review of Robert Lepage’s Playing Cards 1: Spades, the latest production by one of theatre's boldest and most innovative directors. And former Whitehall insider Gill Bennett lifts the lid on the workings of British foreign policy.

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  • Night Waves – William Dalrymple 7 Feb 13

    Fri, 8 Feb 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to William Dalrymple about his new book Return of A King - an account of Britain's first Afghan War in the 19th century. A major retrospective of Man Ray, at the National Portrait Gallery, is discussed by writer Kevin Jackson, film critic and Parisienne Ginette Vincendeau, and cultural historian Andrew Hussey. All three discuss the artistic melting pot of Paris in the 1910s and 20s - the subject of a major event at The Rest is Noise Festival at the South Bank centre in London. Psychologist Oliver James discusses office politics with leadership expert and author Dr Liz Mellon.

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  • Night Waves - Nadeem Aslam 06 Feb 13

    Thu, 7 Feb 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Samira Ahmed visits the British Museum to see its new show about Ice Age art. She is also joined by Nadeem Aslam - a Pakistani writer whose latest book, The Blind Man's Garden, offers a perspective on the last ten years of world history. Amanda Hopkinson reviews Pablo Larraín's latest film, No. And the novelist Rosie Thomas and biographer Matthew Dennison reflect on Rumer Godden, the author of Black Narcissus.

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  • Night Waves - Biotechnology 5 Feb 13

    Wed, 6 Feb 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd talks to psychologist Bertolt Meyer, the model for the world's first complete bionic human and recipient of a bionic arm. Opera Now Editor Ashutosh Khandekhar joins Philip to review Kasper Holten's much anticipated debut at the ROH with Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. A new exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London looks at the positive sides of extinction and palaeontologist Norman Macleod, scientist Georgina Mace and psycho-geographer and poet Iain Sinclair discuss. And Philip speaks to the lawyer Conor Gearty about his new book Liberty and Security.

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  • Night Waves - Richard III's Bones 04 Feb 13

    Tue, 5 Feb 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    The King in the car park: what is the significance of the University of Leicester’s discovery of the bones of Richard III, one of Britain’s most vilified monarchs? Matthew Sweet is joined by human remains sociologist Tiffany Jenkins and historian Jonathan Healey to discuss. BFI curator Nathalie Morris reviews the new film Hitchcock, and discusses the importance of his wife, Alma, for his career and reputation. We look at cross-dressing in the late nineteenth century, with biographer Neil McKenna. And Pulitzer Prize-winning geographer Jared Diamond discusses his new thought-provoking study of tribes from New Guinea to the Kalahari Desert.

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  • Night Waves - Timbuktu and Beyond 31 Jan 13

    Fri, 1 Feb 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy discusses the libraries of Timbuktu, and what they teach us about literacy and book culture in Africa, with Dr Shamil Jeppie, Dr Marion Wallace, Head of African Collections at the British Library, and the novelist Aminatta Forna. Susannah Clapp delivers a first-night review of a revival of Harold Pinter’s play, Old Times. Historian Paul Kennedy delves into the story of the problem solvers of the Second War, the subject of his new book The Engineers of Victory. And Karl Sharro gives us his reflections from the top of The Shard.

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  • Night Waves - Shame 30 Jan 13

    Thu, 31 Jan 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd along with Dr Tim Stanley and Paul Glastris review the American version of the political thriller House of Cards. Deborah Cohen, Mark Vernon and Charlotte Blease discuss shame and guilt amongst the British family from the Victorian era to the present day. Rufus Norris and Rotimi Babatunde discuss Feast, a new production at the Young Vic, London. And Auschwitz survivor Otto Dov Kulka tells Philip about his unique education at the hands of the Nazi's.

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  • Night Waves - China's Silent Army 29 Jan 13

    Wed, 30 Jan 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Rana Mitter & Susannah Clapp review a new production of Simon Gray's Quartermaine's Terms starring Rowan Atkinson. Rana also talks to Neil Shubin about his new book, the Universe Within, which traces the history of the cosmos in the human body. In another new book co-author Juan Pablo Cardenal along with Professor O.A. Westad discuss China's Silent Army and whether their investments abroad have sinister and disturbing implications? And Rana talks to Nihad Sirees and Malu Halasa about writing in Syria.

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  • Night Waves - Kurt Schwitters 28 Jan 13

    Tue, 29 Jan 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    As the Tate Britain opens a new exhibition of the work of Kurt Schwitters, art critic Charlotte Mullins joins Matthew Sweet to review and to reassess the oeuvre of the German painter and sculptor. Dr Rupa Huq discusses her new book On The Edge, in which she argues that the English suburb has transformed from a paradise to a pressure cooker. As gender has been a topic for national debate recently, Julie Bindel, Jane Fae and Lynne Segal debate the concept of gender as a social category. And Lara Feigel discusses her new book The Love Charm of Bombs, a wartime biography of five writers.

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  • Night Waves - The Rotten Heart of Europe 24 Jan 13

    Fri, 25 Jan 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    With the publication of a new, updated version of The Rotten Heart of Europe, a book which caused outrage and delight on its first release, Anne McElvoy discusses the current situation in Europe with the book’s author Bernard Connolly and economist Anatole Kaletsky. Journalist Michael Goldfarb reviews Zero Dark Thirty, the new film which traces the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Anne heads a debate on the shifting definition of the artist, with Tom Morris, poet Don Paterson and critic Sarah Kent. And photographer Juergen Teller takes Anne on a walk around his new exhibition at the ICA.

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  • Night Waves - British Social Realism in Film 23 Jan 13

    Thu, 24 Jan 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    This Night Waves special explores ‘kitchen sink realism’, the cultural movement which gave urgent, vivid expression to the reality of post-war Britain. Samira Ahmed is joined by celebrated film maker Ken Loach, film historian Melanie Williams and theatre critic Michael Billington to discuss the aims and achievements of the movement. Composer Neil brand performs live, illustrating a brief history of how music is used in ‘kitchen sink’ films. And art critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston explains the how the term was originally coined to describe the work of painters such as John Bratby.

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  • Night Waves - Manet & Sherlock 22 Jan 13

    Wed, 23 Jan 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet with a review, from Lynda Neade, of the UK's first ever retrospective devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet. Maria Konnikova says that Sherlock Holmes can offer us the key to a world where we use our brains to their full potential. Alan Rusbridger and Matthew Taylor explore the status of the amateur in society and ask whether there has been a genuine shift in how we value the role of the non-professional. And Matthew Sweet talks to Norman Stone about his latest book: A Short History of World War II.

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  • Night Waves - Lincoln 21 Jan 13

    Mon, 21 Jan 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    This Night Waves special is devoted to Abraham Lincoln. As Steven Spielberg's new biopic of Lincoln is released in the UK, the pioneering president remains a towering figure in American life. And yet his legacy is not without controversy. Was he really such a saintly figure? And why should Barack Obama feel such a strong connection with Lincoln? Rana Mitter and guests discuss the man, the politics and the legacy.

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  • Night Waves - Landmark: Pride & Prejudice 17 Jan 13

    Thu, 17 Jan 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy settles decorously into Regency England to celebrate the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen's enduringly popular novel, of a single man in possession of a good fortune, was an immediate success - but it hasn't always inspired slavish admiration: critics have objected to the apparently narrow focus on affairs of the hearth and heart, while the Napoleonic wars raged and the industrial revolution brewed. Anne is joined by leading Austen-ologists Professors John Mullan and Janet Todd, novelist and screenwriter Natasha Solomons and the actress Susannah Harker.

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  • Night Waves - David Hare 16 Jan 13

    Thu, 17 Jan 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd is joined by the playwright David Hare whose play, The Judas Kiss, is about to open in the West End starring Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde. We review The Sessions, a new film based on the true story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined, at age 38, to lose his virginity. Historian Carl Watkins joins Philip to discuss everything from memento mori to haunted moorland, along with philosopher and New Generation Thinker Timothy Secret. And Mark Binelli guides us as we venture into the heart of Detroit, once the very engine of American capitalism, but now an urban wilderness.

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  • Night Waves - Jude Kelly 15 Jan 13

    Wed, 16 Jan 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to the Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre, Jude Kelly and the cultural historian, Peter Conrad about The Rest is Noise, a year-long festival at the Southbank Centre which maps the history of the 20th century through its music. We hear an appraisal, by Diane Roberts, of the Cuban-American and openly gay poet Richard Blanco chosen to read at Barack Obama's inauguration next week. One of this year's New Generation Thinkers Adriana Sinclair discusses rape with the historian Joanna Bourke. And Ian Christie discusses the life and legacy of the Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima who has died.

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  • Night Waves - Weekly highlights: 7-10 Jan 13

    Tue, 15 Jan 13

    Duration:
    41 mins

    In this edition of weekly highlights, David Benedict reviews the New Year Blockbuster Les Misérables. Philip Dodd is joined by Professors Michael King and Linda Woodhead, and theologian Mark Vernon, to explore whether we can make any sense of the idea of ‘spirituality’ without religion. And Anne McElvoy and guests discuss the life and work of the Russian director Konstantin Stanislavski, born 150 years ago this month.

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  • Night Waves - Django Unchained 14 Jan 13

    Tue, 15 Jan 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Django Unchained, the newest Quentin Tarantino film causing controversy, is reviewed by Philip Dodd with cultural commentator Kit Davis and film critic Tim Robey. Author Lucy Hughes-Hallett joins Philip to discuss the life of Italian writer Gabriele D'Annunzio, the subject of her new book The Pike. We explore the complex code of English manners with Henry Hitchings, whose new book tells their history, and Chinese writer Xiaolu Guo. And Philip interviews Sharon Olds, winner of this year’s T S Eliot prize for Poetry.

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  • Night Waves - Stanislavski 10 Dec 12

    Fri, 11 Jan 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy and guests discuss the life and work of the Russian director Konstantin Stanislavski, born 150 years ago this month. Adam Mars-Jones reviews Utopia, a new drama on Channel 4. Which should be our priority, growing the economy or protecting the environment? Environmental campaigner Tony Juniper joins Anne, along with Dr Benny Peiser to discuss. And the historian Jonathan Healey, one of our New Generation Thinkers, reflects on the proposals to change succession laws and what they might mean for the future of our monarchy.

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  • Night Waves - Philosophical Investigations 09 Jan 13

    Thu, 10 Jan 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    To mark the 60th anniversary of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, Rana Mitter is joined by philosophers Rupert Read and Barry Smith, and Wittgenstein’s biographer Ray Monk, to examine his legacy in Western philosophical tradition. Graham Stewart talks about his new book which details the influence and paradoxes of the 1980s. And Aidan Foster-Carter and Shakuntala Banaji discuss the ‘soft’ power that K-Pop and Bollywood have generated for their respective countries.

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  • Night Waves - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 08 Jan 13

    Wed, 9 Jan 13

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Fiona Shaw takes to the stage with Samuel Coleridge’s epic The Rime of the Ancient Mariner; she joins Philip Dodd to discuss language, endurance and death. Professors Michael King and Linda Woodhead, and theologian Mark Vernon, explore whether we can make any sense of the idea of ‘spirituality’ without religion. And David Benedict reviews the New Year Blockbuster, Les Misérables.

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  • Night Waves - The Profumo Affair 07 Jan 13

    Tue, 8 Jan 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet picks over the bones of the Profumo affair with the historian Richard Davenport-Hines, author of a passionate new account of the scandal. There’s also a discussion of Gangster Squad – the latest love letter from Hollywood to the world of rackets, mobsters and molls. And to round things off in real style, Matthew talks to the writer, Michael Frayn, whose 80th birthday is being celebrated with a short series of radio plays including one of his best known works; Copenhagen.

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  • Free Thinking - Philippa Gregory 20 Dec 12

    Fri, 21 Dec 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Best-selling novelist Philippa Gregory talks to Rana Mitter about writing historical fiction, her fascination with the Tudors, and how her fiction turns the spotlight on the lives on women at significant moments in history. Recorded at The Sage Gateshead at Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival on Sunday 4th November 2012.

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  • Night Waves - Bernard Rose, Public Inquiries, TB, Mughal India 19 Dec 12

    Fri, 21 Dec 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Bernard Rose, whose new film Boxing Day is a modern rework of Tolstoy’s Master and Man, is in conversation with Philip Dodd. In a year when public inquiries have been especially resonant, we consider what we mean by ‘the public’ and its right to justice. Historian Helen Bynum talks about the history of tuberculosis and how the disease has been romanticised in culture. And Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Nandini Das spots an unexpectedly seasonal image in the British Library’s new exhibition about Mughal India.

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  • Night Waves - The Girl 18 Dec 12

    Wed, 19 Dec 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet discusses The Girl, a new film about Alfred Hitchcock’s vexed relationship with Tippi Hedren, with the leading lady herself and actor Toby Jones. We celebrate the centenary of Tarzan with author Michael Chabon and the former ‘Ape Man’ stars Johnny Weissmuller and Ron Ely. And Matthew examines the compelling creations of the writer, artist and creative polymath, Alasdair Gray.

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  • Night Waves - Ang Lee & Angels 17 Dec 12

    Tue, 18 Dec 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to the director Ang Lee about his latest film The Life of Pi. Susannah Clapp reviews August Strindberg's play The Dance of Death which has a new adaptation by Conor McPherson. Polish-born writer and critic Agata Pyzik and Jatinder Verma who founded the South Asian theatre company Tara Arts discuss why some immigrant groups make more cultural impact than others. And Anne talks to Valery Rees about her new book, From Gabriel to Lucifer: A Cultural History of Angels.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Lindsay Johns 13 Dec 12

    Thu, 13 Dec 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Columnist and youth worker Lindsay Johns argues that we should stop listening to the young, in a talk recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival presented by Rana Mitter. He explains that we need to stop pandering to young people, and that all too often we tell them only what they want to hear. Recorded at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday 4th November 2012.

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  • Night Waves - The Nation State 12 Dec 12

    Thu, 13 Dec 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    How relevant is the Nation-State in today's world? Philip Dodd debates the future of the Nation -State with political commentator Will Hutton, New Generation Thinker Adriana Sinclair, Turkish novelist Elif Shafak and historian Quentin Skinner. Susannah Clapp reviews Martin Crimp's new play In The Republic of Happiness. And Philip talks to Wm Paul Young, the American Christian author whose debut novel The Shack has sold over 18 million copies.

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  • Night Waves - International Review 11 Dec 12

    Wed, 12 Dec 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet chairs an "International Review" edition of the programme and is joined by two novelists, from China, Xiaolu Guo, and from Poland, A.M. Bakalar and also by the Cairo-based Middle East affairs commentator Magdi Abdelhadi and critic Konstantin Eggert. They discuss the 50th anniversary of Lawrence of Arabia; the international reaction to the Leveson report and how media practices differ around the world; and the new English translation of a 19th century Polish novel, The Heathen by Narcyza Zmichowska.

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  • Night Waves - English landscape painting 10 Dec 12

    Tue, 11 Dec 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Constable, Gainsborough and Turner, the three towering figures of English landscape painting, have their artwork showcased in a new exhibition at the Royal Academy – Anne McElvoy is joined by art critic Lynn Nead and historian Andrew Wulf to review. Sir Ronald Harwood talks about adapting his play Quartet for the big screen. Advertising executives Robin Wight and Barry Delaney discuss the legacy of David Ogilvy. And the artist Katrina van Grouw gets under the skin of birds in a remarkable book of anatomical drawings.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Colm Tóibín 06 Dec 12

    Thu, 6 Dec 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Colm Toibin is one of Ireland's finest writers, whose books explore issues such as Catholicism, immigration and homosexuality. His 2009 novel Brooklyn won the Costa novel of the Year, and his latest The Testament of Mary is a controversial re-imagining of the life of the Virgin Mary. In an extended interview recorded at the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead on Saturday 3 November, Philip Dodd talks to Colm Toibin about his own life, his ideas, and thoughts on literature.

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  • Night Waves - Artificial Intelligence 05 Dec 12

    Thu, 6 Dec 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet speaks to acclaimed director Michael Grandage whose theatre company launches with a new production of Peter Nichols's celebrated play Privates on Parade. As a new centre in Cambridge is set up to assess the dangers that might arise from progress in artificial intelligence, Matthew talks to one of its founders Sir Martin Rees and sustainability innovator Rachel Armstrong. And Jonas Mekas, film-maker, artist, poet, and a leading figure of avant-garde and experimental cinema, discusses his remarkable and prolific sixty-year career.

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  • Night Waves - Julius Caesar 04 Dec 12

    Wed, 5 Dec 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Samira Ahmed hosts a discussion about cross casting with Fiona Shaw and Carol Rutter as the all female production of Julius Caesar opens at the Donmar Warehouse and Susannah Clapp gives a first night review. Tim Pat Coogan talks about his new book and what he sees as the role of Britain in the Irish Potato Famine of 1845. There's a discussion about the role of violence in Buddhist history and traditions and Samira meets two up and coming Brazilian writers: Michel Laub and Tatiana Salem Levy.

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  • Night Waves - Napoleon, Turner Prize, Georgia 03 Dec 12

    Tue, 4 Dec 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    As Radio 3 marks the bicentenary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s historic retreat from Russia, Anne McElvoy examines the ambivalent relationship between France and the notorious leader, with political commentator Agnes Poirier, Professor Peter Hicks from the Napoleon foundation and Professor Michael Broers. Critic Adrian Searle discusses the winner of this year’s Turner Prize, Elizabeth Price. And there's a look at the first comprehensive history of Georgia for decades, using recently accessible archives from author Donald Rayfield.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Ian Goldin 29 Nov 12

    Thu, 29 Nov 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Economist Ian Goldin gives a talk on Globalisation and the Future at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival. Presented by Anne McElvoy, Ian explores whether globalisation is a force for good, or whether it will be the source of an ever more unequal and unstable world. Recorded at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday 4th November 2012.

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  • Night Waves - Napoleon Rising 28 Nov 12

    Thu, 29 Nov 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Critic Kevin Jackson and Andrew Biswell join Samira Ahmed to review Napoleon Rising, a play by Anthony Burgess, ahead of its world premiere on Radio 3 on 2nd December. Samira will also be weighing up the latest film adaptation of Great Expectations with its screenwriter, David Nicholls. Designer Tom Dixon and historian Amanda Vickery review the V&A Museum’s new furniture wing. And writer and journalist James Buchan and Azar Nafisi reflect on the legacy of the 1979 Iranian revolution.

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  • Night Waves - Antony Gormley 27 Nov 12

    Wed, 28 Nov 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to Antony Gormley about his gigantic new sculpture Model. The leading Sondheim interpreter Maria Friedman reveals why she has decided to move from acting to directing for a new production of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. Matthew is joined by the psychologists Nicholas Humphrey and Thomas Hill to debate whether we are as smart as we used to be. And as the literary archive of the great Russian film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky comes up for auction, Matthew looks at his potent legacy.

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  • Night Waves - Nassim Nicholas Taleb 26 Nov 12

    Tue, 27 Nov 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the banker-turned-philosopher who predicted the 2008 financial crash, joins Rana to present his argument on being ‘antifragile’. Jeremy Jennings and Patricia Thornton consider why it is that, according to rumours, the new Chinese leadership under Xi Jinping is turning to a political text by Alexis de Tocqueville. And Sarah Dunant reviews The Hunt, the new film by Thomas Vinterberg which chronicles the chilling story of a teacher falsely accused of abusing a child.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Revolution and Democracy 22 Nov 12

    Thu, 22 Nov 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    What kind of societies will the Arab Spring give birth to? Democratic, Capitalist, Islamic, or Unstable? Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East Editor, and Egyptian political economist Tarek Osman join Samira Ahmed to discuss this issue and to explore what the possible implications may be for the western world. Recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead on Saturday 3rd November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Aliens 21 Nov 12

    Wed, 21 Nov 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet debates how the discovery of alien life might change the way we think about humanity and how it will impact our moral and philosophical universe. Matthew is joined by the best-selling science-fiction writer Stephen Baxter, the science broadcaster and journalist Sue Nelson, the futurist and neuroscientist Anders Sandberg, and one of our leading space scientists, John Zarnecki, Professor of Space Science at the Open University. This event was recorded as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday 4th November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Julie Bindel 20 Nov 12

    Tue, 20 Nov 12

    Duration:
    38 mins

    Julie Bindel gives a talk arguing that sexuality is a choice at the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival. In a talk titled Not Born This Way, the feminist, lesbian, columnist and writer Julie Bindel challenges liberal thinking by arguing that sexuality is indeed a choice, and that the current scientific quest to identify a gay gene is both pointless and dangerous. The event is chaired by Night Waves presenter Samira Ahmed and recorded at The Sage Gateshead on Saturday 3 November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Hell is Other People 19 Nov 12

    Mon, 19 Nov 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    As our global population increases and technology encourages instant communication, are we becoming more sociable, or lonelier in a high tech crowd? To debate, Anne McElvoy is joined by broadcaster Kate Adie, clinical psychologist Oliver James, The Times columnist David Aaronovitch and philosopher Julian Baggini. This event was recorded as part of Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead on Saturday 3rd November.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Matthew Smith 16 Nov 12

    Fri, 16 Nov 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Matthew Smith, one of Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers, explores why the simple peanut has become a battleground of medical debate. Recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at The Sage, Gateshead on Sunday 4th November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Mark Pagel 16 Nov 12

    Fri, 16 Nov 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Why have humans evolved to speak so many incomprehensible languages? Why do we work against our own survival by going to war with one another? Evolutionary Biologist Mark Pagel explores how humanity will evolve in the future and if we are likely to become a world with one state and one language. This event was recorded as part of Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday 4th November.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Sue-Ann Harding 15 Nov 12

    Thu, 15 Nov 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Sue-Ann Harding, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, gives a talk in which she ponders the differences between an expat and an immigrant. She draws on television portrayals of migrants and personal experience to explore and challenge the ideas we have about migration. Recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at The Sage, Gateshead on Saturday 3 November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Immigration and the Challenge to Belonging 15 Nov 12

    Thu, 15 Nov 12

    Duration:
    47 mins

    What does it mean to belong? Multiculturalism, integration and social division are increasingly part of the political debate. But what impact does immigration have on everyone's sense of national identity? To debate, Philip Dodd is joined by David Goodhart, director of Demos think-tank, Migration Watch Vice Chairman Alp Mehmet, Professor Jean Grugel of Sheffield University, and Sunder Katwala, director of think-tank British Future. Recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday 4 November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Joshua Nall 14 Nov 12

    Thu, 15 Nov 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Joshua Nall, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, gives a talk on the Victorian obsession with the planet Mars at the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival. With the recent success of NASA's Curiosity lander, Mars is firmly back on the agenda. But where did our fascination with the red planet start? Recorded at The Sage Gateshead on Saturday 3 November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Vicky Featherstone 14 Nov 12

    Wed, 14 Nov 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    As Scotland heads towards a referendum on independence, Vicky Featherstone discusses the role of a modern day national theatre in shaping and capturing national identity and history. Recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday 4 November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Nandini Das 13 Nov 12

    Wed, 14 Nov 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Nandini Das, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, gives a talk on the 16th Century craze for crime pamphlets; a phenomenon which revealed a new secret world to readers and which became the first best-selling sensation of the popular press. Recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at The Sage, Gateshead on Saturday 3 November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Rewriting World History 13 Nov 12

    Tue, 13 Nov 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Does World History still mean Western History, or do we need a radical new understanding of the past? To discuss, Rana Mitter is joined by historian Antony Beevor, broadcaster Andrew Marr and India expert Maria Misra. This event was recorded as part of Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead on Saturday 3rd November.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Martin Goodman 12 Nov 12

    Mon, 12 Nov 12

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Martin Goodman, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, gives a talk on the perils of writing biographies. "Following in the footsteps" is an obsession for biographers as they travel the world to bring their subjects to life, sometimes with dangerous consequences. Recorded at the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival on Sunday 4 November 2012 at The Sage Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Amos Oz 12 Nov 12

    Mon, 12 Nov 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Amos Oz, one of Israel's most influential thinkers, gives a talk on the Middle East and the prospect of future co-existence between Israel and Palestine. The event is chaired by Night Waves presenter Philip Dodd and recorded as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival 2012 on Saturday 3 November 2012 at The Sage Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Timothy Secret 09 Nov 12

    Fri, 9 Nov 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Timothy Secret, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers , gives a talk during Free Thinking 2012 exploring how we react when looked at by animals. Our world changes when we're on display. But how do we react when an animal, rather than a human, looks at us? Is there a difference, and what does this say about our relationship with animals? Recorded on Saturday 3 November 2012 at The Sage Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Emma Griffin 08 Nov 12

    Thu, 8 Nov 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Emma Griffin, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, gives a talk on what makes a good mother, recorded at the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2012. Historian Emma Griffin of the University of East Anglia turns to the poor of Victorian Britain to ask what made a good mother then in families struggling to keep body and soul together. She finds that our own values and ideas about motherhood may not be as instinctive as we like to believe. Recorded on Sunday 4 November 2012 at The Sage Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Lee Hall 08 Nov 12

    Thu, 8 Nov 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    An audience with Lee Hall, writer of Billy Elliot and The Pitmen Painters, recorded at The Sage Gateshead as part of the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival. From a working-class background, much of Hall's work explores the complexities of what class means in the UK. At the festival Lee Hall discusses class and art, his own life, writing and ideas. The event is chaired by Night Waves presenter Philip Dodd and recorded on Sunday 4 November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Jonathan Healey 07 Nov 12

    Thu, 8 Nov 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Jonathan Healey, one of Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers, gives a talk questioning the value of lessons learnt from history and applied to our own world today. Recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday 4th November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Islam and Christianity 07 Nov 12

    Wed, 7 Nov 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Theologian Mona Siddiqui and historian Tom Holland join Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival to explore what differentiates Islam from Christianity, and the impact that this has on the world today, from their different historical origins to their alternate versions of God. Presented by Samira Ahmed and recorded on Sunday 4th November 2012 at The Sage Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Adriana Sinclair 06 Nov 12

    Wed, 7 Nov 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Adriana Sinclair, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, gives a talk on the control ex-colonies increasingly exert over their former colonial powers. Recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at The Sage, Gateshead, on Sunday 4th November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Social Mobility 06 Nov 12

    Tue, 6 Nov 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Is Social Mobility Overrated? Anne McElvoy chairs a debate from the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival, tackling this pertinent topic which raises issues of class, wealth and education. To discuss, she is joined by Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, Oxford historian Lawrence Goldman, management consultant Jamie Whyte, and Director of SCHOOLS NorthEast Beccy Earnshaw. Recorded on Saturday 3 November 2012 at The Sage, Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Charlotte Blease 05 Nov 12

    Mon, 5 Nov 12

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Charlotte Blease, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, gives a talk that questions the relationship between doctors and patients. Recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at The Sage, Gateshead on Saturday 3 November 2012.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Michael Ignatieff 05 Nov 12

    Mon, 5 Nov 12

    Duration:
    47 mins

    On the eve of the US election, Michael Ignatieff gives a talk at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival on Enemies in Politics, revealing what he believes needs to be done to restore faith in politics. Presented by Matthew Sweet and recorded on Saturday 3 November 2012 at The Sage, Gateshead.

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  • Free Thinking 2012 - Mary Robinson 02 Nov 12

    Mon, 5 Nov 12

    Duration:
    59 mins

    Mary Robinson delivers the opening lecture of the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2012, arguing that women leaders are better placed than men to sort out the crises of the 21st Century. Presented by Matthew Sweet and recorded on Friday 2 November 2012 in front of a live audience at The Sage, Gateshead.

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  • Night Waves - Frank Auerbach 01 Nov 12

    Thu, 1 Nov 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Rana Mitter discusses two new shows of the painter, Frank Auerbach's work with the critic, Bill Feaver and explores the vexed terrain of surveillance with the philosopher, Zygmunt Bauman and the journalist, Nick Cohen. There's also a review of a DVD release of Die Nibelungen, one of Fritz Lang's great films and the playwright Christopher Hampton talks about his new play, Appomattox and shares his enthusiasm for a neglected masterpiece of European literature, Odon von Horvath's The Age of the Fish.

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  • Night Waves - Landmark: Jean Brodie 31 Oct 12

    Thu, 1 Nov 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Philip Dodd presents a Landmark edition examining Muriel Spark's 1961 novel The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie. It's a fierce assault on the smug, joyless and sexless quality of Edinburgh middle-class life in the 1930s. Philip is joined by novelists Ian Rankin, Louise Welsh and former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway to examine this acclaimed and disturbing portrait of adolescent trauma and lost innocence.

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  • Night Waves - Ken Dodd 30 Oct 12

    Tue, 30 Oct 12

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to the comedian Ken Dodd about his life and career. Seventy seven years after he made his debut as a ventriloquist in Liverpool Dodd is still touring the country with his Happiness show. In the 1960s he broke box office records at the London Palladium where he played twice nightly for 42 weeks and has sold almost as many records as the Beatles. He talks to Matthew about why he will never stop performing and his interest in the theories of humour and comedy.

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  • Night Waves - Phil Redmond 29 Oct 12

    Tue, 30 Oct 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Phil Redmond, the creator of ground-breaking series such as Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks, joins Philip Dodd to discuss his new autobiography which charts his journey of success from being a working class lad in Liverpool. Michael Goldfarb, journalist and broadcaster, and Colleen Graffy, professor of law at Pepperdine University, join Philip to consider the concept of Them and Us, and whether the social and culture wars in America are rendering its people ever more divided. And film critic Nigel Floyd joins Michael Goldfarb to review The Master, the new film by Paul Thomas Anderson which is tipped for Oscar nominations.

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  • Night Waves - Thomas Keneally 25 Oct 12

    Fri, 26 Oct 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Thomas Keneally joins Anne McElvoy to discuss his new novel The Daughters of Mars, which examines the hidden wounds of two nurses as they confront the horrors of Gallipoli. Richard Cork and Juliet Gardiner review Barbara Hepworth’s hospital drawings, exhibited at the Hepworth Wakefield, sketched during her hours observing hospital procedures between 1947 and 1949. And Anne talks to David Byrne, musician, artist and essayist, about his new book How Music Works.

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  • Night Waves - Wagner & Myth 24 Oct 12

    Thu, 25 Oct 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    In a special edition Samira Ahmed examines the importance of Norse and Greek mythology to Wagner and how the tales of ancient heroism influenced his work and in particular the Ring Cycle, with novelist A.S. Byatt, philosopher Roger Scruton and lecturer in music and European history Mark Berry.

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  • Night Waves - Jo Nesbo 23 Oct 12

    Wed, 24 Oct 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd talks to Playwright Howard Brenton discussing his new play, 55 days, focusing on Cromwell and Charles 1st. The life of traveller and writer Paddy Leigh Fermor often appears to have been one great adventure. Biographer Artemis Cooper is joined by acclaimed travel writer Colin Thubron to discuss who the great travel writer really was. Corin Throsby reviews Elena, the Russian film which won a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year. And Jo Nesbo, the Norwegian writer and economist, reflects on his novel The Bat, as the first of the Harry Hole detective novels is finally translated into English.

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  • Night Waves - Syrian Art 22 Oct 12

    Tue, 23 Oct 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Malu Halasa, curator of the Culture in Defiance exhibition in Amsterdam, joins Matthew to discuss how the struggle for freedom in Syria has given birth to a whole new generation of artists. In the wake of the recent allegations about Jimmy Savile's abuse of young women and boys, Matthew Sweet asks criminologist David Wilson and priest Giles Fraser why institutions find it so difficult to respond to cases of abuse. And film critic David Thomson discusses his latest book The Big Screen: the Story of the Movies and What they Did to Us.

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  • Night Waves - Wagner & Nietzsche 18 Oct 12

    Thu, 18 Oct 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    The friendship that developed between Wagner and Nietzsche is documented in a vast collection of letters and writings, reflecting one of the most resonant cultural and philosophical scenes of 19th century Europe. In a special edition Anne McElvoy with Nick Seddon, John Deathridge and Michael Tanner map this intellectual development which informed Wagner's work. With readings by Andrew Fallaize.

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  • Night Waves - Hanna Rosin 17 Oct 12

    Thu, 18 Oct 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd discusses The End of Men: And the Rise of Women with author Hanna Rosin. He experiences the world of Hollywood Costume at the Victoria & Albert museum with the exhibition's curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis. Sally Weintraub answers; What is the contribution that psychoanalysis can make to possibly the most traumatic issue facing humanity and yet one which the vast majority of us simply ignore? And Kevin Jackson talks about his new book 'Constellation of Genius - 1922, Modernism, Year One' putting the accomplishments of Eliot and Joyce in the context of the world in which their works appeared.

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  • Night Waves - Michael Chabon 15 Oct 12

    Wed, 17 Oct 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon joins Matthew Sweet to discuss his new book Telegraph Avenue and to reflect on the joys and perils of nostalgia. Joanna van Heyningen, a judge for the RIBA Stirling Prize, explains why Stanton Williams’ Sainsbury Laboratory was granted this year's award. Novelist A.S. Byatt and Alexandra Harris, Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool, argue for the Ash tree’s importance in our mythical and physical landscape. And Nicholas Roe discusses his new biography of celebrated romantic poet John Keats.

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  • Night Waves - Anish Kapoor 11 Oct 12

    Fri, 12 Oct 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Sculptor Anish Kapoor joins Samira Ahmed to discuss his new exhibition at London's Lisson Gallery. As the Nobel Prize for literature is awarded to the Chinese author Mo Yan, Rana Mitter tells us about the writer’s work and what the prize will mean to China. Susannah Clapp offers a first night review of Samuel Beckett’s play, All That Fall. We explore disputes in the early Church about the role of women in Christianity, starting with the claim that Jesus was married. And we review a new exhibition on Frontline Medicine at the Imperial War Museum North.

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  • Night Waves - Kofi Annan 10 Oct 12

    Thu, 11 Oct 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former UN Secretary General, is Philip Dodd’s guest in this edition of Night Waves. It’s a wide-ranging and personal conversation which touches on Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq and Syria, and also on the debt Kofi Annan owes to his father. He offers a sharp analysis of the challenges facing the UN in the future and of the frustrations and rewards of being Secretary General; as well, of course, as some of the sadness that comes with the job.

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  • Night Waves - International Review 09 Oct 12

    Tue, 9 Oct 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Matthew Sweet chairs an "International Review" edition of the programme, with critics from around the world coming together to discuss the latest global cultural events and arts issues. Matthew is joined by the Chinese novelist, Xiaolu Guo, the Scots Ghanaian novelist and architect Lesley Lokko and the Lebanese architect and commentator on Middle East affairs, Karl Sharro and the Iranian journalist Fari Bradley. They discuss the international legacy of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road; whether curves should be banned from contemporary architecture and whether James Bond should be allowed to carry on for another fifty years.

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  • Night Waves - Paul Auster 08 Oct 12

    Tue, 9 Oct 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Novelist and film director Paul Auster joins Anne McElvoy to discuss his new memoir, ‘Winter Solitude’. As the people of Catalonia go to the polls later this month, New Generation Thinker Adriana Sinclair, Spanish MP and pro-Catalan Independence party member Alfred Bosch, and Joseph Farrell from Strathclyde University discuss the urge towards independence. Jon Adams reviews Ruby Sparks, the new film written by and starring Zoe Kazan. And Anne talks to ceramic artist and writer Edmund de Waal about his new exhibition, A Thousand Hours.

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  • Night Waves - Don Paterson 03 Oct 12

    Thu, 4 Oct 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Scottish poet and musician Don Paterson joins Philip Dodd for an extended conversation. As his Selected Poems have recently been published, drawing upon 20 years of his work, Paterson discusses poetry as a secular prayer, his passion for the sonnets of Shakespeare and Rilke, and his reasons for preferring Satie to Mozart.

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  • Night Waves - Open Access 02 Oct 12

    Wed, 3 Oct 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Education minister David Willetts and research chief Dame Janet Finch are in the studio to debate Open Access along with Professor Roey Sweet, New Generation Thinker Nandini Das and scientist Ross Mounce, discussing the ramifications of this fundamental rethink of the way academic research is published and crucially - who pays for it? Anne Applebaum discusses her new book Iron Curtain looking at how civil society was picked apart under Communism in Eastern Europe. And it's first night at the Donmar Warehouse for Racine's Berenice in a new translation by Alan Hollinghurst. Andrew Dickson, Nandini Das and Rana Mitter review.

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  • Night Waves - Eric Hobsbawm 01 Oct 12

    Tue, 2 Oct 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Following the death of the celebrated – and controversial – Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, Matthew Sweet is joined by Journalist David Aaronovitch, writer Anne Applebaum, historian Richard J. Evans, and Radio 3’s Alyn Shipton to consider his life and work. Historian Mark Mazower explores the tensions between the ideas and the powers of international institutions. And New Generation Thinker Matthew Smith joins historian and writer Sarah Wise to discuss changing attitudes towards madness and incarceration.

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  • Night Waves - Jack Straw 27 Sep 12

    Fri, 28 Sep 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Jack Straw joins Anne McElvoy for a candid interview in which the former Labour cabinet minister discusses ambition, the importance of rat-like cunning in politics, and psychoanalysis. Mike Goldsmith, the author of ‘Discord – the story of noise’, and sound artist and curator Robin McGinley consider the past, present and future of noise. And Professor Mary Fulbrook, author of ‘A Small Town Near Auschwitz’, explains the story of an ‘ordinary’ Nazi of the Third Reich.

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  • Night Waves - Mars 26 Sep 12

    Thu, 27 Sep 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    As NASA’s rover Curiosity conducts its mission on Mars, Samira Ahmed presents a special programme on the Red Planet. To plot a course through the clouds of theology, astronomy and pure speculation, Samira is joined by the science writer Marcus Chown, theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss, and one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, Josh Nall - a science historian from Cambridge University. They're joined on board by the writers Francis Spufford, Liz Williams and Sophia McDougall who'll dissect the fictional record of our involvement with Mars. And sound artist and broadcaster Robert Worby ponders the planet’s influence on musicians and composers.

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  • Night Waves - Louvre Islamic Wing 25 Sep 12

    Wed, 26 Sep 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Matthew Sweet examines the newly opened Islamic art wing at the Paris Louvre with Karl Sharro. There's a review, also from Paris of the global hit comedy about disability, race and class; Untouchable. Matthew talks to Tarun J Tejpal, a novelist and journalist who founded Tehelka a leading weekly political magazine in India. And Pamela Cox and Emma Griffin, a Radio3 New Generation Thinker, take Night Waves downstairs to discuss the history of servants.

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  • Night Waves - Mark Rylance 24 Sep 12

    Tue, 25 Sep 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Philip Dodd talks to Mark Rylance, the former artistic director of the Globe. He has been called the greatest stage performer in the world and won awards on both sides of the Atlantic for his performance as Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in Jerusalem. But he made his name with Shakespeare, and in this extended conversation Philip Dodd examines Rylance’s passion for engaging with "original practice" versions of the Bard to challenging audience relationship with the action on stage, through to playing Shakespeare's most notorious villain.

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  • Night Waves - Ryszard Kapuscinski 20 Sep 12

    Fri, 21 Sep 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    As a new biography of Ryszard Kapuscinski is released, the author Artur Domoslawski and Channel 4 International editor Lindsey Hilsum join Anne McElvoy to discuss the greatness and failings of the iconic Polish writer. New Generation Thinker Jonathan Healey discusses the history of the concept of the ‘undeserving poor’. Susannah Clapp reviews Mademoiselle Julie at the Barbican, starring Juliette Binoche. And Artistic Director Tom Morris shows Anne around the magnificently restored Bristol Old Vic Theatre.

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  • Night Waves - Howard Jacobson 19 Sep 12

    Thu, 20 Sep 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd talks to Howard Jacobson and discusses Zoo Time, his first novel since winning the Man Booker Prize in 2010. The philosopher Julian Baggini, the theologian John Millbank and historian Roey Sweet discuss morality. And Philip talks to Barbara Hulanicki, the founder of the iconic clothes store Biba, who is celebrated in a new exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

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  • Night Waves - Sir John Major 18 Sep 12

    Wed, 19 Sep 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Sir John Major talks to Matthew Sweet and is joined by comedian Roy Hudd to discuss the performers and history of the quintessentially British Music Hall. Salman Rushdie talks about his life as Joseph Anton in his new autobiographical novel. And Susan Hitch reviews the ENO's new opera; Julietta.

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  • Night Waves - Sebastian Faulks 17 Sep 12

    Tue, 18 Sep 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Award-winning author Sebastian Faulks speaks to Rana Mitter about his new multi-layered novel, A Possible Life, which explores the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. Sir John Elliott’s book History In The Making tracks the course of the discipline in relation to national and transnational histories. And with a look at China, Rana talks to filmmaker Sun Shuyun about Transcendence, the 3D film about rock star Cui Jian, and author Hsiao-Hung Pai tells Rana the stories from China’s rural migrants.

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  • Night Waves - Amartya Sen 13 Sep 12

    Thu, 13 Sep 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd talks to the Nobel prize winning economist, Amartya Sen in the concluding programme in Night Waves' examination of the "good life" and what we mean by it.

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  • Night Waves - Dostoevsky's 'The Idiot' 12 Sep 12

    Thu, 13 Sep 12

    Duration:
    48 mins

    Dostoevsky's 'The Idiot' (1869) raises 'the good life' as an existential question that everybody must answer for themselves. The novel has been read as both an over-the-top melodrama, and as a profound exploration of the ambiguity of goodness. Matthew Sweet is joined by the theologian Giles Fraser, Russian specialist Sarah Young and the novelist Zinovy Zinik to discuss.

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  • Night Waves: The Pursuit Of Happiness

    Wed, 12 Sep 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy examines whether we place too much weight on happiness as a measure of our quality of life. Contributors consider the new economics of well-being and the role of happiness in writing and include: Richard Layard, Edward Skidelsky, Gus O'Donnell, Juliet Michaelson, Paul Ormerod and Alexandra Harris.

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  • Night Waves - What is 'Enough'? 10th Sept 2012

    Tue, 11 Sep 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    What is the good life? Philip is joined in the studio by the commentators Robert Skidelsky, Owen Jones and Jamie Whyte, the classicist, Edith Hall, the philosopher, Mark Vernon and the Benedictine Monk, Father Bede Hill to discuss the question. In this discussion Philip Dodd and his guests consider how an idea that began with Aristotle as an ethical quest can have evolved in the 21st century into unbridled consumerism.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Proms Poetry Competition

    Mon, 10 Sep 12

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Ian McMillan is joined by poet Wendy Cope and actor Juliet Stevenson as he announces the winners of this year’s Proms Poetry Competition.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Desert Island 03 Sep 12

    Tue, 4 Sep 12

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Which literary works make the most entries into celebrity choices on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs? Mariella Frostrup is joined by Sir Tim Rice and writer and broadcaster Kevin Jackson to explore the regular favourites and unexpected misses, the literary classics that 70 years of the great and the good can’t live without - and reveal some surprise choices. Actress and Desert Island Castaway Harriet Walter reads some of the desert island book choices.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Mendelssohn 01 Sep 12

    Mon, 3 Sep 12

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Musicologist John Deathridge, introduces an anthology of unexpected readings about Mendelssohn. Rana Mitter presents.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Edward Elgar 29 Aug 12

    Thu, 30 Aug 12

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Award-winning film-maker John Bridcut introduces a selection of fascinating and unexpected readings about Edward Elgar, including letters, diaries and reviews. Susan Hitch presents.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Lyrics 27 Aug 12

    Thu, 30 Aug 12

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Tell Me on a Sunday lyricist Don Black and singer-songwriter Barb Jungr discuss the great musical wordsmiths and reveal their personal favourites, as well as the great lyrics that work even though they really shouldn’t. Matthew Sweet presents.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Ken Russell 23 Aug 12

    Fri, 24 Aug 12

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Glenda Jackson MP and film critic Mark Kermode celebrate the work of the late Ken Russell, the film director of groundbreaking and controversial films about Delius, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Liszt, Mahler and Strauss.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Russian Classics 21 Aug 12

    Wed, 22 Aug 12

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Novelist Pat Barker and Revd Giles Fraser discuss with presenter Ian McMillan what British writers can learn from the Russian classics, along with readings from their personal favourites by actor Melanie Gray.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Christine Rice 18 Jul 12

    Mon, 20 Aug 12

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Christine Rice with presenter Matthew Sweet, conclude the series of events in which musicians from this year’s Proms season introduce readings from their favourite works of fiction and poetry.

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  • Proms Plus Literary: Vaughan Williams 16 Aug 12

    Fri, 17 Aug 12

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Composer Anthony Payne introduces readings about and by one of the great composers in this year's Proms, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Reader: Dominic Rowan. Presenter: Rana Mitter Producer: Zahid Warley

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Edward Gardner 08 Aug 12

    Thu, 9 Aug 12

    Duration:
    26 mins

    The Music Director of the ENO Edward Gardner, who will be conducting a concert performance of Peter Grimes in this year's Proms season, reveals his literary passions and talks about what he'll be reading this summer. Rana Mitter presents. Producer Zahid Warley.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - The Handmaid's Tale 06 Aug 12

    Thu, 9 Aug 12

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Veteran war reporter Kate Adie and novelist Aminatta Forna discuss Margaret Atwood's groundbreaking feminist novel, 'The Handmaid's Tale', twenty five years after its publication, in which a religious revolution has overthrown the American government. Anne McElvoy presents. Producer Laura Thomas.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Sunset Song 03 Aug 12

    Thu, 9 Aug 12

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Poet Jackie Kay and novelist Ali Smith discuss one of the great Scottish novels, Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, the first part of his Scots Quair trilogy, set in a Scottish farming community.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - David Hill 30 Jul 12

    Wed, 1 Aug 12

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Conductor David Hill continues the series in which leading musicians from this year’s Proms season introduce their literary passions and talk about what they are reading this summer. Anne McElvoy presents. Anne McElvoy presents.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Arab Spring 24 Jul 12

    Wed, 25 Jul 12

    Duration:
    21 mins

    BBC correspondent Ed Stourton is joined by Ahdaf Soueif & Karl Sharro to explore the influence of the social and political uprisings of last year's 'Arab Spring' on contemporary Arabic literature.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Jane Glover 18 Jul 12

    Thu, 19 Jul 12

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Conductor Jane Glover begins a new four part series in which musicians from this year's Proms season reveal their literary passions and talk about what they're reading this summer. The presenter is Rana Mitter, with extracts performed by Simon Callow.

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  • Proms Plus Literary - Pygmalion 14 Jul 12

    Tue, 17 Jul 12

    Duration:
    22 mins

    George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, the inspiration for My Fair Lady, is discussed by Shaw’s biographer Sir Michael Holroyd and Professor of Irish History, Roy Foster. Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle are brought to life by the actors Tim Pigott-Smith and Rachael Stirling, who recently appeared in Pygmalion on stage. Matthew Sweet presents.

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  • Night Waves - Lowry & Kuhn 12 Jul 12

    Fri, 13 Jul 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd casts an irreverent eye over the reputations of two figures who loom large in the 20th century -- the painter L S Lowry and the historian of science, Thomas Kuhn. He's joined by the Booker Prize winner and Lowry fan, Howard Jacobson and the art critic, James Malpas and the philosopher and Kuhnian, Rupert Read and the science writer, Gabrielle Walker. Also Amanda Hopkinson and Geoff Dyer will be discussing Voyeurism and New Generation Thinker Martin Goodman reflects on the way scientists have grappled with the notion of bad air.

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  • Night Waves - James Fenton 11 July 12

    Thu, 12 Jul 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    James Fenton joins Rana Mitter to talk about his latest poetry collection, Yellow Tulips, and the themes of inspiration, politics and love. Tommie Smith, who made the iconic Black Power Salute with John Carlos at the 1968 Olympic Games, discusses the enduring struggle of black politics. As a rare production of Ibsen's first play, St John's Night, opens, theatre critic Susannah Clapp considers the gloomy Scandinavian's under-appreciated comic side. And New Generation Thinker Jonathan Healey explores how 17th Century Britain finally beat the spectre of famine.

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  • Night Waves - London 10 July 12

    Wed, 11 Jul 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    In a year when all eyes are on London, Matthew Sweet explores London's place as a world city, and asks if London really is the centre of arts and culture it claims to be. He discusses this with Neil O'Brien of the think tank Policy Exchange and Aditya Chakrabortty of the Guardian at Tower Bridge. At the South Bank Centre Matthew meets with its artistic director Jude Kelly, the novelist Lesley Lokko and the culture editor of Monocle, Robert Bound. And he finally talks to Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Nandini Das and also to the 'Gentle Author' of the Spitalfields Life blog.

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  • Night Waves - Titian 09 Jul 12

    Tue, 10 Jul 12

    Duration:
    169 mins

    Titian, who ruled the Venetian art world for over 60 years, is the subject of this edition of Night Waves. Anne McElvoy is joined by biographer Sheila Hale, artist Conrad Shawcross, poet Jo Shapcott and art historian Martin Kemp to discuss the life and influence of the most famous artist in Europe, ‘a sun amidst small stars’.

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  • Night Waves - Maajid Nawaz 05 Jul 12

    Fri, 6 Jul 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Former radical, Maajid Nawaz, speaks of his journey from Islamist extremism to a democratic awakening; he is joined in discussion by Anne and Samer Libdeh, Senior Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Foundation. John Banville discusses Ancient Light, his latest novel of adolescent love and middle-aged grief. Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador to the USA, explores networks of power across the world, from socialites in Mumbai to the KGB in Russia. And New Generation Thinker Sue Anne Harding examines Russian TV’s mythologising of the Beslan Massacre.

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  • Night Waves - Germany's Power 04 Jul 12

    Thu, 5 Jul 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    With Germany’s economic dominance in Europe increasing, Philip discusses the country and its power with Hans Kundnani of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Imke Henkel, correspondent for Focus, and Historian Sir Richard Evans. Simon Stephens speaks to Philip about his adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, for the Young Vic. And in the face of the possible discovery of the Higgs Boson particle, physical chemist Peter Atkins argues, against philosopher Raymond Tallis, for the importance of science for answering the questions that matter.

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  • Night Waves - Procrastination 03 Jul 12

    Thu, 5 Jul 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Actor Samuel West speaks to Samira Ahmed about the art of delay, whilst former banker Frank Partnoy argues in favour of procrastination. Will Self and Sophia McDougall reflect on A Clockwork Orange, fifty years since the novel was published. Professor Tim Spector explains how genetic research increasingly challenges previous assumptions. And film critic Melanie Williams discusses Woman in a Dressing gown, along with the film’s star, Sylvia Syms.

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  • Night Waves - Landmarks: Blackmail 2 Jul 12

    Tue, 3 Jul 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    This Landmark programme is devoted to Hitchcock’s drama Blackmail. Matthew Sweet is joined by American Critic Camille Paglia, BFI curator Nathalie Morris, playwright and screenwriter Michael Eaton, and composer and film historian Neil Brand, whose specially arranged score will accompany the film for a special performance at the British Museum, 6 July 2012.

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  • Night Waves - Todd Solondz 28 Jun 12

    Fri, 29 Jun 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Film director Todd Solondz discusses his new suburban satire, Dark Horse. Marina Warner and Richard Cork explore man’s desire for flight as a new exhibition, Flight and the Artistic Imagination, opens at Compton Verney. Susannah Clapp reviews Joe Penhall’s new play, Birthday. And Josh Hall, the next of this year’s New Generation Thinkers, examines the relationship between astronomers and the red planet.

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  • Night Waves - Rousseau 27 Jun 12

    Thu, 28 Jun 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    To mark the 300th anniversary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's birth and discuss why Rousseau still matters today Philip Dodd is joined by the novelist Lawrence Norfolk, philosopher Susan James, Professor of Intellectual History Richard Whatmore and specialist in 18th Century Literature Lucy Powell. The actor Samuel West reads from Rousseau's work.

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  • Night Waves - Edvard Munch 26 Jun 12

    Wed, 27 Jun 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    With Rana Mitter. Night Waves has a first night review of The Royal Opera's production of Berlioz's Les Troyens - complete with over 100 singers. Rana is also joined by Dambisa Moyo, Steve Tsang and Isobel Hilton for an examination of China's race for resources. Emma Griffin, one of the next of this year's New Generation Thinkers reexamines the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the working class. Frances Ashcroft shows how electrical signals in our cells are essential to everything we think and do and with James Malpas, Rana takes a look at Tate Modern's latest exhibition Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye.

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  • Night Waves - Jenny Saville 25 Jun 12

    Tue, 26 Jun 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to Jenny Saville about her work on display at The Museum of Modern Art in Oxford. Diarmaid MacCulloch and Nick Spencer discuss whether the disestablishment of the Church of England would be good or bad for the church and for society as a whole. New Generation Thinker, Matthew Smith looks at the cultural history of the diagnosis and medical treatment of ADHD. And Dr Ellen Adams explains about the importance of the language known as Linear B.

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  • Night Waves - International Review 21 Jun 12

    Thu, 21 Jun 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    For this International Review Edition Matthew Sweet is joined by Moscow based broadcaster and critic Konstantin Eggert, Colombian born philosopher and law lecturer Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Iranian academic Narguess Farzad, and Lesley Lokko, a novelist who shares her time between Ghana, South Africa and Scotland. They discuss a new book by Alonso Cueto, the Blue Hour which deals with the legacy of the war with the Shining Path and a Russian film Silent Souls, about two men trying to keep alive the ancient traditions of their people. They also debate whether an ageing population is perceived as a gift or a burden in other parts of the world and discuss arts and cultural events where they are.

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  • Night Waves - Veep 20 Jun 12

    Thu, 21 Jun 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    With Samira Ahmed, Kerry McCarthy (MP for Bristol East) has the verdict on Armando Iannucci's new comedy; Veep. Comedian David Baddiel and biographer Nicola Beauman reappraise Elizabeth Taylor's written work. New Generation Thinker Charlotte Blease, examines historical and contemporary deceptions in medical practice. And Curator Brigitte Schultz, the historian Timothy Stanley and Wouter Vantisphout of Delft University in the Netherlands discuss the phenomenon of the modern empty city with reference to a new exhibition of photographs currently on display in Berlin.

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  • Night Waves - The Turing Test 19 Jun 12

    Wed, 20 Jun 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to the Pulitzer Prize winner, Katherine Boo about her book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Jackie Wullschlager reviews the literally luminous new show at Tate Liverpool which features the late work of Twombly, Turner and Monet; one of our New Generation thinkers, Timothy Secret, reflects on how we mourn our dead and Uta Frith, Harry Collins and Marcus Chown explore a new twist on the legacy of one of the great scientific minds of the 20th Century, Alan Turing.

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  • Night Waves - Billy Budd 18 Jun 12

    Tue, 19 Jun 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd talks to Gerard Lemos, the author of The End of the Chinese Dream: why Chinese People Fear the Future. Also in the programme, a first night review of Benjamin Britten’s 1951 opera Billy Budd in a new production at the ENO. As the Olympics draw nearer and we head further into a time of austerity Philip and guests discuss the notion of endurance. And tonight marks the start for this year’s New Generation Thinkers. This evening Adriana Sinclair on whether the law is the only path to justice.

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  • Night Waves - David Cronenberg 14 Jun 12

    Fri, 15 Jun 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy asks Director David Cronenberg if he sees himself as a political commentator, or are his films all about the spectacle? Lord Robert Winston criticised the Cultural Olympiad for the lack of science in the four-year celebration. Anne McElvoy is joined by Lord Winston and the historian of science Richard Holmes to discuss the relationship between science and the arts. This week marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Falklands war, and Anne McElvoy talks to authors Carlos Gamerro. His novel “The Islands”, recently translated in English, gives a surreal account of the war and explores its impact on the Argentinian psyche. And artist Rachel Whiteread's first permanent public commission in this country - a new façade for the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Anne is joined by the art critic for The Times, Rachel Campbell-Johnston.

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  • Night Waves - Europe & Gatz 13 Jun 12

    Thu, 14 Jun 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd hosts a concert on Europe, with political thinker Slavoj Zizek who has recently returned from Athens, the writer Pankaj Mishra, Edward Lucas, the Editor of the International section of The Economist and the broadcaster and journalist Michael Goldfarb. And Kamila Shamsie reviews the extraordinary eight hour, un-cut staged reading of The Great Gatsby, Gatz, part of LIFT, the London International Festival of Theatre.

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  • Night Waves - Harry Belafonte 12 Jun 12

    Wed, 13 Jun 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to the singer, actor and civil rights campaigner Harry Belafonte. He tells Matthew how he and Sidney Poitier were like Apollo astronauts, sharing a pioneering role that's hard for anyone else to understand. And as British race relations films Sapphire and Flame in the Streets are re-released Matthew is joined by film historian Stephen Bourne, anthropologist Kit Davis and actress Adjoa Andoh to discuss the films.

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  • Night Waves Pina Bausch 11 Jun 12

    Tue, 12 Jun 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Rana Mitter discusses Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with the actress Fiona Shaw, the choreographer Michael Keegan Dolan, and the dance critic Sarah Crompton. Martin Amis’ new novel ‘Lionel Asbo: State of England’ has burst onto the literary scene like a hand grenade of brilliant divisiveness. Reviewers seem to either love or hate the book which describes the lottery winning lunacy of one feckless urban criminal and his grossly extended family. There was an all-nighter of philosophy at the Institut Francais in London at the week-end and Night Waves was there to find out whether such a French happening has much to teach us.And two new blockbuster films reimagine the story of Snow White: Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman.

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  • Night Waves - Robert Caro 06 jun 12

    Tue, 12 Jun 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Samira Ahmed talks to the writer Robert Caro about The Passage of Power, the latest volume of his celebrated biography of Lyndon B. Johnson. Also in the programme - more power and politics as we review the new Julius Caesar at the RSC. Plus the South African actress Janet Suzman looks at Shakespeare's women - from Cleopatra to Ophelia - and asks if scholars have misunderstood how many of the great theatrical roles for women have been played. And Margaret Atwood looks back on the life of the late great science fiction writer Ray Bradbury who died yesterday at the age of 91.

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  • night Waves - Prometheus

    Fri, 1 Jun 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Director Ridley Scott returns to the big screen this week with his new film Prometheus. Writer Toby Litt gives Anne McElvoy his verdict. In a new book "Consumption and its consequences", anthropologist Daniel Miller argues that consumption is actually central to social relationship and that advocating curbing it is the wrong place to start. Sociologist Don Slater joins the discussion. Military Historian Antony Beevor talks to Anne McElvoy about his new history of the Second World War. He explains why he feels the conflict must be treated as an amalgamation of conflicts, why there is a renewed fascination with the war today, and why it is so critical for Europe - especially now - to remember the lessons that were learned between 1939-1945. And Anne McElvoy visits the Serpentine Gallery in London and talks to the architects responsible for the Beijing National Stadium about their first UK collaboration with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei - this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

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  • Night Waves - Antigone & Elizabethans 30 May 12

    Thu, 31 May 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Are we living in a second Elizabethan era? Juliet Gardiner, Stephen Haseler, Vernon Bogdanor and Julie Sanders join Philip Dodd to discuss in what sense we are all new Elizabethans. Antigone is on the stage of the National Theatre and the classicist Edith Hall and political theorist Kimberly Hutchings discuss how the play resonates today. And as an exhibition of Thomas Heatherwick's work opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Philip meets him to explore how he sees his work.

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  • Night Waves - John Irving 29 May 12

    Wed, 30 May 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Rana Mitter meets John Irving whose new novel 'In One Person' examines loss of innocence, loss of sexual identity and trust in his most political novel since 'The Cider House Rules'. For Night Waves writers Gabriel Gbadamosi and Kamila Shamsie have been covering the Globe to Globe Shakespeare season and report back. Rana talks to artist Tom Phillips about his best-known work, A Humument now re-published in its fifth edition. And film historian John Cunningham and the poet and translator George Szirtes discuss the film 'The Turin Horse'.

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  • Night Waves - The Angels' Share 28 May 12

    Wed, 30 May 12

    Duration:
    31 mins

    THIS PROGRAMME CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE. Matthew Sweet watches Ken Loach's new film The Angels' Share. Along with Hannah McGill, Anne Karpf and Lynda Mugglestone he also discusses the use of strong swearwords in the film and the controversy surrounding the cuts that Loach was forced to make in order to obtain a 15 certificate for the film. And science writer Marcus Chown, creative writing teacher Richard Hamblyn and translator Martin McLaughlin discuss the work and life of Italo Calvino and the way he uses science in his writing.

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  • Night Waves - David Eagleman 23 May 12

    Fri, 25 May 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to neuroscientist David Eagleman to discuss the new ethical issues raised by the contradictory nature of brain science. The online social revolution is arguably the biggest cultural change the world has experienced since the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. However, Andrew Keen - in his new book Digital Vertigo - suggests the social revolution is more dizzying and divisive than it is communitarian and life-enhancing. He's joined by writer and broadcaster, Naomi Alderman to untangle the web of social media. Anne also talks to the former diplomat and soldier Rory Stewart MP about his new two-part television documentary about Afghanistan. And a new exhibition at the British Museum explores how man's relationship with the horse has developed over centuries, from the deserts of Arabia to the race courses of England. Historians Louise Curth and Donna Landry discuss how the iconography of the horse has been represented in art and culture.

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  • Night Waves - Sicilian Culture 23 May 12

    Thu, 24 May 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    As a new book about warring philosophical frenemies Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre is published, Philip Dodd explores their fractious relationship. Italian affairs commentator Geoff Andrews and Sicilian journalist Alessandra Bonomolo discuss to what extent the Sicilian Renaissance was successful. And Nick Pearce, director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, journalist Sue Cameron and political historian Peter Catterall discuss the nature of safe spaces in politics: how much have they facilitated the course of politics in the UK? Should all ministerial advice be made public?

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  • Night Waves - Jackie Kay 22 May 12

    Wed, 23 May 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Samira Ahmed talks to Jackie Kay and the former Reith lecturer, Michael Sandel about their new books, reviews a new production of Pinter's Betrayal and discusses the merits of a new extended version of Sergio Leone's gangster epic, Once Upon a Time in America.

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  • Night Waves - John Healy and Marilynne Robinson

    Tue, 22 May 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson about the theologian, Jean Calvin and what she believes is his profound influence on the great tradition of American literature. Also in the programme, the writer John Healy. After fifteen years of living on the streets of London as an alcoholic, Healy discovered chess in prison, and then wrote an acclaimed autobiography, The Grass Arena. As a new documentary, Barbaric Genius, sets out to unravel the tangled story of how that publishing success turned into infamy, John Healy talks to Matthew Sweet about his life and his writing.

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  • R3Arts:Night Waves-Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    Fri, 18 May 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to Susannah Clapp about The Sunshine Boys at the Savoy Theatre. Angie Hobbs,Emily Sandberg and Anders Sandberg discuss how far we should push athletic performance. Michael Goldfarb and Ian Christie assess the legacy of the film Colonel Blimp. What has its impact been on the way we think about the conduct of war? And Caroline Cox decodes the meaning of the word Glamorous and reviews the V and A’s Ballgowns exhibition.

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  • Night Waves - Photographers' Gallery 16 May 12

    Thu, 17 May 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Samira Ahmed and guests discuss the opening and relaunch of The Photographer's Gallery in London this weekend after relocating to new premises and a multi-million pound overhaul. Carlos Fuentes, one of Mexico's greatest writers, died on Tuesday and Professor Steven Boldy, an expert on his work and close friend, explains why he was so significant in the Spanish-speaking world and beyond. Paul Seabright, the author of "The War of the Sexes", and historian Joanna Bourke debate whether the answer to greater harmony and equality between the sexes lies in our remote evolutionary past. And New Generation Thinkers Shahidha Bari and Lucy Powell discuss this year's Brighton Festival curated by Vanessa Redgrave.

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  • Night Waves - Ideology 15 May 12

    Wed, 16 May 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet presents Night Waves with a first night review of a new production of Falstaff live from the Royal Opera House in London. Journalist Peter Oborne and writer Eliane Glaser join Matthew to debate political ideology. Scottish human rights lawyer and screenwriter Paul Laverty talks to Matthew about his new political film Even The Rain and Diego Marani a linguist at the European Union who writes a column for a Swiss newspaper in the made up language of Europanto.

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  • Night Waves - Taliban Poetry

    Tue, 15 May 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Rana Mitter reads a new collection of poetry from the Taliban in a newly translated volume that attempts to get inside the lives of a people little understood in the West. Science writer Philip Ball traces the rise of curiosity back to the 17th century and the Scientific Revolution when it changed from a vice to a virtue. And a review of an exhibition that’s a time capsule of 18th Century loot revealing the tastes, art, books and souvenirs of aristocrats returning from their Grand Tour of Europe.

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  • R3Arts:Night Waves-Bring Up the Bodies,56 Up,Babel

    Fri, 11 May 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to Hilary Mantel about her new historical novel Bring up the Bodiesand to Michael Apted the film maker behind the ground-breaking television documentary project 56 Up which has been following the lives of a selection of English people at seven year intervals.Susannah Clapp reviews Babel, the latest project from the immersive theatre company who won plaudits for last year's mammoth theatrical extravaganza, The Passion, in Port Talbot. This event has been commissioned for World Stages London as part of the Cultural Olympiad and uses the biblical story of the Tower of Babel as a starting point around which to organise 500 performers in an outdoor performance that has been billed as the theatrical event of the year.

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  • Night Waves - Vidal Sassoon 16 May 11

    Thu, 10 May 12

    Duration:
    16 mins

    In remembrance of Vidal Sassoon, Night Waves podcasts an interview with Philip Dodd first broadcast on Monday 16 May 2011. As a film is released about Vidal Sassoon's life, he talks to Philip about growing up as a Jew in East London in the 1930s, his life as the iconic hairdresser of the 1960s and his later work.

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  • Night Waves - Andro Linklater 09 May 12

    Thu, 10 May 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Samira Ahmed talks to Andro Linklater whose new book Why Spencer Perceval Had to Die examines the assassination of the all-powerful prime minister of Great Britain, on 11 May 1812.

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  • Night Waves 8th May

    Wed, 9 May 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Victorian women cast a long shadow over our imaginations But do we do enough to differentiate between the fictional characters and the real women? What lies beneath our perceptions of either? Matthew Sweet embarks on an exploration of the Victorian woman's psyche with the writers, Kate Summerscale and Sarah Ruhl and the historians, Kate Williams and Lynda Nead.

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  • Night Waves - Portraits Day 07 May 12

    Tue, 8 May 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    In a special edition from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Philip Dodd is joined by writer Ian Rankin, artist Alison Watt whose self portrait now hangs at the gallery, the poet and critic Robert Crawford, and John Leighton Director General of the National Galleries of Scotland to examine the nature of portraiture and the cultural tensions created when capturing a likeness in figurative and abstract painting, poetry and literature.

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  • Night Waves - Landmark: The Tempest 03 May 12

    Fri, 4 May 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd presents a Landmark edition devoted to Shakespeare's The Tempest, a drama reimagined by artists from Purcell to Derek Jarman via TS Eliot, Derek Walcott and Thomas Adès. In the studio to discuss this strange and compelling play are the writer and director Jonathan Miller who first directed the Tempest in 1970 and again in 1988, David Troughton, the actor who played Caliban in Sam Mendes 1993 production, the Shakespeare scholar Helen Hackett, composer and director Jeremy Sams who created a version of The Tempest story, The Enchanted Island, for the Metropolitan Opera and the writer Kamila Shamsie.

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  • Night Waves - Bauhaus 02 May 12

    Fri, 4 May 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Rana Mitter presents with a review of the new Bauhaus exhibition at the Barbican and a discussion asking what it means to be Posh. Plus a new book on Darwin’s predecessors and a new exhibition in Cambridge on tombs from the Han China era.

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  • Night Waves - Leonardo da Vinci 01 May 12

    Wed, 2 May 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    In this edition of Night Waves with Anne McElvoy, cardiac surgeon Francis Wells takes a look at a new exhibition of the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Ruchir Sharma, investment banker for Morgan Stanley together with Robert Guest, Washington Correspondent for The Economist, investigate what global and political forces are shaping emerging markets. Award-winning Bola Agbaje returns to the Royal Court Theatre, London with her new play Belong and discusses her work. And Jules Evans explains why we should be suspicious of attempts to measure our happiness levels, and put our faith in ancient philosophy instead.

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  • night Waves 30th April

    Tue, 1 May 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet presents a review of The English National Opera's The Flying Dutchman. He also traces the beginnings and history of Universal Motion Picture Manufacturing Company with Carla Laemmle,the founder’s niece and also asks if the stigma of being gay is melting away in secondary schools?

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  • Night Waves - Imagination 25 Apr 12

    Thu, 26 Apr 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd talks to the writer Jonah Lehrer whose new book sets out to unravel creativity and understand the imagination. Thirty years ago the film Koyaanisqatsi was released and Jon Adams, a Radio 3 New Generation Thinker, argues that it's lasting legacy is the effect it has had on the advertising industry. Philip and guests also take a look at the World Shakespeare Festival, in particular the Globe Theatre which is staging all of Shakespeare's 37 plays in 37 different languages. And, as the Science Museum puts on display a Ripley Scroll recently discovered in its archives Philip explores the resurgence of alchemy's reputation with the historians Jennifer Rampling and Peter Forshaw.

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  • Night Waves - The Rolling Stones 24 Apr 12

    Thu, 26 Apr 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    For Night Waves Samira Ahmed will be considering the legacy of that most venerable British institution - The Rolling Stones. Samira will also be talking to Harry Shearer, who's latest project has raised the spirit of Richard Nixon from his political grave to walk again as the star of a television drama. Something just as dramatic but not as funny is revealed in Ferdinand Mount's latest book - The New Few and to round things off Briony Hanson will assess Albert Nobbs, the film for which Glenn Close received an Oscar nomination for playing the part of a man.

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  • Night Waves - Live Forever 23 Apr 12

    Tue, 24 Apr 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet talks to David Hare. His new play South Downs is paired with a new staging of Terence Rattigan's The Browning Version and these two one-act plays look at the emotional journey of both pupils and teachers at the beginnings and end of their lives. And do we really want to live forever? According to a new book much of all human endeavour is about our desire to be immortal. Also, Jack Zipes, author of The Irresistible Fairy Tale examines why fairy tales are uniquely capable of getting under the skin of culture and staying there.And there's a review of The Bridge the latest scandi-crime drama to hit the small screen.

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  • Night Waves Ron Muek 18th April

    Fri, 20 Apr 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    We review the latest exhibition of a modern Frankenstein – one of the descriptions used for Ron Mueck, a hyper realist sculptor, who evokes both admiration and contempt. Also in the programme Award winning poet and first National Laureate of Wales, Gwyneth Lewis talks about her first ever play Clytemnestra and Tony Blair’s former speechwriter, Philip Collins and Edith Hall, a Professor of Classics argue over the ingredients of a great speech and whether technology really has fundamentally changed the art of speechwriting.

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  • Night Waves - Gold 19 Apr 12

    Fri, 20 Apr 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    The price of gold is on a high. Rana Mitter examines its incredible allure and asks if it has a role in the modern financial system with economist John Butler, novelist AS Byatt, metallurgist Susan La Niece, economic anthropologist Keith Hart and financial journalist Paul Lewis.

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  • Night Waves - Transparency 17 Apr 12

    Wed, 18 Apr 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Sam West directing a new revival of Close the Coalhouse Door tells Anne McElvoy why the production still matters today. Anne is also joined by Ahmed Rashid to discuss his new book 'Pakistan on the Brink' and Louise Doughty on the tricky art of getting romantic comedy right in 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'. And with calls for detailed personal tax statements on how our money is spent, we look at how this will change our relationship with the state. Will increased transparency in our public institutions change the cultural landscape of Britain?

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  • Night Waves 16th April

    Tue, 17 Apr 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Matthew Sweet is joined by Nick Harkaway and Naomi Alderman to consider our changing relationship with the internet. He watches Kevin Macdonald's documentary on the life and legacy of Bob Marley and talks to Whit Stillman about his new film Damsels in Distress. And Kevin Jackson writes about the life of the art critic Tom Lubbock

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  • Night Waves - Feminism 12 Apr 12

    Fri, 13 Apr 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy and guests with a special programme on feminism: writing, philosophy and the body. Anne is joined by Susannah Clapp the author of "A Card from Angela Carter", the writer Janice Galloway and literary critic Suzi Feay. And Anne discusses whether the philosophical under-pinnings of feminism need adjustment with the philosophers Nancy Bauer and Meena Dhanda the feminst activist and writer Bidisha and Charlotte Vere founder of the think tank Women On.

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  • Night Waves - Mozart's Sister 11 Apr 12

    Thu, 12 Apr 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Liberals want gentle dogs, and conservatives want obedient ones argues social and cultural psychologist Jonathan Haidt in his new book The Righteous Mind. Music critic Hilary Finch has the verdict on a new film 'Mozart's Sister'. Also, to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Night Waves explores the nature of hubris and its relation to engineering innovations and knowledge advancement.And writer and director Enda Walsh comes in to discuss Misterman.

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  • Night Waves - British Landscape 10 Apr 12

    Wed, 11 Apr 12

    Duration:
    41 mins

    How should we appreciate the land around us? Tonight's Night Waves is devoted to a discussion on our changing relationship with the British landscape. Juliet Gardiner is joined by theologian and environmentalist Martin Palmer, writer and explorer Tristan Gooley, Fiona Reynolds Director General of the National Trust, and Radio 3 new Generation Thinker Alexandra Harris.

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  • Night Waves - Luxury 09 Apr 12

    Mon, 9 Apr 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Philip Dodd explores our passion for luxury in an age of austerity. Is it a sin or simply the inevitable expression of our human nature? How has our understanding of luxury changed over the centuries? Should we embrace it or shy away? To examine these questions Philip is joined by Giles Fraser, Chris Sanderson, Robert Frank, Maxine Berg and Michael Scott.

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  • Night Waves - La Grande Illusion 05 Apr 12

    Thu, 5 Apr 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Anne McElvoy presents a landmark edition on the Jean Renoir film La Grande Illusion. Popular with the audience and critics on its release in 1937, this masterpiece of French cinema tells the story of French officers trying to escape from a World War One prison. The film examines the themes of nationalism, duty, class and politics and has influenced a number of subsequent films including Casablanca and The Great Escape. Film historians Ginette Vincendeau and Ian Christie and professor of French History Julian Jackson join Anne to examine what makes this one of film's classics.

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  • Night Waves - Sculptured Carving 04 Apr 12

    Thu, 5 Apr 12

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Philip Dodd goes to Kew Gardens in London to watch David Nash carving sculpture from felled trees and author Tom Holland discusses In the Shadow of the Sword, his new account of the history of Islam.

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  • Night Waves-International Review 03 Apr 12

    Tue, 3 Apr 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet chairs an "International Review" edition of the programme, with critics from around the world coming together to discuss the latest global cultural events and arts issues. They'll be discussing an Afrikaaner drama Beauty by Oliver Hermanus about being secretly gay in Bloemfontein; an Egyptian novel Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan, set in a world populated by worshippers of both Jesus and Jupiter; and as the world's biggest ever Shakespeare festival kicks off later this month, we'll be asking how global Britain's greatest author really is.

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  • R3Arts:Night Waves Peter Carey, Museums, Daniel Everett

    Tue, 3 Apr 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Rana Mitter talks to the Australian writer Peter Carey about his new novel The Chemistry of Tears. Europe's museums are increasingly turning to countries such as China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar for help in funding exhibitions. Does this form of cultural diplomacy force curators to compromise their content?Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum debates with Observer columnist Nick Cohen. And what can the language of an obscure Brazilian tribe called the Pirahã tell us about the evolution of our own? Linguist Daniel Everett explores how different societies have produced dramatically different languages.

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  • Play Schubert for Me - Episode 8

    Fri, 30 Mar 12

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Romance proved difficult for Schubert - he stood barely five feet tall, with a long oval face and a deeply cleft chin. In turning to the streets of 19th century Vienna, "a night in the arms of Venus lead to a lifetime on Mercury" Whilst uncertainty exists about the cause of Schubert's death from syphilis, what do his attempts at mercury remedies reveal about his final few years? The medical historian and author of Romanticism and the Sciences Andrew Cunningham, examines The UnRomantic death of the mercurial Schubert.

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  • Play Schubert for Me - Episode 7

    Fri, 30 Mar 12

    Duration:
    13 mins

    During the 19th century public performance became polite and professional. Audiences listened attentively in an environment free of gimmicks, and performance criticism blossomed. Night Waves' Matthew Sweet examines the legacy that controlling an audience would create, and how this new wave of respectability enabled writing, composing and performance to prosper.

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  • Play Schubert for Me - Episode 6

    Fri, 30 Mar 12

    Duration:
    13 mins

    Night Waves' Philip Dodd reflects on the paradoxes on snow in music and literature and life, with Schubert as the point of departure and return.

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  • Play Schubert for Me - Episode 5

    Fri, 30 Mar 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Jenny Uglow concentrates on Schubert and Scotland exploring his settings of Ossian poems, and Scott's The Lady of the Lake.

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  • Play Schubert for Me - Episode 4

    Wed, 28 Mar 12

    Duration:
    13 mins

    The novelist Clare Morrall imagines what may have happened during one of Schubert’s meetings with his great hero, Beethoven.

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  • Play Schubert for Me - Episode 3

    Wed, 28 Mar 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Schubert's voice emerges uniquely from song which emanates from poetry. Robert Vilain, a specialist in the German poetic tradition, examines Schubert's poetic sources from Goethe to Wilhelm Muller

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  • Night Waves - The RSC & Filumena 22 Mar 12

    Tue, 27 Mar 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    With Rana Mitter. Susannah Clapp and Michael Billington discuss the appointment of Gregory Doran as new director at the RSC and they also discuss a new English version of Filumena by the Italian playwright Eduardo De Filippo. Professor Steven Rose, and the curator of a new Wellcome Collection exhibition, Marius Kwint, discuss our scientific and cultural relationship with the brain. And we re-examine the life and achievements of one of Germany's most colourful leaders, king Frederick the Great as it celebrates the 300th anniversary of his birth.

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  • Play Schubert For Me - Episode 2

    Mon, 26 Mar 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Attempts to explain both Schubert's achievements and mood swings through theory, often fall short of explanation. The writer, philosopher and retired medical doctor Raymond Tallis re examines the neurological and psychological evidence of a composer who increasingly meditated on the darker side of the human psyche and human relationships

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  • Play Schubert For Me - Episode 1

    Mon, 26 Mar 12

    Duration:
    11 mins

    The journey Sir George Grove made to Vienna by train was one of vision and passion. He went in pursuit of the lost works of a neglected composer, Franz Schubert, and his pilgrimage resulted in the discovery of the score of Rosamunde. Travel writer Simon Calder explores the journey of anticipation and what drove the founding editor of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians to seek out the work of a relatively unpopular composer.

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  • Night Waves - Tarkovsky 21 Mar 12

    Thu, 22 Mar 12

    Duration:
    37 mins

    Philip Dodd and Susan Hitch review the world premier of Jonathan Dove's opera, Life is a Dream and also Paul Allen reviews Complicite's The Master and Margarita. Night Waves also discusses the world out of which Tarkovsky's imagination came and the romance of the past and the essentials of the future of engineering.

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  • R3 Arts: Night Waves: Nadine Gordimer

    Thu, 22 Mar 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Anne McElvoy talks to Nobel laureate and Booker Prize winner Nadine Gordimer. In her new novel, No Time Like the Present, Gordimer examines her home country of South Africa in the post-apartheid world of Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma and what has become of it since Mandela's jubilant release from prison. At the centre of the story is an interracial couple, Steve and Jabulile, living in a newly - tentatively - free South Africa, he a university lecturer she a lawyer, both comrades in the Struggle and now parents of children born in freedom. There is nothing extraordinary about their lives, and yet, in telling their story, and the stories of their friends and families, Gordimer manages to capture the state of her nation.

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  • Night Waves - Opium & TV Dramas 13 Mar 12

    Tue, 20 Mar 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Matthew Sweet on 'Opium: Reality's Dark Dream.' Corruption and pain relief, war and poetry in a new book by Thomas Dormandy. Night Waves discusses current historical TV dramas with the social historian Juliet Gardiner and the cultural commentator Christopher Cook. The film critic Jonathan Romney assesses The Kid with a Bike and Sonia Solicari views new exhibition, The Age of Elegance.

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  • Night Waves: The English and Christianity, Four Horsemen, Miro Exhibition, Antarctica

    Fri, 16 Mar 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Diarmaid MacCulloch talks to Anne McElvoy about why he believes that Christianity offers the best way to understand how and why the English are as they are. Anne discusses the new documentary, 'Four Horsemen' with its director, Ross Ashcroft and the financial analyst Louise Cooper. Richard Cork visits the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to review the first major exhibition of Joan Miro's works of sculpture. And Gabrielle Walker talks about her new book which maps the intricate histories of the world's most uninhabitable territory: Antarctica.

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  • Night Waves: Eli Zaretsky

    Fri, 16 Mar 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Philip Dodd with an interview with cultural historian, Eli Zaretsky on his new book, 'Why America needs a Left'. Lindsay Johns reviews "Moon on a Rainbow Shawl" and Ian Christie talks about "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia".

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