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Matthew Sweet with novelists Sarah Perry and Carol Birch. Plus Victorian amusements.
Peter Singer, Steve Silberman, Siobhan Davies, Tiffany Watt Smith, “Goat man”
From aubergines to frostbite via finger-counting.
With a play about Enoch Powell, the US Supreme Court and the visual language of war.
Key films, books, TV, plays, art: 1001 Nights – 2001 A Space Odyssey, Jane Austen - Jaws
Kevin Brownlow talks to Matthew Sweet about documenting and restoring silent film classics
Dorothy Bohm, Edward Burtynsky, Sean Scully, Dada, Elizabeth Price, Edmund de Waal
Writing from around the world: fact, fiction, key authors, classics & contemporary voices
Discussions/interviews: Slavoj Zizek, Xinran, Ivan Klima, Claudia Rankine, Pankaj Mishra
Will Hutton, Lucy O’Brien, Richard Sennett on how topics are taught + campus free speech?
Ziauddin Sardar, Richard Dawkins, Karen Armstrong, Rabbi Sacks, Marilynne Robinson
Programmes exploring Utopia 500 years after Thomas More published his book.
Danielle Thom; Sandeep Parmar; Peter Mackay; Sam Goodman; Clare Walker; Kylie Murray
Watch the 2015 cohort in a series of enlightening short films.
Watch films made by 2014 group of New Generation Thinkers, working with BBC Arts
Listen to past editions from the extensive Night Waves archive.
Neil MacGregor, Volker Kutscher, Haydn Gwynne & Philippe Sands join Anne McElvoy
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What do mythical human-animal hybrids tells us about the human condition?
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Listen back to programmes on 'Tearing up the Rule Book' from our last festival
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