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Free Thinking Episode guide

  1. City of London Festival Debate

    Anne McElvoy, her panel and audience debate the influence of emotion on the money markets.

    First broadcast: 17 Jul 2014

  2. Kenyan Authors Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Billy Kahora

    Philip Dodd discusses Kenya past and present with Billy Kahora and Ngugi wa Thiong'o.

    First broadcast: 16 Jul 2014

  3. Virginia Woolf Portraits, Richard Flanagan, Medical History, The Security Services in Fiction

    With Anne McElvoy. Virginia Woolf portraits, Richard Flanagan's new book and spy novels.

    First broadcast: 10 Jul 2014

  4. The History of Pain, Martin Freeman as Richard III, Animal Rights

    With Philip Dodd. Includes Richard III, medical attitudes to pain and animal rights.

    First broadcast: 09 Jul 2014

  5. Boyhood, Cory Arcangel, The Digital Age

    Matthew Sweet presents. Toby Litt reviews Boyhood and Cory Arcangel on digital art.

    First broadcast: 08 Jul 2014

  6. Oh What a Lovely Savas

    Rana Mitter discusses the roles of Turkey, India, China and Japan in World War I.

    First broadcast: 03 Jul 2014

  7. Yael Farber, Liberalism

    Philip Dodd explores Liberal ideas past and present and talks to director Yael Farber.

    First broadcast: 02 Jul 2014

  8. Wood and Trees: War and Remembrance

    From Paul Nash paintings to commemorative planting: Samira Ahmed on woods in war and peace

    First broadcast: 01 Jul 2014

  9. Balancing Power in World War I and Now

    Anne McElvoy, Margaret MacMillan and Jonathan Powell explore the Great Powers in WWI.

    First broadcast: 26 Jun 2014

  10. Barbara Kruger, Laurie Penny, The Minds of Molecules

    Samira Ahmed talks to American artist Barbara Kruger and journalist Laurie Penny.

    First broadcast: 25 Jun 2014

  11. The Thirty-Nine Steps and World War I

    Matthew Sweet discusses WWI, empire and adventure in John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps.

    First broadcast: 24 Jun 2014

  12. Libertarianism, Trevor Paglen and Surveillance, Civil War Ranters

    Anne McElvoy presents. Including Ranters, libertarianism, Trevor Paglen and Naomi Paxton.

    First broadcast: 19 Jun 2014

  13. Sean Scully, Colour

    Philip Dodd talks to artist Sean Scully and reflects on the way we perceive colour.

    First broadcast: 18 Jun 2014

  14. Radical Bookshops, Philip Hensher

    Matthew Sweet with Philip Hensher and poets Linton Kwesi Johnson and Anthony Joseph.

    First broadcast: 17 Jun 2014

  15. Eimear McBride and Nathan Filer, Mr Burns

    Eimear McBride and Nathan Filer join Anne McElvoy to discuss literary experimentation.

    First broadcast: 12 Jun 2014

  16. The Figure in Arts and Science, Julian Baggini, Ziauddin Sardar on community

    Philip Dodd discusses the human body in art and scientific research.

    First broadcast: 11 Jun 2014

  17. Belle, Fathers and Sons, Globalisation and the Environment, 'Proper' Libraries

    With Matthew Sweet. Includes Belle, Fathers and Sons, globalisation and a 'proper' library

    First broadcast: 10 Jun 2014

  18. Kenneth Clark's Civilisation and the Future of Arts Broadcasting

    Philip Dodd chairs a debate about arts broadcasting past and present.

    First broadcast: 05 Jun 2014

  19. Tiananmen Square and Modern China

    Rana Mitter discusses modern China and the anniversary of uprisings in Tiananmen Square.

    First broadcast: 04 Jun 2014

  20. Sir Terry Farrell, London's Skyline, Joshua Ferris

    Matthew Sweet talks to American novelist Joshua Ferris. Plus how high should London build?

    First broadcast: 03 Jun 2014

  21. Arianna Huffington, Stress in Business, Zia Haider Rahman, Maya Angelou Tribute

    Arianna Huffington talks to Anne McElvoy about measuring success using 'The Third Metric'.

    First broadcast: 29 May 2014

  22. Hay Festival: PJ O'Rourke, Steven D Levitt, Stephen J Dubner

    PJ O'Rourke and the authors of Freakonomics join Rana Mitter in the BBC tent at Hay.

    First broadcast: 28 May 2014

  23. Cities, Export of Empire, India's New Story

    Rana Mitter and Tristram Hunt on how Britain's empire gave shape to today's global cities.

    First broadcast: 27 May 2014

  24. Essay writing, Tim Winton

    Anne McElvoy looks at the resurgence of non-fiction writing and the essay as a form.

    First broadcast: 22 May 2014

  25. Writers and their notebooks

    Lawrence Norfolk, AS Byatt, Wendy Cope, Bidisha and David Mitchell on writers' notebooks.

    First broadcast: 21 May 2014

  26. John Clare, Jimmy Wales and the Right to be Forgotten, Borowczyk Retrospective

    Iain Sinclair talks to Matthew Sweet about a walk to mark John Clare's death 150 years ago

    First broadcast: 20 May 2014

  27. Nick Payne's Incognito, Penny Dreadful on TV, Helen McCarthy and Baroness Neville-Jones on Female Diplomats

    Anne McElvoy talks about the brain to Nick Payne; Victorian Gothic on TV in Penny Dreadful

    First broadcast: 15 May 2014

  28. Ivan Klima, the East-West divide in Europe, Science Fiction in Theatre

    Philip Dodd talks to Czech novelist Ivan Klima and asks if Europe always needs an East.

    First broadcast: 14 May 2014

  29. Godzilla and Hayao Miyazaki, Simon Armitage's version of The Iliad

    Matthew Sweet reviews Godzilla and The Wind Rises, plus Lily Cole in The Last Days of Troy

    First broadcast: 13 May 2014

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