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Mind Maps, Freud, Psychotherapy, Partition

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 10 December 2013

Playwright Howard Brenton and the poet Moniza Alvi discuss writing about Partition - one of the most seismic events in the history of the Subcontinent and the subject of Brenton' s new play at Hampstead Theatre 'Drawing The Line' - and the new book-length poem 'At The Time of Partition' that has earned Alvi a place on the shortlist of this year's T S Eliot prize.

From frogs' reflexes to cognitive behavioural therapy, the Science Museum in London is staging Mind Maps, an exhibition on the history of psychology. Philip discusses it with psychologist Keith Laws and Clare Allan, who's written about the experience of being a psychiatric patient.

The parent-child relationship is central to Freud's account of human psychology. A new volume of correspondence between Freud and his daughter Anna gives insight into how he managed the relationship in his own family. Lisa Appignanesi joins Philip to put the volume 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 has written about the relationship between the two, but are they really compatible? Giles joins Philip along with New Generation Thinker Christopher Harding.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.


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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Partition

    Howard Brenton and the poet Moniza Alvi discuss writing about Partition

  • Mind Maps

    Philip discusses the latest Science Museum exhibition with Keith Laws and Clare Allan

  • Correspondence

    Lisa Appignanesi & Philip discuss a new volume of correspondence between the Freud family

  • Psychotherapy

    Giles Fraser joins Philip along with Christopher Harding to discuss psychotherapy

  • Correspondence

    Correspondence by Sigmund and Anna Freud is published by Polity Press on Friday 17 January 2014.
  • Mind Maps

    Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology is on at the Science Museum, London from Tuesday 10 December 2013 until Tuesday 10 June 2014.
  • Drawing The Line

    Andrew Havill as Mountbatten and Tom Beard as Radcliffe in Drawing The Line

    Drawing The Line is on at the Hampstead Theatre, London until Saturday 11 January 2014.


    Image: Andrew Havill as Mountbatten and Tom Beard as Radcliffe

    Copyright: Catherine Ashmore


Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest
Howard Brenton
Interviewed Guest
Moniza Alvi
Interviewed Guest
Keith Laws
Interviewed Guest
Clare Allan
Interviewed Guest
Lisa Appignanesi
Interviewed Guest
Giles Fraser
Luke Mulhall


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