Teju Cole, Zadie Smith, Umberto Eco, Peter Singer, David Grossman, Edna O'Brien
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This year we examine the fast-changing relationship between the individual and the crowd.
Key films, books, TV, plays, art: 1001 Nights - 2001 A Space Odyssey, Jane Austen - Jaws
From the urge to fight and Mrs Noah to Uncanny objects and mountain photography...
Recorded at the York Festival of Ideas (2018)
Free Thinking Festival 2017: The Speed of Life
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Elif Batuman, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Kamila Shamsie, Jesmyn Ward...
From the Tale of Genjii to Godzilla, Kenzaburo Oe to Yoko Tawada …
Peter Singer, Cordelia Fine, Garry Kasparov, AI and Algorithmns, Tim O’Reilly.
Ziauddin Sardar, Richard Dawkins, Karen Armstrong, Rabbi Sacks, Marilynne Robinson
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?
Dorothy Bohm, Edward Burtynsky, Sean Scully, Dada, Elizabeth Price, Edmund de Waal
Writing from around the world: fact, fiction, key authors, classics & contemporary voices
Leading scholars, insights from actors and directors and new research into the Bard.
Could more of us benefit from a healthy dose of solitude?
Stephen Reicher reveals that crowd psychology is more nuanced than people think.
A guide to successful stand-up from some of the best in the business.
With global population on the rise, could having kids be your biggest moral mistake?
From satire and the circus, to gangs and 'speaking truth to power'
From breastfeeding to fasting, resisting tyranny to murder & dining with a nightmare...
The mariner’s astrolabe; faith in food; Sherlock Holmes; the phone & a cold war relic...
From aubergines to frostbite via finger-counting.
Listen to past editions from the extensive Night Waves archive.
Michael Talbot says playing pirates is all very well but please think of their victims
Cardiff's hidden beach explored by New Generation Thinker Des Fitzgerald.
Film historian Iain Smith and history of unlicensed superhero films from around the world
Claude Lanzmann on his life as a writer, thinker, film director & witness to the 20th C.
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