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100 Free Thoughts!

One hundred key figures from the arts, media, politics and science offer their personal cultural thoughts for the day in Free Thought - broadcast daily on BBC Radio 3's Breakfast around 8.30am and BBC Radio Merseyside from Saturday 2 August.

Use this index to view Free Thoughts coming up and to access the audio online.
Each of the one hundred will be available online from the first weekday after broadcast.

Date Contributor Theme Listen & comment Photo

9 Nov

1: Keith Thomas and Hannah Spiers

Advice two generations can give each other

Keith Thomas and Hannah Spiers

8 Nov

2: Vasily Petrenko

How music can transform people's lives, both socially and mentally

Vasily Petrenko

7 Nov

3: Ian McMillan

Limericks about the way form can dictate content

Ian McMillan

6 Nov

4: Matthew Sweet

The power relationship between pedestrians and drivers

Matthew Sweet

5 Nov

5: Bidisha

Modern interpretations of iconic mythical characters

Bidisha

4 Nov

6: Rana Mitter

Why we need to engage with history

Rana Mitter

3 Nov

7: Philip Dodd

The shock of the good

Philip Dodd

2 Nov

8: Roger Phillips

The importance of Free Thought

Roger Phillips

1 Nov

9: Hilary Boulding

Elitism in the arts

Hilary Boulding

31 Oct

10: Simon Armitage

A new poem "Old Boy", about growing old and being left behind

Simon Armitage

30 Oct

11: Roberto Cuoghi

Sound as an art form

Roberto Cuoghi

29 Oct

12: Lizzie Nunnery

How culture is a shared process

Lizzie Nunnery

28 Oct

13: Neil MacGregor

Why we prefer myths to reality

Neil MacGregor

27 Oct

14: Jon Cullen

The power of community arts

Jon Cullen

26 Oct

15: James MacMillan

Where classical music meets culture

James MacMillan

25 Oct

16: Jennifer John

How singing can empower and transform people's lives

Jennifer John

24 Oct

17: Sarah Hall

The importance of one's imagination

Sarah Hall

23 Oct

18: Ken Loach

The role of the traditional film-maker

Ken Loach

22 Oct

19: Karl Francis

Bilingual Wales

Karl Francis

21 Oct

20: Alexei Sayle

Memory

Alexei Sayle

20 Oct

21: Peter Ward

You CAN teach old dogs new tricks

Peter Ward

19 Oct

22: Dr Tom Shakespeare

Art as a tool for thinking

Dr Tom Shakespeare

18 Oct

23: Stephen Pratt

How music is one of the quickest routes to memory

Stephen Pratt

17 Oct

24: Edith Hall

Why class matters

Edith Hall

16 Oct

25: Norman Lebrecht

In defence of criticism

Norman Lebrecht

15 Oct

26: John Byrne

Smoking on stage

John Byrne

14 Oct

27: Steve Connor

Taking offence

Steve Connor

13 Oct

28: Ceri Hand

To celebrate art for art's sake

Ceri Hand

12 Oct

29: Zia Chaudhry

Islamic culture

Zia Chaudhry

11 Oct

30: Lynda La Plante

Celebrity culture

Lynda La Plante

10 Oct

31: Kenneth Steven

A new poem, entitled "Listening", about the sound of silence

Kenneth Steven

9 Oct

32: Elaine Agnew

Being prepared to take a new musical direction

Elaine Agnew

8 Oct

33: Esther Wilson

Homage to creativity

Esther Wilson

7 Oct

34: Stephen Bayley

Why cities need traffic

Stephen Bayley

6 Oct

35: Grayson Perry

Originality

Grayson Perry

5 Oct

36: Sarah Caisley

The meaning of life

Sarah Caisley

4 Oct

37: Bryan Biggs

How culture is a vital, living process

Bryan Biggs

3 Oct

38: Paul Farley

Looking busy

Paul Farley

2 Oct

39: Godfrey Worsdale

Celebrating culture in the regions

Godfrey Worsdale

1 Oct

40: Kwame Kwei-Armah

How art can inspire change

Kwame Kwei-Armah

30 Sept

41: Bill Herbert

The significance of translation

Bill Herbert

29 Sept

42: Sir Christopher Frayling

The future of Public Service Broadcasting

Sir Christopher Frayling

28 Sept

43: Shirley J Thompson

Singing and dancing for a socially cohesive society

Shirley J Thompson

27 Sept

44: Kerenza McClarnan

How art can bring people together

Kerenza McClarnan

26 Sept

45: Dreadlockalien

A new poem - written especially for Free Thought - entitled "I Think"

Dreadlockalien

25 Sept

46: Gemma Bodinetz

How theatre can transform our lives

Gemma Bodinetz

24 Sept

47: Geoff Dyer

Why is the novel considered the ultimate literary proving ground?

Geoff Dyer

23 Sept

48: Rosemary Kelly

How art can shape the image and identity of a community

Rosemary Kelly

22 Sept

49: Tim Robertson

The power of prison arts

Tim Robertson

21 Sept

50: Rogan Taylor

Football, like art, has the power to move us

Rogan Taylor

20 Sept

51: Dreda Say Mitchell

Lost voices of the working classes

Dreda Say Mitchell

19 Sept

52: Eleanor Rees

On An August Midnight

Eleanor Rees

18 Sept

53: Professor Dai Smith

Why creativity equals identity in emerging Wales

Professor Dai Smith

17 Sept

54: Roy Williams OBE

The similarities between theatre and football

Roy Williams

16 Sept

55: Baroness Susan Greenfield

The impact of 21st century technology on society

Baroness Susan Greenfield

15 Sept

56: Lord David Alton

Citizenship

Lord David Alton

14 Sept

57: Lucy Beckett

The Nobel prize-winning author Czeslaw Milosz

Lucy Beckett

13 Sept

58: Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Participation in excellence

Sir Nicholas Kenyon

12 Sept

59: John McGrath

The audience as a work of art

John McGrath

11 Sept

60: Glenn Patterson

The dangers of oversimplification

Glenn Patterson

10 Sept

61: Arabella McIntyre Brown

The changing nature of culture

Arabella McIntyre Brown

9 Sept

62: Jatinder Verma

Culture without restriction

Jatinder Verma

8 Sept

63: Maureen Freely

Fiction in Translation

Maureen Freely

7 Sept

64: Mike Stubbs

Human Futures

Mike Stubbs

6 Sept

65: Victor Adebowale

Opportunities for all

Victor Adebowale

5 Sept

66: Gillian Reynolds

A day out in the Capital of Culture

Gillian Reynolds

4 Sept

67: Jeremy Hunt

Inspiring children through the arts.

Jeremy Hunt

3 Sept

68: Carl Chinn

Championing the talents of working class Britain

Carl Chinn

2 Sept

69: Justin Welby

Internationalism and its importance for Liverpool

Justin Welby

1 Sept

70: Ekow Eshun

Misunderstanding of contemporary art

Ekow Eshun

31 Aug

71: Margaret Busby

The magic of radio

Margaret Busby

30 Aug

72: Lewis Biggs

The economics of recognition

Lewis Biggs

29 Aug

73: Adam Sampson

Why poor people should not be excluded from society

Adam Sampson

28 Aug

74: Ruth Gould

The culture of Deaf and Disability Arts

Ruth Gould

27 Aug

75: Beatrix Campbell

Two TV series which have captured her imagination recently - Gavin and Stacey, and The Wire

Beatrix Campbell

26 Aug

76: Nitin Sawhney

The relationship between music and politics

Nitin Sawhney

25 Aug

77: A L Kennedy

Literacy isn't just a right, it's a necessity

A L Kennedy

24 Aug

78: Howard Jacobson

The politics of envy

Howard Jacobson

23 Aug

79: David Fleming

International Slavery Remembrance Day (23rd August)

David Fleming

22 Aug

80: Paul Bailey

The relationship between music and silence

Paul Bailey

21 Aug

81: Sister Anthony Wilson

The beauty of old age, as portrayed by Rembrandt

Sister Anthony Wilson

20 Aug

82: Lisa Appignanesi

Free expression, fame and reputation

Lisa Appignanesi

19 Aug

83: Roger Hill

The importance of looking after the ecology of the mind.

Roger Hill

18 Aug

84: Janet Street-Porter

How the British landscape inspires and comforts me.

Janet Street-Porter

17 Aug

85: David Sulkin

The baby boomer who won't lie down.

David Sulkin

16 Aug

86: Frank Cottrell Boyce

In a world of partial attention, attention to detail is highly important.

Frank Cottrell Boyce

15 Aug

87: Christoph Grunenberg

The enduring power of Viennese Culture.

Christoph Grunenberg

14 Aug

88: Richard Holloway

The importance personal dissonance in creativity.

Richard Holloway

13 Aug

89: Liam Fogarty

The advantages of city-dwelling over countryside life.

Liam Fogarty

12 Aug

90: Jane Davis

The value of the written word.

Jane Davis

11 Aug

91: Lord David Puttnam

Why cinema matters.

Lord David Puttnam

10 Aug

92: Marina Warner

The commodification of art.

Marina Warner

9 Aug

93: Gwilym Simcock

The importance of children learning a muscial instrument

Gwilym Simcock

8 Aug

94 :Kamila Shamsie

The experience of being a Pakistani citizen in London

Kamila Shamsie

7 Aug

95 :Margaret Hodge

Estate agents boards

Margaret Hodge

6 Aug

96 : The Singh Twins

How their cultural heritage informs their paintings

The Singh Twins

5 Aug

97 : Stuart Maconie

high & low culture

Stuart Maconie

4 Aug

98 : Germaine Greer

The British obsession with houses

Germaine Greer

3 Aug

99 : Osi Rhys Osmond

Eisteddfod

Osi Rhys Osmond

2 Aug

100 : Phil Redmond

Culture for all

Phil Redmond

Date Contributor Theme listen & comment Photo
Date Contributor Theme Listen & comment Photo

14 Oct

27: Steve Connor

Taking offence

Steve Connor

6 Oct

35: Grayson Perry

Originality

Grayson Perry

5 Oct

36: Sarah Caisley

The meaning of life

Sarah Caisley

3 Oct

38: Paul Farley

Looking busy

Paul Farley

2 Oct

39: Godfrey Worsdale

Celebrating culture in the regions

Godfrey Worsdale

28 Sept

43: Shirley J Thompson

Singing and dancing for a socially cohesive society

Shirley J Thompson

27 Sept

44: Kerenza McClarnan

How art can bring people together

Kerenza McClarnan

26 Sept

45: Dreadlockalien

A new poem - written especially for Free Thought - entitled "I Think"

Dreadlockalien

16 Sept

55: Baroness Susan Greenfield

The impact of 21st century technology on society

Baroness Susan Greenfield

14 Sept

57: Lucy Beckett

The Nobel prize-winning author Czeslaw Milosz

Lucy Beckett

7 Sept

64: Mike Stubbs

Human Futures

Mike Stubbs

6 Sept

65: Victor Adebowale

Opportunities for all

Victor Adebowale

4 Sept

67: Jeremy Hunt

Inspiring children through the arts.

Jeremy Hunt

3 Sept

68: Carl Chinn

Championing the talents of working class Britain

Carl Chinn

2 Sept

69: Justin Welby

Internationalism and its importance for Liverpool

Justin Welby

31 Aug

71: Margaret Busby

The magic of radio

Margaret Busby

30 Aug

72: Lewis Biggs

The economics of recognition

Lewis Biggs

29 Aug

73: Adam Sampson

Why poor people should not be excluded from society

Adam Sampson

23 Aug

79: David Fleming

International Slavery Remembrance Day (23rd August)

David Fleming

16 Aug

86: Frank Cottrell Boyce

In a world of partial attention, attention to detail is highly important.

Frank Cottrell Boyce

14 Aug

88: Richard Holloway

The importance personal dissonance in creativity.

Richard Holloway

13 Aug

89: Liam Fogarty

The advantages of city-dwelling over countryside life.

Liam Fogarty

12 Aug

90: Jane Davis

The value of the written word.

Jane Davis

7 Aug

95 :Margaret Hodge

Estate agents boards

Margaret Hodge

5 Aug

97 : Stuart Maconie

high & low culture

Stuart Maconie

4 Aug

98 : Germaine Greer

The British obsession with houses

Germaine Greer

2 Aug

100 : Phil Redmond

Culture for all

Phil Redmond

A festival of ideas in Liverpool Friday 31st October - Sunday 2nd November 2008, on radio and online.

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