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Free Thinking 2009 - listen again

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Throughout the morning of Saturday 24 October, short radio dramas written by local writers were recorded around The Sage Gateshead by BBC Radio Drama.

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    Politician Tony Benn talks to Matthew Sweet about his final volume of diaries.
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    1/20. Professor Hugh Kennedy explains how the Islamic state was established.
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    Philip Dodd discusses sculptor Edmund de Waal's new work at the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge.
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    2/20. Professor Robert Gleave discusses Ali b.Abi Talib and the origins of Shia Islam.

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