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Here's a list of all the online audio and video of talks, debates and discussions from every Free Thinking festival, listed by contributor.



The list includes Jon Jacob's You Tube introductions and Peter Blegvad's cartoons as well as creative input from the Free Thinking audience.



Many of the 2007 events listed here are accompanied by videos with vox pops from people who attended the event. The vox pops are not individually listed here.



Contributor Details Year

Lord Alton

Debate

Will the 21st century be the lonely century?
Novelist AS Byatt, Professor of Citizenship Lord Alton, philosopher and computer games enthusiast Andy Martin and techno writer Tim Guest discuss whether the 21st century will be the lonely century.

2006

Charles Armstrong

Debate

What is the Value of Experience?
For the first time ever in the UK there are more pensioners than under-16s. Yet why as a society do we persist in valuing innovation and novelty above hard-won experience?

2008

The audience.

Debate

How do we know our beliefs are not, in fact, our prejudices?
The subject of this Debate was chosen by the Free Thinking audience from a shortlist of 4 topics selected from the 2006 Free Thinking blogs.

2006

The audience

Creative writing

Haiku
Free Thinking haiku sent in by the audience.

2007

The audience

Personal thoughts

Thought wall
Dozens of brief thoughts from the Free Thinking audience written on colourful sticky notes and stuck to the wall.

2007

The audience

Personal thoughts

ABCs of Childhood
Thoughts from the Free Thinking audience about what childhood means in 2007.

2007

Felix Barrett

Discussion

What's theatre for?
Guests Gemma Bodinetz and Felix Barrett propose some radical solutions for the survival of theatre in the multimedia age.

2007

Tony Benn

Interview

Letters to my Grandchildren.
Is there anything the older generation can teach the young to help solve the problems of the future? A personal perspective on the value of experience with the veteran Labour politician,

2008

Susan Blackmore

Debate

What is the Value of Experience?
For the first time ever in the UK there are more pensioners than under-16s. Yet why as a society do we persist in valuing innovation and novelty above hard-won experience?

2008

Susan Blakemore

Talk

The Myth of Free Will
Many scientists now believe that there can be no such thing as "free will" - our genes, our inheritance and our biology are in control.

2008

Peter Blegvad

Humour

Eartoons and Cartoons
Brain food for ears

2007

Gemma Bodinetz

Discussion

What's theatre for?
Guests Gemma Bodinetz and Felix Barrett propose some radical solutions for the survival of theatre in the multimedia age.

2007

Nick Bostrom

Debate

Will Our Grandchildren be Robotic?
Sue Nelson is joined by Director of the Future of Humanity Institue Nick Bostrom, founder of HMC Media Labs Adam Montandon, and Philosopher Dylan Evans to explore the future for the human body.

2006

AS Byatt

Debate

Will the 21st century be the lonely century?
Novelist AS Byatt, Professor of Citizenship Lord Alton, philosopher and computer games enthusiast Andy Martin and techno writer Tim Guest discuss whether the 21st century will be the lonely century.

2006

A S Byatt

Discussion

Writers vs Scientists: who will tell us more about human nature in the decades to come?
Will scientists or writers tell us more about what it means to be human or is it finally time for the two cultures to work together?

2006

Tom Cannon

Short talk

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.
We asked four Liverpool-based thinkers to formulate a proposal upon which the Free Thinking 07 People's Choice Debate would turn.

2007

Zia Chaudhry

Debate

Who will decide what's Right and Wrong in the future?
Roger Philips is joined by Frank Field MP, director of the Centre for Policy Studies Ruth Lea, multi-faith leader Zia Chaudhry and neuroscientist Dr Mark Lythgoe to Debate the question: 'Who Will Decide What?s Right and Wrong in the Future?'

2006

Philip Collins

Discussion

we Freer than we think?
Is freedom in peril from CCTV, smoking bans and ASBOs? Or, in an individualistic and deference-free age, are we freer than we've ever been before?

2007

Philip Collins

Discussion

we Freer than we think?
Is freedom in peril from CCTV, smoking bans and ASBOs? Or, in an individualistic and deference-free age, are we freer than we've ever been before?

2007

Philip Collins

Talk

Rhetoric in a Prosaic Age
Philip Collins, once Tony Blair's chief speech writer, has seen sophisticated modern political communication from the heart of government. Now he asks: just how effective is it at reaching out?

2007

Rana Dasgupta

Discussion

blogger Rana Dasgupta with Matthew Sweet
Novelist Rana Dasgupta talked to Matthew Sweet on Night Waves on 2 October 2006. Rana's Free Thinking blog focusses on the idea of The City.

2006

Siobhan Davies

Discussion

Free Thinking Evening - Introduction
Matthew Sweet and guests introduce an evening of Free Thinking including dancer and choreographer Siobhan Davies' exploration of the power of non-verbal communication.

2007

Jane Davis

Short talk

Of all the arts, only books allow us to fully understand the human experience.
We asked four Liverpool-based thinkers to formulate a proposal upon which the Free Thinking 07 People's Choice Debate would turn.

2007

Ruth Deech

Talk

WAG or Worker? Women and Money
Recent high profile divorce settlements and the growing trend in the courts equating cohabitation with marriage show that the law is out of touch with the real meanings of partnership.

2008

Carl Djerassi

Lecture

Sex in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 
Pioneer of the pill Carl Djerassi asks if sex and reproduction are heading for divorce with his guide to Sex in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.

2006

Carl Djerassi

Discussion

Writers vs Scientists: who will tell us more about human nature in the decades to come?
Will scientists or writers tell us more about what it means to be human or is it finally time for the two cultures to work together?

2006

Philip Dodd

Debate

Is Privacy Dead?
In a society where many are happy to confess all to strangers and millions flaunt their personal lives online, have we forgotten the importance of keeping some things to ourselves?

2008

Philip Dodd

Interview

The Free Thinking Interview
Ian Paisley talks to Phillip Dodd about his faith, his controversial life story, and his extraordinary political journey.

2008

Brian Eno

Lecture

A new understanding of culture and science for the 21st century
Artist, musician and man of ideas Brian Eno   unveils his personal manifesto for a new understanding of culture and science in the 21st century.

2006

Dylan Evans

Debate

Will Our Grandchildren be Robotic?
Sue Nelson is joined by Director of the Future of Humanity Institue Nick Bostrom, founder of HMC Media Labs Adam Montandon, and Philosopher Dylan Evans to explore the future for the human body.

2006

Frank Field

Debate

Who will decide what's Right and Wrong in the future?
Roger Philips is joined by Frank Field MP, director of the Centre for Policy Studies Ruth Lea, multi-faith leader Zia Chaudhry and neuroscientist Dr Mark Lythgoe to Debate the question: 'Who Will Decide What?s Right and Wrong in the Future?'

2006

Mike Figgis

Talk

Is there too much culture?"
One of the most innovative and successful British film-makers working today challenges our understanding of a healthy culture.

2007

Professor Ben (C) Fletcher

Workshop

Thought Into Action
Learn how to turn your good intentions into action. Don't just Free Think. Free Do!

2008

Liam Fogarty

Short talk

Britain needs to take an anger management course.
We asked four Liverpool-based thinkers to formulate a proposal upon which the Free Thinking 07 People's Choice Debate would turn.

2007

Juliet Gardiner

Debate

It's not where you come from, it's where you're going that matters
Howard Jacobson, James Woudhuysen, Juliet Gardiner and Kenan Malik discuss our national obsession with the past.

2006

Jonathan Glancy

Debate

Cities: The Solution or the Problem?
Piers Gough and Jonathan Glancey speculate on the future of the city and ask whether they are part of the problem or the solution to the challenges facing the human race.

2006

Piers Gough

Debate

Cities: The Solution or the Problem?
Piers Gough and Jonathan Glancey speculate on the future of the city and ask whether they are part of the problem or the solution to the challenges facing the human race.

2006

Linda Grant

Discussion

Costa Gavros's Missing
Writer Linda Grant explains why Costa Gavros's 'Missing' starring Jack Lemmon is her favourite "Free Thinking" film.

2006

Jean Grant

Walk

Freedom of the city
Join artist Jean Grant on a unique walk through the stories of Liverpool’s past.

2007

John Gray

Talk

Being Green can be Dangerous
One of Britain's most audacious and original thinkers, argues that to think that we can 'save the planet' is absurd or even dangerous

2008

Tim Guest

Debate

Will the 21st century be the lonely century?
Novelist AS Byatt, Professor of Citizenship Lord Alton, philosopher and computer games enthusiast Andy Martin and techno writer Tim Guest discuss whether the 21st century will be the lonely century.

2006

Mark Haddon

Talk

Books at Breakfast: Mark Haddon
The multi-award winning writer Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Spot of Bother, talks about his latest work.

2008

Sarah Harper

Lecture

Will Britain's Young all live in China?
Dr Sarah Harper the Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing shows how youth will become a scarce commodity fought over by the world's economies.

2006

Eugenie Harvey

Workshop

Thought Into Action
Learn how to turn your good intentions into action. Don't just Free Think. Free Do!

2008

Canon Anthony Hawley

Discussion

Liverpool: Cathedral City
Liverpool's skyline is dominated by two cathedrals, whose stories reflect the city's pride and achievement as much as its divisions and contradictions.

2008

Isobel Hilton

Talk

Rhetoric in a Prosaic Age
Philip Collins, once Tony Blair's chief speech writer, has seen sophisticated modern political communication from the heart of government. Now he asks: just how effective is it at reaching out? Isobel Hilton chairs the ensuing Discussion.

2007

Susan Hitch

Discussion

Liverpool: Cathedral City
Liverpool's skyline is dominated by two cathedrals, whose stories reflect the city's pride and achievement as much as its divisions and contradictions.

2008

Chief Constable Bernard Hogan-Howe

Discussion

we Freer than we think?
Is freedom in peril from CCTV, smoking bans and ASBOs? Or, in an individualistic and deference-free age, are we freer than we've ever been before?

2007
Contributor Details Year

Jon Jacob

Introduction

What is Free Thinking for?
You Tube's best known admirer of the BBC Proms, is sent to sample Free Thinking on behalf of the uninitiated.

2007

Howard Jacobson,

Debate

It's not where you come from, it's where you're going that matters
Howard Jacobson, James Woudhuysen, Juliet Gardiner and Kenan Malik discuss our national obsession with the past.

2006

Simon Jenkins

Discussion

Liverpool: Cathedral City
Liverpool's skyline is dominated by two cathedrals, whose stories reflect the city's pride and achievement as much as its divisions and contradictions.

2008

James Jones

Debate

Have we destroyed the dream of equality'
The gap between rich and poor grows wider. Science tells us that more of our life chances are determined at birth. And we value difference as much as shared experience. What hope for equality?

2007

Ruth Lea

Debate

Who will decide what's Right and Wrong in the future?
Roger Philips is joined by Frank Field MP, director of the Centre for Policy Studies Ruth Lea, multi-faith leader Zia Chaudhry and neuroscientist Dr Mark Lythgoe to Debate the question: 'Who Will Decide What?s Right and Wrong in the Future?'

2006

Sonia Livingstone

Debate

Is Privacy Dead?
In a society where many are happy to confess all to strangers and millions flaunt their personal lives online, have we forgotten the importance of keeping some things to ourselves?

2008

Mark Lythgoe

Debate

Who will decide what's Right and Wrong in the future?
Roger Philips is joined by Frank Field MP, director of the Centre for Policy Studies Ruth Lea, multi-faith leader Zia Chaudhry and neuroscientist Dr Mark Lythgoe to Debate the question: 'Who Will Decide What?s Right and Wrong in the Future?'

2006

Kenan Malik

Debate

It's not where you come from, it's where you're going that matters
Howard Jacobson, James Woudhuysen, Juliet Gardiner and Kenan Malik discuss our national obsession with the past.

2006

Henry Marsh

Lecture

the brain and memory
Henry Marsh, one of Britain's leading neurosurgeons, delivers a lecture on the brain and the memory.

2006

Andy Martin

Debate

Will the 21st century be the lonely century?
Novelist AS Byatt, Professor of Citizenship Lord Alton, philosopher and computer games enthusiast Andy Martin and techno writer Tim Guest discuss whether the 21st century will be the lonely century.

2006

Doreen Massey

Lecture

Is The World Really Shrinking?
We need to think more about our globe itself, if we want to understand the processes of globalisation.

2006

John McGuirk

Discussion

Blogger John McGuirk.
John McGuirk from Liverpool community media organisation Tenantspin talks to Night Waves on 26 September 2006 about reactions to his blog for Free Thinking.

2006

Ian McMillan

Short talk

McMillan on Freedom
Ian shares a personal take on what freedom is.

2007

Munira Mirza

Debate

Have we destroyed the dream of equality'
The gap between rich and poor grows wider. Science tells us that more of our life chances are determined at birth. And we value difference as much as shared experience. What hope for equality?

2007

Sue Nelson

Debate

Will Our Grandchildren be Robotic?
Sue Nelson is joined by Director of the Future of Humanity Institue Nick Bostrom, founder of HMC Media Labs Adam Montandon, and Philosopher Dylan Evans to explore the future for the human body.

2006

Andrew O'Hagan

Debate

What is the Value of Experience?
For the first time ever in the UK there are more pensioners than under-16s. Yet why as a society do we persist in valuing innovation and novelty above hard-won experience?

2008

Andrew O'Hagan

Discussion

The US Constitution
Does America still honours its founders' commitment to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".

2008

The older generation

Discussion

Bridging the Generation Gap
Free Thinking sends a pensioner and a teenager out into the festival weekend to discover what each of their generations would like to say to each other.

2008

Revd Ian Paisley

Interview

The Free Thinking Interview
Ian Paisley talks to Phillip Dodd about his faith, his controversial life story, and his extraordinary political journey.

2008

Vivienne Parry

Discussion

Who does technology put in charge?
One of the highlights of the 2006 Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival, a Discussion called 'Who Does Technology Put in Charge?', presented by Vivienne Parry.

2006

Roger Philips

Debate

Who will decide what's Right and Wrong in the future?
Roger Philips is joined by Frank Field MP, director of the Centre for Policy Studies Ruth Lea, multi-faith leader Zia Chaudhry and neuroscientist Dr Mark Lythgoe to Debate the question: 'Who Will Decide What?s Right and Wrong in the Future?'

2006

Roger Philips

Discussion

Is Liverpool an English City?
Roger Philips and guests discuss in front of a local, vocal audience at FACT in Liverpool.

2006

Roger Philips

Debate

Exams prove nothing and should be abolished.
Meet the Free Thinkers of the future. Radio Merseyside's Roger Phillips keeps the peace between two teams of young Debaters from Liverpool schools. In collaboration with the English Speaking Union.

2007

Roger Philips

Debate

Have we destroyed the dream of equality'
The gap between rich and poor grows wider. Science tells us that more of our life chances are determined at birth. And we value difference as much as shared experience. What hope for equality?

2007

Roger Philips

Debate

Computers Make You Stupid.
Are computers eroding human mental ability? Radio Merseyside's Roger Phillips keeps the peace between two teams of young Debaters from Liverpool schools.

2008

Trevor Phillips

Talk

Six Questions Liberal Democracy Can't Answer
Do some of the challenges thrown up by today's hyper-diversity stump even our most progressive thinkers?

2008

Philosophy in Pubs

Discussion

Philosophy in Pubs
Night Waves reports from the Free Thinking festival on the group "Philosophy in Pubs"

2006

Paul Preston

Talk

Us, Them and Europe
Preston argues that we should look at the way continental Europeans see both themselves and us in order to rid ourselves of some of the myths at the heart of our national identity.

2008
Contributor Details Year

Phil Redmond

Lecture

The Free Thinking Lecture
A personal and wide-ranging exploration of the competing political and cultural forces redefining our personal identities.

2007

Jonathan Rée

Discussion

Jonathan Ree with Jonathan Sawday
Philip Dodd talks to philosopher Jonathan Rée and Literature Professor Jonathan Sawday about the greatest free thinkers of the past, and the possibilities for free thinking today.

2006

Jonathan Rée

Discussion

Blogger Jonathan Ree
Philosopher Jonathan Rée discusses his experience of being a blogger for Free Thinking with Philip Dodd in Night Waves 11 Sept 2006.

2006

Diane Roberts

Discussion

The US Constitution
Does America still honours its founders' commitment to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".

2008

Justice Albie Sachs

Discussion

we Freer than we think?
Is freedom in peril from CCTV, smoking bans and ASBOs? Or, in an individualistic and deference-free age, are we freer than we've ever been before?

2007

Justice Albie Sachs

Interview

Albie Sachs: A life in pursuit of freedom
Sachs talks about his remarkable past and his hopes for the future, and discusses his understanding of freedom with the audience.

2007

Jonathan Sawday

Discussion

Jonathan Ree with Jonathan Sawday
Philip Dodd talks to philosopher Jonathan Rée and Literature Professor Jonathan Sawday about the greatest free thinkers of the past, and the possibilities for free thinking today.

2006

Jonathan Sawday

Debate

Is Privacy Dead?
In a society where many are happy to confess all to strangers and millions flaunt their personal lives online, have we forgotten the importance of keeping some things to ourselves?

2008

Liverpool school teams

Debate

Exams prove nothing and should be abolished.
Meet the Free Thinkers of the future. Radio Merseyside's Roger Phillips keeps the peace between two teams of young Debaters from Liverpool schools. In collaboration with the English Speaking Union.

2007

Liverpool school teams

Debate

Computers Make You Stupid.
Are computers eroding human mental ability? Radio Merseyside's Roger Phillips keeps the peace between two teams of young Debaters from Liverpool schools.

2008

Will Self

Lecture

Naturalism and Sanity: Is the Mind Really as it's Portrayed?
Author and essayist Will Self launches the 2008 festival arguing that the way the mind is portrayed in most novels is preposterous

2008

Tom Shakespeare

Debate

Have we destroyed the dream of equality'
The gap between rich and poor grows wider. Science tells us that more of our life chances are determined at birth. And we value difference as much as shared experience. What hope for equality?

2007

Robert Smith

Debate

What is the Value of Experience?
For the first time ever in the UK there are more pensioners than under-16s. Yet why as a society do we persist in valuing innovation and novelty above hard-won experience?

2008

Gavin Stamp

Discussion

Liverpool: Cathedral City
Liverpool's skyline is dominated by two cathedrals, whose stories reflect the city's pride and achievement as much as its divisions and contradictions.

2008

Mike Stubbs

Short talk

It's time to end the myth that things will continue to get better.
We asked four Liverpool-based thinkers to formulate a proposal upon which the Free Thinking 07 People's Choice Debate would turn.

2007

Matthew Sweet

Discussion

Is this the Brave New World?
70 years on since Aldous Huxley's darkly visionary novel, have we finally surpassed Huxley's predictions?

2007

Matthew Sweet

Debate

What is the Value of Experience?
For the first time ever in the UK there are more pensioners than under-16s. Yet why as a society do we persist in valuing innovation and novelty above hard-won experience?

2008

Matthew Sweet

Discussion

Bridging the Generation Gap
Free Thinking sends a pensioner and a teenager out into the festival weekend to discover what each of their generations would like to say to each other.

2008

Esther Wilson

Discussion

Blogger Esther Wilson with Isobel Hilton.
Playwright Esther Wilson talked to Isobel Hilton on Night Waves on 24 October 2006. Esthers Free Thinking 06 blog took a Liverpool perspective.

2006

Sister Anthony Wilson

Discussion

Liverpool: Cathedral City
Liverpool's skyline is dominated by two cathedrals, whose stories reflect the city's pride and achievement as much as its divisions and contradictions.

2008

James Woudhuysen

Debate

It's not where you come from, it's where you're going that matters
Howard Jacobson, James Woudhuysen, Juliet Gardiner and Kenan Malik discuss our national obsession with the past.

2006

The younger generation

Discussion

Bridging the Generation Gap
Free Thinking sends a pensioner and a teenager out into the festival weekend to discover what each of their generations would like to say to each other.

2008

John Zarnecki

Talk

Space: why are we there?
John Zarnecki, Professor of Space Science at the Open University, tackles some of the fundamental questions about our future in space.

2007

John Zarnecki

Discussion

Is this the Brave New World?
70 years on since Aldous Huxley's darkly visionary novel, have we finally surpassed Huxley's predictions?

2007

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