10 Things we have learnt at the Free Thinking Festival
Sometimes you learn more than you expect. Here are 10 things we learnt at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival that made us think.
1. If you want to ring the research centre in Antarctica you will be calling a Cambridge number.
Antarctica: Testing Ground for the Human Species broadcast at 10pm on 17th November.
2. Lord Lucan's father was the the head of the Labour party in the House of Lords.
Laura Thompson - Burning the Facts: The Link between Lord Lucan and Joan of Arc broadcast at 10pm on 6th November.
3. In a 1994 survey 94% of married women said they changed their name when they got married. In October 2014 a new survey showed the figure was now 54%.
Sophie Coulombeau - Is Marriage an Identity Crisis? broadcast at 10:45pm on 5th November.
4. Between 1990 and 2010 the proportion of the planet's population living in absolute poverty was halved.
John Lanchester - Bringing the Rich to Book broadcast at 10pm on 12th November
5. Siobhan Redmond needed hypnotherapy to get Goneril out of her system
Siobhan Redmond - Knowing your Character broadcast at 10pm on 18th November.
6. The music from the Forbidden Planet, by Louis Barron, was so experimental it wasn't even thought of as music.
Sound of Cinema: Breaking the Sound Barrier broadcast at 4pm on 1st November.
7. Pitch and Putt was invented during the Ming Dynasty.
Conversation between Rana Mitter and Matthew Sweet in the green room.
8. It's harder work to be a mountaineer when you are tall.
Writer Meredith Hooper - to a member of the audience after Antarctica: Testing Ground for the Human Species broadcast at 10pm on 17th November.
9. Elif Shafak was told to change the title of her novel 'Honour' by her italian publishers because of the word's association with the mafia.
Author Elif Shafak - Imagining Turkey broadcast at 10pm on 11th November
10. Peach is the colour paint that makes Antarctic scientists feel calm.
Architect Hugh Broughton - Antarctica: Testing ground for the Human Species broadcast at 10pm on 17th November.