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Teju Cole, Zadie Smith, Umberto Eco, Peter Singer, David Grossman, Edna O'Brien
Free Thinking explores the BBC's 100 novels that shaped our world.
New Thinking from UK Unis/Being Human Festival: history, books, language, philosophy.
You can download all the past episodes of Radio 3's Free Thinking
New thinking on the environment
Key films, books, TV, plays, art: 1001 Nights - 2001 A Space Odyssey, Jane Austen - Jaws
From moral questions to the quirks and pleasures of life.
Free Thinking ponders.
Free thinking explores women's lives and issues.
Free Thinking explores divisions & differences & the way people define themselves...
Ziauddin Sardar, Richard Dawkins, Karen Armstrong, Rabbi Sacks, Marilynne Robinson
Discussions/interviews: Slavoj Zizek, Xinran, Ivan Klima, Claudia Rankine, Pankaj Mishra
Peter Singer, Cordelia Fine, Garry Kasparov, AI and Algorithmns, Tim O’Reilly.
Free Thinking explores America. Guests Claudia Rankine, Marilynne Robinson, Peter Bourne
Writing from around the world: fact, fiction, key authors, classics & contemporary voices
Dorothy Bohm, Edward Burtynsky, Sean Scully, Dada, Elizabeth Price, Edmund de Waal
Leading scholars, insights from actors and directors and new research into the Bard.
Spying, peace negotiating & the power balance around the world, films, books, paintings
Angry politics, what we can’t say, being diplomatic, weeping, emotion in music, film & TV
Kwame Anthony Appiah,Julian Baggini,Toby Green,Julia Lovell,Aanchal Malhotra&Ed Morales
Dr Chaney from the Centre for the History of the Emotions on the emotions of the past.
Congratulations to 2019 winner Mary Fulbrook.
The Essays will be broadcast on Radio 3 17-21 June
We examine the fast-changing relationship between the individual & the crowd
Recorded at the York Festival of Ideas (2018)
From the urge to fight and Mrs Noah to Uncanny objects and mountain photography...
From breastfeeding to fasting, resisting tyranny to murder & dining with a nightmare...
From satire and the circus, to gangs and 'speaking truth to power'
From aubergines to frostbite via finger-counting.
The mariner’s astrolabe; faith in food; Sherlock Holmes; the phone & a cold war relic...
Matthew Sweet meets the trio behind the '70s and early '80s TV comedy show.
Free Thinking Festival 2017: The Speed of Life
Listen to past editions from the extensive Night Waves archive.
Stephen Reicher reveals that crowd psychology is more nuanced than people think.
With global population on the rise, could having kids be your biggest moral mistake?
Lenny Henry talks to Matthew Sweet in front of an audience at Birmingham Rep.
Margaret MacMillan, Jonathan Powell, Naoko Shimazu, Kamila Shamsie, William Boyd...
Is British Culture Getting Weirder?
Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 14:30 ,Café OTO, Barbican
George Steiner in conversation with Philip Dodd, 2008.
Matthew Sweet questions some of Naomi Wolf's evidence in her new book Outrages
An old dairying manual reveals insights into our ancestors' relationships with livestock.
French writer Edouard Louis on the gilet jaunes movement & his book Who killed my father?