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Matthew Sweet broadcasts from the Free Thinking Festival 2011, with guests and an in-depth interview with one of the world's leading heart surgeons, Francis Wells.

Matthew Sweet broadcasts from the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2011, with live guests at The Sage Gateshead and an indepth interview with one of the world's top heart surgeons, Francis Wells.

Francis Wells has carried out over 5,000 operations including open heart surgery live on Channel 4. An expert on the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, he's a passionate advocate for closer links between art and medicine, employing artists-in-residence at his operating theatre in Papworth, the UK's largest specialist cardiothoracic Hospital. Night Waves presenter Matthew Sweet hosts an indepth interview with Francis Wells, recorded in front of an audience at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival 2011.

Francis Wells discusses the future of the heart, his work at the cutting-edge of surgery, and his fascination with Leonardo.

Matthew Sweet is also joined live at The Sage Gateshead by BBC Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers.

Free Thinking takes place at The Sage Gateshead 4 - 6 November, and is broadcast for three weeks on BBC Radio 3 from Friday 4 November .

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