Doris Kearns Goodwin on what makes a good president. Plus Georgina Harding on war.
Leadership: lessons from US presidents and campaigners
Plagues, Urban Inequality and Restricted Books
Artist Penny Woolcock, global health researcher Thomas Bollyky and Jane Stevens Crawshaw
A long-lost classic now published and Esi Edugyan's Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel.
Mike Hodges; Dark Sweden.
The director of Get Carter talks to Matthew Sweet about writing his own crime stories.
Bessie Head. Rwanda Representation and Reality
Anne McElvoy looks at the career of Botswana's most influential writer.
Is there a great divide between the arts and science?
Sir Paul Nurse and Tristram Hunt debate with an audience at Queen Mary University London.
Are we being manipulated?
Who's pulling your strings? Matthew Sweet and guests track down today's hidden persuaders.
Writing and Frankness
Deborah Levy, Adam Phillips and Amia Srinivasan join Matthew Sweet at the British Library.
Linton Kwesi Johnson
The reggae poet and recording artist talks politics, religion and writing with Philip Dodd
A journey to the frozen ends of the Earth, plus theatrical magic from the 17th century.
Trees of Knowledge
Peter Wohlleben Emanuele Coccia Marion Sidebottom Luke Turner
What does game playing teach us?
Bobby Seagull and Irving Finkel join Shahidha Bari to look at competitiveness and games.
Landmark: Watership Down
An ecological fable about a perfect society? Matthew Sweet reads Richard Adams' classic.
Landmark: Laurel and Hardy's The Music Box
Matthew Sweet pays tribute to Hollywood's most famous comedy duo, Stan and Ollie.
Born in 1819: Ruskin, Clough and Bazalgette.
Ruskin, Bazalgette and Clough: Laurence Scott examines three of Victoria's class of 1819.
Shahidha Bari, Josh Cohen and Sam Goodman explore the value of doing nothing.
Novelist John Lanchester, historians David Frye, Kylie Murray and journalist Tim Marshall
Tourism past and present
Must-see sights for post-Napoleonic War tourists, Cold War travellers and hot spots now.
Do our heroes and heroines have to be perfect? We look at ikons, film idols & politicians.
Matthew Sweet & guests look at films making waves as the Academy announces its shortlists.
Slow Looking at Art
Ways of Seeing with Michael Craig Martin, Aura Satz, Kelly Grovier & Daniel Glaser.
How we deal with unwanted sexual advances and changing depictions on stage are debated.
Art and Refugees from Nazi Germany
Writing about the Holocaust and the shock of Modernism in 1930s Britain.
Julia Blackburn, Katie Paterson, Charlotte Runcie, the Cutty Sark.
Street Culture, Protests, Food
Philip Dodd talks to gilet jaune and novelist Edouard Louis about streets and culture.
Encylopedias and Knowledge: from Diderot to Wikipedia.
Jimmy Wales on Diderot and collecting knowledge. Tariq Goddard on Mark Fisher aka k-punk.
Self Knowledge, Global Catastrophe and Simulated Worlds.
Quassim Cassam and Simon Beard with Matthew, plus RW Fassbinder's 1970s TV sci-fi series.
The film-maker talks black power, blackface and Academy Awards with Matthew Sweet.
Africa, Babel, China
Histories of West Africa, 20th-century China, and the art of translation.
The science and art of love. Andrew McMillan, Lavinia Greenlaw, Elanor Dymott, Laura Mucha
The musicals star on politics, performing, #Me Too and her Italian American roots.
The joy of sewing, poet Fatimah Asghar, Painting in miniature
Shahidha Bari talks poetry and the web series Brown Girls, plus the history of sewing.
Images of Japan
Fumio Obata and Jocelyne Allen discuss graphic art and manga.
Jack the Ripper and women as victims
Hallie Rubenhold, Emma Jenkins, Dr Kate Lister and Ruth Ware join Matthew Sweet.
Authority in the Era of Populism
Louise Casey, Mary Kaldor, Jamie Bartlett, Heather Rabbatts, Rupert Reid and Anne McElvoy.
Skeuomorphs, Design and Modern Craft
Laurence Scott and Will Self talk about redundant features in design.
David Bailey, Don McCullin
Philip Dodd goes to David Bailey's studio and talks to Don McCullin about his Tate show.
Women, relationships and the law past and present
Novelists Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Layla AlAmmar & historians Jennifer Aston + Jessica Malay.
Is British Culture Getting Weirder? Free Thinking at the Late Junction Festival
Gazelle Twin, Julia Bardsley, Hannah Catherine Jones, Luke Turner and William Fowler.
The Council Estate in Culture
With George Shaw, Kader Attia, Dreda Say Mitchell, Katie Beswick and Matthew Sweet.
Partition, colonial power and the voices of 16th-century women
With Hew Locke, Suzannah Lipscomb, Aanchal Malhotra and Anindya Raychaudhuri.
Jhumpa Lahiri, Valeria Luiselli, George Szirtes
Two writers and a poet in conversation about language, migrants and personhood.
Authors Max Porter, Samantha Harvey & AK Benjamin discuss empathy with Chris Harding.
Childhood faces and fears
A history of orphans, fears about brainwashing and portraits on show at Compton Verney.
Philip Dodd explores the idea of betrayal.
Whatever happened to Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais?
Matthew Sweet meets the TV writers of The Likely Lads, Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
Feelings, and feelings, and feelings
Thomas Dixon, first director of the Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions.
Crimes of Passion
David Wilson, Sophie Hannah and Michael Hughes with Matthew Sweet at Sage.
Anxiety and the Teenage Brain
Stephen Briers, Caroline Dower and Ceyda Uzun join Anne McElvoy at Sage Gateshead.
Anne McElvoy talks to Gabrielle Rifkind, William J Burns and Gabriel Gatehouse.
'Calm Down Dear' - How Angry Should Politics Get.
Suffragism, black activism & Brexit. Shahidha Bari chairs a Free Thinking Festival debate.
The Emotions of Now
What's the most pertinent emotion in 2019 UK: Joy, anger, anxiety, schadenfreude or shame?
How They Manipulate Our Emotions
An adman, VR creator, gamer, psychologist and Shahidha Bari at the Free Thinking Festival.
The Way We Used To Feel
From Neanderthals via Tudor England to Chartists - four historians on emotion in the past.
Sarah Moss, Una, Michael Richardson and Harriet Shawcross at the Free Thinking Festival.
Should Doctors Cry?
Does emotion have any place in relationships with patients in a more open age?
Why We Need Weepies
From Bambi and Titanic to EastEnders - Matthew Sweet asks what makes us cry and why?
The New Age of Sentimentality
Lisa Appignanesi, Rachel Hewitt and Irenosen Okojie at the Free Thinking Festival.
Does My Pet Love Me?
A Free Thinking Festival discussion with Nicky Clayton, Erica Fudge and Kim Bard.
20 Words for Joy ... Feelings Around the World
Aatish Taseer, Veronica Strang and Thomas Dixon at the Free Thinking Festival.
Introducing the 2019 New Generation Thinkers
From techno music in Berlin to the Glasgow ‘rag trade’, and divisive dams to fake news.
Landmark: Audre Lorde
Jackie Kay and Selina Thompson discuss the influential US writer and civil rights activist
The Spirit of a Place: A Free Thinking Royal Society of Literature Discussion.
Alan Johnson, Pascale Petit, Hisham Matar and Peter Pomerantsev join Eleanor Barraclough.
Learning about love from Kierkegaard and Socrates, The Wellcome Book Prize
A philosopher of love and a philosopher in love.
Born in 1819: Whitman, Melville and Ward Howe
Elaine Showalter, Michael Schmidt, Peter Riley and Katie McGettigan with Laurence Scott.
Chaucer, Bernardine Evaristo
Anne McElvoy reads a new biography of Chaucer and talks to novelist Bernardine Evaristo.
Sergio Leone, Kubrick, Magic and the Mind.
Matthew Sweet talks Spaghetti Westerns with Christopher Frayling + conjuring tricks & bias
Rivers and geopolitics
Global Dams, ancient Rome and the Tiber: rivers, power and scarcity.
Rivers, poetry and ecology
An anthropologist, a poet, an archaeologist and an angler reflect on the culture of rivers
Sebald, Anti-semitism, Carolyn Forche
The walking and photographs of WG Sebald and an exhibition of money and Jewish history.
Censorship and sex
Naomi Wolf discusses the criminalisation of love with presenter Matthew Sweet.
Stanley Spencer, Domestic Servants, Surrogacy
Authors Nicola Upson and Joanne Ramos, and researchers Gulzaar Barn and Ella Parry-Davies.
2019 Wolfson History Prize Discussion
Rana Mitter and the six shortlisted historians with an audience at the British Academy.
Homi K Bhabha: On Memory and Migration
Shahidha Bari talks to Professor Bhabha about his influence on postcolonial studies.
Landmark: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
Rana Mitter hosts a debate at Hay Festival about the rise of the environmental movement.
Simon Schama, Siri Hustvedt, Catherine Fletcher at Hay
Rana Mitter discusses writing on art from da Vinci and Rembrandt to Louise Bourgeois.
AI and creativity: what makes us human?
A discussion hosted by Matthew Sweet at the Barbican's exhibition AI More Than Human.
Is the Law keeping up with our changing world?
A panel of researchers share insights into the law and warfare, gender and AI.
Orwell's 1984 - a Landmark of Culture
Matthew Sweet explores what fed into Orwell's future vision and how our own is shaping up.
Breaking Down the Barriers
The cultural contribution of Muslim women, and Rana Mitter talks to artist John Keane.
Michael Rakowitz, Archaeology Now, Epic Journeys and Facial Disfigurement
Artist, archaeologists, a writer and a historian of the face make the invisible visible.
Afropean identities, Filming the Arab spring
Johny Pitts and Caryl Phillips discuss the idea of Afropean identity with Matthew Sweet.
Booksmart director Olivia Wilde
Actress turned director Olivia Wilde talking about her debut hit Booksmart
Zac Efron Interview Special: Movies That Made Me
Zac Efron talks about his career defining moments from High School Musical to Ted Bundy.
Katie Puckrick, Neil Hannon and Rob Delaney
Katie Puckrick talks Yacht Rock, Neil Hannon joins Rad Mac & Rob Delaney sits in.
Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe 16/06/2019
A special version of her show recorded on stage at the Cheltenham Science Festival.
Conversations with stars of stage and screen, plus music from musicals and the movies.