Shahidha Bari talks poetry and the web series Brown Girls, plus the history of sewing. Read more
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 and 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 on 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.
Landmark: Finnegans Wake
Matthew Sweet discusses James Joyce's groundbreaking novel of 1939.
Catch 22, Recycling fashion, Fred D'Aguiar, Wu Mali
Anne McElvoy watches George Clooney in Catch-22 on TV and looks at recycling fashion.
Jane Goodall, Elif Shafak
Matthew Sweet talks to two campaigning women: a writer from Turkey and an animal expert.
Cindy Sherman, Laura Cumming
The art of Cindy Sherman plus art critic Laura Cumming on the days her mother disappeared.
Amitav Ghosh. Layla and Majnun. Islam Issa.
Amitav Ghosh on linking refugees, climate change, Venice & Bengali forests in his fiction
Language and Belonging
With Guy Gunaratne, Dina Nayeri, Michael Rosen, Momtaza Mehri and Deena Mohamed.
Russia and Fear.
Rana Mitter considers fearing Russia past and present with Mark B Smith & Tamar Koplatadze
Reinventing the 'Mistake on the Lake'.
Philip Dodd visits the US rust-belt city of Cleveland.
Landmark: Iris Murdoch's The Sovereignty of Good
Matthew Sweet and guests on Iris Murdoch's thought and writing 100 years on from her birth
Caine Prize, Ivo van Hove, Female desire
Shahidha Bari looks at staging Ayn Rand's ideas and meets the 2019 Caine Prize winner.
An insider's view of war
Ex-marine and journalist Elliot Ackerman on al-Qaeda and the Iraq War.
Camille Paglia in conversation with Philip Dodd about free speech and feminism.
New angles on post-war Germany and Austria
Anne McElvoy with Florian Huber, Sophie Hardach, Adam Scovell and Tom Smith
Book Parts and Difficulty
Matthew Sweet looks at frontispieces, titles and marginalia, and hard texts.
Philip Dodd is in conversation with American author James Ellroy.
Tolerance, censorship and free speech
Susan Neiman, Ursula Owen and Christopher Hampton join Anne McElvoy.
Landmark: Susan Sontag's Against Interpretation.
Lauren Elkin, Lisa Appignanesi and Ben Moser debate Susan Sontag's life and ideas.
Back to the '80s
From Stranger Things to Stephen King's It - Matthew Sweet and guests revisit '80s culture.
Surveillance and Secrets from the Archives
Matthew Sweet on surveillance capitalism, The Third Man and Stieg Larsson's archive.
Comedian Sofie Hagen, Colombian novelist Héctor Abad & Isabel Hardman join Shahidha Bari.
Myth making, satire and Caryl Churchill
Interviews w/ illustrator Gerald Scarfe & artist Kiki Smith+ Caryl Churchill's new plays.
Anne McElvoy talks to Mark Haddon about his career and latest novel The Porpoise.
From the Spains to Latinx, including Iain Sinclair's Peruvian Journey
Rana Mitter talks to Jason Webster, Ed Morales, Iain Sinclair and Iwona Blazwick.
Rebecca Solnit, Truth, National Poetry Day
Who holds the power? US activist and author Rebecca Solnit talks to Shahidha Bari.
The Frieze Masters Free Thinking Conversation about Art
Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Michael Govan talks art with Philip Dodd.
Modern Dutch Writing
Laurence Scott looks at the way Dutch writers are addressing history and contemporary life
East Meets West
Historian Tom Holland, critic Fatima Bhutto, Ziauddin Sardar, and artist Inci Eviner.
2019 Booker Prize, The Power of Ancient Artefacts
Anne McElvoy talks prehistory with archaeologist Mike Pitts and artist Renee So.
The Woolly episode.
From Sean the Sheep & Damien Hirst to clothiers & a knitted bikini. Shahida Bari presents.
Matthew Sweet and guests on Chaplin's 1941 film, The Great Dictator, and rising populism.
The 2019 Frieze Free Thinking Museums Debate
Museum directors from Asia and France join Anne McElvoy and an audience at RIBA.
What to Believe
Rana Mitter and guests look at the history of atheism and morality.
Landmark: The Yorkshire Feminist Winifred Holtby
Matthew Sweet is joined by Rachel Reeves MP, Jane Thomas and Katie Cooper in Hull.
Writing Real Life from Brexit to Grenfell
Ali Smith, Jay Bernard and James Graham join Matthew Sweet at the British Library.
Cars, Parking and Motorways.
A discussion reflecting on automobiles, AI and the 60th anniversary of the M1 motorway.
Halloween. Ghost Stories
Haunting stories with Kirsty Logan, Jeremy Dyson and host Shahidha Bari.
Matthew Sweet celebrates the classic TV sci-fi series with Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.
The changing image of masculinity
Writers Ben Lerner, JJ Bola and Derek Owusu on images of masculinity in fiction and life.
The 2019 Free Thinking Imperial War Museum Remembrance Debate
Carrie Riechardt, Peter Bazalgette, Zahed Tajeddin and Rebecca Newall with Anne McElvoy.
Weimar and the Subversion of Cabaret Culture
Le Gateau Chocolat, Lucy McCormick and Gaylene Gould with Matthew Sweet at the Barbican.
Why We Need New News: Being Human Festival Research
Shahidha Bari looks at news past and present from hangings to updating TV news bulletins.
Being Human: Love Stories
New research taking love stories out of the vaults and into the gay bar.
Emilia Clarke, Last Christmas, The Report, Le Mans '66 and Little Monsters
Emilia Clarke talks about Last Christmas. Plus your essential film reviews.
Welsh poet Sophie McKeand pays tribute to the wildly brilliant work of Childe Roland.
Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan discusses life as a Leicester City fan, the city and music.
Northern Ballet at 50, Art B&B, Iced Bodies
Northern Ballet at 50, Blackpool's Art B&B, Iced Bodies
Damian Le Bas & Amy Liptrott
The Romany writer and broadcaster Damian Le Bas and author Amy Liptrot choose a good read