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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 Reichardt, Peter Bazalgette, Zahed Tajeddin and Rebecca Newell 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.
Are the arts saving Margate?
Philip Dodd finds out about the Turner Contemporary’s impact. Plus writer Maggie Gee.
Landmark: George Eliot's Mill on the Floss
With Rebecca Mead, Fiona Shaw, Philip Davis, Dafydd Daniel and Peggy Reynolds.
Is there such a thing as a perfect diet?
Sarah Brett with late night discussion on the issues and stories that matter to you.
The Russian civil war: How the Soviets rose to power
How the events of the Russian civil war led to Lenin’s communist dictatorship
Caro C: Delia Derbyshire Day
Caro C, the instigator of Delia Derbyshire Day on Delia's legacy
Discussion and debate on the big issues affecting British Asians.