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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.
Sanchez Payne sits in for an arts, culture and musical round-up from West Yorkshire.
YouTuber Ahmed Zaman explores the world of social influencers and content creators.
The Weimar Years
Author Katie Sutton looks at sexuality in the Weimar Republic.
Stillbirth and Miscarriages
Mothers and fathers without babies.
Damian Le Bas & Amy Liptrott
The Romany writer and broadcaster Damian Le Bas and author Amy Liptrot choose a good read