Matthew Sweet discusses Iris Murdoch's philosophical essay of 1970 Read more
Landmark: Iris Murdoch's The Sovereignty of Good
Matthew Sweet discusses Iris Murdoch's philosophical essay of 1970
Why we read and the idea of the "woman writer"
From Elizabethan Anne Dowriche, Victorian Anne Bronte to why women say they read now.
Psychohistory: Isaac Asimov and guiding the future
Matthew Sweet asks if the fictional science of psychohistory changed the future of humans
New Thinking: About Face
Would you change your nose if you could? What about an entire face transplant?
Goddesses of academia
Nikita Gill, Francesca Wade, Sandeep Parmar & Victoria Leonard talk goddesses & classics
Poetry and Science: A 19th century metre on the (uni)verse
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Greg Tate, Sam Illingworth & Sunayana Bhargava join Anne McElvoy.
What is good listening?
Matthew Sweet with NYT journalist Kate Murphy, Anne Karpf, David Toop.
Rana Mitter marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation & talks to author Anne Michaels
How we see pregnancy past and present
Anne McElvoy hears the story of a woman who gave birth to rabbits and the news from Davos
Fungi: An Alien Encounter
Are fungi out to get us or here to help? A look at mushrooms in art, food and psychology.
New Thinking: It all begins here? Understanding the Industrial Revolution
John Gallagher discusses the Industrial Revolution with Emma Griffin and William Ashworth
Mocking power past and present.
The German joker Tyll Ulenspiegel. Anne McElvoy, Daniel Kehlmann & Karen Leeder discuss.
Samuel Beckett & the purpose of culture
If we want the arts to be a comfort blanket, where does Beckett fit in?
Early cinema: why are we obsessed with firsts?
Matthew Sweet looks back at the early history of cinema
The shadow of slavery
From sugar and spice, to reparations and memorials: slavery and how we acknowledge it
The History of Sex
Fern Riddell, Kate Lister and Robin Mitchell discuss their research with Matthew
How do we apply modern LGBT+ language and identities to historical figures?
The Surreal World of Alejandro Jodorowsky
Matthew Sweet talks to the Chilean French director Alejandro Jodorowsky and to critics
African Empire Stories
Petina Gappah & Sarah LeFanu on Livingstone, Kipling and Mary Kingsley in Africa
Genes, racism, ageing and evidence
Daniel Levitin on ageing & Adam Rutherford on race and genetics.
Japan Now 2020
Philip Dodd talks to Hiromi Ito, Tomoko Sawada, Yukiko Motoya, and Motoyuki Shibata
New Thinking: Everything to Everybody - Shakespeare for the people
Islam Issa hears how Adrian Lester and Ewan Fernie are taking Shakespeare to the people
How archictecture shapes society
Ricky Burdett, Liza Fior, Des Fitzgerald, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg Edwin Heathcote at LSE
Yolande Mukagasana - women writers to put back on the bookshelf
Zoe Norridge describes translating the testimony of a Rwandan survivor
Charlotte Smith - women writers to put back on the bookshelf
The Romantic poet who inspired Wordsworth is profiled by Sophie Coulombeau.
Margaret Oliphant - women writers to put back on the bookshelf
The Scottish writer whose comic heroine Miss Marjoribanks bucks 19th-century conventions
Lady Mary Wroth - women writer to put back on the bookshelf
The English Renaissance poet whose reputation at court was ruined by her writing.
Anne Enright + the value of gossip
Anne Enright discusses acting with Daisy Black, Emily Butterworth and Marie Le Conte.
New Thinking: Women in Virtual Reality
Hetta Howes learns how Sylvia Xueni Pan and Sarah Ellis are pushing the VR envelope
Shahidha Bari looks at the life and legacy of the 20th century polymath
Storm Jameson - women writers to put back on the bookshelf
Yorkshire-born writer with a European outlook who campaigned for World War Two refugees.