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New Thinking: City Talk
Mapping the accents of Greater Manchester with a camper van and a laptop
The 1920s - Philosophy's Golden Age
Matthew Sweet on Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Benjamin, Carnap and other philosophical greats
New Thinking: Ways of Talking about Health
The winners of the AHRC and Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Awards 2020
New Thinking: Hey Presto!
Magic in medicine, surgery & business; panto cross-dressing; and panto & magic history
Ancient wisdom & remote living
From medieval science to the ingenuity of Arctic peoples & the resilience of island life
Hegel's Philosophy of Right
Anne McElvoy listens for echoes of Beethoven in Hegel
From paintings and folk tales to Brian Cox on the stars & Susan Greaney on Stonehenge.
Tracing the sensual and radical Marlene Dietrich from Europe to Hollywood.
James M Cain's classic novel and its film adaptation discussed by Matthew Sweet & guests
Rana Mitter explores Dostoevsky as a thriller writer and comedian
New Thinking: Aphra Behn
John Gallagher's guests decode changes in Behn's loyalties from her plays and dedications
Autism, film and patterns
From Rain Man to Atypical - Matthew Sweet looks at autism on screen and in everyday life
New Thinking: Women and Slavery
Research on women owners, women on plantations, and the daughter of a slave trader
Witchcraft, Werewolves, and Writing The Devil
Conjuring fear, discussed by historians and by novelists Jenni Fagan and Salena Godden
Harlots & 18th Century Working Women
History & Harlots: Hallie Rubenhold & Moira Buffini on the C18th sex worker TV drama
James Baldwin and race in USA
Rana Mitter & guests re-read James Baldwin's writing as a new US President is inaugurated
John Rawls's A Theory of Justice
The lasting impact of John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice on philosophy and politics.
Food, The Environment & Richard Flanagan
How food impacts on the environment; Richard Flanagan on his novel about a dying planet
Yiddish and Rotwelsch, Nazi France
Michael Rosen and Martin Puchner talk to Matthew Sweet about a lost language of the road
What Makes a Good Lecture?
From Aristotle to TED talks: Mary Beard, Homi Bhabha and Seán Williams with Shahidha Bari
New Thinking: Eco-Criticism
Exploring the points where literature and ecological thinking meet
Patricia Lockwood and André Aciman
Two American authors talk to Laurence Scott about their sense of time, place and self
Class and social mobility
Selina Todd, David Goodhart, Timandra Harkness and Sadie Ryan talk with Matthew Sweet.
New Thinking: Fashion Stories in Museums
Shahidha Bari & V&A fashion curator Claire Wilcox on costumes, couture, and wardrobes
Darwin's The Descent of Man (1871)
Matthew Sweet and guests assess Darwin's arguments about the human species, sex, and race
Coins, the magic money tree and a cashless world
In February 1971 the UK went decimal. Anne McElvoy and guests look at money old and new.
Pakistan, Politics and Water Supplies
Samira Shackle , Ejaz Haider and Majed Akhter talk about Karachi, power, crime and energy
Turkey: Adnan Menderes, populism, and history
Having survived a plane crash, the Turkish Prime Minister 1950-60 died in an execution
Adoption, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Renée Vivien & Violette Leduc
Fiona Sampson, Peggy Reynolds and Anne McElvoy talk poetry and writing personal stories
Humans, Animals, Ecologies
Matthew Sweet in conversation with two radical thinkers: Joanna Bourke and Anna Tsing
Foucault: The History of Sexuality 4
Shahidha Bari reads Robert Hurley's new English translation
Saint John Henry Newman
Newman's thought: Kate Kennedy, Tim Stanley, Catherine Pepinster and Dafydd Mills Daniel
New Thinking: Girls
New research into ideas about girlhood and growing up - in film, fiction, art and society
Breakdown: Horatio Clare, Stevie Smith
Horatio Clare talks to Laurence Scott about mania and healing + Stevie's Smith's writing
Speech, Voice, Accents and AI Free Thinking
Lynda Clark, Allison Koenecke and Sadie Ryan discuss their research with Matthew Sweet
New Thinking: From life on Mars to space junk
Seb Falk talks to researchers about our attitude to Mars,seeing colour and Skylab's crash
The Vietnam Paris connection
Author Viet Thanh Nguyen, film critic Phuong Le and Peter Salmon join Matthew Sweet
Edward Said's thinking
Rana Mitter reads the first biography of the Palestinian academic, pianist and negotiator
Books to Make Space For on the Bookshelf: The Black Lizard
New Generation Thinker Christopher Harding reads the Japanese equivalent of Conan Doyle
New Thinking: what do we learn from census stats?
John Gallagher talks to four researchers uncovering lives from past census records
Books To Make Space For On The Bookshelf: John Halifax, Gentleman
2/5 Clare Walker Gore explores how Dinah Mulock Craik subverted Victorian expectations
Books to Make Space For on the Bookshelf: Sindhubala
Preti Taneja on the writing and politics of Bengali author and activist Mahasweta Devi
Introducing New Generation Thinkers 2021
Ten researchers look at colonial history, alphabets, punctuation, poetry, art terminology
Books to Make Space For On The Bookshelf: Closer
New Generation Thinker Diarmuid Hester on the transgressive writing of Dennis Cooper
Syria: hope and poetry
An architect who lived in Homs during the war, a translator of Adonis and a media analyst
Books to Make Space For on the Bookshelf: There's No Story There
Lisa Mullen looks at depictions of war-time factory workers in this novel by Inez Holden
Re-reading the major 20th century theorist of decolonisation
Cooking, nature, music, colour - what's your lockdown pleasure?
Anne McElvoy and guests on attitudes to the politician, his rhetoric and foreign policies
Writing About Faith
Stand-up Frank Skinner and novelists Jeet Thayil and Yaa Gyasi talk to Laurence Scott
From Blackface to Beyoncé
From the theatre stage to the Superbowl, in praise of Black performance
From a secret Iraqi spy cell to new revelations of cold war exploits. Rana Mitter hosts.
The Liverpool Biennial debate
How to reflect Liverpool's history in new artworks: Anne McElvoy hosts a discussion.
John Milton's Samson Agonistes
Rana Mitter looks at how politics, blindness and the Bible fed into this dramatic poem
Milton: Samson Agonistes
How do we look at blindness in poetic writing, classics, in Milton's and Handel's life?
Deleuze and Guattari, Capitalism and Schizophrenia
Matthew Sweet re-reads a classic of French postmodern theory
Octavia Butler's Kindred
A novel from 1979 that uses time travel to explore race, slavery and trauma
Jacques Tati's Trafic
Matthew Sweet, Adam Scovell, Muriel Zagha and Phuong Le on the 1971 French comedy.
The Battle of Culloden, Outlander, Peter Watkins
Matthew Sweet with Outlander creator Diana Gabaldon, historian Tom Devine and John Cook
New Generation Thinkers: The Feurtado's Fire
Christienna Fryar looks at Caribbean fires and earthquakes and lessons for rebuilding now
Maryse Condé's writing plus Suzanne O'Sullivan
Shahida Bari reads I Tituba, the story of the West Indian slave accused in Salem.
The Essay New Generation Thinkers Jean Rhys's Dress
Sophie Oliver on motherhood, a old dress and rereading Wide Sargasso Sea
New Thinking: Shakespeare's Life Lessons
Scholars Emma Smith, Patrick Gray, and Emma Whipday find examples in different dramas
New Generation Thinkers: A social history of soup
Tom Scott-Smith uses four recipes to track social reforms and changes in what we value.
Bombing and morals, Flooding and the future
Malcolm Gladwell, Satyajit Ray's film Jalsaghar, Jessie Greengrass. Rana Mitter hosts.
New Generation Thinkers: Hoarding or Collecting?
Diarmuid Hester muses on the thin line between inspiration and a compulsive disorder.
New Generation Thinkers: The Inscrutable Writing of Sui Sin Far
Xine Yao suggests that a poker Chinese face can be a good way of fighting back
New Generation Thinkers: Battlefield Finds
Seren Griffiths tells the story of the soldier turned archaeologist Francis Buckley.
New Generation Thinkers: Colonial Papers
Alexandra Reza's Essay considers the Gilet Noirs, Ousmane Sembène, and Nathalie Quintane
Shahidha Bari investigates how theory of knowledge can address real world problems
Links between Judaism and Christianity
Rector Giles Fraser tells Matthew Sweet how a crisis led to discovering his Jewish roots
New Generation Thinkers: Beyond the betting shop
Darragh McGee considers the history of gambling from 18th century card games to apps
New Generation Thinkers: A Norwegian Morality Tale
Lucy Weir learns dark lessons from newspaper coverage of Black Metal and satanic rituals
Anne McElvoy marks the 1921 creation of Northern Ireland with historians and writers
Samuel Johnson's circle
Patience Agbabi's novel time travels back to eighteenth century London - so do we
Napoleon the gardener and art thief
Ruth Scurr, Emma Rothschild and Natasha Pulley look at French history with Rana Mitter
American graphic novelist Alison Bechdel talks mushrooms, therapy and Adrienne Rich
Marlon James and Neil Gaiman
The two weavers of fantastical fiction sift through myths with Matthew Sweet.
New Thinking: Archiving, curating and digging for data
Lisa Mullen explores the way data can change our view of history & looks at conservation.
Lost cities, 20s divas and 2011 uprisings
Anne McElvoy explores the past and present of the transcontinental nation of Egypt
The Wolfson History Prize 2021
Rana Mitter meets the six authors shortlisted for the UK's most prestigious history prize
Ghosts of the Spanish civil war
Breaking the silence: filmmakers, a novelist and historian on the recent Spanish past.
Who needs critics?
Matthew Sweet questions the critic's role while Vid Simoniti looks at algorithms and art.
Novelist Tahmima Anam plus was Nero a ruthless tyrant?
Was Nero really a victim of plots? Bulgaria's hidden past. Plus a novel about startups.
Fashion, Art, and the Body
Olivia Laing, Charlie Porter, and Ekow Eshun join Shahidha Bari
Wittgenstein's Tractatus at 100
Can one book solve all the problems of philosophy?
New Thinking: The Botanical Past
From still life paintings to Kew Gardens, a new history of horticulture is being written
Alice and Dreaming
Alice is asked in Wonderland, Why is a raven like a writing desk? Salman Rushdie explains
Green Thinking: Can artists help save the planet?
From ice photos by Wayne Binitie to 140 ideas from artists collated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Green Thinking: Future of Work
The future of work in a post-Covid-19 world and the implications for our environment.
Green Thinking: Climate and Conflict
Is global warming increasingly to blame for conflict and disputes over land and resources?
Green Thinking: Seascapes and Blue Gold
How will Climate Change impact the ocean and our relationship with it?
Jennifer Higgie, Adjoa Osei, Veronica Ryan, and Lydia Yee talk to Shahidha Bari
Matthew Sweet meets the Sherlock producer and ex agent of Tony Hancock who has turned 90
Green Thinking: Hot Money
Bitcoin, investment bonds and how to make finance greener.
How anthropology helps us understand the world
Economist Gillian Tett is one of Anne McElvoy's guests.
Nadifa Mohamed, Gentle/Radical, Dylan Thomas
The work of Turner Prize nominees, a Tiger Bay murder story, Under Milk Wood on stage
Edmund de Waal and Frances Stonor Saunders discuss uncovering Jewish family stories.
The role of masks in African traditions, Greek tragedy and Covid conspiracies
Green Thinking: Climate and Refugees
Is climate change really causing people to flee their homes?