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New Thinking: City Talk
Mapping the accents of Greater Manchester with a camper van and a laptop
China, Freud, war and sci fi
From AI & fan fiction to 1930s replica antiquities: new ways of thinking about China.
Matthew Sweet and guests consider hitchiking in culture and around the globe.
Artists' models and fame
Egon Schiele's women, Whistler's woman in white, new radio ballads : Shahidha Bari hosts.
Pankaj Mishra, research into Indian history
Pankaj Mishra discusses his new novel about friends in an age of upheaval
New Thinking: From Pong to VR for Vets
A computer game for cystic fibrosis patients to improve breathing
Perfecting The Body
Eugenics to cyborgs: Adam Rutherford, Clare Chambers, Harry Parker & Xine Yao discuss
Climate change, nature and art
Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives.
The Barbican, art and writing in 50s Britain
The Generation Gap
Writer Howard Jacobson, photographer Ruth Sutoyé talk family histories with Matthew Sweet
The Unthank sisters, Sally Alexander, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Lucy Holland and Shahidha Bari
New Thinking: Women’s history
The Clean Break theatre company, sex strikes, East European feminism: Naomi Paxton hosts
Blackmail & Shame
Mark Ravenhill talks about staging the play on which Hitchcock based his film
Fashion Stories: Body Armour
Sophie Oliver looks at a Mina Loy corselet and the history of reshaping bodies
Fashion Stories: In a handbag
Shahidha Bari looks at what the contents of a handbag can tell us
Fashion Stories:Drama, Dressing Up and Droopy & Browns
Jade Halbert looks at the designs inspired by English history created by Angela Holmes
Fashion Stories: Uniforms - an alternative history
Tom Smith links school blazers and clothes worn by East German soldiers to clubbing
Fashion Stories: Boy with a Pearl Earring
Lauren Working explores the Cavalier look from Charles I to Harry Styles
The Stasi poetry circle, Nazi schools and German culture
How an East German creative writing class fought the cold war: was their poetry any good?
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough talks to scholars with new insights on the Viking period
John Maynard Keynes
From HM Treasury to Versailles and Bloomsbury: a look at the life and legacy of JM Keynes
After Dark Festival: Equinox
Matthew Sweet looks for meaning in the moment when the length of day and night is equal.
After Dark Festival: Dark Places
A poet, crime writer, theologian & marine biologist join Matthew Sweet to explore darkness
Bruce Lee and Enter The Dragon
Matthew Sweet watches the 1973 film that made Bruce Lee an international star
Leopoldo Torre Nilsson's Hand in the Trap
Confronting the man who jilted you is the plot of this 1960s Argentine expressionist film
New Generation Thinkers 2022
Laurence Scott introduces the ten academics chosen to share their research on radio
Bridgerton and Georgian Entertainment
Shahidha Bari with Ian Kelly, Sophie Coulombeau, Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, Hannah Greig
China: world politics, ink art & insomnia
Kevin Rudd talks about avoiding catastrophic conflict between China and the USA
Matthew Sweet and guests look at the role of ritual, laments and how we express grief.
Ships and History
Artist Hew Locke plus historians Sarah Caputo, Jake Subryan Richards, and Tom Nancollas
Gender, class & domestic tasks-Matthew Sweet pulls on his rubber gloves and gets stuck in
New Thinking: Preserving Our Heritage
From knitting patterns to greetings cards: Naomi Paxton looks at a series of UK archives
Shakespeare, history, pathology and dissonant sound
Shahidha Bari on a new staging of Shakespeare's Henry VI. Why is Warwick a key figure?
Teaching and Inspiration
Novelist Julian Barnes, historian Daisy Hay and New Generation Thinker Louise Creechan.
New Generation Thinkers: Walking with the ghosts of the Durham coalfield
Jake Morris-Campbell carries the ashes of the poet Bill Martin from Sunderland to Durham.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Anne McElvoy looks at the life and legacy of the intriguing poet
New Generation Thinkers: African cinema, nationhood, and liberation
Sarah Jilani on the lessons about power in films by Ousmane Sembene and Souleymane Cissé
May Day rituals
Matthew Sweet and guests explore ideas about community, collective action and May revels.
John Baptist Dasalu and fighting for freedom
Jake Subryan Richards reads the letter sent by a captured man who arrived in Cuba in 1854
A Brazilian soprano in jazz-age Paris
Adjoa Osei celebrates Elsie Houston, who mixed Afro-Brazilian folk with European opera.
Kawanabe Kyōsai and Yukio Mishima
Japanese cultural experimentation: painter, Kyōsai 1831-1889 & writer, Mishima 1925-1970
New Generation Thinkers: Alexander and the Persians
Julia Hartley asks why we call Alexander "the Great".
From Rear Window to stained glass, TB to paintings at Dulwich: Shahidha Bari hosts.
Ways of seeing the trade triangle from Confessions of an Opium Eater to modern novels.
Pause for Thought
From the bracket & exclamation mark to emojis - Florence Hazrat's history of punctuation
Matthew Sweet explores the work of Soviet Ukrainian writer Isaac Babel
Anne McElvoy looks at ASMR, clean air, loneliness and a memoir exploring mental health.
130 acres of central London synonymous with sex and shadiness immortalised in film
New Thinking: Flooding and Energy
Can old field names and labelling energy sources help us cope better with climate change?
Catherine Fletcher with Richard King, Caryl Lewis, Elen Ifan and Seiriol Davies
John Gallagher and guests dig deep into the significance of soil
Gandhi, Indian Architecture
Rana Mitter looks at a new play at the National Theatre about the man who murdered Gandhi
Christopher Harding explores the feminine divine with Ronald Hutton and others
Shahidha Bari traces the move from markings on convicts and aristos to today's body art.
The Tudor Mind
Donne, Hamlet, 16th century psychology and mathematics, Tudor portraits
Tangled bloodlines, executions and a big, gold inflatable thing belonging to Henry VIII
New Generation Thinkers: Ruffs in Jamestown
Lauren Working on what fashion reveals about C16th English settlers in America
New Generation Thinkers: The Paradox of Ecological Art
Vid Simoniti considers eco-art, from Olafur Eliasson to videos by Bo Zheng
New Generation Thinkers: Contesting an Alphabet
Mirela Ivanova on the countries claiming to be the birthplace of the Cyrillic alphabet
Oceans and the Sea
Abdulrazak Gurnah, Emily Shuckburgh and Joan Passey join Rana Mitter at Hay Festival
Amia Srinivasan and Philosophical Genealogy
The Right to Sex is the title of Amia Srinivasan's new book. Christopher Harding hosts.
Digging beneath the surface of the classic Brit noir film with director Mike Hodges.
New Thinking: Uncovering Queer Communities
Hidden LGBTQ+ histories in Northern Ireland and queer cinema in contemporary China
The Wolfson Prize 2022
Rana Mitter interviews the shortlisted authors for this prize for history writing.
Is that strong inescapable image of 19th century city streets in our heads the right one?
John McGrath's Scottish Drama
Anne McElvoy revisits the 1973 play The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil
South African writing
Damon Galgut discusses his Booker winning novel, The Promise, with Anne McElvoy
Bloomsday, Dalloway Day and 1922
Shahidha Bari looks at the writing of Woolf and Joyce and what was really popular in 1922
Slow Film and Ecology
Matthew Sweet discusses environmental thinking and a film made about rice over 18 years
New words, music and film from the "City of Steel", presented by John Gallagher.
New Thinking: Waiting
What does it mean to wait and how has that changed over time?
Anne McElvoy and guests look at the life of the German Romantic who died 25 June 1822.
Geoff Dyer and Dame Sheila Hancock discuss endings and lateness with Matthew Sweet.
Belief, Habit & Religion
Rana Mitter discusses religion, evolution, neuroscience and history
David Chalmers & Iain McGilchrist
Two leading thinkers investigating the nature of mind and its place in the world
Vampires and the Penny Dreadful
Matthew Sweet, Joan Passey, Roger Luckhurst and Sam George look at Varney the Vampire
New Thinking: India in the archives
Dr Naomi Paxton explores archives for stories of Indian culture and history.
Writing about money
Orwell Prize finalist Kojo Koram plus poetry interested in economics
The Black Fantastic
How the speculative and the mythical have shaped and continue to shape Black art.
Women warriors and power brokers
Shobana Jeyasingh, Cat Jarman and Janina Ramirez with Shahidha Bari
France, music hall and history
An outdoor history of France and a look inside popular French theatre's view on Britain
Satyajit Ray's films
Tariq Ali, Sarah Jilani, Sangeeta Datta, Chandak Sengoopta discuss Ray with Rana Mitter
Matthew Sweet's guests include the voice of the Daleks, and the Doctor's granddaughter
New Thinking: Citizen researchers and the history of record keeping
Dr William Butler and Jenny Bunn from the National Archives discuss record keeping.
Modernism around the world
Rana Mitter looks at Bauhaus in Delhi, Japanese and South African novels and Mexican art
Matthew Sweet and guests look at the manifesto celebrating youth, technology and violence
New Thinking: Archiving the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth ties
What Birmingham can learn from Scotland + commonwealth commercial connections in the past
Filming Sunday Bloody Sunday
Glenda Jackson talks to Matthew Sweet about John Schlesinger's 1971 love triangle drama
The Journey of the Hyena mixes West African oral tradition with New Wave and Soviet style
1922: Reader's Digest
The "agreggator" of trending stories of its day - how a magazine revolutionised reading.
Charlotte Smith - women writers to put back on the bookshelf
The Romantic poet who inspired Wordsworth is profiled by Sophie Coulombeau
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough finds out about the All England Club's move to a new home.
Lady Mary Wroth - women writer to put back on the bookshelf
The English Renaissance poet whose reputation at court was ruined by her writing
Margaret Oliphant - women writers to put back on the bookshelf
The Scottish writers whose comic heroine Miss Marjoribanks bucks 19th century conventions
Yolande Mukagasana - women writers to put back on the bookshelf
Zoe Norridge describes translating the testimony of a Rwandan survivor of the civil war.
Berlin, Detroit, Race and Techno Music
Tom Smith's essay on early pioneers of Berlin's music scene and arguments about whiteness
Susan Greaney asks whether Neolithic attitudes to the earth could shape our thinking
Coming Out Crip and Acts of Care
Ella Parry-Davies draws on experiences of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon and the UK
Tudor Virtual Reality
The link between VR dinosaurs and a Tudor wall painting of the Judgment of Solomon
Not Quite Jean Muir
How does sewing a dress add to Jade Halbert's understanding of disappearing skills?