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Proms Plus: Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe and the gothic
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
Eric Parry & Alison Brooks; writers Fiona Mozley & SI Martin; pianist Belle Chen
Mid Century Modern
Shahidha Bari look at labour saving devices and ideas of home
Green Thinking: Climate Change and Literature
What can creative writing add to the conversation about climate change?
World's Fairs and the future
Visions of the future shaped by empire, politics and unfaltering faith in progress
Green Thinking: Climate Change and Heritage
How do we stop climate change destroying historic landmarks or is it time to say goodbye?
Green Thinking: Sustainable Cities
Earthscrapers and subterranean transport - do greener cities need to go underground?
Cornwall and the Coastal Gothic
Laurence Scott investigates what's lurking in the rock pools
New Thinking:The Innovative Shape of Poems
Sandeep Parmar talks to poets Kayo Chingonyi, Paisley Rekdal and Nasser Hussain
Filming Sunday Bloody Sunday
Glenda Jackson talks to Matthew Sweet about John Schlesinger's 1971 love triangle drama
The English country house party
Why does the grand country house party hold such power over the English imagination?
Epic Iran, lost cities and Proust
Rana Mitter and guests explore the art and culture of Iran + why people abandon cities.
Mining, Coal and DH Lawrence
Matthew Sweet looks at the connections between mining, the arts, and culture
Matthew Sweet excavates the culture and arts of mining
Green Thinking: Festivals
Des Fitzgerald hears how festivals can reduce their ecological footprint
Soweto Kinch, James Nestor, and Imani Jacqueline Brown of Forensic Architecture
Green Thinking: Weather
What can we learn from how people responded to extreme weather events in the past?
Tom McCarthy and others join Matthew Sweet to discuss the French 'new novel'
Connecting with nature
Music from thunder, art inspired by a dog walk,essays about a rural wood and a city field
As the BFI prepares a season of films, Matthew Sweet and guests discuss the Hollywood star
Green Thinking: Food
How can we make food and farming more sustainable?
David Peace, Natasha Pulley, Jasper Sharp & Yuna Tasaka on the film + the book behind it
Revisit: Tokyo Idols and Urban Life
The weird world of teenage girls seeking fame, plus the city in fiction and photography.
Revisit The influence of the British black arts movement
Sonia Boyce, Harold Offeh, Isaac Julien and Eddie Chambers talk to Anne McElvoy
From Roman sandals to trainers and stilettos, Shahidha Bari looks at the shoe trade
Saint John Henry Newman
Kate Kennedy, Tim Stanley, Catherine Pepinster, Dafydd Mills Daniel on Newman's thought
Art historian Martin Kemp, painter Emma Safe, parallels with Proust and a Dante website
Novelist Tom McCarthy joins Matthew Sweet to explore glitches and what they tell us
Green Thinking: Fashion
What will we wear if our clothing is to become sustainable?
A teacher's view, a Frankenstein-inspired ballet, outside status and circus paintings
Hannah Arendt's exploration of Totalitarianism
Why do Hannah Arendt's ideas continue to fire the imaginations of artists and thinkers?
Green Thinking: Soil
Do we need to change the way we think about soil to make it sustainable?
Shahidha Bari digs into the filth and the fury to see what resonates today
New Thinking: Researching a House Through Time
Producer Kat Feavers & house historian Melanie Backe-Hansen on preparing the TV show
The continuing appeal of Tudor history
Philippa Gregory tells Matthew Sweet why the Tudors are still so hot.
Novelist Colm Toibin joins Anne McElvoy to discuss the German author's life and struggles
Order & Chaos
Clutter, indexes, and jazz improvisation. Ruth Ozeki and others join Shahidha Bari
Green Thinking: Transport
The impact of walking to school, the energy use of electric cars and should we fly less?
Literally "breaking the fast" - Matthew Sweet moves from the Full English to Tiffany's.
The British Academy Book Prize 2021
New ways of thinking about global problems - Rana Mitter reads this year's shortlist.
New Thinking: Black British Theatre
From a Black Juliet in the 18th century to Ira Aldridge’s daughter Amanda.
Do poets choose their words or are they predetermined?
Green Thinking: Health
How can we deal with the health challenges presented by the climate crisis?
Frieze: Museums in the 21st century
Anne McElvoy talks to the directors at London's National Gallery, Yale and New York's Met
Laurence Scott and guests on the history and meaning of colour
Matthew Sweet examines how sugar built the modern world
Green Thinking: how we see nature
How can we give nature a louder voice in climate change discussions?
New Thinking: Black British Theatre. An Afro-Cuban star
From a Black Juliet in the 18th century to Ira Aldridge’s daughter Amanda + Rita Montaner
Green Thinking: Landscapes
How can understanding the history of landscape help planners, policies and people?
Rationality & Tradition
Steven Pinker on Rationality and Tim Stanley on Tradition - Anne McElvoy hosts
Green Thinking: History of climate summits
How could meetings like COP and the targets they set be organised differently ?
The Language of Flowers
Rebecca Solnit's book Orwell's Roses explores his interest in gardening
Green Thinking: Sustainable Development
How can mangos, cocoa husks and rice be turned into fuel and impact climate change?
Poet Pascale Petit, photographer Jasper Goodall, Alexandra Harris, composer Sally Beamish
Green Thinking: Trees
Is a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner on to a new sustainable energy source?
Celebrating Buchi Emecheta
Shahidha Bari leads a discussion of Nigerian-born novelist Buchi Emecheta (1944-2017).
New Thinking: Diverse Classical Music
Digging into the music of composers Joseph Boulogne, Kikuko Kanai and Julia Perry
Green Thinking: Media
Do photos of polar bears or recycling bins make us care more about the climate emergency?
As the clocks go back, Matthew Sweet and guests host a party for time travellers
Green Thinking: Law
Are court cases an effective way of meeting climate aims?
Oceans, art and pacific poetry
From coral reef sculptures to creation sagas of Australia and attitudes to land and sea.
Caesar, Hogarth and images of power
Rana Mitter talks to Professor Mary Beard, artist Ali Cherri and looks at Hogarth's art.
Green Thinking: Energy
What use can we find for old power stations?
Green Thinking: Activism and Young People
Glasgow and Birmingham projects to help young people express their experiences.
Matthew Sweet is joined by Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Mark Vernon and Hetta Howes
Green Thinking: Future of Home
Around 60% of UK waste comes from the construction sector. How can we tackle this?
The Imperial War Museum Remembrance Discussion 2021
How do we define a war? Anne McElvoy and guests look at how language changes attitudes.
Green Thinking: Climate and Refugees
Is climate change really causing people to flee their homes?
Green Thinking: Climate Justice
What we learn from involving communities experiencing the sharp end of climate change.
New Thinking: Being Human 2021
Research into covid comics, codes in Dickens, projecting books onto hospital ceilings.
Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex
One of the key French Existentialists of the 1950s, how does de Beauvoir read today?
Marvin Gaye's What's Going On
Ahead of a performance at the London Jazz Festival, what history underpins the album?
New Thinking: Memorials and Commemoration
From World War One soldiers in Belfast to the LGBTQ+ monument in Amsterdam.
Faking It and Trompe-l'oeil
From fake flowers carved by Grinling Gibbons to modern craft and internet images.
Romanian history and literature
Novelists Mircea Cărtărescu, Georgina Harding & Philippe Sands join Anne McElvoy
Christopher Logue's War Music
Shahidha Bari and guests read this version of Homer's Illiad and look at Logue's language
How toys are shaped by politics and why they have a spooky side.
Dürer, Rhinos and Whales
Writer Philip Hoare, curator Robert Wenley, historian Helen Cowie talk celebrity animals.
As a Tate Britain show opens, Shahidha Bari looks at Caribbean post war writing and art
The Day of the Triffids
The end of the world as we know it. Matthew Sweet and guests re-read John Wyndham's novel
Ground-breaking history books
Rana Mitter talks to historians making waves with the books they have published.
New Thinking: Research in Film Award Winners 2021
Prize winning films about migration, autism, Colombians, farming and children born of war
The TV Debate
Gore Vidal v William F Buckley Jr, Germaine Greer v Norman Mailer: Have debates changed?
Witchcraft and Margaret Murray
Matthew Sweet and guests look at The Witch Cult in Western Europe (1921) and witches now
Early Buddhism; Sheila Rowbotham
Two Buddhist scholars and the socialist feminist historian join Rana Mitter
Colm Toibin; Dullness as a virtue
Is it a good thing to stand out? Anne McElvoy and guests explore the virtue of being dull
Fungi: An Alien Encounter
Are fungi out to get us or here to help? A look at mushrooms in art, food and psychology.
Jean-Paul Belmondo and the French New Wave
The French film star who burst onto the scene in 1960 in Godard's Breathless
From python skin to digital worlds, PPE to vegan materials: how gloves are evolving.
How does Neville Chamberlain's capitulation to Hitler in 1938 affect politics in 2022?
Liz Lochead is one of Anne McElvoy's guests discussing how to update the French dramatist
The mermaid-like figure from medieval folklore is discussed by Shahidha Bari and guests.
Matthew Sweet and guests knock on the doors of perception
Writing Love: Sarah Hall, Monica Ali, Adam Mars-Jones
Shahidha Bari is joined by three writers to discuss love and the contemporary novel.
New Thinking: Mental Health Research
How can young people regulate their emotions and can gaming help adolescent mental health
A close look at Djibril Diop Mambéty's classic 1973 film with Matthew Sweet and guests