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Does Growth Matter?
Is the economic future all about growth? Danny Dorling discusses Slowdown.
Mark Honigsbaum, Lisa Mullen, Riel Miller, Sarah Dillon & Rupert Read with Matthew Sweet
What's so great about EM Forster
Deborah Levy and Laurence Scott talk to Shahidha Bari about the English novelist's work.
How do we build a new masculinity ?
Sunil Gupta, CN Lester, Tom Shakespeare & Alona Pardo with Matthew Sweet
The Declaration Of Arbroath
Anne McElvoy and guests discuss the early medieval document and Scottish politics today
New Thinking: Wordsworth
Professors Sally Bushell & Simon Bainbridge talk to New Generation Thinker Sarah Jackson
From dance to prayer, knees ups to kneeling
Revisit: What does game playing teach us
From a Mesopotamian game to Scrabble, Shahidha Bari discusses competition and gaming.
New Thinking: Religion and ordinary lives
Tom Charlton looks for evidence of belief from samplers to children's scribbles in bibles
Philip Dodd talks to actor Christopher Eccleston and historian Ruth Dudley Edwards
Deep Time and the Earth
Lewis Dartnell, Gaia Vince and David Farrier join Rana Mitter to look at deep ecology.
Revisit: Shakespeare's Bookshelf
Edith Hall, Nandini Das and Beatrice Groves on the books Shakespeare would have read.
Shahidha Bari explores the impact of life changing experiences & the fourth dimension
Revisit: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
Tony Juniper, Emily Shuckburgh, Dieter Helm and Kapka Kassabova join Rana Mitter at Hay
Matthew Sweet talks to Pamela Hutchinson, Charlotte Crofts & Mark Glancy.
Revisit: Mark Haddon
As it comes out in paperback, Mark Haddon talks to Anne McElvoy about The Porpoise.
Revisit: Encylopedias and Knowledge from Diderot to Wikipedia
Jimmy Wales talks Diderot & collecting knowledge + Tariq Godard on Mark Fisher aka k-punk
WW II radio propaganda & French relations
From a gratitude train to the sinister broadcasts to US soldiers. Matthew Sweet presents.
The 2020 Wolfson History Prize: Toby Green, Marion Turner, John Barton
New takes on Chaucer, the Bible and African trading from 3 of the historians shortlisted.
Revisit: 2019 Wolfson History Prize Discussion
Rana Mitter with the 6 shortlisted historians and an audience at the British Academy
The 2020 Wolfson History Prize: David Abulafia, Hallie Rubenhold, Prashant Kidambi
From Indian cricket, a survey of the oceans to Jack the Ripper: 3 shortlisted historians.
Rutger Bregman tells Anne McElvoy why survival of the fittest needs rethinking as an idea
Anne Fine and Romesh Gunesekera. Jarman's Garden
Shahidha Bari talks to a pair of writers about routines & knowing how to start and stop.
Revisit: My Body Clock is Broken
Jay Griffiths, Vincent Deary, Louise Robinson and Matthew Smith discuss our mental health
In a conversation with Mathew Sweet, the gothic author explores writing past and present.
Revisit: Rowan Williams and Simon Armitage
Landscape in poetry discussed by Rowan Williams and Simon Armitage at Hay.
Revisit: Tokyo Story
Actor Richard Wilson & Prof Naoko Shimazu discuss Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 film of family life
The actor talks to Matthew Sweet about a childhood affected by polio and his career.
New Thinking: Tackling Modern Slavery
Naomi Paxton looks at new research into the effectiveness of the UK Act passed in 2015
Mathew Sweet, Linda Grant, Laurence Scott & Lucy Whitehead 150 years since Dickens' death
Failure and female friendship
Lara Feigel, Michèle Roberts & New Generation Thinker Alexandra Reza with Shahidha Bari
The future of theatre debate
Bertie Carvel, Amit Lahav, Eleanor Loyd, Roy Alexander Weise, Caroline Dinenage MP & more
Revisit: Antarctica - testing ground for the human species
An author, scientist, architect and explorer compare notes on this polar region.
New Thinking: Refugees
What are the best shelters? the right language? what do we learn from self help in camps?
Queer Bloomsbury and stillness in art and dance
Paul Mendez and Francesca Wade on Virginia Woolf, walking, identity and Dalloway Day
Irenosen Okojie and Nadifa Mohamed. Midsummer archaeology
A virtual Bare Lit Festival talk, Nadifa Mohammed & Irenosen Okojie with Shahidha Bari
Rethinking the Curriculum
Sandeep Parmar, Jade Cuttle, Edith Hall, Seb Falk talk to Rana Mitter about what we teach
Revisit: Arundhati Roy
The Man Booker prize winning author and campaigner is in conversation with Philip Dodd.
Ian Rankin and Tahmima Anam
A pair of authors due to be at the Bradford Literature Festival compare notes on writing.
Tudor Virtual Reality
What is the link between VR dinosaurs & a Tudor wall painting of the Judgement of Solomon?
Coming out Crip and Acts of Care
Ella Parry-Davies draws on experiences of migrant domestic workers in the UK & Lebanon
Berlin, Detroit, Race and Techno Music
Tom Smith looks at the early pioneers of this music scene & arguments about whiteness now
Susan Greaney asks whether Neolithic attitudes to the earth could shape our thinking.
Not Quite Jean Muir
How does sewing a dress add to Jade Halbert's understanding of disappearing skills
Dam Fever and The Diaspora
How do large dam projects attract such adoration, despite lessons of twentieth century?
The screenwriter and novelist talks to Matthew Sweet about depicting Britain in his work.
Gambling, good leadership and economic history
Anne McElvoy looks at betting, economics and the leadership of US presidents
From duelling injuries to eye patches - Emily Cock asks how we respond to peoples' faces
New Generation Thinker Jeffrey Howard asks is it ever ok to escape from prison?
What does a black history curriculum look like?
Whose life stories are missing from the British history we write and teach?
The consolation of philosophy and stories
Matthew Sweet talks to Kylie Murray, Prof Seth Lerer and former Bishop Richard Holloway
Pogroms and prejudice
Brendan McGeever looks at anti-semitism from Russian attacks to the present day
The power of humour in protest.
Matthew Sweet and guests conjure a conversation about the importance and appeal of magic
New Thinking:Nature Writing
From Gilbert White to lockdown blogs - why we need to spend more time in nature.
Proms Lecture - Daniel Levitin: Music and Our Brains
Daniel Levitin explores new thinking about the relationship between music and memory
Dada and the power of Nonsense
A project to re-imagine the Dada arts movement now, and reflections on satire and nonsense
Anne Applebaum, Ingrid Bergman, Herland
Politics and friendship and the lives of Ingrid Bergman and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Bernard-Henri Lévy, Stella Sandford, Homi K Bhabha
Shahidha Bari talks to Bernard-Henri Lévy, Stella Sandford, Homi K Bhabha
Wole Soyinka's writing
Ben Okri, Louisa Egbunike & Oladipo Agboluaje discuss the Nigerian author's life and work
Greek classics and the sea plus a pair of novels byTolstoy and Dostoevsky
Pat Barker & Giles Fraser on Russian lit/Edith Hall & Barry Cunliffe on the classical sea
The Radiophonic Workshop
Matthew Sweet meets members of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
Piranesi and disturbing archecture
Susanna Clarke, author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is one of Matthew Sweet's guests
New Thinking: The Mayflower and Native American History
Eleanor Barraclough explores the significance of the much mythologised Pilgrim voyage.
Family ties and reshaping history
From Neanderthals to Sikh warriors to the idea of ‘WEIRD’ people, 3 authors look at kin
Digging beneath the surface of the classic Brit noir film with director Mike Hodges
New Thinking: The impact of being multilingual
John Gallagher looks at creating in multiple tongues and the slipperiness of metaphor
Conservatism, Philanthropy, Liberal and socialist futures
Anne McElvoy surveys current thinking on big political ideas and ideology.
Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize 2020
Tales of indigenous people battling for their land; colonialism & anthropology pioneers
Cows in culture and soil
Are cows the answer to depleted soil or the problem? With farmer and author James Rebanks
Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Seamus Heaney. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
How knowledge of poets’ lives shapes how we view their work; Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Writing a Life: Hermione Lee, Daniel Lee and Rachel Holmes
Biographers of Tom Stoppard, Sylvia Pankhurst and a little known SS soldier compare notes
New Thinking: African Europeans; Fidel Castro & African leaders; WEB Du Bois
Professors Olivette Otele and Simon Hall on understanding connections in black history
The Frieze BBC Radio 3 Debate: Museums in the 21st Century
Gallery directors from Russia, USA and Singapore compare notes, hosted by Anne McElvoy
New Thinking about Museums
From VR Vikings & military museums to bakelite - new research into a range of collections
Poet Daljit Nagra and crime writer Val McDermid
Daljit Nagra and Val McDermid talk about their writing, as part of Durham Book Festival
Post Truth & Derrida
What is Derrida's influence in the 'post-truth' age?
Seances, Science and Art - A Haunting, A Telepathy Experiment, and an Exhibition of Supernormal Art.
A haunting & artists as mediums - Kate Summerscale, Richard Wiseman & Matthew Sweet
Polari Prize winners
Pleasure & responsibility in LGBTQ+ art with the Polari Prize & photographer Sunil Gupta
The Writing of Aime Cesaire
Cesaire's poetry, politics, and ideas on anti-colonialism and black consciousness
The post-Covid city
How the pandemic has transformed our use and experience of urban space
Individualism and Community
From Enlightenment conscience to New Deal USA, carers and refugees. Anne McElvoy hosts.
Thinking about audiences in a time of pandemic
Shahidha Bari discuss the audience in the arts with Kwame Kwei Armah and guests
War in fact and fiction
Historians and authors discuss their own work and reflections on conflict and violence.
New Thinking: Depicting disability in history and culture
A history of disability: court fools, political activism, and the 19th century novel.
Novelist Jonathan Coe and others discuss the director of Some Like It Hot
Charity shop history, our relationship with 'stuff', and musical typewriters
Matthew Sweet on charity shops, 'stuff', musical typewriters and the Being Human Festival
The Imperial War Museum BBC Radio 3 Remembrance Debate 2020
What is the role of artists in shaping our understanding of history by commemorating war?
Postcolonial Derby: Privateers, Pieces of Eight and the Postwar Playhouse
What connects a "double elephant" sized map, an academy of dissenters and Daniel Defoe?
New Thinking: Face Transplants and Researching Nose Injuries
Would you change your nose if you could? What about an entire face transplant?
New Thinking: Films and Research
Films investigating melting glaciers, to refugee camps, public bathrooms, & more.
Helen Mort and Blake Morrison, Oulipo
Helen Mort and Blake Morrison talk mentoring. Oulipo: rules for writing in 1960s Paris.
Democracy, Hong Kong and USA
Democracy and dissent in Hong Kong & USA. Is confrontational politics is here to stay?
Should biographers imitate their subjects?
The perils of writing biographies of scientist JS Haldane & Indian mystic Mother Meera
Byron, celebrity and fan mail
Would Byron have embraced Twitter?
How have our bedrooms changed from sleeping space to work space?
Is man the only political beast?
Politician and Pioneer
Writing the Life of Arthur Kavanagh
Leadership & authority
From Tudor courts to plantations to the Arab Spring: a Bristol Festival of Ideas Debate.
When Shakespeare Travelled with Me
Shakespeare from 1916 Egypt to Arabic pop songs.