Free Thinking

A Festival of Ideas for the Future

Matthew Sweet presents highlights from Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival in Liverpool.

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20140408

Matthew Sweet presents an edition of Radio 3's arts and ideas programme.

Producer: Laura Thomas.

20140424

Samira Ahmed presents Radio 3's arts and ideas programme looking at the ownership of art created on the internet and on the street.

Producer: Georgia Catt.

20140507

Free Thinking continues its focus on catching up with previous New Generation Thinkers. The scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council nominates 10 young academics to work on turning their research into ideas for radio.

Presenter: Philip Dodd

Producer: Neil Trevithick.

20140513

Simon Armitage's The Last Days of Troy opens at the Royal Exchange Manchester starring Lily Cole. Matthew Sweet discusses this new version of Homer's Iliad and continues Free Thinking's focus on previous New Generation Thinkers.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

20140514

Philip Dodd presents an edition of Radio 3's programme about arts and ideas talking to a previous New Generation Thinker from the scheme run for young academics with the AHRC.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

20150106

Matthew Sweet with the arts and ideas programme

Producer: Craig Smith.

20150218

Canadian psychiatrist Norman Doidge is the author of The Brain's Way of Healing. He joins New Generation Thinker Christopher Harding and presenter Rana Mitter to explore Zen Buddhism and a shift in Western attitudes to Eastern traditions of healing.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

20150225

Philip Dodd looks at the value of the arts and discusses immigration.

Producer: Harry Parker.

20150603

Kate Grenville is one of Australia's leading authors whose novels have explored her country's often difficult history. She and Rana Mitter discuss past secrets and present concerns as she publishes a memoir One Life: My Mother's Story.

In her trilogy The Secret River, The Lieutenant, and Sarah Thornhill, Kate Grenville explored Australia's early history through three generations of a colonial family.

20151202

Philip Dodd and New Generation Thinker Christopher Harding review the new novel from Nobel prize winner Kenzaburo Oe.

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PresenterPhilip Dodd
Interviewed GuestKatherine Ryan
Interviewed GuestRobert Lepage
ProducerRobyn Read

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Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Sweet
Interviewed GuestAlvin Rakoff
Interviewed GuestRyan Danes
Interviewed GuestGraeme Burk
Interviewed GuestVahni Capildeo
Interviewed GuestLarissa Sansour
Interviewed GuestJonathan May
ProducerJacqueline Smith

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Role Contributor
PresenterPhilip Dodd
ProducerEliane Glaser

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Role Contributor
PresenterPhilip Dodd
Interviewed GuestSimon Schama
Interviewed GuestDevorah Baum
ProducerCraig Smith

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Role Contributor
PresenterPhilip Dodd
Interviewed GuestGarry Kasparov
Interviewed GuestRichard Slocombe
Interviewed GuestAnna Grueztner Robins
Interviewed GuestJohn Keane
Interviewed GuestSimon Beard
Production CoordinatorTorquil MacLeod

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Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Sweet
Interviewed GuestPhilip Hoare
Interviewed GuestElizabeth-Jane Burnett
ProducerCraig Smith

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Role Contributor
PresenterAnne McElvoy
Interviewed GuestJohn Crace
Interviewed GuestQuentin Letts
Interviewed GuestSimon Jenkins
Interviewed GuestJonathan Healey
Interviewed GuestEmma Butcher
Interviewed GuestRosalind Blakesley
Interviewed GuestCharlotte Hobson
ProducerTorquil MacLeod

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Role Contributor
PresenterAnne McElvoy
Interviewed GuestAlex von Tunzelmann
Interviewed GuestChristopher Bannister
Interviewed GuestNandini Das
Interviewed GuestStephanie Pratt
Interviewed GuestElif Batuman
ProducerCraig Templeton Smith

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Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Sweet
Interviewed GuestIslam Issa
Interviewed GuestNatalie Haynes
ProducerFiona McLean

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Role Contributor
PresenterPhilip Dodd
Interviewed GuestAlex Clark
ProducerTorquil MacLeod

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Role Contributor
PresenterAnne McElvoy
Interviewed GuestPeter Mackay
Interviewed GuestDennis Duncan
Interviewed GuestRosie Stanbury
Interviewed GuestRebekah Shaman
ProducerJacqueline Smith

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Role Contributor
PresenterCatherine Fletcher
Interviewed GuestJonathan Dollimore
ProducerCraig Smith

"canada 150: Robert Lepage, Katherine Ryan"20170627

Philip Dodd's guests are comedian Katherine Ryan and playwright/performer Robert Lepage.

Philip Dodd explores the influence of Canadian history and the difference between stand up and performing a one man show. Katherine Ryan is based in the UK and about to perform at summer festivals and in an autumn tour. The French Canadian playwright, performer and opera director Robert Lepage recently staged his autobiographical "memory play", 887, at the Barbican in London. He has directed a ring cycle for the Metropolitan Opera which was featured in a 2012 documentary Wagner's Dream and productions of Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and has also worked on shows for Cirque Du Soleil.

http://www.katherineryan.co.uk/
http://lacaserne.net/index2.php/robertlepage/

Part of Radio 3's Canada 150: a week of programmes marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation. You can find links to concerts and other broadcasts on the Radio 3 website.

Producer: Robyn Read.

"diplomacy: Sir John Jenkins, Gabrielle Rifkind, Michael Burleigh, Dr Beyza Unal."20170919

Philip Dodd and guests explore the art of negotiation and discuss JT Rogers' play Oslo.

Philip Dodd and guests explore the art of negotiation and discuss JT Rogers' play Oslo which opens at the National Theatre this week. It draws on the experiences of Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, social scientist Terje R√łd-Larsen who fixed secret meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Sir John Jenkins is a former diplomat and Executive Director of The International Institute for Strategic Studies - Middle East. He's been HM Consul-General in Israel, and Ambassador to Syria, Iraq and Saudia Arabia.

Gabrielle Rifkind is a senior consultant to the Middle East Programme, which she founded and directed until 2015. She is the Director of the Oxford Process, an independent preventive diplomacy initiative pioneered through her dialogue work with Oxford Research Group (ORG).

Michael Burleigh is a historian and author of books including A Cultural History of Terrorism; Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World and Moral Combat: A History of World War Two.

Dr Beyza Unal is a research fellow with the International Security Department at Chatham House. She specializes in nuclear weapons policies and leads projects on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. Dr Unal is also conducting research on cybersecurity.

Oslo plays at the National Theatre from 5 - 23 September. It opens in the West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 2 October to 30 December.

Producer: Eliane Glaser.

"jewish History, Jokes And Contemporary Identity. Michael Longley."20171011

Simon Schama and Devorah Baum join Philip Dodd. Plus Michael Longley on writing poetry.

Simon Schama and Devorah Baum join Philip Dodd for a conversation ranging from the expulsion of Jewish people from Spain in 1492 to Jewish jokes today. Plus, poet Michael Longley considers his preoccupations with The Great War, The Troubles and the natural world.

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900 is the title of Simon Schama's latest book.

Devorah Baum teaches at the University of Southampton and has written Feeling Jewish (A Book for Just About Anyone) and The Jewish Joke.

Michael Longley is the recipient of the 2017 PEN Pinter Prize. His latest collection is called Angel Hill. The Pen Pinter prize is awarded annually to a writer from Britain, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth who, in the words of Harold Pinter's Nobel Literature Prize speech, casts an 'unflinching, unswerving gaze upon the world' and shows a 'fierce intellectual determination...to define the real truth of our lives and our societies.'

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

"philip Hoare, Queer Icons, Cecil Beaton"20170705

Matthew Sweet and Philip Hoare discuss Cape Cod, literary history and Cecil Beaton.

Matthew Sweet talks about Cape Cod, literary history and the ocean with Philip Hoare, who chooses Cecil Beaton's image of Stephen Tennant as part of the BBC's Queer Icons project. Plus Poet Elizabeth-Jane Burnett on her collection Swims.

Philip Hoare's new book is called RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR

Queer Icons is a project to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in which 50 leading figures choose an LGBT artwork that is special to them. You can find more details on the Front Row website on BBC Radio 4 and in the Gay Britannia collection of programmes from radio and television.

The BFI is holding a series of Joe Orton events: Obscentities in Suburbia through August when Prick Up Your Ears is re-released in cinemas along with a Gross Indecency Season focusing on television and film made after the 1968 Act which partially decriminalised homosexuality.

Drama on 3 - a Joe Orton double bill: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08wn0lm

Producer: Craig Smith.

"political Sketch Writing, Emma Butcher On Branwell Bronte, Films About Partition"20170608

Anne McElvoy and guests explore the style of the election and the job of sketch writers.

Anne McElvoy looks at the style of the election campaign and how it's been reflected by political sketch writers with John Crace and Quentin Letts. As Common by DC Moore opens at London's National Theatre, Simon Jenkins and Jonathan Healey discuss the impact of the Enclosure Acts. New Generation Thinker Emma Butcher from the University of Hull marks 200 years since Branwell Bront√ę was born. The winner of this year's Pushkin House Russian Book Prize - Rosalind Blakesley - talks to Anne along with one of the judges, writer Charlotte Hobson.

Rosalind Blakesley's prize-winning book is The Russian Canvas: Painting in Imperial Russia 1757-1881

You can find more information about events including talks and guided walks for the Branwell Bront√ę anniversary at the Bronte Parsonage Museum and as part of the Bradford Lit Fest where a statue is being unveiled.

https://www.bronte.org.uk/
https://www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their ideas into radio and television. You can find more on the Free Thinking website.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod

(Main Image: (c) The Bronte Society).

"the Booker Prize, Mike Bartlett, Small Is Beautiful"20171017

Alex Clark talks to Philip Dodd from The Booker Prize ceremonies at London's Guildhall.

Dr Foster writer Mike Bartlett on his new play about a future UK. Alex Clark reports from the Booker prize giving. And a discussion about economist Leopold Kohr's phrase that "small is beautiful" and whether the 21st century will be a century of small nations.

The Man Booker Prize shortlist 2017 is :
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Autumn by Ali Smith

Mike Bartlett's play Albion runs at the Almeida Theatre in London from October 10th to November 24th.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

18th-century Crime And Punishment20140417

Philip Dodd explores eighteenth-century attitudes to the law, crime and punishment.

Norman S Poser, Emeritus Professor at Brooklyn Law School, is the author of Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason.

Antonia Hodgson's first novel is called The Devil in the Marshalsea.

Dr Lucy Powell is a former BBC Radio 3 and AHRC New Generation Thinker.

Geoffrey Robertson QC is a civil liberties barrister and author.

Producer: Harry Parker.

18th-century Power Politics20140415

Anne McElvoy talks to The Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures Desmond Shawe-Taylor and historians Amanda Foreman, Stella Tillyard and Jeremy Black about 18th century monarchy and power.

Amanda Foreman is the author of books including Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire.

Jeremy Black's publications include: Debating Foreign Policy in Eighteenth Century Britain and Parliament, and Foreign Policy in Eighteenth Century Britain.

Stella Tillyard is an author of a novel, the Tides of War, set in the Peninsular War and historical biography of the Georgian period including the three sisters of George III, the 4 daughters of the Duke of Richmond and the Irish revolutionary, Lord Edward Fitzgerald.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor has written widely on art, including Georgian portraiture, and is the curator of the exhibition 'The First Georgians, Art and Monarchy 1714 -1760' running at the Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace from the 11th April.

Producer: Harry Parker.

2014 Edinburgh Festival: Culloden20140915

Peter Watkins' film Culloden is 50, and in front of an audience at the Edinburgh Festival, Matthew Sweet discusses its influence on portrayals of Scotland's Highland identity in book and film with Diana Gabaldon, author of the best-selling Outlander series, historian Tom Devine and media expert John Cook.

They'll explore how Culloden was received in 1964 and the way it gave birth to the television form of docu-drama and shaped the early development of Dr Who. Matthew Sweet will also be asking why the emotional imagining of Culloden as National Shrine has proved so difficult to break down despite the best efforts of Scotland's historians and heritage industry and whether Scotland's misty myths will ever be redrawn in the global consciousness.

2015 Art Fund Prize For Museum Of The Year Debate20150702

Anne McElvoy chairs a debate about museums and making history and heritage come alive recorded in front of an audience at Tate Modern. The panellists are all directors and curators from the 6 museums shortlisted for 2015 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year.

The panellists are: Maria Balshaw Director, The Whitworth; Deborah Shaw, Head of Creative Programming and Interpretation, HM Tower of London; Diane Lees Director General, IWM London; Hugh Mulholland, Lead Curator, The MAC Belfast; Simon Murray Senior Director of Strategy, Curatorship and External Affairs, National Trust and Paul Smith Director, Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

2015 Oscar Nominations, Russell T Davies20150115

Matthew Sweet looks at today's announcement of this year's Oscar nominations focusing on the politics of the foreign film awards with critics Ian Christie and Karen Krizanovich.

TV dramatist Russell T Davies discusses his new projects for Channel 4, E4 and 4OD Cucumber, Banana, Tofu which explore the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life

Cucumber is a drama which screens Thursdays on Channel 4 at 9pm from Jan 22nd for 3 weeks

Banana screens Thursdays on E4 at 10pm from Jan 22nd for 3 weeks

Tofu is an online documentary series available on 4OD

Producer: Craig Smith.

A Brexit Reading List20161213

Classicist Professor Edith Hall, New Generation Thinker Chris Kissane and Dr Alan Mendoza from the Henry Jackson Society join Matthew Sweet to consider what might be on a reading list to prepare for a post Brexit world.

Producer:Luke Mulhall.

A Literary Salon.20171214

With guests Malika Booker, Neil Brand, Katherine Cooper, David Aaronovitch and Jake Arnott

No need to RSVP just turn up and tune in to Free Thinking's end of year salon. Matthew Sweet is our host and he's promising wit and wisdom as well as a host of guests: Jake Arnott, Malika Booker, Neil Brand, David Aaronovitch and Katherine Cooper.

Malika Booker co-founded Malika's Poetry Kitchen in 2001 to create a nourishing and encouraging community of writers dedicated to the development of their writing.She is currently the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at the University of Leeds. Her first poetry collection was called Pepper Seed and she also writes dramas.
Jake Arnott is the author of six novels including The Long Firm and The Fatal Tree. He took part in the tenth anniversary tour of the Polari LGBT literary salon.
Dr Katherine Cooper teaches at the University of East Anglia and is researching the PEN archive and gatherings involving authors including H.G.Wells, Graham Greene and Margaret Storm Jameson. She is a BBC Radio 3 and AHRC New Generation Thinker.
Neil Brand is a composer, dramatist and author and regular silent film accompanist at the BFI National Film Theatre and at the Barbican in London.
David Aaronovitch is a journalist, broadcaster and author of books including his memoir Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists;

Producer: Zahid Warley

Main image: Literary salon - illustration of Victor Hugo being introduced to Mme Recamier by Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand. Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images.

A World View Of Shakespeare20150416

Anne McElvoy presents a world view of Shakespeare to mark his birthday.

Global Shakespeare is a new catchword at UK institutions at home and abroad. But does it mean good cultural practice or new cultural imperialism? The Globe Theatre is currently touring Hamlet to every country in the world, and £1.5 million has been granted by the DCMS to the RSC to translate Shakespeare's complete works into Chinese. A further £300,000 of public money will be given to tour these translations. According to Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, the move is aimed at 'improving economic links with China and encouraging more tourists to visit the home of Shakespeare.' But at Queen Mary University of London and Warwick University, a new Global Shakespeare department is being launched. To them, Shakespeare belongs to no single language, culture or people; 'Shakespeare' is not the UK's to export: in every country his works are translated in, they take on a unique life that has nothing to do with 'Britishness'.

Anne McElvoy hosts a Free Thinking debate which goes to the heart of what we understand 'Shakespeare' to mean worldwide.

Guests include Preti Taneja, Global Shakespeare Research Fellow and a Radio 3 New Generation Thinker.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Acting Arthur Miller, Free Speech On Campus20151007

Antony Sher and the stars of next Sunday's Drama on 3: Death of a Salesman, Zo√ę Wanamaker and David Suchet, discuss acting Arthur Miller with Philip Dodd. Also, are university campuses becoming places where free speech and debate is difficult?

Producer: Ella-Mai Robey.

Akram Khan, Images Of Witchcraft, Eileen Atkins In The Witch Of Edmonton20141030

Eileen Atkins performs at the RSC in The Witch of Edmonton - Professor Diane Purkiss reviews. Deanna Petherbridge has curated an exhibition at the British Museum of prints showing witches.

Choreographer Akram Khan talks to Anne McElvoy about curating a festival at the Lowry, the relationship between dance and visual art and his interest in flamenco. And a look at the impact of big data and algorithms on the business of recruitment.

The Witch of Edmonton is directed by Gregory Doran and performed as part of the repertoire by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford until November 29th.

Witches and Wicked Bodies is a free display at the British Museum showing until January 11th.

Diane Purkiss is the author of The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth Century Representations published by Routledge.

Akram Khan: One Side to The Other is at The Lowry, Salford from November 15th to February 1st.

Akram Khan and Israel Galvan perform the new dance work Torobaka - which fuses kathak and flamenco -at Sadlers Wells November 3rd - 8th

Akram Khan performs Sacred Monsters with Sylvie Guillem at Sadlers Wells November 25th - 29th.

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

Alaa Al-aswany20160121

Anne McElvoy looks at what happened to the Arab Spring five years on, talking to Egyptian novelist Alaa Al-Aswany - whose new novel is called The Automobile Club of Egypt - and to satirist and critic Karl Sharro. They will be joined by Lebanese actress Sahar Assaf talking about her recent performance in Dario Fo and Franca Rame's monologue An Arab Woman Speaks.

Also in the programme, Owen Hatherley discusses his latest book The Ministry of Nostalgia.

And, lexicographer Tony Thorne and writer Hannah Jane Parkinson discuss how social media is affecting language.

Alain Mabanckou, Joseph Stiglitz20150520

Novelist Alain Mabanckou joins Philip Dodd to reflect on life in France, USA and the Republic of Congo. He's one of the authors nominated for the Man Booker International Prize 2015 and his books have been translated into 15 languages. His memoir is called The Lights of Pointe-Noire and in December he published Letter to Jimmy - a fictional consideration of the life and writings of James Baldwin.

Joseph Stiglitz was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2001. His new book called The Great Divide explores income inequality.

Alan Clarke's Tv Career20160322

Ahead of a major retrospective at the British Film Institute, Matthew Sweet shines a light on the career of director Alan Clarke with filmmaker Clio Barnard, his daughter Molly Clarke, and actor Phil Davis, who appeared in The Firm alongside Gary Oldman.

Ken Loach pays tribute to Barry Hines, the Yorkshire writer behind one of his most memorable films, Kes.

The American cartoonist Daniel Clowes talks about his latest graphic novel, Patience.

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The Alan Clarke BFI retrospective runs from March 28th to April 30th and includes the newly discovered director's cut of The Firm, David Bowie in Baal, three previously-thought-lost TV episodes from 1967-68 and footage from an unfinished documentary project. It includes screenings and events at London's South Bank, at 9 mediatheques around the UK and DVD releases.

Patience by Daniel Clowes is out now.

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

Alan Hollinghurst20171004

talks to Anne McElvoy about his new novel The Sparsholt Affair.

Alan Hollinghurst talks to Anne McElvoy and a Proms Extra audience about his new novel The Sparsholt Affair, which traces a family and changing attitudes to sexuality across generations. It's the sixth novel from the author whose Booker Prize winning The Line of Beauty was dramatised for TV and who began his literary career with The Swimming Pool Library published in 1988.

Recorded last month as a Proms Extra event with an audience at Imperial College.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Alberto Manguel, Alice In Wonderland, Fashionable Victorian Writers20150428

Matthew Sweet interviews Alberto Manguel about his new book, Curiosity, in which he tracks his life through the reading that has mapped his way, looking at Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Lewis Carroll and Dante.

As Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland turns 150 and a new exhibition opens at the Museum of Childhood in London, New Generation Thinker Naomi Paxton, and curator Kiera Vaclavik, consider the cultural impact of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

And as Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd gets another big screen outing in a version starring Carey Mulligan, we ponder the Victorian writers who fall in and out of fashion in the modern era.

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

All About Eve: Stories of the Fall; Pregancy and Aphrodisiacs20171207

Catherine Fletcher with Stephen Greenblatt, Islam Issa, Jennifer Evans and Sara Read.

Catherine Fletcher talks to Professor Stephen Greenblatt about the Adam and Eve story in the Christian tradition; to Islam Issa about Islam's version which tells a rather more gender-equality story of the original first couple.
Jennifer Evans and Sara Read reveal how the story impacted on mothers and would-be mothers over centuries through their reading of 16th and 17th century medical textbooks. Garlic was one interesting diagnostic of pregnancy while menstrual periods played their part in murder trials.

Professor Stephen Greenblatt is the author of The Rise and Fall of Adam & Eve

Islam Issa is a New Generation Thinker and author of Milton in the Arab-Muslim World.

Jennifer Evans is a director of the Perceptions of Pregnancy research network, author of Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in early modern England and editor of Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century .

Sara Read is author of Maids, Wives, Widows: Exploring Early Modern Women's Lives, 1540-1740 ; Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health and Healing, 1540-1740 co-authored with Jennifer Evans. (2017)

Producer: Jacqueline Smith

Image: Imperial Cathedral Of Speyer Paintings, Expulsion From Eden. Photo credit: BSIP / UIG via Getty Images.

American Power? Suzan-lori Parks, Gary Younge, Abstract Expressionism20160921

Pulitzer prize winning American dramatist Suzan-Lori Parks talks to Philip Dodd about putting on stage the story of a slave fighting against those seeking to abolish slavery. Journalist Gary Younge discusses American violence, gun culture and the Black Lives Matter movement. Plus Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy - how does this art which was used by the CIA to promote American power look today ?

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks is at the Royal Court Theatre in London 15 Sep - 22 Oct

Abstract Expressionism is on show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from September 24th to January 2nd.

Gary Younge's book is called Another Day In The Death of America

Frances Stonor Saunders is the author of Who Paid the Piper?: CIA and the Cultural Cold War

William Boyd is the author of many novels including one which presents a fictional biography Nat Tate: An American Artist 1928-1960

(Image: Suzan-Lori Parks / Credit: Helen Murray).

Amy Chua, Versailles20140227

Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld talk to Anne McElvoy about the impact of education, culture and religion on success. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was a parenting memoir which brought Amy Chua criticism and even death threats from people objecting to her disciplinarian attitude to motherhood.

Her new book, written with her husband, is called The Triple Package: What Really Determines Success.

Versailles, Peter Gill's new play at the Donmar Theatre in London takes its inspiration from the peace negotiations at the end of the First World War. We have a first night review.

Producer: Neil Trevithick.

Anders Lustgarten, Saki Stories, Riad Sattouf, Guy Longworth20160406

Rana Mitter talks to playwright Anders Lustgarten whose latest work is set in a small village in China, Rotten Peach Village, over 60 years. Communism arrives and the villagers embrace it. Lustgarten has also written a new play partly inspired by the painter Caravaggio which opens at the RSC at the end of this year. Also a consideration of the satirical short stories about Edwardian England published by Saki - the pen name of Scottish author Hector Hugh Munro (1870 - 1916). Rana is joined by the novelist Naomi Alderman and Saki expert Nick Freeman. Cartoonist Riad Sattouf describes his graphic novel memoir, The Arab of the Future. And Rana gets to grip with what we could possibly mean by a thing, with philosopher Guy Longworth

The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie by Anders Lustgarten runs at the Arcola Theatre in London 7 - 30 April before opening the 10th High Tide festival of new writing in Suffolk in September.

The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf is out now.

Andrew O'hagan: Eddie Marsan: John Singer Sargent20150203

Andrew O'Hagan's new novel The Illuminations depicts a once famous photographer suffering from Alzheimers and her grandson who is a soldier in Afghanistan. He talks to Matthew Sweet about identity, capturing memories and the impact of war.

In the film Still Life Eddie Marsan plays a council worker who searches for the next of kin when someone is found dead and alone in a house. Eddie Marsan talks about creating this character and how much we know about a person's identity.

Still Life certificate 12A is showing at cinemas in key cities around the UK.

Critic Charlotte Mullins considers artists' obsession with capturing their image and that of their friends, as the National Portrait Gallery hosts a series of paintings by John Singer Sargent documenting his celebrity acquaintances.

Sargent: Portrait of Artists and Friends runs at the National Portrait Gallery in London from 12th Feb to 25th May curated by Richard Ormond the co-author of John Singer Sargent's catalogue raisonné.

Angels In America, Salom„©, Queer British Art.20170510

Philip Dodd looks at desire and politics as Angels in America runs at the National Theatre

Playwright Mark Ravenhill and critic Matt Wolf debate desire and politics with Philip Dodd as Tony Kushner's Angels in America is revived at the National Theatre in London. Writer and theatre director Ya√ęl Farber explains her vision of the story of Salom√© as one set in an occupied desert country where a radical is on hunger strike and a girl's dance is at the centre of a revolution. Peggy Reynolds and Matt Cook discuss the exhibition Queer British Art 1861-9167.

Salomé is at the National Theatre from May 2nd to July 15th with an NT live broadcast around the UK on June 22nd.
Angels in America: part one Millennium Approaches is an NT live broadcast on July 20th and runs in rep until August 19th.
Angels in America: part two Perstroika is an NT live broadcast on July 27th and runs in rep until August 19th.
Queer British Art 1861-9167 runs at Tate Britain until October 1st 2017.
A Gay History of Britain: Love and Sex Between Men Since the Middle Ages by Matt Cook is out now.

Tony Kushner's drama Caroline, or Change is at the Chichester Theatre until June 3rd in a production starring Sharon D. Clarke

The Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth opens Refracted: Collection Highlights, which has been co-curated with members of the local LGBT+ community May 13th which runs until September 8th and includes a photograhy exhibition opening in August.

Desire Love Identity: exploring LGBTQ histories is a free display in Room 69a which runs at the British Museum until October 15th.

Producer: Fiona McLean

(Image: Andrew Garfield (Prior) in Angels in America - Millennium Approaches © Helen Maybanks)

Angels In America. Salom„©20170510

Philip Dodd looks at desire and politics as Angels in America runs at the National Theatre

Playwright Mark Ravenhill and critic Matt Wolf debate desire and politics with Philip Dodd as Tony Kushner's Angels in America is revived at the National Theatre in London. Writer and theatre director Ya√ęl Farber explains her vision of the story of Salom√© as one set in an occupied desert country where a radical is on hunger strike and a girl's dance is at the centre of a revolution. Peggy Reynolds and Matt Cook discuss the exhibition Queer British Art 1861-9167.

Salomé is at the National Theatre from May 2nd to July 15th with an NT live broadcast around the UK on June 22nd.
Angels in America: part one Millennium Approaches is an NT live broadcast on July 20th and runs in rep until August 19th.
Angels in America: part two Perstroika is an NT live broadcast on July 27th and runs in rep until August 19th.
Queer British Art 1861-9167 runs at Tate Britain until October 1st 2017.
A Gay History of Britain: Love and Sex Between Men Since the Middle Ages by Matt Cook is out now.

Tony Kushner's drama Caroline, or Change is at the Chichester Theatre until June 3rd in a production starring Sharon D. Clarke

The Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth opens Refracted: Collection Highlights, which has been co-curated with members of the local LGBT+ community May 13th which runs until September 8th and includes a photograhy exhibition opening in August.

Desire Love Identity: exploring LGBTQ histories is a free display in Room 69a which runs at the British Museum until October 15th.

Producer: Fiona McLean

(Image: Andrew Garfield (Prior) in Angels in America - Millennium Approaches © Helen Maybanks)

Anger20160302

In the year that John Osborne's Look Back In Anger turns 60 Philip Dodd considers the eruption of rage in the recent politics of the US and India with Jonah Goldberg, Kit Davis, Pankaj Mishra and Sunil Khilnani.

Pause for a moment and you realise its impossible to ignore the Black Lives Matter protests or the urgent polemics of the writer and activist, Ta-Nehisi Coates whose new book passionately angry book about race in the US, The Beautiful Struggle, comes out this week; it's difficult too to turn a blind eye to the rearguard action that's being fought by Indian writers and intellectuals such as Arundhati Roy, targeted by Hindu nationalists determined to seize control of the political agenda on the Subcontinent - whose angry with whom and why; and what about the populist anger that seems to be propelling Donald Trump towards the Republican presidential nomination and the White House. Join Philip and his guests as they search for the answers.

Anger And Friendships With Pankaj Mishra And Elif Shafak20170201

The Indian writer and essayist, Pankaj Mishra believes we are living in an age of unprecedented anger - one that liberal rationalists struggle to comprehend. He joins Philip Dodd to consider the long term impact of these fervent times.

Elif Shafak talks about her latest novel, Three Daughters of Eve, which looks at love, friendship and religion set in Oxford and Istanbul.

They are joined in the Free Thinking studio by Douglas Murray, founder of the centre for social cohesion and on a line from USA, Julius Krein, editor of American Affairs, a new magazine backing Trumpism.

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak is published on the 2nd of February.

Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra is published on the 7th of February.

Animals And Anthropomorphism20140715

Matthew Sweet looks at humans and animals. Novelist Karen Joy Fowler discusses her book We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.

Anna Pavord: Gardens In Art, University20160128

Gardening writer Ann Pavord visits the Royal Academy exhibition Painting the Modern Garden and talks to Anne McElvoy about her new book Landskipping. New Generation Thinker Peter Mackay joins the conversation about landscapes and - as Radio 3 marks the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow with a focus on folk - he explores the way folk traditions have fed into Scottish poetry.

As arguments about whether the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College, Oxford should be allowed to remain in place continue to divide students and alumni, journalist Nick Cohen and former Rector of Exeter College, Oxford Dame Frances Cairncross discuss how present day funding of colleges and universities can also be a contentious issue.

New Generation Thinker Peter Mackay explores the contrasting folk traditions in Irish and Scottish poetry as Radio 3 begins a weekend exploring folk connections.

Anna Pavord's Landskipping: Painters, Ploughmen and Places is out now.

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse runs at the Royal Academy in London from January 30th to April 20th.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Main Image: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, c1880 - the gardens were designed by Capability Brown. Taken from: A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, edited by Reverend FO Morris, Volume I, William Mackenzie, London, c1880. Wood-engraved plates after paintings by Benjamin Fawcett and Alexander Francis Lydon.

Anne Enright, Christopher Hampton On Florian Zeller20150507

Anne Enright, Ireland's first Laureate for Fiction, discusses her new novel The Green Road with Anne McElvoy. In 2007 she won the Man Booker Prize for The Gathering.

Christopher Hampton explains his approach to translating the plays of contemporary French dramatist Florian Zeller whose play The Mother won the Moliere prize in 2011.

The Theatre Royal Bath stages the UK premiere of The Mother from May 21st to June 20th. And the Theatre Royal production of The Father is being performed at The Tricycle Theatre in London from May 7th to June 13th.

Producer: Ella-Mai Robey.

Anne Mcelvoy20150430

is joined by the Booker Prize-winning writer Julian Barnes to discuss the painters he admires, and his new collection of essays on 19th and 20th century artists including Manet, Cézanne, Fantin-Latour, Magritte, Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud.

Keeping An Eye Open: Essays on Art by Julian Barnes is published on 7 May 2015

Producer: Ella-mai Robey

Image: Julian Barnes

Photo Credit: Joanna Briscoe.

Antigone Starring Juliette Binoche, Oliver Taplin, Asne Seierstad On Breivik20150305

Anne McElvoy discusses the poet Anne Carson's version of Antigone starring Juliette Binoche at the Barbican with Professor Oliver Taplin - who has produced his own new translations of Sophocles' tragedies. Also playwright Roy Williams has written a modern day version of Antigone.

Norwegian journalis √Ösne Seierstad authored The Bookseller of Kabul. For her new book she has talked to the family of Anders Breivik, to his family and to the families of his victims on the island of Utoya.

Antigone starring Juliette Binoche is at the Barbican Theatre from March 4th - 28th.

Radio 3's Sunday Drama on March 8th is Electra - starring Kristin Scott Thomas - in a version by Frank McGuiness which was staged at the Old Vic Theatre.

Roy Williams' version of Antigone performed by Pilot Theatre and co-commissioned by Derby Theatre runs at London's Stratford East Theatre from 24th February to March 14th.

Oliver Taplin's Sophocles: Four Tragedies is published later this March.

One of Us by √Ösne Seierstad is out now.

Producer: Zahid Warley

Photo: Ivo van Hove, Antigone, Juliette Binoche, photocredit Jan Versweyveld.

Antony Sher20150506

Philip Dodd in extended conversation with the actor Antony Sher whose recent roles include Willy Loman and Falstaff.

Sher has just published his account of playing Falstaff in Gregory Doran's 2014 RSC production of the two parts of Henry IV - Year of the Fat Knight: The Falstaff Diaries.

Another RSC production, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, also directed by Doran, is about to transfer from Stratford to the Noel Coward Theatre in London, with Sher in the role of Willy Loman.

Producer: Torquil Macleod

Image: Antony Sher in Death of a Salesman

Photo Credit: Ellie Kurttz.

Aphra Behn, 1066 And The South Coast, Mark Thompson20160913

Playwright, poet, spy. Anne McElvoy discusses Aphra Behn with Professor Elaine Hobby and director Loveday Ingram who has given Behn's play The Rover a South American carnival setting at the RSC. Plus Iain Sinclair and Professor David Bates on the events of 1066 which changed the course of English history. And an interview with Mark Thompson, former Director General of the BBC and current Chief Executive Officer of The New York Times Company.

The Rover runs in rep at The Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon from September 8th until February 11th 2017.

The Root 1066 festival runs until October 16th at a variety of venues. http://www.1066contemporary.com/

Mark Thompson is the author of Enough Said: What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Archaelogy: Alexandra Sofroniew, Damian Robinson, Raimund Karl, Susan Greaney20160609

As two major archaeological exhibitions open in the UK featuring discoveries from underwater excavations off Egypt and Sicily, Rana Mitter hears from historian and archaeologist, Alexandra Sofroniew, exhibition curator of Storms, War and Shipwrecks at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum about a British pioneer of underwater excavations, Honor Frost, and discusses why underwater sites make the difficulties and challenges worthwhile with Damian Robinson, Director of Centre for Maritime Archaeology at Oxford University and contributing archaeologist to the British Museum's Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds.

Joining them to discuss the changing story of archaeology itself in this country and abroad, Raimund Karl, Professor of Archaeology and Heritage at Bangor University who has done two continent-wide surveys on the state of the profession in Europe while continuing to dig, study and develop the ever changing story of the Celts, and Susan Greaney, who works for English Heritage presenting interpretations of sites from Stonehenge to Tintagel to the public when she's not digging in Orkney and pursuing her phd on Neolithic ceremonial complexes.

Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas is at the Ashmolean Museum 21 June 2016 - 25 September 2016

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds is at the British Museum from May 19th - November 27th 2016.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith

Guests: Alexandra Sofroniew, exhibition curator Storms, War and Shipwrecks, Ashmolean Museum

Damian Robinson, Director, Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology

Raimund Karl, Professor Archaeology and Heritage, Bangor University

Susan Greaney, English Heritage

Main image: A warship ram raised from the seabed (detail) (c/o the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford - (c) RPM Nautical Foundation).

Are We Living Through A New 18th Century?20140410

If Mrs Thatcher thought she was living again through Victorian England, we are now living through the eighteenth century. This special edition of Free Thinking explores London as the centre of the world then and now, financial bubbles bursting then and now, and the lust for consumption then and now, whether of bodies or bodices.

Philip Dodd brings together the MP and author Kwasi Kwarteng, historians Helen Berry, Jerry White and AN Wilson and playwright April De Angelis for a discussion which is part of BBC Radio 3's season of programming Eighteenth Century Britain: Majesty, Music and Mischief.

Kwasi Kwarteng's books include Ghosts of Empire and War and Gold

AN Wilson is a newspaper columnist and the author of London A Short History and a series of histories of England including Our Times.

Helen Berry is Professor of British History at Newcastle University and the author of The Castrato and His Wife.

Jerry White has spent 15 years writing a trilogy of books about London including his most recent London In The Eighteenth Century. He is Visiting Professor of London History at Birkbeck, The University of London.

April De Angelis has written plays including Jumpy, Gastronauts, Catch and A Laughing Matter.

Produced by Harry Parker.

Ariana Huffington And Well Being20140529

Arianna Huffington, the founder of the online magazine The Huffington Post, talks to Anne McElvoy about the quality of life beyond money and power. Her book Thrive outlines a new way of defining success which she calls The Third Metric. She also discusses American liberalism and the political divide in the USA.

Producer: Harry Parker.

Art In The Age Of Black Power, History Of Racist Ideas In Us20170712

Including the art of the black power movement and the history of racist ideas in the US.

Tate Modern offers a retrospective on the Art of the Black Power Movement in America and explores how 'Black Art' was defined by artists across the United States and its interplay with the civil rights movement. Rana Mitter is joined by Gaylene Gould, writer and artist and Head of Cinema and Events at the BFI, who reviews the 'Soul of A Nation' exhibition.
Rana is also joined by the reggae poet and recording artist, Linton Kwesi Johnson "Writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon"', as well as the film director H O Nazareth to talk about the artists and intellectuals who made up the British Black Panther leadership. Also joining in the conversation, Sandeep Parmar, a prize-winning poet and New Generation Thinker who argues that a new generation of critics and reviewers must be found to highlight the work of poets of colour in the UK.
Also, Rana Mitter talks to intellectual historian Ibram X Kendi as his award-winning account of racist ideas in the United States comes out in the UK.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at London's Tate Modern 12/07/2017 - 22/10/2017

Pres: Rana Mitter
Guests: Linton Kwesi Johnson
Gaylene Gould
H O Nazareth
Sandeep Parmar 'Eidolon', Winner of the inaugural Ledbury Forte Prize for Second Collections, is out now.
Ibram X Kendi 'Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America' is out now.

Tate Modern offers a retrospective on the Art of the Black Power Movement in America and explores how 'Black Art' was defined by artists across the United States and its interplay with the civil rights movement. Rana Mitter is joined by Gaylene Gould, writer and artist and Head of Cinema and Events at the BFI, who reviews the 'Soul of A Nation' exhibition.
Rana is also joined by the reggae poet and recording artist, Linton Kwesi Johnson "Writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon"', as well as the film director H O Nazareth to talk about the artists and intellectuals who made up the British Black Panther leadership. Also joining in the conversation, Sandeep Parmar, a prize-winning poet and New Generation Thinker who argues that a new generation of critics and reviewers must be found to highlight the work of poets of colour in the UK.
Also, Rana Mitter talks to intellectual historian Ibram X Kendi as his award-winning account of racist ideas in the United States comes out in the UK.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at London's Tate Modern 12/07/2017 - 22/10/2017

Pres: Rana Mitter
Guests: Linton Kwesi Johnson
Gaylene Gould
H O Nazareth
Sandeep Parmar 'Eidolon', Winner of the inaugural Ledbury Forte Prize for Second Collections, is out now.
Ibram X Kendi 'Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America' is out now.

Photo: Ibram X Kendi Credit: Penguin Random House.

Art Spiegelman, Marina Abramovic, American Pastoral20161110

Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer prize-winning Maus - a father-son memoir about the Holocaust drawn with cats and mice - is one of the classics of graphic novels. He's now collaborating with the Jazz composer Phillip Johnston on a show that puts music alongside the images. Naomi Alderman talks to them and to the performance artist Marina Abramovic who's written a memoir. Plus Sarah Churchwell watches a film version of Philip Roth's American Pastoral which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. Ewan McGregor directs and stars as a man whose life starts to fall apart as his daughter commits an act of political terrorism.

Wordless! Art Spiegelman + Phillip Johnston is at the Barbican in London on 11 November 2016 / 19:30

It's part of the London Jazz Festival. You can find more events on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC Music Jazz pop-up station which will run from 10am on Thursday 10th November until 10am on Monday 14th November on digital radio, online and the iPlayer Radio app

Marina Abramovic's memoir is called Walk Through Walls.

American Pastoral is out in cinemas across the UK

Producer: Zahid Warley.

(Image: Art Spiegelman, Phillip Johnston and Band / Credit: Maggie Moore).

Artes Mundi Prize, Harriet Walter, Amitav Ghosh, Edmund Richardson20161020

Artes Mundi was established in 2003 as a biennial contemporary visual arts initiative - the poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers and Catherine Fletcher, historian and New Generation Thinker, report back on the exhibition opening in Cardiff this week with work by the chosen artists including Britain's John Akomfrah, N√°stio Mosquito and Bedwyr Williams.

Amitav Ghosh argues that fiction writers need to be bolder in tackling the big themes of today's world and why thinking about Climate Change is proving a challenge.

Harriet Walter has played Brutus and the King in Phyllida Lloyd's all-female Shakespeare productions of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Henry IV; now she takes on Prospero in The Tempest. She talks to Anne McElvoy about giving herself permission to take on roles still normally given to men and the never-ending wonder of Shakespearian verse as the entire trilogy opens in London.

Plus - ahead of the American Presidential election, New Generation Thinker and historian, Ed Richardson pops up with the mesmerising story of how Hillary Clinton is very far from being the first ever female Presidential candidate.

Artes Mundi 7 runs at the National MuseumWales: Cardiff 21.10.16 - 26.02.17

The Shakespeare Trilogy: The Tempest, Henry IV and Julius Caesar are at the Donmar's King's Cross Theatre in London Sept 23rd - 17th December 2016

Amitav Ghosh has published his arguments about fiction in The Great Derangement.

Presenter: Anne McElvoy

Guests: Harriet Walter 'Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare's Roles for Women'

Catherine Fletcher

Owen Sheers

Amitav Ghosh 'The Great Derangement: Climate Change and Thinking the Unthinkable'.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith

(Image: Harriet Walter / Credit: Georgia Oetker).

Artists' Mannequins, Mike Leigh, Guy Fawkes Traditions20141028

Mike Leigh discusses his film about Turner. Steve Connor and Matthew Sweet discuss an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge which brings together 180 paintings and models to explore the way mannequins have been used by artists - from a technical tool to a fetishised object. And New Generation Thinker Naomi Paxton discusses Guy Fawkes traditions.

Producer: Harry Parker.

Arundhati Roy20170606

Author and campaigner Arundhati Roy is in conversation with Philip Dodd.

Arundhati Roy, the Man Booker prize winning author and campaigner is in conversation with Philip Dodd as she publishes her second novel 20 years after The God of Small Things.

Arundhati Roy's new novel is called The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. It is being read on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Atheism And Belief20140212

Nietzsche declared that 'God is dead' in 1882, but he also argued that there would still be places where humankind would look for God's shadow for a long time to come.

Two books published this month include the idea of "the death of God" in their titles: Terry Eagleton's 'Culture And The Death Of God' and Peter Watson's 'The Age Of Nothing: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God'.

Both authors join Philip Dodd to discuss what 'the death of God' could mean, along with Roger Scruton whose forthcoming book 'The Soul Of The World' discusses the expression of religious belief through art.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

Autism, The Fallen Woman20150922

Steve Silberman is a Wired reporter and author of an article on "The Geek Syndrome" which went viral. He talks to Anne McElvoy about why we need to think about autism in a new way. Professor Lynda Nead has curated an exhibition at the Foundling Museum in London which looks at depictions of "the Fallen Woman" in Victorian England by artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Richard Redgrave, George Frederic Watts and Thomas Faed. The display includes a specially-commissioned sound installation by musician and composer Steve Lewinson.

The Fallen Woman runs at the Foundling Museum from 25 Sep 2015 - 03 Jan 2016.

Steve Silberman's book is Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.

Balancing Power In World War I And Now20140626

Jonathan Powell and historians Margaret MacMillan, Orlando Figes and Adam Tooze explore the Great Powers with Anne McElvoy. The First World War shattered the power balance in Europe. As we confront an uncertain world order, who are the great powers today, how has their role changed and where do they now stand in determining geo-politics?

Professor Margaret MacMillan is the author of The War That Ended Peace.

Jonathan Powell was Chief of Staff for Tony Blair 1997-2007

Professor Adam Tooze is the author of The Deluge: The Great War and The Remaking of the Global Order.

Professor Orlando Figes is the author of numerous books on Russian history.

Barbara Kruger, Laurie Penny, The Minds Of Molecules20140625

American artist Barbara Kruger is wrapping the upper gallery of Modern Art Oxford in one of her bold juxtapositions of images and captions which explore our attitudes to gender and identity.

Journalist Laurie Penny writes for the New Statesman, Vice, Salon and The Guardian on a range of issues including feminism and activism.

They join Samira Ahmed in the Free Thinking Studio.

We also have another column from one of Radio 3 and the AHRC's 2014 New Generation Thinkers. Will Abberley from the University of Oxford reflects on the minds of molecules.

Laurie Penny's new book is Unspeakable Things: Sex Lies and Revolution

Barbara Kruger's work is on show at Modern Art Oxford June 28th - August 31st.

Bbc Radiophonic Workshop2014043020150119 (R3)

The BBC Radiophonic workshop was founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram. This group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators provided music for programmes including The Body in Question, Horizon, Quatermass, Newsround, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Chronicle and Delia Derbyshire's iconic Doctor Who Theme. As they premiere a new composition, Matthew Sweet meets members of the group.

The Radiophonic Workshop on tour continues at Henley Festival, Camp Bestival, The End of the Road Festival and Festival Number 6 at Portmeirion.

Producer: Laura Thomas.

The BBC Radiophonic workshop was founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram. This group of experimental composers, sound engineers and musical innovators provided music for programmes including The Body in Question, Horizon, Quatermass, Newsround, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Chronicle and Delia Derbyshire's iconic Doctor Who Theme before being shut down by Director General John Birt in 1998.

In an edition recorded just as the Workshop prepare to release a new album, and tour the UK, Matthew Sweet brings together Radiophonic Workshop members Dick Mills, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb, Peter Howell, and Mark Ayres to reflect on the days and nights they spent in the workshop, coaxing ageing machines into otherworldly life, and pioneering electronic music. Also in the programme, producer and former drummer with The Prodigy Kieron Pepper, Oscar winning Gravity composer Steven Price, Vile Electrodes, and Matt Hodson, on the influence the Radiophonic Workshop had on them.

You can download this programme by searching in the Arts and Ideas podcasts for the broadcast date.

Beards, Listening, Masculinity20161122

Matthew Sweet tries to separate out the clichés from the reality when it comes to male masculinity in 2016 with the director of the forthcoming Being A Man festival at London's Southbank and Josh Appignanesi and Devorah Baum, the husband and wife team behind a new documentary that charts the emotional turmoil of childbirth on a man reluctant to grow up.

Plus, Matthew travels to the Florence Nightingale Museum in London to meet New Generation Thinker and historian of beards, Alun Withey, who reveals why the current craze for male facial hair is not a patch on the Victorian age.

And do you think you're a good listener? Do you think you're being listened to? In a year of political upheaval that's rapidly reshaping a new world order, the head of the Government's 'nudge unit' David Halpern, and communications professor Jim Macnamara, consider the importance of listening when it comes to a functioning democracy.

The New Man by Josh Appignanesi and Devorah Baum is in selected cinemas.

Being a Man runs at London's Southbank centre from November 25th - 27th

Florence Nightingale Museum: The Age of the Beard: Putting on a Brave Face in Victorian Britain, runs from 18th November 2016 to 30th.

Jim Macnamara is the author of Organizational Listening: The Missing Essential in Public Communication. He is conducting a public lecture, The Lost Art of Listening: the missing key to democratic and civil society participation, on Wednesday 23rd November at the London School of Economics.

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith

(Image: Brighton Man by Henry Steel, c1895 (c) Sussex PhotoHistory).

Beauty: Dame Fiona Reynolds, The Bowes Museum, David Willetts On The State20160519

Anne McElvoy talks to Dame Fiona Reynolds about a career spent defending the beauty of the British landscape, and considers an exhibition of English beauties at the Bowes Museum. She is also joined by former minister The Rt Hon David Willetts, media executive Charles Brand and Marc Stears head of the New Economics Foundation to discuss the role of the state in the 21st century, and ahead of Sunday's Drama on 3 she explores literary depictions of the city of Venice with David Barnes.

Dame Fiona Reynolds' book is called The Fight For Beauty: Our Path to a Better Future

English Rose Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent runs at the Bowes Museum from 14 May - 25 September 2016 and if you're in Liverpool there's still a couple of weeks to catch the Walker Gallery show of Pre Raphaelite beauties Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion which runs until June 5th

David Willetts is the author of The Pinch.

David Barnes' book is called The Venice Myth: Culture, Literature, Politics, 1800 to the Present.

Naomi Alderman's imagining of the story of Jessica from the Merchant of Venice is being broadcast on Sunday night on Radio 3 at 10pm and there's an introductory animation on the Radio 3 website and a link to Professor Jerry Broton's Sunday Feature investigating the Venice Ghetto.

Being Human Debate At Fact, Liverpool: Man And Animals20161115

French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss famously said that 'animals are good to think with'. Rana Mitter with Sarah Peverley, Charles Forsdick, Alasdair Cochrane, Eveline de Wolf and an audience at FACT, Liverpool debate robots, humans and animals.

The broadcast will preview upcoming events organised by the University of Liverpool as part of their Being Human festival programme and is part of a week of programmes on Radio 3 focusing on new research and the UK wide festival supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

From a best friend to a tasty snack or something we must carefully husband to a threat we must eradicate, we humans think about animals in lots of ways. But how has our thinking about animals changed over time, and what does that tell us about our shifting attitudes toward the natural world and our place in it? Hear the views of an archaeologist who studies how we've lived with animals throughout human history, a medievalist who studies bestiaries and mermaids, a French scholar who explores the history of the 'human zoo', and a political theorist who argues that we should extend human rights to animals.

Producer: Luke Mulhall

(Image: Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS Français 143, f. 130v, detail).

Being Human Debate At Fact, Liverpool: Man And Animals20170908

From Fact in Liverpool, Rana Mitter and guests debate mermaids, robots, humans and animals

French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss famously said that 'animals are good to think with'. Rana Mitter with Sarah Peverley, Charles Forsdick, Alasdair Cochrane, Eveline de Wolf, Michael Szollosy and an audience at FACT, Liverpool debate robots, humans and animals.

From a best friend to a tasty snack or something we must carefully husband to a threat we must eradicate, we humans think about animals in lots of ways. But how has our thinking about animals changed over time, and what does that tell us about our shifting attitudes toward the natural world and our place in it? Hear the views of a medievalist who studies bestiaries and mermaids, a French scholar who explores the history of the 'human zoo', and a political theorist who argues that we should extend human rights to animals, a zookeeper, and an expert on human-robot relations.

Recorded with the University of Liverpool as part of the Being Human Festival show casing research at universities around the UK, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. You can find further programmes about the Being Human Festival and new academic research which are downloadable or available to listen again via the Free Thinking website collection The Getting of Knowledge.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

Being Human: Lost And Found In The Archives20171121

Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott report on the Being Human Festival.

New Generation Thinkers Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott consider how archives come to life with events from the Being Human Festival including klezmer music, stories from conflict in Northern Ireland and voices from marginalised communities.

The Great Yiddish Parade was on 19 November 2017, Whitechapel High St, London

Katsha’nes: Don’t Ask Silly Questions Album launch is on 22nd November, Stamford Hill BALABAM, London N15

Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse, London 1884-1914 is forthcoming

Storytelling from Conflict - Lost and Found Stories is on 21 November 12:30-3:30pm at the Public Records Office, Belfast

Queerseum - is from 22-25 November at Senate House, University of London

Finding Mr Hart - is at Blackburn's Cotton Exchange on 24 November at 5.30pm

Switchboard III is at the Wired Café Bar, Nottingham on 23 November from 6-7:30pm

Producer: Debbie Kilbride

Being Human: The Lost Luggage Office, Ghosts And Warrior Poets.20171116

Matthew Sweet goes to Canterbury, Portsmouth and TFL offices for stories of lost and found

Stories of objects, ghosts and histories lost and found recorded on location in Portsmouth's most haunted house, the site of a sacrifice in Canterbury and at the TfL Lost Luggage Office. Presenter Matthew Sweet meets academics taking part in Being Human which showcases research from universities around the UK.

How can the reflections of a warrior-poet from the distant past and the adventures of an Iron Age tribesman from the far future help us rethink our relationship with a city centre in the Britain of today? Matthew Sweet travels to Canterbury to find out.
The Transport for London lost property office is a labyrinthine cornucopia hidden away under the streets of central London. A visit there leads to reflections on our complicated relationships with things in a consumer society dominated by mass-produced goods, and the history of the concept of lost property casts a revealing light on the development of the city as an ordered space.
And, some say that Wymering Manor in Portsmouth is one of the most haunted houses in the country. Whether that's true or not, Matthew goes there to examine the ways in which the past of a building intrudes into its present.

Matthew's guests include:
Michael Bintley and Sonia Overall in Canterbury
Kate Smith and Paul Cowan at the TFL Lost Property Office
Karen Fielder and Benjamin Ffrench in Portsmouth

Producer Luke Mulhall.

Being Human: Vernon Lee, Lying, Coma20161116

New Generation Thinkers Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott present a programme looking at new research into supernatural fiction writer Vernon Lee with Francesco Ventrella. Lee used the phrase "iron curtain" and declared herself a "cosmopolitan from her birth, without any single national tie or sympathy'. They also debate what it means to lie, examine the life of communist informer Harvey Matusow with Doug Haynes, and look at new scientific research into the way consistent lying can change behaviour. Plus, Jenny Kitzinger on the gulf between popular ideas of 'coma' and the realities of such states.

Part of a week of programmes on BBC Radio 3 exploring new academic research.

Being Human festival of the humanities runs from 17-25 Nov 2016 at universities across the UK. It is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which works with Radio 3 on the New Generation Thinkers scheme to find academics who can turn their research into radio.

Producer: Robyn Read.

Being Human: What The Archives Reveal20161117

Matthew Sweet visits little known locations in London to meet researchers drawing on archives of the past to cast new light on the present.

The Cross Bones Graveyard in Southwark was used in the Middle Ages to bury sex workers and others living on the fringes of respectable society. We visit the site with Sondra Hausner, an anthropologist of religion who's studied modern practices for memorializing the women buried at the site.

Vicky Iglikowski and Rowena Hillel are researchers at the National Archives at Kew investigating records that shed light on LGBT history in the Capital. We'll leaf through the records to see what they've uncovered.

New Generation Thinker Naomi Paxton and her colleague Ailsa Grant Ferguson have identified a moment when Shakespeare, radical politics, and the roots of the National Theatre all converged, in a building in Bloomsbury used to house Anzac soldiers during the First World War.

And we join Peter Guillery, editor of the Survey of London, to investigate the work of this ongoing project to document the streets of London in all their complexity.

Part of a week of programmes on BBC Radio 3 focusing on new research. The Being Human Festival which takes place at universities across the UK from November 17th - 25th will feature events linked to these research projects. Both this and the New Generation Thinkers scheme are supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Producer Luke Mulhall.

Bella Bathurst, Mike Figgis, Birds In British Literature, 2017 New Generation Thinker Daisy Fancourt On Music And Health20170523

Matthew Sweet explores deafness, plot twists, birds in books and how music is good for you

Author and photojournalist Bella Bathurst suddenly began to lose her hearing as an adult in 1997. Twelve years later, an operation enabled her to recover it. She has written a book about her experience, insights gained about listening and the science behind deafness.

2017 New Generation Thinker Daisy Fancourt researches the effect of the arts on immune response and public health.

New Generation Thinker Will Abberley has curated an exhibition exploring birds in British literature.

Director, screenwriter and composer Mike Figgis encourages writers to rethink plotting in his new book, The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations.

Sound: Stories of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst is available now.
Sounds of the City is at the London Transport Museum from 19 May to 3 September 2017.
Stories on the Wing: British Birds in Literature runs at the Booth Museum in Brighton from 19 May to 21 September 2017. Free admission.
The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations by Mike Figgis is published on 1 June 2017.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by the BBC with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to work with academics to turn their research into radio and television. You can find more broadcasts and films on the Free Thinking website.

Producer: Karl Bos.

Author and photojournalist Bella Bathurst suddenly began to lose her hearing as an adult in 1997. Twelve years later, an operation enabled her to recover it. She has written a book about her experience, insights gained about listening and the science behind deafness.

2017 New Generation Thinker Daisy Fancourt researches the effect of the arts on immune response and public health.

New Generation Thinker Will Abberley has curated an exhibition exploring birds in British literature.

Director, screenwriter and composer Mike Figgis encourages writers to rethink plotting in his new book, The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations.

Sound: Stories of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst is available now.
Stories on the Wing: British Birds in Literature runs at the Booth Museum in Brighton from 19 May to 21 September 2017. Free admission.
The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations by Mike Figgis is published on 1 June 2017.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by the BBC with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to work with academics to turn their research into radio and television. You can find more broadcasts and films on the Free Thinking website.

Producer: Karl Bos

Bernard Maclaverty. Immigration. Christian Destruction Of Classical World20170921

Author Bernard MacLaverty talks to Anne McElvoy about his new novel Midwinter Break.

The Northern Irish author of Cal and Grace Notes, Bernard MacLaverty talks to Anne McElvoy about his novel Midwinter Break, plus Clair Wills on her research into post-war immigration to Britain and the differing expectations and experience of migrants and European refugees. The daughter of Irish immigrants, she now teaches at Princeton University in USA. Joining in the discussion is Will Jones, who researches the politics of migration and is working on developing the idea of matching markets which would match refugee preferences with state priorities.
Anne also hears from Catherine Nixey, a young historian with a tale to tell of who did for the pagans. Nixey claims that the old story of Roman paganism dying of its own accord and Christianity moving into a void is one told by the victors. The Christians in fact annihilated belief systems across the Empire in a concerted attack on their philosophy, buildings and artworks.

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty is out now in hardback.
Clair Wills's book is called Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain.
William Jones, Centre of International Public Policy, Royal Holloway University of London
The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey is out now in hardback.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

The Northern Irish author of Cal and Grace Notes, Bernard MacLaverty talks to Anne McElvoy about his novel Midwinter Break plus Clair Wills on her research into post war immigration to Britain and the differing expectations and experience of migrants and European refugees. The daughter of Irish immigrants - she now teaches at Princeton University in USA.

Anne also hears from Catherine Nixey a young historian with a tale to tell of who did for the pagans. Nixey claims that the old story of Roman paganism dying of its own accord and Christianity moving into a void is one told by the victors. The Christians in fact annihilated belief systems across the Empire in a concerted attack on their philosophy, buildings and artworks.

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty is out now in hardback.
Clair Wills book is called Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain.
The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey out now in hardback.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Author Bernard MacLaverty talks to Anne McElvoy about his new novel Midwinter Break.

The Northern Irish author of Cal and Grace Notes, Bernard MacLaverty talks to Anne McElvoy about his novel Midwinter Break, plus Clair Wills on her research into post-war immigration to Britain and the differing expectations and experience of migrants and European refugees. The daughter of Irish immigrants, she now teaches at Princeton University in USA. Joining in the discussion is Will Jones, who researches the politics of migration and is working on developing the idea of matching markets which would match refugee preferences with state priorities.
Anne also hears from Catherine Nixey, a young historian with a tale to tell of who did for the pagans. Nixey claims that the old story of Roman paganism dying of its own accord and Christianity moving into a void is one told by the victors. The Christians in fact annihilated belief systems across the Empire in a concerted attack on their philosophy, buildings and artworks.

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty is out now in hardback.
Clair Wills's book is called Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain.
William Jones, Centre of International Public Policy, Royal Holloway University of London
The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey is out now in hardback.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Bhupen Khakhar, The City State Of London?20160602

Philip Dodd looks at the art of Bhupen Khakhar and the subjects he explored including class difference; desire and homosexuality; and his personal battle with cancer.

Also, Saskia Sassen, Jane Morris and Pat Kane discuss the emergence of London as a global city and what the economic and cultural ramifications might be for the rest of the UK.

Bhupen Khakhar is on show at Tate Modern from June 1st to September 6th.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod

Main image: Man Leaving (Going Abroad), 1970 by Bhupen Khakhar

Courtesy of Tapi Collection, India

(c) Estate of Bhupen Khakhar.

Black British History20161109

David Olusoga, Bernadine Evaristo, Keith Piper and Kehinde Andrews consider the question what it means to be Black British and how should a wider history be taught and reflected in literature. New Generation Thinker Nandini Das presents.

Kehinde Andrews is at Birmingham City University where his research includes looking at black activism. He is series editor of Blackness in Britain with Rowman and Littlefield International

David Olusoga's series Black and British: A Forgotten History is being screened by BBC Two on November wednesday evenings at 9pm.

Bernadine Evaristo is the author of prose and poetic novels including The Emperor's Babe and Mr Loverman. She teaches creative writing at Brunel University.

Keith Piper's exhibition Unearthing the Banker's Bones, in partnership with Iniva, is at Bluecoat in Liverpool and runs until 22 January 2017.

Bernardine Evaristo, Keith Piper, Miranda Kaufmann and Kehinde Andrews consider the question what it means to be Black British and how should a wider history be taught and reflected in literature. New Generation Thinker Nandini Das presents.

Miranda Kaufmann is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her book Black Tudors will be published by Oneworld in autumn 2017.

Bernardine Evaristo is the author of prose and poetic novels including The Emperor's Babe and Mr Loverman. She teaches creative writing at Brunel University.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Main Image: Soldiers from a British colonial regiment at Chelsea Barracks in London prior to Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, June 1897. Credit: London Stereoscopic Company / Hulton Archive / Getty Images).

Blade Runner. Ghost Stories.20171005

Matthew Sweet watches a vision of Los Angeles 2049 and visits haunted places in Portsmouth

Matthew Sweet goes on a ghost hunt in Portsmouth with Karl Bell and is joined by Susan Owens and Stuart Evers to look at hauntings and what they tell us about our fears through the ages. James Burton from Goldsmiths and New Generation Thinker Sarah Dillon watch a vision of Los Angeles in 2049 in the Blade Runner sequel.

Blade Runner 2049 directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling is in cinemas now.
Susan Owens has written The Ghost: A Cultural History
Karl Bell is a history lecturer at the University of Portsmouth who is involved in DarkFest Portsmouth - celebrating the darker corners of Portsmouth's imagination October 26th - November 30th
Stuart Evers has written a story for Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book Of Ghost Stories. His was inspired by Dover Castle.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Blithe Spirit, Strong Leadership20140318

Samira Ahmed presents a live edition from the pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre where Radio 3 is broadcasting live all day every day for the last two weeks of March.

Angela Lansbury has returned to the London stage to star in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. Free Thinking has a first night review from theatre critic Susannah Clapp and novelist Nicola Upson.

As the international community debates the ongoing situation in Ukraine and Syria, kremlinologist and historian, Archie Brown, and military expert and author, Frank Ledwidge discuss whether strong leaders undermine rather than enhance the possibility of good leadership.

If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Cafe to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Booker Winner, Weather And Twilight, The Kibbo Kift20151013

Matthew Sweet hears from Alex Clark direct from the 2015 Booker Award ceremony on this year's winning novel.

There's discussion of imaginative histories of Weather and Twilight with Alex Harris and Peter Davidson. They'll be explaining why painters first noticed the witching hour at the end of the 18th century, and why Anglo-Saxons only told stories about the winter, why April showers were precious in the middle-ages and fog was the novelists' weather of choice in the 19th century.

Plus the poet Michael Rosen, whose new anthology links anti-Semitism, fascism and war with the lives of his parents and grandparents, joins Matthew in the great outdoors to remember the Kibbo Kift Kin, the 1920s youth movement which combined woodcraft with cutting edge costume and art and arcane and possibly occult dreams of changing the world forever.

The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, a new book by Annebella Pollen accompanies Intellectual Barbarians, an exhibition at London's Whitechapel Gallery, marking the short but colourful history of an organisation which fell foul of both Right and Left.

Presenter: Matthew Sweet

Guest: Peter Davidson author of The Last of the Light: About Twilight

Guest: Alexandra Harris author of Weatherland: Writers and Artists Under English Skies

Guest: Michael Rosen author of Don't Mention the Children

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Borders: On The Ground, On The Map, In The Mind20170202

Garrett Carr travelled by foot and canoe along Ireland's border. Kapka Kassabova journeyed to what she calls "the edge of Europe". Frank Ledwidge's army career took him to the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq, Nikolas Ventourakis is fascinated by how to capture the abstract notion of borders in photographs. They talk to Anne McElvoy about the essence of edges, notions of the other and the challenges of invisible borders which come and go like the smile of the Cheshire Cat.

The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border by Garrett Carr looks at a landscape which has hosted smugglers, kings, runaways, soldiers, peacemakers, protesters and terrorists

Border: A journey to the Edge of Europe, Kapka Kassabova explores the rich human history in the wild borderlands of Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece.

Nikolas Ventourakis Project: Defining Lines

Frank Ledwidge barrister, writer, Losing Small Wars and Investment in Blood

Producer: Jacqueline Smith

Botticelli Reimagined, A New Biography Of Hitler20160303

As a best-selling German biography of Hitler is published in English Anne McElvoy explores the way German historians view Hitler now and reviews Botticelli Reimagined at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Botticelli Reimagined runs at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London from 5 March - 3 July 2016.

Hitler by Volker Ullrich is now published in English.

Brazilian Culture, Saying The Unsayable, Addiction20160714

Anne McElvoy looks ahead to the Rio Olympics discussing Brazilian culture talking to author, politics lecturer and former National Secretary for Public Security Luiz Eduardo Soares and with Dr Edward King from the University of Bristol. This summer the RSC is exploring saying the unsayable this summer with a season of plays, Anne talks with the writer and the director of one of those plays, 'Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier' - Somalia Seaton and Nadia Latif. And neuroscientist Marc Lewis explains why he is convinced that addiction is a behavioural problem and not a disease.

Rio de Janeiro: Extreme City by Luiz Eduardo Soares is out now.

Digital Technologies in Argentine and Brazilian Culture by Edward King explores the use of science fiction in literature and graphic fiction from Argentina and Brazil.

The Biology of Desire: why addiction is not a disease by Marc Lewis is out now

'Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier' runs from 27th July at the RSC in Stratford

Producer: Ruth Watts.

Breaking Free - How the Reformation Changed British Daily Life20171221

Rana Mitter discusses research into the way life changed in Britain after the Reformation.

What chewing cloves had to do with sermons, the significance of a giant fish with vast teeth and the poignant histories and perilous journeys undertaken by nuns who lost their homes and workplaces. Rana Mitter looks at new research into the way daily life changed in Britain after the Reformation for Radio 3's series of programmes exploring Martin Luther's Revolution. His guests are:

Alec Ryrie, Professor in Religion and Theology at the University of Durham and author of: Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World 201;
Tom Charlton, New Generation Thinker is currently studying the history of Protestant nonconformity at Dr Williams's Library, London
Elizabeth Goodwin from the University of Sheffield and Birmingham is an expert on Nuns in the Reformation
Tara Hamling from the University of Birminghamb is the author of Decorating the Godly Household: Religious Art in Protestant Britain c.1560-c.1660.

Producer Jacqueline Smith.

Breaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution20170502

Peter Stanford Ulinka Rublack and Diarmaid MacCulloch discuss Martin Luther.

Peter Stanford, Ulinka Rublack and Diarmaid MacCulloch join Anne McElvoy to explore the question Martin Luther - Fundamentalist, Reactionary or Enlightened Creator of the Modern World?

The discussion was recorded in front of an audience at the LSE Literary Festival for Radio 3's Breaking Free series of programmes exploring Martin Luther's Revolution.

500 years ago Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation when he nailed a sheet of paper to the door of a church in a small university town in Germany. That sheet and the incendiary ideas it contained flared up into religious persecution and war, eventually burning a huge hole through 16th century Christendom. And yet the man who sparked this revolution has somehow been lost in the glare of events.

Peter Stanford is the author of a new biography of Luther
Ulinka Rublack is the author of Reformation Europe
Diarmaid MacCulloch's most recent book is All Things Made New - Writings on the Reformation

Producer Zahid Warley.

Breaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution20171219

Peter Stanford, Ulinka Rublack and Diarmaid MacCulloch discuss Martin Luther.

Martin Luther - Fundamentalist, Reactionary or Enlightened Creator of the Modern World? Peter Stanford, Ulinka Rublack and Diarmaid MacCulloch join Anne McElvoy to explore the question.

The discussion was recorded in front of an audience at the LSE Literary Festival for Radio 3's Breaking Free series of programmes exploring Martin Luther's Revolution.

500 years ago Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation when he nailed a sheet of paper to the door of a church in a small university town in Germany. That sheet and the incendiary ideas it contained flared up into religious persecution and war, eventually burning a huge hole through 16th century Christendom. And yet the man who sparked this revolution has somehow been lost in the glare of events.

Peter Stanford is the author of a new biography of Luther
Ulinka Rublack is the author of Reformation Europe
Diarmaid MacCulloch's most recent book is All Things Made New - Writings on the Reformation

Producer Zahid Warley.

Breaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution: New Research Into The Reformation20170503

Rana Mitter discusses research into the way life changed in Britain after the Reformation.

Rana Mitter looks at new research into the way daily life changed in Britain after the Reformation for Radio 3's series of programmes exploring Martin Luther's Revolution. His guests are:

Alec Ryrie, Professor in Religion and Theology at the University of Durham and author of: Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World 201;
Tom Charlton, New Generation Thinker is currently studying the history of Protestant nonconformity at Dr Williams's Library, London
Elizabeth Goodwin from the University of Sheffield and Birmingham is an expert on Nuns in the Reformation
Tara Hamling from the University of Birmingham is the author of Decorating the Godly Household: Religious Art in Protestant Britain c.1560-c.1660.

Producer Jacqueline Smith.

Breaking Free: Karl Kraus20170105

American author Jonathan Franzen's interest in the Austrian satirist and journalist resulted in him publishing The Kraus Project. He joins Philip Dodd, novelist Lawrence Norfolk and literary historian, Heide Kunzelmann for a programme exploring the writing and politics of Karl Kraus (1874-1936) - whose artistic achievements include 700 one man performances of works by Brecht, Goethe, Shakespeare and others - plus performances of Offenbach's operettas, accompanied by piano and singing all the roles himself; whose magazine Die Fackel published Oskar Kokoschka, Adolf Loos, Heinrich Mann, Arnold Schönberg, August Strindberg and Oscar Wilde and whose support for other artists included assisting Frank Wedekind in staging his controversial play Pandora's Box.

In 1915 Kraus began writing a satirical play about World War One called The Last Days of Mankind which mixes dialogue drawn from contemporary documents with fantasical expressionist scenes of apocalypse. A dramatisation featuring actors Giles Havergal and Paul Schofield was broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

Part of Radio 3's Breaking Free series of programmes exploring music and culture in Vienna.

Producer: Zahid Warley

(Karl Kraus archive clip courtesy of the Austrian Mediathek).

Brecht's Life Of Galileo, John Knox, Joanne Paul20170518

Philip Dodd discusses speaking truth to power and the beliefs of John Knox and Galileo.

As dramas about John Knox and Galileo open at theatres in Edinburgh and London, Philip Dodd talks to Fiona Shaw and Mark Ravenhill about performing and staging Brecht and to Edinburgh Lyceum artistic director David Greig. He's also joined by 2017 New Generation Thinker Joanne Paul, from the University of Sussex, who researches the idea of parrhesia or 'speaking truth to power'. And satirist Nev Fountain and stand-up comedian Simon Evans explore the impact that comedy can have in deflating the powerful.

Bertold Brecht's Life of Galileo directed by Joe Wright in a translation by John Willlett runs at the Young Vic Theatre in London from May 6th - July 1st.
Glory on Earth runs at the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh from May 20th to June 10th. Written by Linda McLean the drama is directed by David Greig and stars Jamie Sives.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by the BBC with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to work with academics to turn their research into radio and television. You can find more broadcasts and films on the Free Thinking website.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Britain's Economy: Will Hutton, Luke Johnson, Wendy Carlin, Richard Davies20150212

Will Hutton joins Anne McElvoy for a programme focusing on economics and wealth in Britain. We're used to hearing about the state of the economy, but what about the discipline of economics itself? Anne McElvoy is joined by three leading practitioners to discuss the latest developments in the field, and what they can tell us about the world today.

Will Hutton's new book offers a diagnosis of where we are now and offers suggestions about where we should go next. Wendy Carlin is Professor of Economics and Macroeconomics at UCL, and claims it's time for a thorough overhaul of the way her subject is taught. Richard Davies is Economics Editor at The Economist, and has studied how new ideas in economics are being made to work for business. Luke Johnson is the Chairman of Risk Capital Partners and the former Chairman of Channel 4 Television. He is an entrepreneur who argues it's risk, not textbooks, that keeps the economy going.

They'll discuss the state of economics today, from the seminar room to the trading floor.

Producer: Luke Mulhall

Editor: Robyn Read.

British Conceptual Art, Smart Thinking20160413

Philip Dodd is joined by artist Bruce McLean and critic Sarah Kent to consider the history and politics of British Conceptual Art on show at Tate Britain. Also Richard Nisbett gives his view on how "smart thinking" can help us improve our lives.

Richard Nisbett is Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology and Co-director of the Culture and Cognition programme at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He is cited by Malcolm Gladwell as an influence and is the author of a book called "Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking"

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979 runs at Tate Britain from 12 April - 29 August 2016

The exhibition includes works by Keith Arnatt, Art and Language, Conrad Atkinson, Victor Burgin, Michael Craig-Martin, Hamish Fulton,Margaret Harrison, Susan Hiller, John Hilliard, Mary Kelly, John Latham, Richard Long, Bruce McLean, David Tremlett and Stephen Willats.

Britten And Radio.20171101

BBC Historian David Hendy and others discuss Britten and radio at Aldeburgh.

David Hendy, Glyn Maxwell, Kate Kennedy and Lucy Walker with Philip Dodd and an audience at Aldeburgh in a discussion exploring Britten's relationship with radio in Britain and in America, with his subjects as varied as mountaineering (with words from Christopher Isherwood), a dramatisation of Homer's Odyssey and short stories by D.H. Lawrence (with a young W.H. Auden). But why was Britten so reluctant to accept a job at the BBC's Music department in the 1930s?

David Hendy is a historian of the BBC and Professor of Media and Cultural History at the University of Sussex.
Glyn Maxwell is a poet and librettist who has traced the journey of Auden and MacNeice to Iceland.
Kate Kennedy is a biographer and editor of the forthcoming 'Literary Britten',
Lucy Walker is Director of Programmes and Learning at the Britten-Pears Foundation.

Recorded in front of an audience as part of the Britten on the Radio weekend at the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings.

Producer: Fiona McLean.

Calling To Account: Bronwen Maddox, Margaret Hodge, Matthew Parris20161215

Are public enquiries good government? At the end of a year where we have seen the Hillsborough and Chilcot reports are these the best way of calling to account? Margaret Hodge and Bronwen Maddox join Anne McElvoy to discuss. Plus, Matthew Parris considers the concept of scorn and those who are best at pouring it.

Matthew Parris has written an updated version of Scorn: The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History

Margaret Hodge has written Called To Account: How Corporate Bad Behaviour and Government Waste Combine to Cost Us Millions.

Bronwen Maddox is Director of the Institute for Government

Producer: Craig Smith.

Canada 150: Identity20170628

New Generation Thinkers Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott on Canada in TV, poems and art.

Shahidha Bari and Laurence Scott look at images of Canada from First Nations art through Anne of Green Gables on TV to poems and art posted on Instagram and Twitter by Rupi Kaur. Their studio guests are author Alison MacLeod, Robbie Richardson and Deborah Pearson. Plus film maker Kevan Funk.

Rupi Kaur has published a book called Milk and Honey and you can find images of her art via her website https://www.rupikaur.com/

Robbie Richardson from the University of Kent is writing a book about the connections between representations of First Nations people in 18th-century British literature and the rise of modern British identity.

Kevan Funk's film Hello Destroyer is on a tour of UK cinemas along with other films from the Canada Now Festival and it is also available from Curzon Home Cinema.

Alison MacLeod has published a short story collection all the beloved gh-osts.

Deborah Pearson's documentary History History History is screening as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 5th to 10th.

Anne of Green Gables, the 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, has recently been remade for TV in a CBC-Netflix adaptation

Part of Canada 150: a week of programmes marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation. You can find links to concerts and other broadcasts on the Radio 3 website.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Canada 150: Robert Lepage, Katherine Ryan20170627

Philip Dodd's guests are comedian Katherine Ryan and playwright/performer Robert Lepage.

Philip Dodd explores the influence of Canadian history and the difference between stand up and performing a one man show. Katherine Ryan is based in the UK and about to perform at summer festivals and in an autumn tour. The French Canadian playwright, performer and opera director Robert Lepage recently staged his autobiographical "memory play", 887, at the Barbican in London. He has directed a ring cycle for the Metropolitan Opera which was featured in a 2012 documentary Wagner's Dream and productions of Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and has also worked on shows for Cirque Du Soleil.

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Part of Radio 3's Canada 150: a week of programmes marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation. You can find links to concerts and other broadcasts on the Radio 3 website.

Producer: Robyn Read.

Canada 150: Sydney Newman And British Tv, Vahni Capildeo20170629

Matthew Sweet discusses the Canadian producer who transformed British TV drama.

Matthew Sweet looks at the Canadian influence on British TV drama in the early 1960s, with director Alvin Rakoff, Sydney Newman biographer, Ryan Danes, and Graeme Burk, contributor to the publication of Newman's memoirs. Newman was instrumental in setting up Armchair Theatre, The Avengers and Doctor Who and The Wednesday Play at a time when broadcasting was in an excitingly fluid state.

The British-Trinidadian poet Vahni Capildeo on her Forward Prize winning collection Measures of Expatriation and a new Poetry Prize for Second Collections, the Ledbury Forte Prize.

Artists Larissa Sansour and Jonathan May discuss the Survival of the Artist as this year's Shubbak, London's festival of Contemporary Arab Culture opens.

Presenter: Matthew Sweet
Guests:
Graeme Burk 'Head of Drama: The Memoir of Sydney Newman' by Sydney Newman (Author), Ted Kotcheff (Foreword, Contributor), Graeme Burk (Contributor) out in September
Ryan Danes 'The Man Who Thought Outside the Box: The Life and Times of Doctor Who Creator Sydney Newman' out now
Vahni Capildeo 'Measure of Expatriation' out now.

The Ledbury Poetry Festival 30th June to 9th July 2017

The Survival of the Artist presented by The Mosaic Rooms, at the British Museum July 2nd, part of Shubbak, London's Festival of Contemporary Arab Culture 1-16 July 2017.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Profile of Sydney Newman is Part of Canada 150: a week of programmes marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation. You can find concerts and other broadcasts on the Radio 3 website.

You can find more links to discussions about TV history focusing on Dr Who, The Avengers and an interview with Tony Garnett on the Free Thinking website. They are all available to download as Arts and Ideas podcasts.

Caravaggio, Bob Dylan, Dario Fo, Lenin's Train Journey20161013

The award of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan is discussed by writer Toby Litt and by Anthony Wall, the Editor of BBC TV's Arena series who co-produced the Martin Scorsese documentary about Dylan: No Direction Home and who has made several other films with and about Dylan. As the death of Italian playwright and activist Dario Fo is announced, David Greig Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh is joined by playwright Anders Lustgarten to reflect on Dario Fo's plays. Caravaggio's art explored by curator Letizia Treves, New Generation Thinker Joe Moshenska and playwright Anders Lustgarten. Plus, historian and Russologist Catherine Merridale on her latest book about Lenin's journey from exile in Zurich back to Russia on the eve of the 1917 Revolution. Anne McElvoy presents.

Beyond Caravaggio runs at The National Gallery 12 Oct 2016 To 15 Jan 2017.

Anders Lustgarten's play The Seven Acts of Mercy is at the Royal Shakespeare Company from November 24th to February 10th

Joe Moshenska is the author of A Stain In The Blood and teaches at Cambridge University. He is on the New Generation Thinkers scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into radio.

Mexican writer √?lvaro Enrigue's novel is called Sudden Death. It's translated by Natasha Wimmer. You can find more about fiction in translation in a collection on our website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047v6vh

Catherine's Merridale's account of Lenin's journey from Zurich to Petrograd is Lenin On The Train.

(Image: Interior with a Young Man holding a Recorder, Oil on canvas 103 x 139.5 cm, Cecco del Caravaggio 1615-20, (c) Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford).

Caribbean Culture20170131

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro and Kei Miller join Matthew Sweet to discuss Caribbean history and Jamaican culture.

Kei Miller's novel is called Augustown.

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's non fiction exploration is called Island People The Caribbean and The World.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Caryl Phillips, Stanley Wells, Ah, Wilderness!20150421

Caryl Phillips talks to Matthew Sweet about his new novel The Lost Child which re-imagines Heathcliff the young boy adopted by Mr Earnshaw and sets that history against the struggles of a contemporary single mother in Leeds.

The Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells will be discussing his new book, Great Shakespearean Actors, which maps the careers of actors from Burbage and Kemp in Shakespeare's day to contemporary actors including Kenneth Branagh and Simon Russell Beale.

Two weeks ago the University of Cape Town removed a statue of the British imperialist Cecil Rhodes after student protests. Elsewhere in South Africa a statue of Queen Victoria has been vandalised and, in Ukraine, statues of Lenin have been toppled. The writer Lesley Lokko joins Matthew to discuss the events in South Africa.

And a first night review of Eugene O'Neill's only comedy Ah, Wilderness! at London's Young Vic theatre.

Producer: Fiona McLean.

Chalke Valley History Festival: Heroism V Failure20150716

Should we spend more time studying the failures of history, and less time on the heroes? David Starkey, Amanda Foreman and Saul David join Anne McElvoy for a debate recorded in front of an audience at the Chalke Valley History Festival.

Saul David is the author of Operation Thunderbolt. It looks at the Entebbe Raid which took place on 4th July 1976.

David Starkey has written Magna Carta - a book exploring the history and relevance of the document drafted 800 years ago.

Amanda Foreman is the author of A World on Fire: The Epic History of the British in the American Civil War and will be presenting a BBC TV series exploring women's history from the Paleolithic to modern Britain.

Charles Kingsley's Water Babies, Edward St Aubyn20140506

As a musical version of The Water Babies opens at The Curve in Leicester, Matthew Sweet considers the writings and ideas of the nineteenth century novelist and historian Charles Kingsley.

Free Thinking begins a series of discussions involving academics who have been Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers. The scheme launched in 2010 in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and looks for academics who want to share their research with radio audiences.

Edward St Aubyn drew on his own life in his Patrick Melrose Novels and co-wrote the screenplay for the film version of Mother's Milk. His new book - called Lost For Words - depicts writers jostling for the Elysian Prize. He discusses literary satire with Matthew Sweet.

Producer: Fiona McLean.

Chibundu Onuzo, Nadeem Aslam, Lockwood Kipling's Art20170112

Anne McElvoy talks to Nadeem Aslam and Chibundu Onuzo about their novels set in Pakistan and Nigeria which follow characters who have to find safe places to live following violent uprisings; Alex Evans joins them to explore myth-making plus we hear from the curator of an exhibition at the V&A about Lockwood Kipling art teacher and father of Rudyard.

Nadeem Aslam is the author of books including Maps For Lost Lovers and The Blind Man's Garden which have won a series of awards. His new novel is called The Golden Legend.

Chibundu Onuzo's first novel The Spider King's Daughter won a Betty Trask Award and her new novel is called Welcome to Lagos.

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London is a free display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London opening Saturday January 14th.

The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren't Enough by Alex Evans is out now.

Producer: Harry Parker.

Christine Lagarde20140204

, the first female to head the International Monetary Fund, delivers this year's Richard Dimbleby Lecture on TV. Anne McElvoy has met her and is joined by Jesse Norman MP to consider her arguments.

Producer: Laura Thomas.

Christine Lagarde, the first female to head the International Monetary Fund, delivers this year's Richard Dimbleby Lecture on TV. Anne McElvoy has met her and is joined by Jesse Norman MP to consider her arguments.

Cities And Resilience, Daisy Hay, Brian Clarke On Robert Fraser20150122

New Generation Thinker Daisy Hay talks to Anne McElvoy about the relationship between Disraeli and his wife. Judith Rodin discusses cities and disaster planning with Ricky Burdett - director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. Glass artist Brian Clarke outlines the role played by the art dealer Robert Fraser who showcased the work of emerging American and European artists from the 60s onwards. Fraser, who was painted being arrested alongside Mick Jagger in Richard Hamilton's Image Swingeing London '67, hosted avant garde art openings and supported artists including Jean Michel Basquiat, Gilbert and George, Bridget Riley and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Judith Rodin's book is The Resilience Dividend.

Daisy Hay's book is called Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance

Brian Clarke is curating an exhibition at Pace Gallery in London: A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense runs from February 6th - March 21st at 6 Burlington Gardens. Brian Clarke's own work is on show at Pace London at 10 Lexington Street from February 13th - March 21st.

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

Cities And Resilience, Disraeli Biography20150122

New Generation Thinker Daisy Hay looks at the relationship between Disraeli and his wife. Judith Rodin discusses cities and disaster planning with Ricky Burdett - director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme and Anne McElvoy.

Judith Rodin's book is The Resilience Dividend.

Daisy Hay's book is called Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

Cities, Export Of Empire, India's New Story20140527

Rana Mitter talks to MP and historian Tristram Hunt about the urbanising effects of Britain's trading Empire as the pair walk the streets of London finding reminders of, and signposts to, the dominating imperatives and concepts of the era.

As India puts its colonial history firmly behind it - what does 2014's pivotal national election tell us about the forces shaping the country's future direction? Rana Mitter is joined in discussion by Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Dr Shruti Patel and the writer, Pankaj Mishra.

As India puts its colonial history firmly behind it - what does 2014's pivotal national election tell us about the forces shaping the country's future direction? Rana Mitter is joined in discussion by Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Dr Shruti Kapila and the writer, Pankaj Mishra.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

City Of London Festival Debate20140717

Does emotion or reason dictate the financial markets? Anne McElvoy is joined by Frances Hudson, Global Thematic Strategist at Standard Life Investments; Daniel Ben Ami, financial journalist, author 'Cowardly Capitalism' and Greg Davies, Head of Behavioural and Quantitative Investment Philosophy, Barclays.

Recorded at The Bowler Hat at this year's City of London Festival.

Civil Wars: Susan Buck-morss, Louisa Egbunike, Wellcome Book Prize20170427

Anne McElvoy talks revolutions with professor of political philosophy Susan Buck-Morss, Biafra with New Generation Thinker Louisa Egbunike - organiser of the Igbo Conference at SOAS - and meets the author who has won this year's Wellcome Book Prize announced earlier this week.

Producer: Karl Bos.

Clive James20141218

Poet, critic and broadcaster Clive James is in conversation with Philip Dodd

Producer: Zahid Warley

You can download this programme by searching in the Arts and Ideas podcasts for the broadcast date.

Colour: Sean Scully, Jamie Ward, Caroline Cox2014061820141222 (R3)

Philip Dodd talks to the celebrated abstract artist, Sean Scully and neuroscientist Jamie Ward and fashion expert Caroline Cox explore our perception of colour.

Producer: Zahid Warley

Sean Scully: Kind of Red

Installation view, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, June 2014

Copyright, Sean Scully. Photo by Todd White Fine Art Photography

You can download this programme by searching in the Arts and Ideas podcasts for the broadcast date.

First broadcast June 2014.

As the National Gallery mounts an exhibition exploring the way colour has been created from lapis lazuli to crushed insects, Philip Dodd explores the painter's palette talking to artists including Sean Scully.

Community, The Amber Collective, Poet Claudia Rankine20150624

Jamaican/US poet Claudia Rankine talks about "Citizen: An American Lyric". And what do we mean by community? Philip Dodd is joined by Toby Young, Tulip Siddiq MP, author Kate Pullinger, Douglas Murray - journalist and former director of the Centre for Social Cohesion and Newcastle film maker Graeme Rigby, a founder member of the Amber Collective, who are responsible for producing 20,000 photographs and 100 films documenting life in the Newcastle area.

For Ever Amber opens at the Laing Gallery in Newcastle on 27 June and runs until 19 September. An accompanying programme of films is screening at the Tyneside Cinema.

Citizen: An American Lyric is out now and has been shortlisted for the 2015 Forward Poetry Prize. You can also find our New Generation Thinker Sandeep Parmar discussing poetry on the Free Thinking home page.

Toby Young's father Michael Young co-authored a 1957 sociological study Family and Kinship in East London which aimed to understand post war community and the aspirations of fears of the people interviewed. He also set up the Institute for Community Studies in 1954 which after merging with the Mutual Aid Centre was renamed the Young Foundation.

Image: Poet Claudia Rankine, CR: John Lucas.

Con Men, John Dee, F For Fake20160126

Matthew Sweet and guests explore the art of the con.... If you've ever fallen for a scam, you'll be reassured by

Maria Konnikova's new book The Confidence Game, in which she explains why most of us are easy prey to con artists.

Orson Welles was infamous early in his career for a radio broadcast of HG Wells' War of the Worlds which - it's said - caused genuine panic that aliens were invading earth. For Free Thinking Larushka Ivan-Zadeh discusses Welles's last film, F For Fake, which tells the tangled story of art forger Elmyr de Hory.

And Gary Lachman and Kevin Jackson visit a new exhibition about Elizabethan alchemist, philosopher and mathematician John Dee - a mysterious figure who during his long career was sometimes a con-artist, and sometimes the conned.

Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee is on at the Royal College of Physicians in London until July 29th. Entry is free.

Main Image: Cicero - Opera omnia, vol. 2. Ship drawing in margin and annotations by John Dee. Photograph by Mike Fear. (c) Royal College of Physicians.

Concrete: Marina Lewycka, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Lynsey Hanley20160503

Author Marina Lewycka discusses Lubetkin's social housing with Matthew Sweet in a programme which considers concrete homes past and present. Curator Helen Pheby describes transporting a former council house which has been turned into a kind of blue grotto by artist Roger Hiorns as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park hosts an exhibition on the theme of Home. Lynsey Hanley talks about the experience of growing up on a Birmingham council estate and the powerful connections between concrete and class. And architecture historian Barnabas Calder invites us to look again at the beauty of brutalism.

Marina Lewycka's novel is called The Lubetkin Legacy

At Home at the Bothy Gallery at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park runs from 19.03.16 - 03.07.16

Lynsey Hanley's book is called Respectable: The Experience of Class. It was read as Radio 4's Book of the Week last week so is available to listen on i player.

Barnabas Calder has written Raw Concrete.

Contemporary France: Karim Miske And Aatish Taseer20150211

Karim Miské and Aatish Taseer discuss their novels, the French tradition of secularism and the influences of religion with Philip Dodd. They're joined by Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh.

Karim Miské is a writer and documentary maker based in Paris whose novel Arab Jazz won the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière - the most prestigious award for crime and detective fiction in France.

Aatish Taseer divides his time between New Delhi and New York. His first novel The Temple-Goers was shortlisted for the Costa First novel and his memoir travelogue Stranger to History : A Son's Journey Through Islamic Lands is translated into more than 14 languages.

His new novel is called The Way Things Were.

Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh is the author of books on Napoleon, the influence of General De Gaulle, the intellectual founders of the republic and in June his new book How the French Think: An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People will be available.

Producer: Jatinder Sidhu

Editor: Robyn Read.

Cosmopolitanism V The Nation State20150326

Philip Dodd continues his exploration of the culture wars by investigating the tension between cosmopolitanism and the nation state and how this is playing out in Europe.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Dadaism's Hundredth Anniversary20160209

Matthew Sweet looks at the founding of the Dada movement 100 years ago. The city of Zurich is celebrating the anniversary with a series of exhibitions and cabarets.

Dad's Army, Utopia In Sci-fi, States Of Mind At Wellcome Collection20160202

As Dad's Army inspires a new film, Matthew Sweet looks at the history of the fifth column with historians Juliet Gardiner and Steven Fielding. He also meets a robot and its creator/handler Lola Ca√Īamero who, along with writer Laurence Scott, talks about modelling emotions and how interacting with AI affects us. New Generation Thinker Jonathan Healey explores utopia in sci-fi as a series of events mark the 500th anniversary of Thomas More's text Utopia.

Dad's Army is directed by Oliver Parker and includes performances from Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Mark Gatiss and Ian Lavender amongst others.

States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness runs at Wellcome Collection in London from 4 February - 16 October 2016

A Friday Night Late Spectacular, Feeling Emotional, takes place on Friday 5 February 19:00-23:00 exploring the art and science of human emotions.

Utopias is the theme of this year's LSE Space For Thought Literary Festival. In a discussion on Friday 26 February 2016 Toby Litt, Patrick Parrinder, Samantha Shannon explore the history of the utopian genre in literature and its present state.

Radio 3's Free Thinking explores Utopia in politics past and present in a debate recorded at LSE on Wednesday February 17th at broadcast on Thursday February 18th.

Getting Real about Utopia

Date: Wednesday 17 February 2016 6.30pm

Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Speakers: Professor Justin Champion, Dr John Guy, Kwasi Kwarteng, Gisela Stuart

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Dame Janet Suzman20140423

has appeared on stage at the Royal Shakespeare company as Beatrice, Kate, Cleopatra, Portia, Rosaline, Ophelia. On TV she played opposite Michael Gambon as Philip E Marlowe's wife in The Singing Detective. In her native South Africa she has directed Brecht, Chekhov and Shakespeare. She is the author of Acting With Shakespeare: Three Comedies, a series of masterclasses, and Not Hamlet.

Today is the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. In extended conversation with Philip Dodd, Janet Suzman talks about acting and directing and politics in her native South Africa - which goes to the polls on May 7th.

Part of Radio 3's celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Dame Janet Suzman has appeared on stage at the Royal Shakespeare company as Beatrice, Kate, Cleopatra, Portia, Rosaline, Ophelia. On TV she played opposite Michael Gambon as Philip E Marlowe's wife in The Singing Detective. In her native South Africa she has directed Brecht, Chekhov and Shakespeare. She is the author of Acting With Shakespeare: Three Comedies, a series of masterclasses, and Not Hamlet.

Daniel Evans On Sarah Kane, Indian Summers20150205

As Sheffield Theatres begin a season looking back at the work of Sarah Kane, Director Daniel Evans discusses her writing with Anne McElvoy; also a review of Indian Summers - Channel 4's new costume drama about the end of colonial rule.

The Sarah Kane Season runs at Sheffield Theatres until Mid March.

Indian Summers screens on Channel 4 for 10 weeks beginning on Sunday February 15th at 9pm.

Producer: Luke Mulhall

Image: Indian Summers, Channel 4

Photographer: Joss Barratt.

Darwin And Nature: Will Abberley, Nitin Sawhney, Helen Pilcher20161208

Shahidha Bari and guests look at our relationship with animals.

Nitin Sawhney discusses his 'animal symphony' composed for a new documentary exploring animal reactions to music. Darwin expert and New Generation Thinker Will Abberley reviews an exhibition exploring our relationship with the rest of the living world. Science writer Helen Pilcher explains the new science behind 'De-extinction'.

Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction by Helen Pilcher is out now.

Making Nature at the Wellcome Collection in London runs until the 21st of May.

The Animal Symphony is on Sky Arts on the 9th December at 6pm, then on demand.

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

David Baddiel, Shlomo Sand20141015

David Baddiel has transformed his film The Infidel into a musical which premieres at Stratford East Theatre in London. It depicts a British Muslim who discovers he was born to a Jewish family and then adopted.

The Israeli professor of history Shlomo Sand has written a polemical book How I Stopped Being a Jew.

They discuss the politics and comedy of religious identity with Rana Mitter.

Producer: Georgia Catt

Editor: Robyn Read.

David Cohen Prize Winner20150226

The winner of the biennial David Cohen prize for Literature and how we value arts. Presented by Rana Mitter.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

David Grossman2014031120150219 (R3)

's new book Falling Out of Time mixes poetry, drama and fiction to explore the emotion of grief and loss. His own son died in 2006.

He is also the author of non fiction books including Death as a Way of Life: From Oslo to the Geneva Agreement. When he was in London for Jewish Book Week, Free Thinking invited him to join Matthew Sweet in the studio to discuss his new book, its place in his work as a whole and the part he hopes it can play in the discourse about Israel today.

Presenter: Matthew Sweet

Producer: Zahid Warley.

As this year's Jewish Book Week launches in London - Matthew Sweet is in conversation with the Israeli novelist David Grossman.

David Grossman's latest book Falling Out of Time mixes poetry, drama and fiction to explore the emotion of grief and loss. His own son died in 2006.

He is also the author of non fiction books including Death as a Way of Life: From Oslo to the Geneva Agreement. When he was in London for Jewish Book Week last year, Free Thinking invited him to join Matthew Sweet in the studio to discuss his fiction and the part he hopes it can play in the discourse about Israel today.

First broadcast March 11th 2014.

David Grossman's new book Falling Out of Time mixes poetry, drama and fiction to explore the emotion of grief and loss. His own son died in 2006.

David Hare20150929

discusses his career in playwriting and his memoirs with Matthew Sweet. His version of Chekhov's The Seagull opens this week at Chichester Festival Theatre as part of a season devoted to young Chekhov which also includes David Hare's Platonov and Ivanov.

The Seagull runs at Chichester Festival Theatre from 28th September to November 14th

Ivanov runs from October 1st to November 14th

Platonov runs from October 5th to November 14th.

The Moderate Soprano opens at Hampstead Theatre on October 23rd.

David Hare's Memoir called The Blue Touch Paper is out now.

Recorded in front of an audience at the BBC Proms.

David Willetts Plus Does Scandal Drive Social Change ?20171128

The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts talks to Philip Dodd about universities in the UK.

The Rt Hon Lord David Willetts talks to Philip Dodd about universities. The UK Minister for Universities and Science from 2010 to 2014, his new book considers both the history and the global role they now play. Plus a discussion about scandal old and new - is it a driving force for social change or once the outrage has passed does everything revert to the status quo. Historian and New Generation Thinker Tom Charlton, journalist Michael White and biographer Frances Wilson, author of lives of Thomas De Quincey and royal courtesan Harriette Wilson look at scandals past and present.

A University Education by David Willetts is out now.

Producer: Eliane Glaser.

Davos Discussions, Shobana Jeyasingh, New Generation Thinker Sean Williams20170125

Anne McElvoy explores topics discussed at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos - she's joined by former Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander, economist Liam Halligan and MIT scientist Andrew McAfee. Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27th, New Generation Thinker Se√°n Williams discusses his research into barbers in the camps. Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh discusses the way the history of indentured labour has influenced her latest dance piece.

Shobana Jeyasingh's Material Men Redux, informed by the personal stories of dancers Sooraj Subramaniam and Shailesh Bahoran, tours to Nottingham, Ipswich, Eastleigh, Birmingham, Glasgow and London from February.

Producer:Torquil MacLeod.

Delacroix, Petain, De Gaulle, Jonathan Lynn20160217

Jonathan Lynn, author of Yes, Minister talks to Philip Dodd about his new play Patriotic Traitor which imagines the relationship between Petain and de Gaulle as that of father and son and follows them from their first meeting in World War I to the end of the Second World War, by which time, each had sentenced the other to death.

Suhdir Hazareesingh, author of In The Shadow of the General: Modern France and the Myth of de Gaulle, and writer and political columnist, Anne Elizabeth Moutet join Daniel Lee, New Generation Thinker and author of Pétain's Jewish Children to discuss with Philip Dodd the different notions of France that Petain and de Gaulle fought for and their post-war legacies.

And as a new exhibition Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art opens at London's National Gallery, Philip Dodd talks to curator Christopher Riopelle about the romantic pessmism of Eugene Delacroix and his visions for both art and the future of society.

The Patriotic Traitor is at the Park Theatre in London from February 17th to March 19th.

Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art is the National Gallery in London from February 17th to May 22nd.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Main Image: 'Liberty Leading the People, 28 July 1830' - painting by Eugène Delacroix, 1830, commemorating the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France.

Developments In Neuroscience20150409

Rana Mitter discusses a new model for understanding the brain, with researcher and writer Norman Doidge.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Digital Revolution And Cory Arcangel, Richard Linklater's Boyhood20140708

Richard Linklater filmed the actor who stars in Boyhood over 12 years from a 6 year old to a college youth. Matthew Sweet reviews the project and discusses growing up.

Artist Cory Arcangel talks about his book composed from tweets and working in digital media. He also explores the themes explored in Digital Revolution at the Barbican Centre, which brings together film-makers, artists, game developers and musicians.

Digital Revolution runs from July 3rd to September 14th.

Cory Arcangel's book is called Working on My Novel.

Producer: Georgia Catt

Editor: Robyn Read.

Diplomacy: Sir John Jenkins, Gabrielle Rifkind, Michael Burleigh, Dr Beyza Unal.20170919
Documenting Through Photography And Poetry20171130

The Vietnam War, poetry and flash photography with Ken Burns, Sasha Dugdale and Kate Flint

Matthew Sweet discusses the Vietnam War with the film maker Ken Burns who has spent the last decade making a monumental documentary about America's ill fated war in South East Asia. The award winning poet, Sasha Dugdale, reads from her latest collection, Joy; and Kate Flint traces the history of flash photography from its origins in the nineteenth century to Weegee and Gordon Parks in the twentieth and Hiroshi Sugimoto and Martin Parr today

The Vietnam War - a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is released by PBS as a 10 disc DVD set.

Joy by Sasha Dugdale is published by Carcanet.

Flash! Photography, writing and Surprising Illumination by Kate Flint, Provost Professor of Art History and English at the University of Southern California is out now.

Producer: Zahid Warley

Main Image: U.S. Troops On Patrol In Vietnam, June 1966. Credit: Hulton Archive /Getty Images.

Does Democracy Work?20150304

Is the democratic system the best way to rule a country. Rana Mitter and guests debate.

Churchill famously commented that 'democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time'. Yet China has grown to be the world's second biggest economy under a non-democratic system, and until just a few decades ago, even the liberal west put heavy restrictions on who could vote. Plato opposed it, and his arguments begin a long tradition of principled objection to the idea of rule by the people. Do we need to rethink from first principles whether democracy really works? And should democracy be able to find space in the public sphere for those who argue against it? We test Free Thinking to its limits by looking at the alternatives to our own political system.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

Dorothy Bohm, Wolfgang Suschitzky, Neil Libbert, Tim Berners-lee20160524

Matthew Sweet talks to three photographers over 90 - Dorothy Bohm, Wolfgang Suschitzky, Neil Libbert and to the inventor of the world wide web Tim Berners Lee, winner of this year's Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize which was established to award an individual of exceptional talents in the spirit of John Maynard Keynes' work and legacy.

Unseen London, Paris, New York 1930s-60s: Photographs by Wolfgang Suschitzky, Dorothy Bohm and Neil Libbert is at the Ben Uri Gallery in London from May 20th to August 27th.

Dorothy Bohm also has work on show at the Jewish Museum in London looking at Sixties London from 28 April - 29 August 2016.

Dramatising Democracy: Michael Dobbs, James Graham, Paula Milne, John Marks20150120

Author Michael Dobbs, dramatists James Graham and Paula Milne, and John Marks of Search for Common Ground join a panel in the BBC Radio Theatre as part of BBC Democracy Day. Anne McElvoy chairs the debate which asks whether dramas like The West Wing, Borgen or This House aid our understanding of the way governments operate or do they foster cynicism about whether democracy works ?

Producer: Harry Parker.

Economics: Liam Byrne, John Redwood, Luke Johnson, Juliet Michaelson And Matt Wolf20160407

Anne McElvoy looks at current debates about economics, British manufacturing and entrepreneurialism talking to Juliet Michaelson from the New Economics Foundation, the politicians Liam Byrne and John Redwood and entrepreneur Luke Johnson. They also consider the arguments in new books from Yanis Varoufakis and Thomas Piketty. The panel is joined by theatre critic Matt Wolf who'll be reflecting on the way business and economics are represented on stage reporting on recent openings on Broadway and looking ahead to the UK premiere of The Invisible Hand by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar at London's Tricyle Theatre.

Liam Byrne is the author of Turning to Face The East: How Britain Can Prosper In The Asian Century and Dragons: 10 Entrepreneurs Who Built Britain

Chronicles by Thomas Piketty is out now.

And the Weak Suffer What They Must? by Yanis Varoufakis is out now.

The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar runs at the Tricycle Theatre in London from May 12th to July 2nd.

Producer: Eliane Glaser.

Ecstasy, Carpe Diem, Hetta Howes On Medieval Ecstasy20170531

Jules Evans and Roman Krznaric join Rana Mitter to discuss living in the moment.

Why we need to seize the moment and lose control more often is discussed by philosophers Jules Evans and Roman Krznaric and Canon Angela Tilby. And presenter Rana Mitter is joined by 2017 New Generation Thinker Hetta Howes, whose research looks at medieval attitudes to ecstasy.

'Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day' by Roman Krznaric is out now www.carpediem.click
Jules Evans is a 2013 New Generation Thinker who blogs at http://www.philosophyforlife.org/ His book The Art of Losing Control is out now.
Canon Angela Tilby is a contributor to Radio 4's Thought for the Day. Her website is http://www.angelatilby.co.uk/Index/Welcome.html
Dr Hetta Howes is at Queen Mary The University of London.

You can hear Haemin Sunim at the Free Thinking Festival here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08jb1mp

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into radio and television. You can find out more via the Free Thinking website.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

Edmund De Waal, Orhan Pamuk2015092320160817 (R3)

Orhan Pamuk, novelist and Nobel Prize winner is in conversation with Edmund de Waal - the potter and best-selling author of the Hare with Amber Eyes - who has been on a quest to explore the history of porcelain. Philip Dodd chairs a conversation ranging across the colours white and red, appreciating and conserving craft skills, the way historic objects are displayed in museums, and the changing identity of cities such as Dresden, Jingdezhen and Istanbul.

Orhan Pamuk's new novel is called A Strangeness In My Mind.

Edmund de Waal's new book The White Road: a pilgrimage of sorts is being read as Radio 4's Book of the Week this week. He has also curated white: a project in the Royal Academy Library and Print Room. It runs from September 16th to January 3rd.

He's also worked with the Aurora Orchestra to create a series of events called On White which includes the world premiere of a new commission from the Scottish composer Martin Suckling called Psalm and a performance of Hans Zender's 'composed interpretation' of Schubert's Winterreise.

Producer: Robyn Read.

Edmund De Waal; Orhan Pamuk; Romola Garai20150923

Orhan Pamuk, novelist and Nobel Prize winner is in conversation with Edmund de Waal - the potter and best selling author of the Hare with Amber Eyes - who has been on a quest to explore the history of porcelain. Philip Dodd chairs a conversation ranging across the colours white and red, appreciating and conserving craft skills, the way historic objects are displayed in museums, and the changing identity of cities such as Desden, Jingdezhen and Istanbul. Romola Garai stars in a new production of Measure for Measure directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. They discuss this drama of puritanism and carnal desire.

Orhan Pamuk's new novel is called A Strangeness In My Mind.

Edmund de Waal's book The White Road: a pilgrimage of sorts is being read as Radio 4's Book of the Week this week.

He has also curated white: a project in the Royal Academy Library and Print Room. It runs from September 16th to January 3rd.

Measure For Measure is at the Young Vic from October 3rd to November 14th.

Edna O'brien2015110420160818 (R3)

Irish novelist Edna O'Brien in conversation. As she publishes her latest novel The Little Red Chairs she looks back at her literary career which has included short stories, a memoir, plays and poems. Her first novel The Country Girls was published in 1960 and it was banned by the Irish censor for its discussion of sex and social attitudes.

Her latest story The Little Red Chairs depicts a multi-cultural Ireland in which a wanted war criminal from the Balkans settles in a west coast village community.

Producer: Harry Parker

(Photograph: Edna O'Brien 2015 Copyright: Guardian News and Media Ltd).

Eighteenth-century Sexual Politics20140429

Philip Dodd explores the sexual mores of eighteenth-century England.

John Cleland's erotic novel Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure - otherwise known as Fanny Hill - was first published in 1748 but subsequently withdrawn. Pirated copies led to the first known obscenity case in the USA and a trial in England in 1964.

In 1789 Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies - identifying the name, location and special charms of London prostitutes - sold for half a crown and 8,000 copies of the first edition were printed.

What do these publications tell us about the way sex was seen in eighteenth-century London?

Producer: Harry Parker.

Eimear Mcbride, Nathan Filer20140612

Prize-winning first novelists Eimear McBride and Nathan Filer join Anne McElvoy to discuss literary experimentation. Plus a first night review of the European premiere of Anne Washburn's play Mr Burns which is set in a world without electricity

Eimear McBride's first novel is A Girl is a Half Formed Thing.

Nathan Filer's first novel is The Shock of the Fall.

Mr Burns runs at the Almeida Theatre in London June 5th - July 26th.

Producer: Ella-Mai Robey.

Elites20161130

Douglas Carswell, David Runciman and Eliane Glaser join Matthew Sweet to discuss the role of elites in contemporary politics.

Eliane Glaser's most recent book is called Get Real: How to See Through the Hype, Spin and Lies of Modern Life

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

Emma Cline, New Generation Thinker Louisa Uchum Egbunike Explores Efuru By Flora Nwapa20160615

Philip Dodd talks Emma Cline whose first novel about teenage girls and the Charles Manson cult and our third 2016 New Generation Thinker Louisa Uchum Egbunike marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Efuru by Flora Nwapa - the first novel written by a Nigerian woman to be published. Plus Dark Money - New Yorker writer Jane Mayer examines the billionaire class - their rise and power.

Emma Cline's first novel The Girls is out now.

Jane Mayer's book is called Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Louisa Uchum Egbunike is at Manchester Metropolitan University. Louisa co-convenes an annual Igbo conference at SOAS

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into radio programmes. Find out more from our website and hear them introducing their research in the programme which broadcast on May 31st - available as an arts and ideas podcast.

Producer: Ruth Watts.

Energy And Landscape: Edward Burtynsky, Ella Hickson20160915

Large-scale photographs showing the impact of humans on urban and natural environments are discussed by Canadian artist and 2005 TED prize winner Edward Burtynsky. Ella Hickson's new play Oil, directed by Carrie Cracknell, explores the politics of this natural resource from 1889 to present day. She's in conversation with Joe Douglas, director of a Dundee Rep production of John McGrath's drama The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil which is on tour this autumn. Plus, presenter Philip Dodd is joined by analysts Peter Atherton and Jeremy Leggett to consider how we meet energy demands in the face of climate change and a rapidly rising global population.

Essential Elements by Edward Burtynsky is published in hardback. His photographs Salt Pans

Essential Elements can be seen at the Flowers Gallery in Kingsland Road London from 16 September - 29 October 2016

Ella Hickson's play Oil, directed by Carrie Cracknell, runs at London's Almeida Theatre from October 7th to November 26th.

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil is the the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh from 14th - 24th September; at Aberdeen Performing Arts from October 4th- 6th, Eden Court October 11th - 15th, at Glasgow Citizens Theatre from 18th - 22nd.

(Image: Salt Pans #05 Little Rann of Kutch India 2016 (c) Edward Burtynsky 2016. Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London / Metivier Gallery, Toronto).

English Civil War, Indigenous Australia20150423

As Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire is revived at The National's Lyttelton Theatre, Anne McElvoy hears how it resonates with current historical research and how a post-English Civil War play which premiered during the political turmoil of the mid-1970s might cast light on today's political landscape with historians Justin Champion and Emma Wilkins.

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National Theatre from April to June.

Anne McElvoy also visits the British Museum's exhibition Indigenous Australia: Enduring Culture in the company of curator Gaye Sculthorpe, herself of Tasmanian aboriginal descent, and hears from australian aboriginal scholar Christine Nicholls about her own experience of living in an aborginal desert community for ten years. Anne McElvoy is then joined in the studio by anthropologist Howard Morphy to discuss the difficulty of translating the concept of Dreamtime into english and the role its related art has played in shaping views of aboriginal history and contemporary frustrations.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Enoch Powell Drama, The Supreme Court20161027

Chris Harding talks to the writer behind a new Birmingham Rep play about Enoch Powell. Also Jim Zirin discusses the Supreme Court in America.

What Shadows runs at Birmingham Rep Theatre from October 27th to November 12th and stars Ian McDiarmid playing Enoch Powell.

Jim Zirin's book is called Supremely Partisan: How Raw Politics Tips the Scales in the United States Supreme Court

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Erica Jong, Richard Jones, Ben Bernanke20151028

Erica Jong has followed her book "Fear of Flying" with "Fear of Dying". She talks to Philip Dodd about feminism and ageing. Richard Jones discusses Eugene O'Neill's 1922 drama The Hairy Ape - which stars Bertie Carvel as the ship labourer trying to find a way to belong in the divided society of New York. Ben Bernanke, former chair of the US Federal Reserve, has a more contemporary view of the divide between rich and poor in New York.

The Hairy Ape is at The Old Vic Theatre in London from October 17th to November 21st.

Erica Jong's latest book is called Fear of Dying.

Ben Bernanke's book is called The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and its Aftermath

Photograph: Bertie Carvel (playing Yank in The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill).

Essay Writing20140522

Anne McElvoy looks at the resurgence of non-fiction writing and the Essay as a form.

Producer: Harry Parker.

Eugenia Cheng On Maths, Susan Abulhawa, 15020150604

Dr Eugenia Cheng says she aims to rid the world of maths phobics. She discusses the links between maths and playing the piano with Anne McElvoy. Susan Abulhawa was born to refugees of the 1967 war and is a founder of Playgrounds for Palestine. Her novel Mornings in Jenin has been translated into 25 languages. 150 is the title of a new drama about the 150 Welsh familes who settled in Patagonia in 1865 created by Marc Rees.

150 is a joint production between National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in association with S4C and is being staged in Aberdare. 150 runs from 27th June - 11th July.

Susan Abulhawa's new novel is called The Blue Between Sky and Water.

Eugenia Cheng's book is called Cakes, Custard and Category Theory: Easy Recipes for Understanding Complex Maths.

Producer: Neil Trevithick.

European Cities On The Brink Of War20140107

As part of Radio 3's Music on the Brink, Free Thinking takes the cultural temperature of Paris, Berlin, London, St Petersburg and Vienna in the years leading up to the First World War.

The novelist AS Byatt, the film expert Neil Brand and the cultural historians Alexandra Harris and Philipp Blom have chosen artworks and artefacts from the period and will use them to explore, with Anne McElvoy, the ideas and spirit of the European capital cities on the brink of World War 1.

Roger Fry, a landmark silent film version of Les Miserables and Freud's understanding of the Viennese practice of Gschnas give us glimpses of a rapidly changing world.

Producer: Natalie Steed.

Evelyn Waugh20160405

A celebration of Evelyn Waugh to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. Matthew Sweet is joined by two writers who are long term admirers - Adam Mars-Jones and Bryony Lavery and by Waugh's latest biographer, Philip Eade and his grandson and editor, Alexander Waugh.

Brideshead Revisited - adapted by Bryony Lavery - runs at York Theatre Royal from Fri 22 Apr - Sat 30 Apr and then goes on tour to Bath, Southampton, Cambridge, Malvern, Brighton, Oxford, Richmond.

Evelyn Waugh - A Life Revisited by Philip Eade will be published in July.

Everyman20150429

Philip Dodd reports on the first night of Carol Ann Duffy's new adaptation of Everyman which opens at London's National Theatre starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Everyman is in rep at the National Theatre from April until mid July and will be broadcast live to cinemas on July 16th.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Fairgrounds And Freaks, Carsten Holler20150609

Carsten Höller - the man who puts slides into Tate Modern - opens his first major survey at the Hayward Gallery. Called Decision - it features mirrors and mysterious objects. Todd Browning's 1932 American horror film Freaks features characters played by people who worked as carnival sideshow performers. Sheffield Documentary Festival has just opened with the world premiere of a film and music extravaganza, The Greatest Shows on Earth: A Century of Vaudeville, Circuses and Carnivals. With the Elephant Man on stage in the West End, Matthew Sweet looks at fairgrounds, circuses and the idea of the freak.

Matthew Sweet is joined by Vanessa Toulmin, Director of the National Fairground Archive and Dr Helen Davies and at the Hayward by art critic Charlotte Mullins

Carsten Höller: Decision runs at Hayward Gallery from June 10th to September 6th 2015

Neo-Victorian Freakery: The Cultural Afterlife of the Freak Show by Helen Davies will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in September

The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until August.

The Sheffield Doc/Fest runs until June 10th. The Greatest Shows on Earth: A Century of Vaudeville, Circuses and Carnivals is directed by Benedikt Erlingsson

Producer: Torquil MacLeod

Photo: Carsten Höller - Isometric Slides during installation at Hayward Gallery; Photo: David Levene.

Fairness, Tom Mccarthy20150312

Anne McElvoy looks at what we mean by the idea of fairness. She also talks to novelist Tom McCarthy who was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel C. His new work Satin Island follows a man working for a consultancy trying to sum up our age - who wonders whether there is a logic which holds the world together.

Tom McCarthy's novel Satin Island is out now.

Producer: Ella-Mai Robey.

Fighting Art, Othello At The Rsc, Hans Magnus Enzensberger20150611

Conflict, martyrdom and catastrophe are explored in a new exhibition at Tate Britain looking at history painting from the eighteenth century to present day. One of the 2015 New Generation Thinkers Danielle Thom joins Anne McElvoy to review the show. Hugh Quarshie and Lucien Msamati play Othello and Iago in the new RSC production. Lyndsay Johns has a first night review. Also German poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger reflects on his writing and German history as he publishes a selected edition of his poems.

Fighting History is on at Tate Britain from 9 June - 13 September 2015

Othello runs at the RSC in Stratford from 4 June - 28 August 2015 and will be broadcast live to cinemas on 26 August 2015

Hans Magnus Enzenberger New Selected Poems is published now by Bloodaxe Books.

Figuring Out Abstract Art20140918

Scientist Susan Greenfield, painter Fiona Rae, poet Paul Farley and artist and TV presenter Matt Collings discuss abstract art past and present. The event recorded in front of an audience at the Starr Auditorium at Tate Modern is chaired by Anne McElvoy.

Part of a series of broadcasts tying into BBC 4 Goes Abstract

Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art is at Tate Modern until October 26th

Mondrian and his Studios is at Tate Liverpool until October 5th.

Flora Thompson Biography, Ruins At Tate Britain, Ravel20140306

Richard Mabey discusses his biography of Flora Thompson, author of Lark Rise to Candleford.

As Tate Britain opens an exhibition about ruins Anne McElvoy looks at our fascination with images of decay and destruction talking to photography critic Amanda Hopkinson and exhibition curator Brian Dillon.

Ruin Lust runs at Tate Britain from March 4th to May 18th.

And on the eve of Radio 3's Ravel Day choreographer Richard Alston is in the studio to discuss creating his dance work Shimmer which is set to Ravel's music. Richard Alston's Dance Company is currently on tour to Malvern, Nottingham, Stoke and Bromley.

Producer: Natalie Steed.

Food20170704

Matthew Sweet and his guests explore the joys of food.

Can going out for a meal really be an aesthetic experience, like going to a gallery or a theatre? What kind of statement are we making when we say we don't like beetroot? And what can the great thinkers of history - the philosopher David Hume, the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss - tell us about table manners? And which thousand islands are we talking about when we talk about a thousand island dressing?

Matthew Sweet explores the joys of food with philosopher Barry Smith, restaurant critic cum trainee chef Lisa Markwell, literary critic Alex Clark, and food historian Elsa Richardson

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

Forgotten Authors, Cult Fiction And The Prisoner.20171026

Alex Cox, Christopher Fowler, Clare Walker Gore and Lynda Nead with Matthew Sweet.

Alex Cox discusses surveillance, mind bending and the power of the individual versus the collective in the 1967 cult TV series The Prisoner. Plus Christopher Fowler, Clare Walker Gore and Lynda Nead look back at bestsellers from the past which deserve re-reading and the way movies and fiction of the 1950s reflected both the smog and fashions of postwar British culture.

Christopher Fowler's The Book of Forgotten Authors catalogues 99 writers whom he thinks should be better known.
The Prisoner first aired in Canada in 1967 and ran for 17 episodes. I am (not) a Number: Decoding The Prisoner by Alex Cox is published later this year.
The Tiger in the Smoke: Art and Culture in Postwar Britain by Professor Lynda Nead is published by London and New Haven: Yale University Press / Paul Mellon Studies in British Art.
Clare Walker Gore is a New Generation Thinker based at the University of Cambridge who has edited a critical edition of Dinah Mulock Craik's out-of-print novel A Noble Life, published by Victorian Secrets - an independent publisher which makes available scholarly editions of unjustly neglected Victorian novels.

Producer: Karl Bos.

France And Algeria, Birds20140220

Anne McElvoy looks at the relationship between France and its former colonies, talking to David Bellos about his translation of a classic novel depicting the Algerian War - Daniel Anselme's On Leave and to Andrew Hussey, whose new book is called The French Intifada: the Long War Between France and Its Arabs.

Professor Tim Birkhead is a Professor of Behavioural Ecology at Sheffield University. In his book Ten Thousand Birds he describes Ornithology Since Darwin. He talks to Anne about his research into bird mating systems.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Frederick Forsyth, Emotion In Art20150916

Frederick Forsyth discusses spy fiction and fact as he publishes his memoirs and Matthew Sweet explores our emotions with New Generation Thinker Dr Tiffany Watt-Smith, Thomas Dixon and Susie Orbach. Also a review of portraits chosen at the National Portrait Gallery by Simon Schama.

Frederick Forsyth's Memoir is The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue

Thomas Dixon is the author of Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation In Tears

Tiffany Watt Smith's book is called The Book of Human Emotion.

Simon Schama's Face of Britain is a curated exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which runs from 16 September 2015 - 4 January 2016. He is also presenting a series on BBC 2 and has written a book called The Face of Britain: A Nation Through Its Portraits.

Free Thinking At Uproot Festival20170406

Island city mentality or gateway to the world? Hull-based crime writer and former journalist David Mark, playwright Esther Wilson and Slung Low artistic director Alan Lane join Matthew Sweet to debate Hull's links with the wider world and what residents can learn from another port city which has been City of Culture - Liverpool.

Recorded with an audience at Hull Truck Theatre as part of Radio 3's Uproot festival for Hull 2017.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

French Thought And Politics20160113

Philip Dodd considers French intellectual traditions and the changing political scene in a country where - a year ago - the Charlie Hebdo offices were attacked.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

French Thought, Thomas The Rhymer20150709

Sudhir Hazareesingh talks to Anne McElvoy about his history of how the French think. Patrick Baert, author of The Existentialist Moment; Sartre's Rise as a Public Intellectual, will be joining in this discussion about French thought.

And, the medievalist Kylie Murray, a New Generation Thinker 2015, finds surprising parity with contemporary practises of political spin when she investigates how the prophecies of Scottish seer Thomas the Rhymer were interpreted and propagated north and south of the border.

How the French Think by Sudhir Hazareesingh is published by Penguin.

The Existentialist Moment; Sartre's Rise as a Public Intellectual by Patrick Baert is published by Polity

Producer: Torquil Macleod.

Sudhir Hazareesingh talks to Anne McElvoy about his history of how the French think. Patrick Baert, author of The Existentialist Moment; Sartre's Rise as a Public Intellectual, will be joining in this discussion about French thought. In a further consideration of Gallic culture, Mary Harrod discusses how French cinema absorbed and reshaped the Hollywood rom-com.

From France with Love: Gender and Identity in French Romantic Comedy by Mary Harrod is published by I.B. Tauris.

Fulfilment, Beowulf, The Beaux' Stratagem20150521

Are work and progress making us inhuman? Anne McElvoy is joined by Steve Hilton, a former Senior Advisor to David Cameron, and Peter Fleming, Professor of Business and Society at City University, London.

Steve Hilton's new book, More Human, argues that as our world has become more industrialised our lifestyles are becoming more impersonal. He suggests that greater fulfilment would result if we created a more local, more accountable and more human way of living. Peter Fleming's new book is called The Mythology of Work - How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself.

Actor Julian Glover performs an extract from Beowulf and talks about reworking the Old English poem for stage as he prepares to hand over to his son the show which he has taken to theatres over the last 30 years.

Julian Glover's last performances of Beowulf are at the Globe Theatre in London on Sunday May 24th at 1.30 and 7pm.

New Generation Thinker Lucy Powell joins director Simon Godwin to discuss a new production of The Beaux' Stratagem at the National Theatre. How feminist is Farquhar's comedy about love, money and marriage?

The Beaux' Stratagem runs in rep at the National Theatre until mid September.

Gentrification20171129

Essayist Adam Gopnik talks to Shahidha Bari about city living. Plus artist Lucinda Rogers.

New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik talks to Shahidha Bari about city living. Plus artist Lucinda Rogers on depicting changes to a London market, a new report into prosperity and New Generation Thinker Alastair Fraser from the University of Glasgow shares his research.

At the Stranger's Gate by Adam Gopnik, a staff writer for the New Yorker, is a memoir recalling 1980s New York and the early years of his marriage.
Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification Drawings from Ridley Road Market is on display at the House of Illustration in London until March 25th 2018.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Image: The Gentrification of Lewisham in South London, England. 22 August 2017. Photo by Jack Taylor / Getty Images).

Germaine Greer, Christos Tsiolkas20140129

Christos Tsiolkas, Germaine Greer and the Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson talk about the fault-lines in Australia ancient and modern.

Germaine Greer's new book White Beech: The Rainforest Years traces her attempt to return land in South East Queensland to its wild state.

The new novel from the author of 'The Slap' follows a boy who uses swimming as a way out of his working class, immigrant background. Tsiolkas explores ideas about competitiveness and the macho side of Australian culture.

Pat Dodson is a key campaigner for Aboriginal rights

In this special edition of Free Thinking presenter Samira Ahmed explores what lies within the Australian psyche?

Producer: Neil Trevithick.

Germany: Neil Macgregor, Volker Kutscher, Threepenny Opera20160512

Crime writer and former newspaper editor Volker Kutscher's Babylon Berlin is being made into a TV series by Tom Twycker. Neil MacGregor has now left the British Museum to work with the Humboldt Forum to create a new German cultural centre in Berlin. Simon Stephens has written a new translation of Brecht's Threepenny Opera for the National Theatre. The production will star Haydn Gwynne. Philippe Sands has written about the Nuremberg Trials- as has A.T. Williams. They join Anne McElvoy for a programme exploring diverse aspects of German culture.

Neil MacGregor's book Germany: Memories of a Nation is now out in paperback.

Threepenny Opera runs at the National Theatre from May 19th in rep through to September.

Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher translated by Niall Sellar is out in English now.

Philippe Sands is professor of law at University College London. His book East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity is out now. He has also made a documentary film My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did

A.T. Williams' book A Passing Fury: the story of the Nuremberg Trials is also out now.

Main image: Neil MacGregor - Photographer Jason Bell

Girls, Daniel Alarcon, The Constitution20140115

Samira Ahmed talks to the American novelist Daniel Alarcón who was born in Peru.

Hands, Physiology And Art, The History Of Science20160621

Psychoanalyst Darian Leader's new book looks at the culture and psychology of the human hand. He joins Matthew Sweet along with art historian Lisa Le Feuvre, currently curating an exhibition on sculpture and prosthesis at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, and robotics scientist Thrishantha Nanayakkara from King's College London, who works on the problem of engineering a functioning hand from scratch.

'The Anatomical Venus' looks at another point where physiology and art meet, in waxwork anatomical models. The book's author Joanna Ebenstein joins Matthew along with the curator of the Barts Pathology Museum Carla Valentine.

And, one of this year's New Generation Thinkers, Seb Falk, unveils his work on the history of science. Seb Falk is at the University of Cambridge and blogs at http://astrolabesandstuff.blogspot.co.uk/

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into radio programmes. Find out more from our website and hear them introducing their research in the programme which broadcast on May 31st - available as an arts and ideas podcast.

The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics runs at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds from 21st July 2016 - 23rd October 2016

Robotics Open Day 2016 runs 11am to 4pm King's College London on Sat 25th June.

You can hear more about The Robots Are Coming at Southbank's Power of Power Festival debates on Saturday 25 June.

Hanif Kureishi2014020620150311 (R3)

Tonight on Free Thinking, Philip Dodd is in extended conversation with the novelist, screenwriter and dramatist Hanif Kureishi. Since his early success in the 1980s with My Beautiful Laundrette and The Buddha of Suburbia, Kureishi has been the author of many novels and a series of films with the director Roger Michell. His latest novel, The Last Word, the story of an ageing Indian writer and his young biographer, returns to themes which have interested Kureishi since the start of his career - race, sex and desire, class and humour. He discusses with Philip why immigrants are seen as an eternal spectre Britain, changing views of sexuality and the shadow of mortality.

You can download this programme by searching under the Arts and Ideas podcasts for the broadcast date.

Producer: Fiona McLean

First broadcast 06/02/2014.

Hanif Kureishi's career has included screenplays My Beautiful Launderette, Venus, London Kills Me and The Mother.

His novels Intimacy, The Buddha of Suburbia and The Black Album have been adapted for film, TV and theatre.

His new novel The Last Word depicts an Indian-born writer of fading reputation whose biography is being written by a younger author.

Kureishi talks to Philip Dodd about writing about sex, ageing and drawing a line between autobiography and fiction.

Harry Potter. Tim O'reilly. Tove Jansson.20171024

Anne McElvoy talks to the tech media man who popularized the terms open source and Web 2.0

Anne McElvoy talks to the tech media man who popularized the terms open source and Web 2.0 and looks at crossover fiction by JK Rowling, Philip Pullman and Tove Jansson with young adult author Aisha Bushby and New Generation Thinkers Hetta Howes and Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough reporting on exhibitions at the British Library and Dulwich.

Tove Jansson (1914-2001) runs at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London from October 25th - January 28th 2018
Harry Potter: A History of Magic runs at the British Library from October 20th to Wednesday 28th February 2018
Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust Vol 1: La Belle Sauvage is out now. He's also written Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling which are being read on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week.
Tim O'Reilly has written What's the Future and Why it's Up to Us.
Aisha Bushby will be talking at the Southbank Centre's Young Adult Literature Weekender on the 28th October and her story Marionette Girl is published in a new collection called A Change is Gonna Come.

Image details: DETAIL - A phoenix rising from the ashes in a 13th-century bestiary (c) British Library

Producer: Debbie Kilbride.

Anne McElvoy talks to the tech media man who popularized the terms open source and Web 2.0 and looks at crossover fiction by JK Rowling, Philip Pullman and Tove Jansson with New Generation Thinkers Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough and Hetta Howes reporting on exhibitions at the British Library and Dulwich.

Tove Jansson (1914-2001) runs at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London from October 25th - January 28th 2018
Harry Potter: A History of Magic runs at the British Library from October 20th to Wednesday 28th February 2018
Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust Vol 1: La Belle Sauvage is out now. He's also written Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling which are being read on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week.
Tim O'Reilly has written What's the Future and Why it's Up to Us.

Image details: DETAIL - A phoenix rising from the ashes in a 13th-century bestiary (c) British Library

Producer: Debbie Kilbride.

Hay 2017: Women's Voices In The Classical World20170530

Catherine Fletcher introduces a discussion recorded at 2017's Hay Festival.

Colm Toibin, Bettany Hughes and Paul Cartledge join New Generation Thinker Catherine Fletcher for a discussion recorded at Hay.

Colm Toibin's new novel House of Names explores the story of Clytemnestra and the murder of her husband Agamemnon. His other novels include The Testament of Mary, Brooklyn and Nora Webster.
Paul Cartledge is A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and the author of many books which look at the classical world including Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction, Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities and Democracy: A Life
Bettany Hughes has presented many TV and Radio programmes exploring the classical world including Divine Women, Genius of the Ancient World, Banishing Eve and The Ideas That Make Us. Her books include Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore, The Hemlock Cup and Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Catherine Fletcher is a New Generation Thinker who has presented Essays and documentaries for BBC Radio 3. She is the author of The Black Prince of Florence The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici

Producer: Zahid Warley

Part of Radio 3's week-long residency at Hay Festival, with Lunchtime Concert, In Tune, Free Thinking, The Verb and The Listening Service all broadcasting from the festival.

Hay Festival 2017: Writing History With Sebastian Barry, Jake Arnott, Madeleine Thien20170601

At 2017's Hay Festival, Sarah Dillon chairs a discussion about writing history.

The authors of three historical novels discuss the way research and family history have informed their fiction in a discussion recorded at the Hay Festival chaired by New Generation Thinker Sarah Dillon from the University of Cambridge.

Jake Arnott has set novels in the 1960s, the 1940s and the 1900s and in his latest novel The Fatal Tree he depicts the criminal world in 18th century London.
Madeleine Thien's novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing explores the impact of the Cultural Revolution on two generations of musicians. It has won prizes in her native Canada and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Sebastian Barry won the Costa Book of the Year for his novel Days Without End, which imagines the gay relationship between soldiers caught up in the American Civil War.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Hay Festival With Pj O'rourke And The Authors Of Freakonomics20140528

Presenter Rana Mitter, will be joined on the BBC stage at the Hay Festival by PJ O'Rourke and the Freakonomics authors Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner to discuss decision-making, the balance of power between baby-boomers and the Y generation, and whether rationality is overrated.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Hay Festival: David Brooks, Azar Nafisi, Tom Holland20150527

Was Ralph Waldo Emerson right to say that a great person is always willing to be little? Rana Mitter and guests New York Times journalist David Brooks, novelist Azar Nafisi and historian Tom Holland discuss the concept of humility. Vice or underrated virtue?

Recorded earlier this week at the Hay Festival 2015 as part of Radio 3's week-long residency at the Hay Festival, with programmes CD Review, Lunchtime Concert, In Tune, The Verb, The Essay and World on 3 all broadcasting from the festival.

Hay Festival: Inheritance - Steve Jones, Lionel Shriver, Marlon James20160601

Lionel Shriver, Marlon James and Steve Jones join Rana Mitter for a Free Thinking discussion about inheritance recorded at this week's Hay Festival. The discussion ranges from family relationships to the planet we are leaving for future generations, from money to morality, genius to ideas about goodness and evil.

Lionel Shriver's latest novel called The Mandibles depicts a family living in a near future America where the dollar has crashed and food is scarce. She is also the author of We Need To Talk About Kevin, Big Brother and A Perfectly Good Family.

The biologist and geneticist Steve Jones' latest book No Need For Geniuses looks at Paris at the time of the French Revolution, when it was the world capital of science.

Marlon James won the Booker Prize for his most recent novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. His other books include Crow's Devil and The Book of Night Women.

Main image (left to right): Marlon James, Lionel Shriver, Steve Jones

Hay Festival: New Generation Thinkers 201620160531

Find out who have been named as the 10 New Generation Thinkers for 2016 as they join Rana Mitter to share interesting facts from their research with the audience at this week's Hay Festival. Topics include the history of the hairdresser to the search for Alexander the Great's missing tomb; why Sigmund Freud detested the telephone to the complex relationship between the USSR and its historic churches.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academics who can turn their research into radio programmes. You can hear more from the New Generation Thinkers who will be appearing on Free Thinking throughout June and find out more from our website.

The New Generation Thinkers 2016:

Leah Broad, University of Oxford

Leah Broad's research is on Nordic modernism, exploring the music written for the theatre at the turn of the 20th century, taking her to Finland and Scandinavia to search out scores which have not been heard since the early 1900s. As a journalist Leah won the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism in 2015. She is the founder of The Oxford Culture Review

Katherine Cooper, University of Newcastle

Katherine Cooper is working on a project exploring the ways in which British writers including H.G. Wells, Graham Greene and Margaret Storm Jameson helped in the escape of fellow writers facing prosecution and imprisonment under fascist governments in the period between WWI and WWII.

Victoria Donovan, University of St Andrews

Victoria Donovan's is a historian of Russia whose research explores the complex and contradictory relationship between the Soviets and their religious heritage. Her new project is looking at the significance of patriotism in contemporary Putin's Russia. She has worked on topics including Soviet and contemporary Russian cinema, socialist architecture and the connections between South Wales and the Eastern Ukraine.

Louisa Uchum Egbunike, Manchester Metropolitan University

Louisa Uchum Egbunike's research centres on African literature in which she specialises in Igbo (Nigerian) fiction and culture. Her latest work explores the child's voice in contemporary fiction on Biafra. She co-convenes an annual Igbo conference at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) and is curating a 'Remembering Biafra' exhibition to open in 2018.

Seb Falk, University of Cambridge

Seb Falk is a medieval historian and historian of science whose research centres on the scientific instruments made and used by monks, scholars and nobles in the later Middle Ages. His research has led him to made wood and brass models of the instruments he studies. His new project will be an investigation of the sciences practised by medieval monks and nuns.

Sarah Jackson, Nottingham Trent University

Sarah Jackson's current research explores the relationship between the telephone and literature from the work of Arthur Conan Doyle to that of Haruki Murakami. The project involves research at the BT Archives which hold the public records of the world's oldest communications company. She is also a poet whose collection Pelt won the prestigious Seamus Heaney Prize in 2012.

Christopher Kissane, London School of Economics

Christopher Kissane is a historian working on the role of food in history exploring what we can learn about societies and cultures through studying their diets. His book, which will be published later this year, examines food's relationship with major issues of early modern society including the Spanish Inquisition and witchcraft.

Anindya Raychaudhuri, University of St Andrews

Anindya Raychaudhuri is working on the way nostalgia is used by diasporic communities to create imaginary and real homes. He has written about the Spanish Civil War and the India/Pakistan partition and the cultural legacies of these wars. He co-hosts a podcast show, State of the Theory, and explores the issues raised by his research in stand up comedy.

Edmund Richardson, University of Durham

Edmund Richardson is working on a book about the lost cities of Alexander the Great and the history of their discovery by adventurers and tricksters rather than scholars. His first book was on Victorian Britain and the 'lowlife' lived by magicians, con-men and deserters. His latest project is on Victorian ghost-hunters and their obsession with the ancient world which led Houdini to fight against the con-artists making a fortune from fake 'spirits'.

Sean Williams, University of Sheffield

Sean Williams is currently writing a cultural history of the hairdresser from the 18th century to the present day exploring their role as 'outsiders' in society. As a lecturer at the University of Berne in Switzerland he taught German and Comparative Literature and wrote articles on flatulence in the 18th century and contemporary satires of Hitler.

Producer: Fiona McLean.

Hay Festival: Pj O'rourke, Steven D Levitt, Stephen J Dubner2014052820150518 (R3)

Presenter Rana Mitter, is joined on the BBC stage at the Hay Festival by writer and provocateur, PJ O'Rourke and the Freakonomics authors, the economist Steven D Levitt and journalist Stephen J Dubner to discuss decision-making, how emotional and economic stability leads to self-absorbtion, how difficult it is to stop and think about anything and why there is such a gulf between the economic and political and personal rationales for the nature of health care provision here in the UK, the US and around the world.

First broadcast 28/05/2014

You can download this programme by searching in the Arts and Ideas podcasts for the broadcast date.

Henry Iv20141009

Anne McElvoy discusses Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of Shakespeare's Henry IV.

Henry Marsh Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, Daniel Levitin20150128

Surgeon Henry Marsh and critic Susannah Clapp review the opening of Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem at the National Theatre tonight. It follows a young scientist at a brain science institute looking at what consciousness is.

Matthew Sweet is also joined by musician and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin. His new book is The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.

Producer: Harry Parker.

Hieronymus Bosch Anniversary20160216

Tom Shakespeare and Director Peter Greenaway join Matthew Sweet in Holland for an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the death of artist Hieronymus Bosch.

Het Noordbrabants Museum in 's-Hertogenbosch, Holland, presents the Jheronimus Bosch - Visions of a Genius exhibition from February 13 to May 8, 2016. 20 paintings (panels and triptychs) and 19 drawings are on display.

You might also be interested listening to Saturday 13 February, 1302-1500: Saturday Classics: Ahead of his BBC4 series Renaissance Unchained, art critic Waldemar Januszczak conjures up the sound world of this epoch of huge passions and powerful religious emotions across all of Europe. The term 'Renaissance', or 'rinascita', was coined by Giorgio Vasari in 16th-century Florence, and his assertion that it had fixed origins in Italy has since influenced all of art history. But what of Flanders, Germany and the rest of Northern Europe? Waldemar presents music from the time of the Renaissance greats: Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling, Albrecht D√ľrer, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo and El Greco.

High Society, Xinran And China's One-child Policy, Decisive Uk Elections20150514

Anne McElvoy and composer Neil Brand with a first night review of High Society at the Old Vic directed by Maria Freedman.

Xinran talks about her new book Buy Me The Sky which explores the consequences of the one-child policy which China began to pursue in 1979. As the first generation of only children grow up and become parents in their turn, she set out to tell their stories. She is in discussion with journalist Isabel Hilton.

And a week on from the election, Anne turns to three historians - Tim Bale, Krista Cowman and Jon Lawrence - to offer their views on the dramatic changes to the UK's political landscape.

High Society is at London's Old Vic Theatre until August 22nd 2015.

Hisham Matar, Street Furniture, Easternisation, Katherine Cooper On Storm Jameson20160630

Hisham Matar last saw his father when he was 19. He talks to Rana Mitter about his attempts to find out what happened to his parent who was last seen in a Libyan jail and he discusses the way his family was caught up in the recent wave of fighting in Libya. 2016 New Generation Thinker Katherine Cooper looks at the writing of Storm Jameson. The design of street furniture in post war Britain is explored by Eleanor Herring. Gideon Rachman and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira discuss the phenomenon of 'easternisation' in an era of Asian dominance.

Hisham Matar's book is called The Return.

Eleanor Herring has published Street Furniture Design: Contesting Modernism in Post-War Britain

Gideon Rachman's forthcoming book is called Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century

Ricardo Soares de Oliveira is the author of Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War

Katherine Cooper researches Margaret Storm Jameson's novels of World War Two at Newcastle University.

The New Generation Thinkers prize is an initiative launched by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to find the brightest minds from across the UK who have the potential to transform their research into engaging broadcast programmes. You can hear more about the research topics of all 10 2016 New Generation Thinkers on our website on a programme broadcast on May 31st and available as an arts and ideas podcast and find clips where you can hear their newly commissioned written pieces on a range of subjects.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod.

Holes In The Ground20160120

Rana Mitter goes underground to discover a world which long fed the human imagination and which fulfils all humanity's practical needs outside of food and yet which has become something we like to ignore, hide, conceal and forget. Counting the potential costs for all our futures, three enthusiasts for all that lies beneath, the engineer Professor Paul Younger from Glasgow University and author of Water. All That Matters and Energy: All That Matters; Ted Nield editor of the bi-monthly magazine Geoscientist and author of Underlands: A Journey Through Britain's Lost Landscape and MIT's Rosalind Williams - author of Notes on the Underground' and 'The Triumph of the Human Empire'.

Home: Marilynne Robinson, Thomas Harding, Imtiaz Dharker, Catherine Ince20151021

Marilynne Robinson, Thomas Harding, Imtiaz Dharker discuss ideas of home with Philip Dodd. Are we becoming increasingly rootless, or simply finding new ways to put down roots.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Marilynne Robinson is the author of a novel called Home and finds her own roots in Iowa and in her Calvinist faith. In her new collection of essays The Givenness of Things, she explores the ideas that make up the religious and philosophical homeland of Europe and America - Calvinism, Humanism, the Reformation, the self.

Thomas Harding's family originate in Germany. In his new book The House by the Lake he relates the changing ownership and fortunes of his family's summer house in eastern Berlin and with it the history of Germany from the thirties up to the present. It's his follow up to his best selling book Hanns and Rudolph.

Poet and artist Imtiaz Dharker describes herself as a "Pakistani Calvinist Scottish Muslim" and her life has taken her from Lahore, to Glasgow, to Bombay, to Wales and finally to London - "I think displacement is often a good and useful thing for a writer", she says. The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition opens at the Barbican this week. We consider their iconic house, Case Study House #8, which they designed to "express man's life in the modern world."

The World of Charles and Ray Eames runs at the Barbican in London from 21st October to 14th February.

Marilynne Robinson's Essay collection The Givenness of Things is out now.

Thomas Harding's book is called The House by the Lake

Imtiaz Dharker's most recent poetry collection is called Over The Moon.

Poet and artist Imtiaz Dharker describes herself as a "Pakistani Calvinist Scottish Muslim" and her life has taken her from Lahore, to Glasgow, to Bombay, to Wales and finally to London - "I think displacement is often a good and useful thing for a writer", she says. Catherine Ince is the curator of The World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican and will take Philip on an imaginative tour of their iconic house, Case Study House #8, which they designed to "express man's life in the modern world."

How Cultures Advance20150512

Why do some nations succeed and others don't? Clotaire Rapaille and Andrés Roemer discuss the signs of an advanced culture with Matthew Sweet.

Producer: Craig Smith.

Howard Becker20150318

Philip Dodd talks to sociologist Howard Becker about jazz, drugs and how we justify murder.

Howard Becker is the author of What about Mozart? What about Murder?: Reasoning from Cases.

Producer: Craig Smith.

Howard Jacobson, Francis Fukuyama2014092420150511 (R3)

Francis Fukuyama and Howard Jacobson are interviewed by Philip Dodd.

In 1989, Francis Fukuyama published an essay which he titled ?The End of History?" He's just published Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy.

Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker prize in 210 for his comic novel The Finkler Question. His new book J is a dystopian love story.

Producer: Zahid Warley

You can download this programme by searching in the Arts and Ideas podcasts for the broadcast date.

Hull: A Trip Down Memory Lane20170216

Matthew Sweet visits Hull - the city where he grew up - and seeks out Basil Kirchin's sound world, Richard Bean's version of Hull during the Civil War and the re-opened Ferens Art Gallery where he used to spend Saturday mornings.

You can hear more of Basil Kirchin's music for films in tonight's Late Junction which follows at 11pm and Radio3 is recording Mind on the Run featuring Goldfrapp's Will Gregory with members of the BBC Concert Orchestra - the event takes place 17th - 19th Feb at Hull City Hall and will be broadcast on Hear and Now on March 4th.

The Ferens Art Gallery is displaying Francis Bacon's Screaming Popes until May 1st; Pietro Lorenzetti's panel painting Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter until April. Exhibitions by Ron Mueck, Spencer Tunick's Sea of Hull commission and the Turner prize follow later in 2017.

Richard Bean's play The Hypocrite - dramatising what happened in the Civil War when parliament charged Sir John Hotham with denying King Charles entry to Hull - runs from Friday 24th of February - Saturday 25th of March at Hull Truck Theatre, and Friday 31th of March - Saturday 29th of April at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

Identity In Britain: Martin Parr20160315

Martin Parr has curated an exhibition bringing together views of the UK taken by international photographers including Tina Barney from the USA. Both join Philip Dodd, plus journalists Tim Stanley and Ben Judah, to examine what British identity looks like in 2016.

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers runs at the Barbican 16 March 2016 - 19 June 2016

Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr City of London photographer-in-residence since 2013 runs at the Guildhall Art Gallery, 4 Mar-31 Jul 2016.

This is London: Life and Death in the World City by Ben Judah is published by Picador.

Martin Parr has curated an exhibition bringing together views of the UK taken by international photographers including Tina Barney from the USA. Both join Philip Dodd, plus journalists Tim Stanley and Ben Judah, and philosopher Mahlet Zimeta to examine what British identity looks like in 2016.

Images Of America20170315

As Grant Wood's painting American Gothic is on show at the Royal Academy in London, while US pop art is displayed at the British Museum, Anne McElvoy and guests explore USA's changing image

America After The Fall: Painting in the 1930s is on show at the Royal Academy until June 4th.

The American Dream Pop To Present is on show at the British Museum until June 17th.

Producer: Eliane Glaser.

(Image: Wayne Thiebaud (b.1920), Gumball Machine. Colour linocut, 1970. (c) Wayne Thiebaud/DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2016.).

Improving Or Ruining The Future? Kevin Rudd. Finland 100.20171122

Kelly and Zach Weinersmith share visions of the future with Rana Mitter. Plus Kevin Rudd.

Kelly and Zach Weinersmith share visions of the future with Rana Mitter. Plus former Australian PM Kevin Rudd on power and what images does Finland conjure 100 years after independence? We hear from Pauliina Stahlberg, Director of the Finnish Institute and Anne Robbins, curator of Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland which runs at the National Gallery in London until 4 February 2018.

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith is out now.
You can find a collection of Free Thinking the Future conversations on the programme website.

Kevin Rudd's Memoir is called Not for the Faint-hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957-2007

Producer: Debbie Kilbride

Photograph: Kevin Rudd at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia on October 27, 2017. Credit: Michael Masters / Getty Images

International Women's Day20160308

Performance poet Hollie McNish has written a book and a series of poems about motherhood. Composer Emily Hall has been commissioned to write a childrens' opera for Hull 2017. Scientist Helen Pearson has researched and written about the longest runnning study of human development. Edwina Attlee is a writer with an interest in launderettes, sleeper trains, fire escapes, greasy spoons, postcards, and the working lives of women. She'll be sharing audio tales from the National Life Stories Archive at the British Library, where women talk about working lives spent on oil rigs, in steel plants, and a host of other places. Ailsa Grant Ferguson has studied Dorothy Leigh's 'Mother's Blessing', which was the bestselling book by a woman of the 17th century.

They join Anne McElvoy for a programme for International Women's Day which looks at the ways in which everyday experiences in the lives of women feed into creativity.

Helen Pearson is the author of The Life Project: The extraordinary story of 70,000 Ordinary Lives.

Hollie McNish is the author of Nobody Told Me: The Poetry of Parenthood. You can find more on her website Holliepoetry.com

Emily Hall's compositions include the operas Folie a Deux, Sante and a children's opera for Hull 2017. Song Cycles including Love Songs and Life Cycle and a whole range of compositions for chamber ensembles, string quartets, orchestras and soloists. http://www.emilyhall.co.uk/

Producer: Laura Thomas.

Left image: Hollie McNish (photographer: Helmi Okpara)

Right image: Emily Hall

Is War Good For Us?20140403

Anne McElvoy looks at the impact of war, Afghan elections and childhood violence. She's joined by Professor Hew Strachan, author of The Direction of War and Ian Morris, author of War, What is it Good For?

Critic Leslie Felperin has been watching I declare War, Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson's film about childhood games which turn sour.

Producer: Neil Trevithick.

Jack Thorne And John Tiffany; The Decalogue By Kieslowski; Conflict Time And Photography At Tate Modern20141127

Anne McElvoy talks to writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany about creating a play about local government cuts. The pair worked together on the vampire play Let the Right One In. Their latest collaboration Hope opens at the Royal Court this week.

The 25th anniversary of the 1989 Polish TV drama series The Decalogue directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski is being marked by a series of screenings at the ICA Gallery in London, at JW3 and Deptford Cinema.

As Tate Modern opens an exhibition Conflict Time and Photography, former New Generation Thinker Dr Zoe Norridge from Kings' College London discusses images of war with Austrian photographer Alex Schlacher, who has spent 2 years embedded with the Gurkas and has previously documented the work of US reservists in Afghanistan.

Conflict Time and Photography runs at Tate Modern from 26 November 2014 - 15 March 2015

Hope runs at the Royal Court Theatre in London from 26 November - 10 January 2015.

James Fenton, Suffragette, Thatcherism And Conservatism20151006

James Fenton discusses his career as a poet and journalist ahead of collecting the PEN Pinter Prize 2015 in a ceremony tonight. New Generation Thinker Naomi Paxton researches the plays performed by Suffragettes. She offers her verdict on the film Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan. And Margaret Thatcher left Downing Street 25 years ago. Anne McElvoy is at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester to discuss her legacy with her official biographer, Charles Moore, and Conservative MP, Kwasi Kwarteng.

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume Two: Everything She Wants by Charles Moore is published by Allen Lane.

Thatcher's Trial by Kwasi Kwarteng is published by Bloomsbury.

Suffragette is released nationwide Monday 12th October.

James Fenton has made a selection of his poems published under the title Yellow Tulips: Poems 1968 - 2011

The PEN Pinter Prize is awarded annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter's Nobel speech, casts an 'unflinching, unswerving' gaze upon the world, and shows a 'fierce intellectual determination... to define the real truth of our lives and our societies'.

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

Jane Eyre Versus Anne Of Green Gables20140213

Jane Eyre has been adapted for a stage production at Bristol Old Vic. Anne McElvoy discusses which literary heroines provide good role models.

Producer: Natalie Steed.

Japan And Korea, Hokusai20170524

Chris Harding discusses the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai.

Chris Harding discusses the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai with Tim Clark, curator of a new exhibition at the British Museum and explores the relationship between Korea and Japan as films and exhibitions open in the UK.

Hokusai:beyond the Great Wave runs at the British Museum from May 25th to August 13th. You can find out more about Hokusai on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

Japan Now Festival At The British Library20170228

New Generation Thinker Christopher Harding meets novelist Yoko Tawada, filmmaker Momoko Ando, Elmer Luke editor of a new series of chapbooks and Japanologist Alex Kerr.

Alex Kerr is the author of Lost Japan and Dogs and Demons.

Yoko Tawada's books include Memoirs of a Polar Bear which has just been translated into English.

The Kekeshi Series edited by Elmer Luke includes writing by Yoko Tawada, Aoko Matsuda, Keiichiro Hirano, Misumi Kubo, Masatsugo Ono and Natsuki Ekezawa.

Momoko Ando graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in London and studied film at New York University. Her films are Kakera: A Piece Of Our Life (2009) and 0.5mm (2014).

They are all in England to take part in the Japan Now Festival at the British Library organised by Modern Culture.

Producer: Fiona McLean.

Japanese History, Chinese Democracy20140122

Zhang Weiwei, one of China's foremost public intellectuals, talks to Rana Mitter about why China should not become a democracy.

Javier Marias, Cervantes's Influence, Spanish Culture And Politics20160309

In a programme exploring Spanish culture and politics, Philip Dodd is joined by the influential novelist, columnist and translator Javier Marias - author of 16 books and former winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Also, following the opening of a new musical version of Don Quixote at the Royal Shakespeare Company, what is the the influence of Cervantes 400 years after his death? Ben Okri has been to Stratford and joins Javier Marias to discuss Cervantes.

Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marias is now published in English in the UK.

Don Quixote, adapted by James Fenton from the novel by Miguel de Cervantes, directed by Angus Jackson, with songs by James Fenton and Grant Olding, is at the Swan Theatre in Stratford 25 February - 21 May 2016

Ben Okri is taking part in Cervantes and Shakespeare a project organised to mark the anniversary of both authors. Events are happening at the Hay Festival and at the British Library on Tuesday April 12th when an anthology of new work from 12 contemporary international authors is being unveiled. The British Library has a free display of illustrated editions of Don Quixote in the Treasures Gallery running until May 22nd.

Jaws: Film And Shark20150707

Novelist Will Self, shark expert Gareth Fraser and film expert Ian Hunter join Matthew Sweet for a discussion about sharks, whales and the impact of the book and film Jaws.

Jaws started out as a novel which reads as a sociological study of a small american coastal resort full of rather unlikeable characters. It ended up as an iconic film whose heroes engage in a fight to the death with a Great-White-Man-Eating-Machine. Matthew Sweet discusses how the Shark came to fill the space once held by the Whale, why big teeth still fill our nightmares and whether all publicity is good publicity for the denizens of the oceans with writer Will Self, whose novel 'Shark' was inspired by the film, and Gareth Fraser, who now studies the the dental configurations of sharks all because he once sat in a dark cinema, as did life-long Jaws fan, the film expert,Ian Hunter.

The artist Fiona Tan, whose new exhibition is partly inspired by 'Jonah the Giant Whale', a preserved whale exhibited inside a lorry which toured across Europe from the 1950s to the mid-1970s will also appear out of the deep.

Jed Mercurio, Caryn Mandabach20141211

TV dramatist Jed Mercurio and producer Caryn Mandabach talk to Anne McElvoy about creating successful dramas including The Line of Duty and Peaky Blinders.

Producer: Craig Templeton-Smith

You can download this programme by searching in the Arts and Ideas podcasts for the broadcast date.

Jerry Brotton On Elizabethan England And The Islamic World20160330

Jerry Brotton talks to Rana Mitter about the links between Elizabethan England and the Islamic World. They're joined in studio for a conversation about the history and growth of nationalism around the world by the Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, by Professor John Breuilly from the London School of Economics and by the novelist Gillian Slovo - who has written a thriller inspired by the Tottenham riots and a verbatim drama based on interviews asking why young Muslim men and women from across Western Europe are leaving their homes to answer the call of Jihad.

This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World by Jerry Brotton - Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Department of

English, Queen Mary, University of London is out now and is being read on Radio 4 as this week's Book of the Week.

The Radio 3 Sunday Feature he presented on The Venice Ghetto is available on the i player or as a download from Radio 3's website.

Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State written by Gillian Slovo and directed by Nicolas Kent is at the temporary space at the National Theatre from 9th April to 7th May.

Gillian Slovo's novel is called Ten Days.

Professor John Breuilly is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism which is out in paperback in April.

Elif Shafak's most recent novel is The Architect's Apprentice.

Jewish History, Jokes And Contemporary Identity. Michael Longley.20171011
John Akomfrah, Gillian Allnutt, Jonathan Glancey20170223

Philip Dodd talks to John Akomfrah about his artistic response to historic and current migration. Gillian Allnutt discusses a life in words and winning the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Jonathan Glancey talks architecture.

John Boorman2015061620160329 (R3)

Director John Boorman talks to Matthew Sweet about his new film Queen and Country and its place in one of the most distinguished careers in British cinema history- a career that embraces Excalibur, Deliverance and Point Blank as well as Hope and Glory.

Director John Boorman talks to Matthew Sweet about his most recent film Queen and Country and its place in one of the most distinguished careers in British cinema history - a career that embraces Excalibur, Deliverance and Point Blank as well as Hope and Glory.

Producer: Zahid Warley

First broadcast last year.

John Clare20140520

Iain Sinclair is marking today's 150th anniversary of the death of the poet John Clare by making a film with Andrew Kotting about Clare's walks and writing. He talks to Matthew Sweet about Clare along with New Generation Thinker Dr Greg Tate.

Also an assessment of Polish filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk.

John Gray, Paul Durand Ruel And Inventing Impressionism20150303

John Gray talks to Matthew Sweet about why the Aztecs might have had a better understanding of freedom than we do and other human illusions about meaning and progress. His new book is called The Soul of the Marionette : A Short Enquiry Into Human Freedom.

Also we consider how artistic movements become successful as the National Gallery stages an exhibition devoted to Paul Durand-Ruel, the french art dealer who discovered the Impressionists.

National gallery curator Christopher Riopelle tells the story of the man who supported the likes of Pissarro, Degas, Monet and launched a group of anti-establishment artists into the art history pantheon.

Jacky Klein, art historian and newly-appointed head of Tate Publishing and Godfrey Barker, man of letters and art critic discuss the anthropology of the art world through time and how and why art movements and artists gain prominence or fade from memory, who gains and who loses and why.

Inventing Impressionism runs at the National Gallery in London from 4 March - 31 May 2015

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

John Irving2016020320170419 (R3)

Philip Dodd interviews John Irving - author of novels including The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany. His new book is called Avenue of Mysteries and imagines the life of a street-child from Mexico, Juan Diego, who has become a writer - cross cutting between his present in the Philippines, and what happened to him in the past.

Producer: Robyn Read

Main Image: Philip Dodd (lhs) and John Irving (rhs) in the Free Thinking studio.

Philip Dodd interviews John Irving - author of novels including The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany. His new book is called Avenue of Mysteries and imagines the life of a crippled street-child from Mexico, Juan Diego, and his sister Lupe, who can read minds. The action cuts between Diego's present as a globe trotting, best selling writer visiting the Philippines, and his memories of his childhood in Mexico and working at a circus.

The Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving is out now.

Original broadcast Wed 3 Feb 2016.

John Irving20170419

The author of The Cider House Rules on religion, Mexico and the USA. With Philip Dodd.

Philip Dodd interviews John Irving - author of novels including The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany. His new book is called Avenue of Mysteries and imagines the life of a crippled street-child from Mexico, Juan Diego, and his sister Lupe, who can read minds. The action cuts between Diego's present as a globe trotting, best selling writer visiting the Philippines, and his memories of his childhood in Mexico and working at a circus.

The Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving is out now.

Producer: Robyn Read

Main Image: Philip Dodd (lhs) and John Irving (rhs) in the Free Thinking studio.
Original broadcast Wed 3 Feb 2016.

Jonathan Coe And Richard Cameron On Stage At Birmingham Rep20160412

Jonathan Coe - author of books including The Rotter's Club, What a Carve Up and his most recent novel Number 11 joins playwright Richard Cameron and presenter Matthew Sweet in a programme recorded in front of an audience at Birmingham Rep.

Coe's 2001 novel The Rotter's Club depicts teenage life in the Midlands in the 1970s against a backdrop of strikes at the car factories. It's been adapted for stage by Richard Cameron - whose other plays include The Glee Club and Can't Stand Up For Falling Down. They discuss the difference between page and stage, satire and their interest in tracing life in a post Industrial British society.

Producer: Craig Smith.

Jonathan Lethem, Gary Shteyngart20140313

American authors Jonathan Lethem and Gary Shteyngart discuss radicalism, belonging and the difference between memoirs and novels with Samira Ahmed.

Gary Shteyngart is the author of Super Sad True Love Story, Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook. Born in Leningrad, he moved to America in the '70s. His new memoir is called Little Failure.

Jonathan Lethem's books include The Fortress of Solitude, Motherless Brooklyn and Chronic City. His new novel Dissident Gardens draws on his upbringing in hippie New York and explores radicalism from American communism and folk music to the Occupy movement.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Jonathan Sacks, Milan Kundera Novel, Stephen Adly Guirgis Play20150617

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks talks to Philip Dodd about confronting religious violence. Milan Kundera has written his first novel for 12 years. Geoff Dyer has been reading it. And critic Sarah Crompton reports on the first night at the National Theatre of the play from this year's Pulitzer prize-winning dramatist Stephen Adly Guirgis.

Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Rabbi Sacks is out now.

The Mother---------- With The Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis gained 6 Tony nominations on Broadway. It runs in rep at the National Theatre until mid August.

Milan Kundera's novel is called The Festival of Insignificance.

Jonathan Swift At 350. Black And White Art.20171031

Anne McElvoy looks at art from monochrome religious painting to a yellow light-filled room

What does Gulliver's Travels say to us now? Satirical cartoonist Martin Rowson and Daniel Cook from the University of Dundee assess the legacy of Swift's best-known work. And Monochrome exhibition co-curator Jennifer Sliwka and photographer Sarah Pickering discuss exhibits ranging from black and white art on glass, vellum, ceramic, silk, wood, and canvas from Leonardo da Vinci to Gerhard Richter to a room filled with yellow light by the artist Olafur Eliasson, who created the Sun installation at Tate Modern. And New Generation Thinker Will Abberley tells Anne about a new project to compile a comprehensive history of British nature writing.

Monochrome: Painting in Black and White runs at the National Gallery in London from October 30th until February 18th 2018.
Swift at 350: A Graphic Anthology is launched at Dundee on November 25th along with a series of events for families, Telling Tall Tales, Gulliver! A Fantastical Pantomime and an exhibition at the local library in Dundee. Find out more at www.beinghumanfestival.org.
Martin Rowson is taking part in a discussion about satire at the British Library on November 28th with Jonathan Coe, Rory Bremner, Judith Hawley, and Sathnam Sanghera.
Land Lines ‚Äď Modern British Nature Writing 1789-2014 - Finding the UK's favourite nature book. Find out More at http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/favouritenaturebooks/

Producer: Torquil MacLeod

Jonathan Swift at 350. Black and White Art.20171031

Anne McElvoy looks at art from monochrome religious painting to a yellow light-filled room

What does Gulliver's Travels say to us now? Satirical cartoonist Martin Rowson and Daniel Cook from the University of Dundee assess the legacy of Swift's best-known work. And Monochrome exhibition co-curator Jennifer Sliwka and photographer Sarah Pickering discuss exhibits ranging from black and white art on glass, vellum, ceramic, silk, wood, and canvas from Leonardo da Vinci to Gerhard Richter to a room filled with yellow light by the artist Olafur Eliasson, who created the Sun installation at Tate Modern. And New Generation Thinker Will Abberley tells Anne about a new project to compile a comprehensive history of British nature writing.

Monochrome: Painting in Black and White runs at the National Gallery in London from October 30th until February 18th 2018.
Swift at 350: A Graphic Anthology is launched at Dundee on November 25th along with a series of events for families, Telling Tall Tales, Gulliver! A Fantastical Pantomime and an exhibition at the local library in Dundee. Find out more at www.beinghumanfestival.org.
Martin Rowson is taking part in a discussion about satire at the British Library on November 28th with Jonathan Coe, Rory Bremner, Judith Hawley, and Sathnam Sanghera.
Land Lines ‚Äď Modern British Nature Writing 1789-2014 - Finding the UK's favourite nature book. Find out More at http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/favouritenaturebooks/

Producer: Torquil MacLeod

Joseph Crawhall, Madame Bovary, The James Plays20160204

Anne McElvoy profiles the painter Joseph Crawhall (1861-1913). Born in Northumberland, he exhibited alongside Degas and Whistler and has been credited as the leader of the young radical Scottish painters The Glasgow Boys. His father was also an artist who published "A Beuk o' Newcassell Sangs Collected by Joseph Crawhall" in 1888 - a pictorial book illustrating the lyrics and music with woodcuts. Anne will be joined in her quest by the director of the Fleming Collection in London, James Knox, where a new Crawhall show has opened and by the art critic, Bill Feaver.

Anne will also be hearing from the director, Gemma Bodinetz who with Peepolykus is staging a comic version of Madame Bovary at the Liverpool Everyman and from Laurie Sansom, who's directing a revival of Rona Munro's acclaimed trilogy of James plays. And in the week that sees the publication of a life of the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, Matthew Parris discusses the art of political biography.

Joseph Crawhall: Masterworks from The Burrell Collection which runs from 4 February - 12 March 2016 is on at the The Fleming Collection in London and it's the first time in 25 years that an exhibition of his his works is on show in London.

Rona Munro's James Plays are on at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre from February 3rd to 13th and then the UK and international tour stops in Glasgow, Inverness, Newcastle, Salford, Birmingham, Leicester and Plymouth

Madame Bovary performed by Peepolykus is touring. Liverpool Everyman 5th to 27th February and then on to the Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Bristol Old Vic, Royal and Derngate, Northampton.

Producer: Zahid Warley

Image Credit: The Flower Shop, by Joseph Crawhall c.1894-1900. The Burrell Collection (c) CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

Anne McElvoy profiles the painter Joseph Crawhall (1861-1913). Born in Northumberland, he exhibited alongside Degas and Whistler and has been credited as the leader of the young radical Scottish painters The Glasgow Boys. His father was also an artist who published "A Beuk o' Newcassell Sangs Collected by Joseph Crawhall" in 1888 - a pictorial book illustrating the lyrics and music with woodcuts. Anne will be joined in her quest by the director of the Fleming Collection in London, James Knox, a Crawhall afficionado and the driving force behind a new show of Crawhall's work.

Anne will also be hearing from the director, Gemma Bodinetz who with Peepolykus is staging a comic version of Madame Bovary at the Liverpool Everyman and from Kylie Murray, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, whose latest research provides historical support to the imaginative thesis of Rona Munro's acclaimed trilogy of James plays.

Julian Schnabel, Michael Goldfarb On Pianist Alice Herz-sommer20140305

Artist and film-maker Julian Schnabel talks to Philip Dodd. In 1980 he took part in the Venice Biennale and then became known for creating a series of paintings on broken ceramic plates before turning to directing films including The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, based on Jean-Dominique Bauby's memoir about living with locked-in syndrome following a stroke, Before Night Falls starring Javier Bardem, and a biopic of the painter Basquiat.

The pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who gave concerts while she was incarcerated in Terezín, was the oldest known holocaust survivor until her death last week at the age of 110. Michael Goldfarb considers her life.

Michael Goldfarb's new book is called Emancipation, How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance.

Producer: Natalie Steed.

Kamila Shamsie: John Kasmin. Dido20170926

Philip Dodd talks to the Kamila Shamsie about her novel Home Fire.

Family ties and radicalisation in Kamila Shamsi's novel Home Fire; images of beggars and slaughterhouses in the old postcards collected by John Kasmin, the art dealer who promoted abstract artists including Anthony Caro and Gillian Ayres. Plus Dido, Queen of Carthage - from Virgil and Christopher Marlowe to Purcell and TS Eliot - classicist Natalie Haynes and theatre director Rebecca McCutcheon discuss the different interpretations.

Kamila Shamsie's novels include Burnt Shadows which links events in Nagasaki and partition in India to Pakistan in the early 1980s, New York post 9/11 and Afghanistan in the wake of a US bombing campaign; and A God in Every Stone moves from the time of Persian Darius I to the experiences of Indian troops fighting the First World War and the independence movement in Peshawar.

John Kasmin's Postcards series published by Trivia Press is themed into collections Meat; Scrub; Elders; Size; and Wreck.

Dido, Queen of Carthage is at the Swan theatre in Stratford with Kimberley Sykes directing for the Royal Shakespeare Company until October 28th 2017.
Natalie Haynes is the author The Ancient Guide to Modern Life and her latest novel is The Children of Jocasta
Rebecca McCutcheon directed performances of Christopher Marlowe's drama in a women's refuge and at Kensington Palace and her theatre company Lost Text, Found Space is now working on staging a rarely performed play by Elizabeth Inchbold at a Victorian House in Peckham.

Producer: Robyn Read.

Family ties and radicalisation in Kamila Shamsie's novel Home Fire; images of beggars and slaughterhouses in the old postcards collected by John Kasmin, the art dealer who promoted abstract artists including Anthony Caro and Gillian Ayres. Plus Dido, Queen of Carthage - from Virgil and Christopher Marlowe to Purcell and TS Eliot - classicist Natalie Haynes and theatre director Rebecca McCutcheon discuss the different interpretations.

Kamila Shamsie's novels include Burnt Shadows which links events in Nagasaki and partition in India to Pakistan in the early 1980s, New York post 9/11 and Afghanistan in the wake of a US bombing campaign; and A God in Every Stone moves from the time of Persian Darius I to the experiences of Indian troops fighting the First World War and the independence movement in Peshawar.

John Kasmin's Postcards series published by Trivia Press is themed into collections Meat; Scrub; Elders; Size; and Wreck.

Dido, Queen of Carthage is at the Swan theatre in Stratford with Kimberley Sykes directing for the Royal Shakespeare Company until October 28th 2017.

Natalie Haynes is the author The Ancient Guide to Modern Life and her latest novel is The Children of Jocasta.

Rebecca McCutcheon directed performances of Christopher Marlowe's drama in a women's refuge and at Kensington Palace and her theatre company Lost Text, Found Space is now working on staging a rarely performed play by Elizabeth Inchbold at a Victorian House in Peckham.

Producer: Robyn Read

Karl Ove Knausgard, Ingrid Carlberg, Dorthe Nors On Nordic Culture20160224

The novelist, Karl Ove Knausgård , talks to Philip Dodd as the fifth instalment of his acclaimed My Struggle series is published in the UK. The programme also considers what it means to be Scandinavian today with the Swedish journalist, Ingrid Carlberg - author of a new biography of Raoul Wallenberg; the Danish writer and translator, Dorthe Nors; and Nicholas Aylott, an expert on models of democracy in Nordic and Baltic Europe who teaches history in Stockholm.

Some Rain Must Fall by Karl Ove Knausgard is published now in the UK.

Raoul Wallenberg - The Biography by Ingrid Carlberg is published now in the UK

Karate Chop and Minna Needs Rehearsal Space by Dorthe Nors is out now in the UK

Nikolai Astrup: Painting Norway is on show at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London from until 15 May 2016

Main image: Marsh Marigold Night by Nikolai Astrup (1880-1928) - (Courtesy of the Dulwich Picture Gallery).

Kathe Kollwitz, John Ashbery, Social Conservatism In Us And Europe20170913

Art and irony - Philip Dodd and Joanna Kavenna on the Kathe Kollwitz show in Birmingham.

Philip Dodd and Joanna Kavenna discuss the challenges of art in the age of irony as the work of Käthe Kollwitz goes on display in Birmingham at the Ikon Gallery. Lawrence Norfolk rereads the poetry of John Ashbery. Plus a discussion of social conservatism in the USA, Europe and the UK.

Kollwitz was born in Königsberg in East Prussia in 1867 and the show gathers together 40 of her drawings and prints under the themes of social and political protest, self-portraits and images she made in response to the death of her son Peter in October 1914.
Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz A British Museum and Ikon Partnership Exhibition runs from 13 September 26 November 2017 with a fully illustrated catalogue.

John Ashbery (July 28, 1927 - September 3, 2017) is the author of collections including Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror which won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1976

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Philip Dodd and Joanna Kavenna discuss the challenges of art in the age of irony as the work of Käthe Kollwitz goes on display in Birmingham at the Ikon Gallery. Lawrence Norfolk rereads the poetry of John Ashbery. Plus a discussion of social conservatism in the USA, Europe and the UK with Sophie Gaston from the think tank, Demos and the political commentators, Tim Stanley and Charlie Wolf.

Kollwitz was born in Königsberg in East Prussia in 1867 and the show gathers together 40 of her drawings and prints under the themes of social and political protest, self-portraits and images she made in response to the death of her son Peter in October 1914.

Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz A British Museum and Ikon Partnership Exhibition runs from 13 September 26 November 2017 with a fully illustrated catalogue.

John Ashbery (July 28, 1927 ‚Äď September 3, 2017) is the author of collections including Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror which won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1976

Image: Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) Self Portrait, (1924) Woodcut
Copyright: The Trustees of the British Museum

Producer: Zahid Warley

Ken Burns' The Roosevelts, David Cromer On Our Town20141016

Ken Burns won an Emmy for his documentary about The American Civil War. Anne McElvoy has been watching his new series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Kenyan Authors Ngugi Wa Thiong'o And Billy Kahora20140716

Billy Kahora is one of the writers nominated for this year's Caine Prize for African writing and has come to London to take part in the festival of literature organised by the Royal African Society. He joins Philip Dodd to reflect on the way artists in Kenya respond to the political and religious unrest in the country and to debate changes in Kenyan writing.

Africa Writes 2014 marks 25 years since the English translation of the novel Matigari by Ngugi wa Thiong'o. He spoke to Philip Dodd when he published his childhood memoir Dreams in a Time of War.

Billy Kahora's story The Gorilla's Apprentice is published and online at Granta Magazine.

Kevin Brownlow20161018

How do you restore a silent film? Kevin Brownlow is in conversation with Matthew Sweet about his life's work documenting the early history of cinema and preserving many lost classics - including the culmination of a 50 year project which sees Abel Gance's 1927 epic Napoleon re-released in cinemas around the UK and on DVD. Described by Martin Scorsese as 'a giant among film historians', Brownlow received an Academy Honorary Award in 2010.

As part of Southbank Centre's Film Scores Live, Carl Davis conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in his score for Napoleon - the longest film score ever composed - alongside a screening of the new digital version of the BFI-Photoplay restoration which Kevin Brownlow has worked on. This event happens on Sunday November 6th.

BBC Radio 3's Sound of Cinema broadcasts an interview with Carl Davis on Saturday October 29th.

(Image courtesy of BFI-Photoplay).

Kristin Scott Thomas As Electra, Ai Weiwei At Blenheim Palace20141001

Kristin Scott Thomas stars in the Old Vic production of Electra. Rana Mitter has a first-night review from Professor Edith Hall.

Andrew Roberts talks about his new biography, 'Napoleon the Great'.

Ai Weiwei has supervised the installation of the largest UK exhibition of his artworks at Blenheim Palace using a 3D computer model because he is unable to travel to Britain. Katie Hill reviews the show.

Edith Hall is the author of books including Introducing the Ancient Greeks: from Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind.

La La Land And Hollywood - Past And Present20170110

Agent to stars including Humphrey Bogart, Clancy Sigal looks back at the absurdities of the 1950s movie business. Catherine Wheatley and Larushka Ivan Zadeh discuss the new musical La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling which is picking up many of the prizes in the film awards season and look at Hollywood's preoccupation with its own back yard. Authors Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph lift the lid on the bizarre world of obsessive film collectors.

Clancy Sigal's autobiography, Black Sunset is out now.

A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph is out now.

La La Land is out in cinemas across Britain from January 13th certificate 12A

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.

Landmark - 2001: A Space Odyssey With Brian Cox, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood And Chris Frayling20141202

Scientist Brian Cox and Professor Chris Frayling join the actors Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood for a discussion about Stanley Kubrick's landmark film 2001: A Space Odyssey chaired by Matthew Sweet and recorded in front of an audience at the BFI in London.

Part of a series of Radio 3 broadcasts about science fiction. You can find out more on the BBC/Arts website

2001 is on general release around the UK as part of the BFI science fiction season of events.

You can download this programme by searching in the Arts and Ideas podcasts for the broadcast date.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Landmark - Man With A Movie Camera20171107

Michael Nyman, Alexei Popogrebsky, Ian Christie and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh on Dziga Vertov.

"The greatest documentary of all time"? Michael Nyman, Alexei Popogrebsky, Ian Christie and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh join Matthew Sweet to discuss Dziga Vertov's 1929 film, Man with a Movie Camera, which was voted top of a poll conducted by Sight and Sound Magazine.

Vertov's film is a kind of cinematic symphony of urban life in the Soviet Union. It fizzes with ideas and is the embodiment of the notion that cinema can promote revolutionary consciousness. For some its an achievement to set along side the films of Eisenstein. Both could lay claim to being the greatest film maker of their time and their friendship ended in rivalry. Man with a Movie Camera counts amongst its admirers the novelist, Salman Rushdie and the enfant terrible of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard.

Michael Nyman has composed scores for the three major films that the pioneering Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov made in the late 1920s and is now working on an opera about Vertov.
Ian Christie is Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck University London. He is co-editor, with Richard Taylor, of The Film Factory: Russian and Soviet Cinema in Documents 1896-1939 and Eisenstein rediscovered.
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh is chief film critic for the Metro newspaper.
Alexei Popogrebsky is a film director and screenwriter whose work includes How I Ended this Summer and Prostye veshchi.
Plus, on the website you can find Salman Rushdie's comments about watching the film.

Part of Radio 3's Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Landmark - This Sporting Life20171212

Philip Dodd and his guests on David Storey's 1960 novel set in the world of rugby league.

Landmark: Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress20170928

Michael Symmons Roberts, Helen Mort and Stewart Mottram join Matthew Sweet in Hull.

Poets Michael Symmons Roberts and Helen Mort and academic Stewart Mottram join Matthew Sweet in Hull to discuss the language of love and the politics underpinning Marvell's poem in a special recording for National Poetry Day. Readings are performed by Matt Sutton.

Published posthumously in 1861, the poem has been seen as following traditions of carpe diem love poetry exhorting the female reader to seize the day and respond more quickly to the poet/lover but it has also been argued that the metaphors are ambiguous and the poem can be read as an ironic version of sexual seduction. Many of the phrases and ideas about time in the poem have inspired other authors and been re-used as book titles and lines in films including within A Matter of Life and Death, The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock and the writing of Ursula K Le Guin.

Recorded with an audience at the University of Hull as part of the BBC's festival Contains Strong Language.

Producer: Fiona McLean.

Landmark: Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now20150408

Free Thinking marks the bicentenary of Anthony Trollope with a programme devoted to his satire, The Way We Live Now. Although savagely reviewed when it first emerged in 1875, the novel has come to be regarded as Trollope's masterpiece - a brilliant and unsettling anatomy of English society with " a vile city ruffian," Melmotte, as its central character.

Philip Dodd is joined by Jerry White, Simon Heffer, Kathryn Hughes and Jonathan Myerson to consider the nature of Trollope's achievement and the novel's place in the literary landscape.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

Landmark: Charlie Chaplin's City Lights2014021920150105 (R3)

Charlie Chaplin's City Lights is ranked by The American Film Institute as one of the best American films ever made. A silent film released after the introduction of sound into cinema, it was also one of Chaplin's most commercially successful releases.

To mark the centenary of Chaplin's iconic tramp character, Matthew Sweet discusses City Lights with comedian Lucy Porter, actor Paul McGann, film maker and historian Kevin Brownlow, and Chaplin's biographer David Robinson.

Recorded in front of a live audience at the Watershed Arts Centre as part of the Bristol Slapstick Festival.

You can download this programme by searching in the Arts and Ideas podcasts for the broadcast date.

First broadcast 19/02/2014.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

Landmark: Dante's The Divine Comedy2015051320160210 (R3)

To mark Dante's birth 750 years ago, Philip Dodd chairs a discussion about his poem The Divine Comedy, a seminal cultural Landmark with Prue Shaw, author of 'Reading Dante' and scholar Nick Havely, the poet Sean O'Brien and writer Kevin Jackson.

Presenter: Philip Dodd

Guests: Prue Shaw 'Reading Dante'

Sean O'Brien trs Dante's Inferno

Nick Havely, Leverhulme Research Fellow: 'Dante's British Public, from the Fourteenth

Century to the Present'

Kevin Jackson, Dante's Inferno by Hunt Emerson

Producer: Jacqueline Smith

(Image: Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321), circa 1286. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

Philip Dodd chairs a Landmark discussion about Dante's poem The Divine Comedy with Prue Shaw, author of 'Reading Dante', scholar Nick Havely, the poet Sean O'Brien and writer Kevin Jackson.

Prue Shaw is the author of 'Reading Dante'

Sean O'Brien has done his own version of Dante's Inferno

Nick Havely is the author of 'Dante's British Public, from the Fourteenth Century to the Present'

Kevin Jackson is the author of the graphic novel Dante's Inferno with illustrations by Hunt Emerson

A selection of 30 of Botticelli's images for The Divine Comedy are on show as part of Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection which runs at The Courtaul Gallery in London from February 18th - May 8th.

You might also be interested in Saturday Classics on 13 February, 1302-1500: Ahead of his BBC4 series Renaissance Unchained, art critic Waldemar Januszczak conjures up the sound world of this epoch of huge passions and powerful religious emotions across all of Europe. The term 'Renaissance', or 'rinascita', was coined by Giorgio Vasari in 16th-century Florence, and his assertion that it had fixed origins in Italy has since influenced all of art history. But what of Flanders, Germany and the rest of Northern Europe? Waldemar presents music from the time of the Renaissance greats: Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling, Albrecht D√ľrer, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo and El Greco.

Revised repeat of a programme first broadcast on May 13th 2015.

Landmark: George Dangerfield's The Strange Death Of Liberal England20140109

As part of BBC Radio 3's Music on the Brink season Professor Roy Foster, the journalist and author Nick Cohen, Baroness Shirley Williams, Duncan Brack of the Liberal Democrat Party History Group and the author Bea Campbell join Philip Dodd to discuss a Landmark book which explores the collapse of Liberal values in Britain. And does ''The Strange Death of Liberal England' written by George Dangerfield in 1934 have a message for political debate and the wider culture now?

Dangerfield's first memory as a child was of being held up to a window in May 1910 to watch Halley's Comet falling across the sky and it is with this moment in time that he begins his book. The Right Honourable Herbert Henry Asquith is watching the comet from the deck of an Admiralty Yacht way out in the Bay of Biscay having just heard via wireless that Edward VII is dead. And as HMS Enchantress tacks for Plymouth, Asquith stands in the summer ocean twilight and wonders how the new George V will tackle the political crises that lie just ahead.

The rapid collapse of self-confidence from the apogee of Empire to industrial unrest, mutiny, civil war in Ireland, The Parliament Act of 1911, the Suffragette movement: this was the reality of the lead-up to World War I. It was a period which marked the end of English Liberalism, and this is Dangerfield's subject.

Dangerfield said of historical writing that it should be 'a combination of taste, imagination, science and scholarship; it reconciles incompatibles, it balances probabilities; and at last attains the reality of fiction.'

Philip Dodd and guests discuss the relevance of the book both to our understanding of the pre-war period, so often seen as a golden age of Edwardian splendour, and to today.

Producer Neil Trevithick.

Landmark: In Parenthesis, By David Jones20160518

Recorded before an audience at the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff before the premiere of Iain Bell's opera inspired by the poem Philip Dodd presents a Landmark edition of Free Thinking devoted to David Jones' epic In Parenthesis. The discussion hears from the composer Iain Bell, the writer, Iain Sinclair, one of the librettists Emma Jenkins and Paul Hills, curator of a touring exhibition of Jones' pictures and the co-author with Ariane Bankes of the most recent book about the artist.

Iain Bell's In Parenthesis is at WNO in Carcdiff from 13th May -3 June, in Birmhingham on 10 June and then at the Royal Opera House in London from 29 June -1 July

It will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on July 2nd.

David Jones's In Parenthesis is published by Faber

David Jones - Vision and Memory - is at the Djanogly Gallery in Nottingham until 5 June. It was previously on show at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.

His art is also on show at the Martin Tinney Gallery in Cardiff in May and June.

Photo Credit: The Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, The Estate of David Jones

Landmark: Leaves Of Grass2015100820170420 (R3)

The American poet Mark Doty, Professor Sarah Churchwell and the young British poet Andrew McMillan join Matthew Sweet for a programme on National Poetry Day dedicated to one of the classics of American poetry, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Readings will be performed by William Hope.

Producer: Fiona McLean.

Landmark: Leaves Of Grass20170420

Poets Mark Doty and Andrew McMillan and Professor Sarah Churchwell on Walt Whitman's poem.

The American poet Mark Doty, Professor Sarah Churchwell and the young British poet Andrew McMillan join Matthew Sweet for a programme dedicated to one of the classics of American poetry, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

Readings performed by William Hope.

Producer: Fiona McLean.
Originally broadcast on Thu 8 Oct 2015.

Landmark: Marnie20171018

Matthew Sweet explores memory and Marnie, of Graham's novel and Hitchcock's film fame.

Matthew Sweet discusses memory and Marnie with novelist and Freud scholar Lisa Appignanesi, Andrew Graham - son of the novelist Winston Graham who wrote the 1961 novel which Alfred Hitchcock turned into a film in 1964, Gwyneth Hughes - director of 'The Girl' - and Hitchcock and Marnie scholar Murray Pomerance.

Recorded with an audience at Wellcome Collection as part of BBC Radio 3's series of programmes Why Music? The Key to Memory.

Lisa Appignanesi - Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness

Murray Pomerance - Marnie: BFIClassic

Nico Muhly's opera based on Marnie premieres at English National Opera on November 18th and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Photo Credit: David Bishop / Wellcome Collection

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Matthew Sweet discusses memory and Marnie with novelist and Freud scholar Lisa Appignanesi, Andrew Graham - son of the novelist Winston Graham who wrote the 1961 novel which Alfred Hitchcock turned into a film in 1964, Gwyneth Hughes - director of 'The Girl' - and Hitchcock and Marnie scholar Murray Pomerance.

Recorded with an audience at Wellcome Collection as part of BBC Radio 3's series of programmes Why Music? The Key to Memory.

Lisa Appignanesi - Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness
Murray Pomerance - Marnie: BFIClassic

Nico Muhly's opera based on Marnie premieres at English National Opera on November 18th and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Landmark: Matthew Arnold's Culture And Anarchy20170713

Matthew Sweet and guests debate the contemporary relevance of ideas of poet Matthew Arnold

Simon Heffer, novelist and co-director of the Fun Palaces campaign Stella Duffy, New Generation Thinker Will Abberley and the writer and sociologist Tiffany Jenkins join Matthew Sweet and an audience at the University of Sussex to debate the ideas explored by Matthew Arnold and their resonance today. The series of periodical essays were first published in Cornhill Magazine, 1867-68, and subsequently published as a book in 1869.

Arnold argued that modern life was producing a society of 'Philistines