Free Thinking In The Summer

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Rana Mitter chairs a debate from the 2013 York Festival of Ideas on the legacy of the War of the Roses with historians Sandy Grant and Mark Ormrod and author Helen Castor reflecting on how the Wars of the Roses shaped the country from the 15th century right up to the present day.

In the year that Richard III's remains were identified beneath a Leicester Car Park, why does the Wars of the Roses continue to exert such a hold over our imaginations, from Game of Thrones to the BBC series The White Queen?

First broadcast in June 2013.

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BBC Radio 3's annual Free Thinking festival of ideas continues its summer of activity as it takes up residency at leading summer events across the country.

Rana Mitter chairs a Free Thinking debate from the annual 12-hour My Night With Philosophers festival at the Institut Français on the role of philosophy in public life, and asks what can the tools of philosophy offer the European political mindscape in the current climate?

The guests includes Director of the Forum for European Philosophy Simon Glendinning and Vernon Bogdanor professor of government at Kings College London

The edition is chaired by Night Waves presenter Rana Mitter and was recorded earlier this month at the My Night with Philosophers marathon at the Institut Français as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking in the Summer

Free Thinking is visiting four festivals throughout the summer including HowTheLightGetsIn at Hay, the Institut Français Philosophy Night in London, York Festival of Ideas and the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire. These events will be broadcast throughout June and July and lead the way towards Free Thinking's annual weekend of debate at the Sage, Gateshead in October 2013.

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BBC Radio 3's annual Free Thinking festival of ideas continues its summer of activity as it takes up residency at leading summer events across the country.

Philip Dodd chairs a debate from the HowTheLightGetsIn philosophy and music festival in Hay-on-Wye

Behavioural scientist Dylan Evans, television presenter Esther Rantzen, Costa Prize-winning author AL Kennedy and singer and writer Pat Kane join Radio 3's Philip Dodd in a discussion on the Problem with Love. Is it bad for us? How does love alter our brains and our bodies? What impact will social media and changing gender relations have on the future of love?

The edition is chaired by Night Waves presenter Philip Dodd and was recorded at the recent HowThe LightGetsIn philosophy and music festival as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking in the Summer

Free Thinking is visiting four festivals throughout the summer including, the Institute Français Philosophy Night in London, York Festival of Ideas and the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire. These events will be broadcast throughout June and July and lead the way towards Free Thinking's annual weekend of debate at the Sage, Gateshead in October 2013.

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BBC Radio 3's annual Free Thinking festival of ideas continues its summer of activity as it takes up residency at leading summer events across the country.

Radio 3's Anne McElvoy chairs a debate from the Chalke Valley History festival to examine how the British have looked to their history to give them a sense of national identity, and explores whether a sense of belonging and citizenship can be found from our past.

The guests include historian and broadcaster Michael Wood.

The edition is chaired by Night Waves presenter Anne McElvoy and was recorded at the Chalke Valley History Festival in June as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking in the Summer

Free Thinking is visiting four festivals throughout the summer including HowTheLightGetsIn at Hay, the Institute Français Philosophy Night in London, York Festival of Ideas and the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire. These events will be broadcast throughout June and July and lead the way towards Free Thinking's annual weekend of debate at the Sage, Gateshead in October 2013.

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BBC Radio 3's annual Free Thinking festival of ideas continues its summer tour as it takes up residency at leading summer events across the country.

Rana Mitter chairs a debate from the York Festival of Ideas on whether we can afford ethical business.

As austerity bites into family finances and public services, cheap goods seem ever more attractive, even vital. But is there a price to pay in fairness, and to the environment? York has a long history of making ethical business ideals a reality, but can those ideas be carried forward into the era of austerity?

The panel includes The Guardian's Lucy Siegle, Adrian Wooldridge of The Economist, founder of Ethical Superstore Andy Redfern and economist Virginie Perotin.

The event is chaired by Night Waves presenter Rana Mitter and was recorded earlier this month at the York Festival of Ideas as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking in the Summer

Free Thinking is visiting four festivals throughout the summer including HowTheLightGetsIn at Hay, the Institut Français Philosophy Night in London, York Festival of Ideas and the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire. These events are being broadcast in July and lead the way towards Free Thinking's annual weekend of debate at the Sage, Gateshead in October 2013.