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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, ...
Naomi Alderman, Geoff Mulgan and Lionel Bently join Philip Dodd to explore the ever-changing meaning of Originality. Nicholas Penny, director of the National Gallery, discusses the meaning of greatness in art in front of the new exhibition - Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice. And as Simon ...
Matthew Sweet discusses the silent film star Betty Balfour with BFI curator Byony Dixon and comedian Lucy Porter and interviews Dutch novelist Peter Buwalda and James Lovelock.
Anne McElvoy looks at the impact of war, the Afghan elections and childhood violence. She's joined by Professor Hew Strachan and Ian Morris. Film critic Charlotte O Sullivan has been watching 'I Declare War,' Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson's film about childhood games which turn sour. And in the week ...
Orhan Pamuk talks, in an extended conversation with Philip Dodd, about his writing career and his views of modern Turkey.Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2006 his novels include The Black Book from 1990, the magisterial Snow marinaded in politics and religion and set in a remote Turkish town ...
Matthew Sweet explores the idea of the police with the playwright Roy Williams, the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, Sara Thornton, the historian Kate Colquhoun and the film maker and criminologist Roger Graef.
Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic and curators Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Victoria Walsh join Anne McElvoy to discuss the display of art and design. As Prospect magazine launches the long list for its poll of World Thinkers for 2014, Serena Kutchinsky, Digital Editor of Prospect, joins Anne to debate what ...
Damon Galgut's new book Arctic Summer evokes EM Forster's experiences in India and the inspiration Forster found there. Galgut joins Rana Mitter and a panel of guests including Tariq Ali and Alex Clark to explore the writing and career of EM Forster in a programme live from Radio 3's pop-up studio at ...
Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film Seven Samurai traces the story of a group of Samurai who are hired to prevent thieves stealing the crops from a farming village in 1587. It regularly appears on polls of the greatest films of world cinema. Matthew Sweet is joined for a discussion of this Landmark of culture ...
Author and design consultant Stephen Bayley has written an e-book called Charm: A Victim's Guide. He joins Philip Dodd for a discussion on the pros and cons of charm with Rachel Johnson, novelist AL Kennedy and PR expert Mark Borkowski - from Castiglione's The Book of The Courtier to its role in politics, ...
Frank Field MP, child psychiarist Dickon Bevington and authors Meg Rosoff and Philip Ridley join Philip Dodd for a discussion about different aspects of childhood. The programme was broadcasted live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café area.
Frank Field MP, child psychiarist Dickon Bevington and authors Meg Rosoff and Philip Ridley join Philip Dodd for a discussion about different aspects of childhood. The programme was broadcasted live from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café area.
Historian Archie Brown and military expert Frank Ledwidge join Samira Ahmed to discuss whether strong leaders undermine rather than enhance the possibility of good leadership. Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh talks about making life-or-death decisions in the operating theatre. And Susannah Clapp and novelist ...
American authors Jonathan Lethem and Gary Shteyngart discuss radicalism, belonging and why being 'American' is no longer enough.
Philip Dodd chairs a discussion between Terry Farrell, Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Michael and Patty Hopkins and Richard Rogers recorded at RIBA. These architects have come together to share a public platform as part of the Brits Who Built The Modern World Season of events which has included the ...
David Grossman's new book Falling Out of Time mixes poetry, drama and fiction to explore grief and loss. His own son died in 2006. Matthew Sweet spoke to him when he was in London during Jewish Book Week.
Richard Mabey discusses his biography of Flora Thompson, author of Lark Rise to Candleford, and choreographer Richard Alston joins Anne McElvoy on the eve of Radio 3's Ravel Day. Plus there’s a discussion about the ongoing fascination with ruins; whether a picturesque castle ruin glimpsed through the ...
Philip Dodd in conversation with artist and film-maker Julian Schnabel, best known for creating a series of paintings on broken ceramic plates as well as directing films, including The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls, and a biopic of the painter Basquiat.

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Matthew Sweet visits the British Museum's Vikings exhibition with the curator Gareth Williams and Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough from Durham University. Lincoln Paine discusses his history of navigation and seafaring 'Sea and Civilization'. Plus Captain M.K.Barritt, author ...
Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld talk about the impact of education and religion on success and Anne McElvoy has a first night review of Peter Gill's new play Versailles from historian David Reynolds. Plus Spitting Image is 30 years old, the series'€™ original producer John Lloyd, the Labour politician Alan ...
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