Arts and Ideas

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The best of BBC Radio 3's flagship arts and ideas programme Free Thinking - featuring in-depth interviews and debates with artists, scientists and public figures.

Anne McElvoy looks at trade past and present as she discusses a book questioning economists' reliance on GDP with its author, David Pilling, and reports on debates from the world economic forum annual meeting at Davos with American reporter Rob Cox. She also looks at a new novel depicting a "mermaid" displayed as a visitor attraction by an 18th century London-based merchant, and is shown around an exhibition exploring the design and impact of ocean liners with one of its curators, Ghislaine Wood. . Ocean Liners: Speed and Style runs at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London from 3 ...



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Philip Dodd and guests ask has culture forgotten the working class?
Colm Toibin, critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh and Ellen Wettmark join Matthew Sweet.
Humboldt as Ecuadorian explorer, plus the territory between Scotland and England.
Craig Brown, Afua Hirsch, Robert Jobson, Joe Moshenska, AN Wilson, Philip Dodd on royalty
Lucy Porter & Steve Massa on women of the silent era, Vanda Krefft on William Fox's life
Frankenstein and AI now. Jan. 18, 2018
Fiona Sampson, Daisy Hay, Christopher Frayling and David H. Guston with Matthew Sweet.
Leïla Slimani, President Macron's champion of French culture and language, is interviewed
A car race around Australia is fictionalised in Peter Carey's latest novel + Ovid's tales
Matthew Sweet with Paul Hartnoll, Tony White, Tessa DeCarlo & Paul Cronin on uprisings.
The In Between Jan. 10, 2018
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough considers airport lounges railway stations and liminal spaces
Landmark: The Odyssey Jan. 9, 2018
Amit Chaudhuri, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Daniel Mendelsohn and Emily Wilson join Philip Dodd
Diving Deep Jan. 4, 2018
Diving as metaphor, occupation and study from Tudor times to the present
Matthew Sweet looks at the career of impresario Philip Astley and 250 years of circus
Rethinking Tradition Jan. 2, 2018
Roger Scruton, Kevin Davey, Kirsty Gunn & Haroon Mirza on tradition & experiment
A Literary Salon. Dec. 14, 2017
Malika Booker, Neil Brand, Katherine Cooper and Jake Arnott join Matthew Sweet.
Should We Keep Pets? Dec. 13, 2017
John Bradshaw, Jessica Pierce, Philip Howell and Laura Purcell with Anne McElvoy.
Philip Dodd and his guests on David Storey's 1960 novel set in the world of rugby league
Many faces of Eve? Dec. 7, 2017
Catherine Fletcher with Stephen Greenblatt, Islam Issa, Jennifer Evans and Sara Read.
The Joy of Bad Films Dec. 6, 2017
Weathermen member Jonathan Lerner on underground protest & The Disaster Artist reviewed.