Arts & 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.

Matthew Sweet takes to the woods with thoroughly modern witch, William Hunter, and writer and folklorist, Zoe Gilbert, to look for green men and suitable spots for a ritual. If modern magic is all about re-enchanting the world then old magic was more about fear and keeping witches out but as a new exhibition opens in Oxford, Dafydd Daniel and Lisa Mullen discuss whether magical thinking is an inevitable part of being human while in Marie Darrieussecq's new novel set in a not very far away and dystopian future, the forest is the last haven for fugitives. Our Life in ...

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Rana Mitter explores identity forest landscapes and the long impact of the Ottoman empire
Shahidha Bari with news of the Man Booker Prize and discussion about female philosophers
Shahidha Bari looks at new Gothic research with Nick Groom and Xavier Aldana Reyes
Discrimination Oct. 11, 2018
The lawyer Helena Kennedy joins Shahidha Bari to discuss how British justice fails women.
Historian Tom Devine, Colombian novelist, Hector Abad and economist Paul Collier
Drugs and Consciousness Oct. 10, 2018
Does LSD open the doors of perception or just mess with your head?
How does Chaucer write about rape and consent ? Shahidha Bari with new academic research.
Michael Govan, Sabine Haag & Hartwig Fischer at the Royal Institution, London.
The Essex Serpent's author talks to Matthew Sweet about re-imagining the Melmoth myth.
Gandhi's power, portable citizenship & Indian writing with Rana Mitter & Amit Chaudhuri.
Loss, Grief and Anger Sept. 27, 2018
Lisa Appignanesi; Heather O'Neill; Cherie Dimaline; Pacific Arts Adviser, Jo Walsh
Philip Dodd and guests explore the value of causing offence.
The Goodies Sept. 25, 2018
Matthew Sweet meets the trio behind the '70s and early '80s TV comedy show
What Nietzsche teaches us Sept. 20, 2018
Biographer Sue Prideaux and others discuss Nietzsche's relevance today
Being an outsider and learning to think like an outsider
Anne McElvoy and guests explore ideas of tyranny, martyrdom, sin and grace
Bettany Hughes and Alex Clark discuss feminist retellings of The Iliad.
Sebastian Faulks Sept. 13, 2018
The author of Birdsong in conversation with Anne McElvoy about his new novel Paris Echo.
Women Finding a Voice Sept. 12, 2018
Deborah Frances-White host of The Guilty Feminist pod, Natalie Haynes, Michèle Roberts