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Four Thought

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Series of thought-provoking talks in which the speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society

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Series of thought-provoking talks in which the speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society

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I HAVE A THOUGHT

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iTunes Ratings

17 Ratings
Average Ratings
12
3
0
2
0

I HAVE A THOUGHT

By Apple1234Pie - May 20 2017
Read more
Opinions on topics from idiots.

good experienxw

By rlawlsdks - Aug 21 2011
Read more
very unique british accent
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Four Thought

Latest release on Jan 22, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Maria Popova: The Architecture of Knowledge

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Maria Popova, Editor of Brainpickings, discusses how, with the world's knowledge more readily available to us than ever before, the fragmentation of our interests is driving us to seek out more and more of what we're already interested in. How, she asks, can we master the architecture of human knowledge in a way that takes advantage of the "Information Age", yet broadens rather than contracts our intellectual and creative horizons, both as individual consumers and as publishers of information?

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Nov 21 2012

19mins

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Rank #2: Jasper Fforde

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Jasper Fforde explains why he is concerned that humans have reached the limits of intellectual creative thought.

Four Thought is a series of thought-provoking talks in which speakers air their thinking, in front of a live audience, on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society.

Presenter: Kamin Mohammadi
Producer: Estelle Doyle.

Jul 09 2014

17mins

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Rank #3: Refugee Stories

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Agnes Woolley examines what is missing from the stories told by, and about, refugees. She laments what she calls the 'hard authenticity of testimony' - the way in which refugees to the UK are forced to tell their own stories, and never to change them, despite any number of changes in perspective. And she asks why the stories told about those seeking refuge - by politicians and newspapers - are equally unchanging.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Jan 08 2014

19mins

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Rank #4: Understanding Drug Addiction

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Hanna Pickard says we need to understand the reasons why desperate people become addicted to drugs, seeing them neither as "victims of a neurobiological disease", nor as "selfish, lazy hedonists".

"Choosing to use drugs, including alcohol, to gain pleasure and escape from life's banality, isn't the same as choosing to use drugs to relieve suffering."

Recorded at the Phoenix Artist Club in London.

Presenter: Helen Zaltzman
Producer: Sheila Cook.

Jul 12 2017

21mins

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Rank #5: Alan Bissett

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In the 1990s, author Alan Bissett was a lad and women were 'birds'.

In a frank and personal account, Alan talks about why he turned to the work of the late American radical feminist Andrea Dworkin after becoming concerned over his use of internet pornography.

He dissects elements of what he describes as our "sex saturated culture" and argues that men need to start engaging with feminism for the good of all.
Four Thought is a series of talks which combine new ideas and personal stories.

Recorded during the Edinburgh festival, speakers explain their thinking on the trends and ideas in culture and society in front of a live audience.

Producer: Caitlin Smith.

Sep 04 2013

18mins

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Rank #6: Philippa Perry

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Philippa Perry explains why story telling is so powerful and how the stories we tell to and about ourselves affect our mental wellbeing.
Four Thought is a series of thought-provoking talks in which speakers air their thinking, in front of a live audience, on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society.
Presenter: Ben Hammersley
Producer: Sheila Cook.

Apr 30 2014

19mins

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Rank #7: Grief, and Starscape

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Lora Stimson uses sky and starscape to navigate her grief.

In this beautiful and emotional talk, recorded at the Green Man Festival in mid-Wales, appropriately enough an internationally-certified Dark Sky Reserve, Lora draws connections between the sky and her grief after her father's death.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Oct 23 2019

19mins

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Rank #8: Emma Byrne: Why We Swear

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The science writer Emma Byrne argues that, far from tuning out, we should listen carefully when people swear, because they often do so for good reasons.

Four Thought is a series of talks which combine new ideas and personal stories. Speakers explain their latest thinking on the trends and ideas in culture and society in front of a live audience at Somerset House.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

May 15 2013

17mins

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Rank #9: Adjoa Andoh

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Actor Adjoa Andoh's son sensed from a very young age that although he inhabits the body of a girl, he was born a boy. "In the imperfect language we have to describe people," she says, "we call him transgender."
Adjoa talks movingly about raising a transgender child, and about what really defines who we are or who we might become. "In too many places today," she says, "and in too many ways, we suffocate our true potential selves at birth."
Four Thought is a series of thought-provoking talks in which speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society in front of a live audience.
Presenter: Ben Hammersley
Producers: Mike Wendling and Smita Patel.

Jul 30 2014

22mins

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Rank #10: A World for Children

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Daniel Hahn argues that as a society we would benefit from having more children's books translated into English.

A translator himself, and author of a major book about children's literature, Daniel is concerned that few books are being translated today to sit alongside Tintin, Asterix and the Moomins.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Sep 24 2014

19mins

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Rank #11: Andrew Robinson: What Can We Learn from Geniuses?

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The writer Andrew Robinson has studied the lives of scores of geniuses and written about them, most recently in his new book, 'Genius, a Very Short Introduction'.
Since time immemorial humanity has been fascinated by genius and geniuses - those extraordinary men and women whose abilities mark them out from the rest of us.
Are geniuses born not made? Or do they have habits and skills which the rest of use can learn from? Andrew poses the question: What can we learn from geniuses?
Four Thought is a series of talks which combine thought provoking ideas and engaging storytelling.
Recorded live in front of an audience at the Edinburgh International Festival, speakers take to the stage to air their latest thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect our culture and society.
Producer: David Stenhouse.

Sep 02 2011

13mins

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Rank #12: A New Currency of Commitment

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Comedian Rosie Wilby proposes the end of monogamy. She first discussed the idea in a show at last year's Edinburgh festival, since when it has taken an unexpectedly serious turn. That show prompted many people to get in touch with Rosie to share their stories, and it has even had knock-on effects in her own life. Now she shares her thinking on how it might affect ours, too.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Aug 20 2014

18mins

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Rank #13: Capturing Moonlight

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Astrid Alben explains how only art and science together can help us appreciate complicated phenomena like moonlight.

Astrid is a poet and founder of the arts and science organisation, the PARS Foundation. In this meditative talk, she explains how bridging the artificial divide between science and the arts leads to a greater understanding of concepts as varied as moonlight, laughter and elasticity.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Feb 22 2017

17mins

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Rank #14: Being Bereaved

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Annie Broadbent shares her experience of being bereaved, and thinks we should overcome the taboos that surround talking about grief.

"If we have the courage to change our way of feeling and thinking about death, not only will we be better placed to support the ones who are left behind, we will change our relationship with life."

Recorded at the Phoenix Artist Club in London.

Presenter: Helen Zaltzman
Producer: Sheila Cook.

Jul 26 2017

18mins

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Rank #15: David Bainbridge: Celebrating Middle Age

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Clinical veterinary anatomist at Cambridge University and science writer David Bainbridge dispels the myth of the mid-life crisis and celebrates the evolution of middle age as a distinctively human phenomenon, central to the success of our species.
Middle age is not about getting old but rather "the changes of middle age represent a developmental stage of life as distinct as infancy or adolescence," he says.
Four Thought is a series of talks which combine thought provoking ideas and engaging storytelling.
Recorded live in front of an audience at the RSA in London, speakers air their latest thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect our culture and society.
Producer: Sheila Cook.

Nov 23 2011

18mins

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Rank #16: Building for a new life

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Mark Breeze asks why architects haven't done more to design shelter for refugees. An architect himself, he tells us that his training was aimed at helping him come up with solutions to the toughest problems, yet none is tougher than finding a balance between impermanence, sustainability and low cost in homes for refugees. After visiting the so-called 'Jungle' camp in Calais and witnessing conditions there, Mark explains how he hopes to find a better framework for architects like him to help.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

Feb 01 2017

17mins

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Rank #17: Married Life

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Laiba Husain discusses life before, and after, marriage.

A Fulbright Scholar from Michigan, Laiba studies at Birmingham University and has recently got married. She discusses how educated women in her family were expected to stay at home after marriage rather than pursuing careers and higher education. But how much is this due to patriarchal culture and religious misconceptions? Laiba argues that marriage and religion do not impede her ambitions; instead, she feels empowered. And she calls on Muslim women to embrace individual choice rather than being bound by cultural expectations.

Producer: Peter Snowdon.

May 16 2018

21mins

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Rank #18: Karl Sharro

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Karl Sharro argues that the only way to overcome the housing crisis is to get rid of all planning regulations and let people build whatever they want.

Four Thought is a series of thought-provoking talks in which speakers air their thinking, in front of a live audience, on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society.

Presenter: Kamin Mohammadi
Producer: Estelle Doyle.

Jun 25 2014

18mins

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Rank #19: James Bridle: Computers and Cultural Memories

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Publisher and technologist James Bridle asks how computer networks will affect cultural memories. In this Four Thought, James brings his two lives together to look for the crossing points between books and technology.
How will storing our memories and experiences on 'the network' change how we relate to them? They are no longer spread through time and geography, and instead much more visible to us, but what does that mean?
When we have read a book, the book remains as a souvenir of the experience, but we do not yet have a similar way of accounting for the time we spend online.
Producer: Giles Edwards.

Aug 01 2012

18mins

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Rank #20: The Sound of Syria

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Syrian qanun virtuoso Maya Youssef explains why - to her - music is "the opposite of death" in this powerful and poignant talk.

"I played a concert in a refugee centre in Aalborg, Denmark," she says, "and afterwards a ten-year old child approached me and said, 'Your music brought back the memory of beautiful days in Syria and the smell of lemon and jasmine.' Another woman added, 'I haven't felt happy like this for a long time'. I felt joy and grief at the same time hearing this."

Recorded in front of a live audience at the WOMAD world music and arts festival in Wiltshire.

Producer: Richard Knight.

Aug 09 2017

14mins

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