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Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.

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Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.

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Please don’t shift to gotcha journalism

By Jefferson253 - May 23 2019
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Love getting access to this always wonderful podcast- especially from the US. However, whether accuracy was on his side or not - Michael sweets “gotcha” ambush of Naomi Woolf was way offbase and between the standards of the BBC. Very uncomfortable to listen to and not why I subscribe.

Continuing education as I work

By Bootsy Ampleforth - Oct 20 2018
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As an artist I listen to many podcasts and this one of my favorites. Ever diverse subject matter is discussed in a civil way between thoughtful, intelligent people who are, generally, authorities in the particular subject at hand. In an age of pitbull mentality discourse, it is particularly appealing. Thank you BBC! I love this podcast! Keep it coming!

iTunes Ratings

144 Ratings
Average Ratings
95
19
14
9
7

Please don’t shift to gotcha journalism

By Jefferson253 - May 23 2019
Read more
Love getting access to this always wonderful podcast- especially from the US. However, whether accuracy was on his side or not - Michael sweets “gotcha” ambush of Naomi Woolf was way offbase and between the standards of the BBC. Very uncomfortable to listen to and not why I subscribe.

Continuing education as I work

By Bootsy Ampleforth - Oct 20 2018
Read more
As an artist I listen to many podcasts and this one of my favorites. Ever diverse subject matter is discussed in a civil way between thoughtful, intelligent people who are, generally, authorities in the particular subject at hand. In an age of pitbull mentality discourse, it is particularly appealing. Thank you BBC! I love this podcast! Keep it coming!
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Arts & Ideas

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Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.

Rank #1: Jordan B Peterson

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Self help, identity politics and the influence of postmodernists are on the agenda as Philip Dodd meets the YouTube star and Canadian clinical psychologist, Jordan B. Peterson.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson is out now.
Producer: Craig Templeton Smith
May 17 2018
44 mins
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Rank #2: Design

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A silent room and a design to encourage disobedience are amongst the exhibits that Matthew Sweet and Laurence Scott visit at the London Design Biennale as they consider the role of Design in the week the V&A opens a new museum in Dundee. New Generation Thinker Kylie Murray talks about her discoveries of scribblings in the margins of books and what they tell us about Dundee's connections with France in late medieval times. Plus film critic Peter Biskind explores the effect of superhero and zombie movies on the American psyche.
The Sky Is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids and Superheroes Made America Great For Extremism by Peter Biskind is out now.

Laurence Scott is the author of Picnic, Comma, Lightning: In Search of a New Reality; The Four Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World.

Kylie Murray is a Fellow, Lecturer, and Director of Studies in English at Christ’s College, Cambridge whose research specialism is the literature of Medieval and Early-Modern Scotland, c.1100-c.1625 in Scots, French, and Latin
The London Design Biennale runs until September 23rd.

The V&A in Dundee designed by Kengo Kuma opens with a 3D Festival this weekend.

Design Research for Change is a showcase of 67 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Design research projects at Truman Brewery, London from 20th – 23rd September 2018.
Producer: Craig Smith
Sep 11 2018
45 mins
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Rank #3: What Nietzsche teaches us

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How Nietzsche might have responded to current debates, including Trump, 'post-truth', identity and Europe. Kwame Anthony Appiah talks about his new work on identity and biographer Sue Prideaux and philosophers Hugo Drochon and Katrina Mitcheson join Matthew Sweet to think about Nietzsche.

I Am Dynamite! A Life of Nietzsche by Sue Prideaux is published on October 30th. Her books include Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream, which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and Strindberg: A Life, which received the Duff Cooper Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
Kwame Anthony Appiah is the author of books including As If, Idealization Ideals, Cosmpolitan: Ethics in a World of Strangers and his new book which draws on his thinking for BBC Radio 4's Reith Lectures is called The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.

You can find a playlist of discussions about Culture Wars and Identity here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06jngzt

Producer: Luke Mulhall.
Sep 20 2018
46 mins
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Rank #4: Proms Plus: Edgar Allan Poe

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Novelist and Gothic literature specialist Elizabeth Lowry joins the writer, documentarist, film-maker and psycho-geographer Iain Sinclair to discuss the dark glitter of the Gothic and the work of the American poet Edgar Allan Poe, with presenter Matthew Sweet.

Elizabeth Lowry’s latest book is entitled 'Dark Water'

Producer: Torquil MacLeod
Aug 08 2019
21 mins
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Rank #5: Inside the 'Intellectual Dark Web'

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Commentator Douglas Murray, journalist Bari Weiss and writer Ed Husain join Philip Dodd to explore the 'Intellectual Dark Web'.
Their YouTube videos and podcasts receive millions of views and downloads. They sell out theatres across the US. But these aren't rock stars or the latest pop sensation. They are a collection of public intellectuals, scientists, political columnists, and stand up-comedians who are at the front line of the raging 'culture wars'. As two of its leading figures, neuroscience Sam Harris and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, prepare for a UK tour, Philip Dodd finds out more about this popular movement.
The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray is out now.
The House of Islam: A Global History by Ed Husain is out now.
Producer: Craig Templeton Smith.
Jun 13 2018
44 mins
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Rank #6: Writing and Frankness

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Deborah Levy, Adam Phillips and Amia Srinivasan join Matthew Sweet at the British Library for a Royal Society of Literature debate.

Why do we read? Why do we write? What do we reveal when we do? A writer, a psychotherapist and a philosopher discuss what we reveal about ourselves through literature and the difference, if any, between non-fiction, novels and the psychotherapist’s couch.
Deborah Levy is a playwright, novelist and poet. In her ‘living autobiography’ The Cost of Living, she considers what it means to live with value, meaning and pleasure. Adam Phillips is a practising psychoanalyst and Visiting Professor in the English department at the University of York.
Amia Srinivasan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and works on topics in epistemology, metaphilosophy, social and political philosophy, and feminism. She is a contributing editor of the London Review of Books.

Producer: Luke Mulhall
Dec 11 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #7: The body, past and present

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Can beauty be an ethical ideal? What did being handsome mean in C18 England? How do we look at images by Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman or a Renaissance nude and is that affected by changing attitudes towards the body now? Anne McElvoy talks to the painter, Chantal Joffe, the philosopher, Heather Widdows, the writer, performer and activist Penny Pepper and the New Generation Thinkers Catherine Fletcher and Sarah Goldsmith.
Chantal Joffe's solo show - Personal Feeling is the Main thing - is at the Lowry in Manchester until 2nd September. The Tate Liverpool exhibition Life in Motion: Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman runs until September 23rd. The Italian Renaissance Nude by Jill Burke from the University of Edinburgh is out now from Yale University Press. Penny Pepper's book First in the World Somewhere, a memoir is published by Unbound
New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select ten academics each year who can turn their research into radio. Sarah Goldsmith is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Leicester working on A History of the Eighteenth-Century Elite Male Body. Catherine Fletcher is Associate Professor at Swansea University who has published Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome and The Black Prince of Florence.
Producer: Zahid Warley
Jun 28 2018
44 mins
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Rank #8: The In Between

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Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough explores the uncanny possibilities of the In Between with the neuroscientist Dean Burnett, award-winning poet Vahni Capildeo, artist Alexandra Carr, writer and walker of London and other wastelands, Iain Sinclair, and the philosopher, Emily Thomas.

How do our brains and bodies react in the In Between spaces of the airport lounge or the station platform where we're waiting to move on but temporarily in stasis and why have so many artists, writers and poets used these places to explore the uncanny, the strange and ourselves?
Jan 10 2018
44 mins
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Rank #9: Landmark: The Odyssey

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Amit Chaudhuri, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Daniel Mendelsohn and Emily Wilson join Philip Dodd to explore translating, rewriting and using Homer's epic work to frame a memoir.
Emily Wilson has published a new translation of The Odyssey

Daniel Mendelsohn has written An Odyssey: A Father, A Son and An Epic

Karen McCarthy Woolf wrote Nightshift as part of a BBC Radio 4's Odyssey Project which commissioned ten writers to create a contemporary response. Her most recent collection is called Seasonal Disturbances.

Amit Chaudhuri has written a novel called Odysseus Abroad which draws on A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and The Odyssey.
Jan 09 2018
44 mins
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Rank #10: Marxism

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Anne Applebaum, Gregory Claeys, Jane Humprhies and Richard Seymour join Rana Mitter to assess the legacy of Marx 200 years after his birth. Do his ideas have currency and if so where is he an influence in the world? Academic Emile Chabal reports on researching Marxism in India and Brazil.
Gregory Claeys is the author of Marx and Marxism
Richard Seymour has written Corbyn - The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics
Anne Applebaum's latest book is called Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine
Jane Humphries' book is called Childhood and Child Labour
Emile Chabal is writing a biography of Eric Hobsbawm and teaches at the University of Edinburgh.
Producer: Zahid Warley
May 02 2018
44 mins
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Rank #11: Marilynne Robinson

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When President Obama met the American essayist and fiction writer Marilynne Robinson they discussed shared values, citiizenship and Christianity. She talks to Rana Mitter about her definition of Puritanism, the radical history of the mid west states, the use of religion in current American political rhetoric and the biblical cadences of her fiction.
Marilynne Robinson is the author of novels including Gilead, Lila, Home and her new collection of Essays is called What Are We Doing Here ?
Producer: Fiona McLean
Apr 12 2018
45 mins
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Rank #12: AI and creativity: what makes us human?

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Joy Buolamwini founder of the Algorithmic Justice League and MIT media lab researcher, Anders Sandberg of the Future of the Human Institute at Oxford, artist Anna Ridler & Sheffield Robotics' Michael Szollosy join Matthew Sweet and an audience at the Barbican to debate whether creativity is something uniquely human.

AI: More Than Human runs at the Barbican Gallery until August 26th 2019.

Part of a week long focus Free Thinking the Future. You can find more interviews and discussions to download and catch up with on the playlist on our website
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03zwn4d

Producer: Luke Mulhall

A playlist of videos on BBC Ideas Are You Robot Ready is here https://www.bbc.com/ideas/playlists/are-you-robot-ready
Jun 04 2019
45 mins
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Rank #13: Proms Plus: Tragedy

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One way that people deal with grief and suffering is to turn to tragic stories for example and catharsis. Rana Mitter discusses tragedy, ancient and modern with the award-winning poet Clare Pollard, author of ‘Ovid’s Heroines’, and the literary historian, Jennifer Wallace, whose new book is ‘Tragedy Since 9 /11’
Producer: Zahid Warley
Aug 08 2019
33 mins
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Rank #14: Camille Paglia

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Writer, feminist and author of such books as Sexual Personae and Provocations, Camille Paglia joins Philip Dodd to talk about feminism and free speech in the 21st century, and how her Italian heritage has contributed to her character.

Producer: Craig Templeton Smith
Jul 16 2019
45 mins
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Rank #15: Diving Deep

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Diving from Tudor times through the Brooklyn Naval Yard in the Second World War to present day deep water sculpture parks and swimming with whales. Rana Mitter talks to prize-winning writer Jennifer Egan about the Sea as metaphor and how the research for her latest novel, Manhattan Beach, was the inspiration for its time-shifting, punky, award-laden predecessor, The Goon Squad.

He hears from historian Miranda Kaufmann about the existence of a black population of skilled workers in Tudor England, one of whom dived salvage on the wreck of the Mary Rose after she sank laden with cannons on her way to wage war against the French.

And he's joined by marine biologist, Alex Rogers, writer and whale lover Philip Hoare, and Jason de Caires Taylor, creator of the world's first underwater sculpture parks to discuss why decades after we first saw our blue and watery planet hanging in space, we still find it easier to ignore our oceans than explore them.
Jan 04 2018
44 mins
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Rank #16: Are We Afraid of Being Alone?

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Author of A Book of Silence Sara Maitland, medievalist John-Henry Clay, and writer Lionel Shriver face the crowd to contemplate the many sides to solitude. Chaired by Rana Mitter with an audience at the Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead.
“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company”. Was Jean Paul Sartre right or are we just hot-wired to prefer the company of others? Is it even possible - as the famous hermit St Cuthbert once did - to experience true seclusion in our age of hyperconnectivity? And as we flock to cities in increasing numbers why do so many of us feel so isolated and alone?
Sara Maitland has lived by herself for the last twenty years on an isolated moor in northern Galloway, taking pleasure in silence and solitude. She is the author of numerous short stories, novels and non-fiction books including A Book of Silence.
Lionel Shriver’s novels include The Standing Chandelier, The Mandibles, and We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her forthcoming collection of stories Property, explores how our possessions act as proxies for ourselves.
John-Henry Clay is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Durham University whose main research interests are in Frankish and Anglo-Saxon history and archaeology, and the themes of conversion and religious identity. John is also the author of historical fiction including The Lion and the Lamb and At the Ruin of the World.
Producer: Luke Mulhall
Mar 20 2018
44 mins
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Rank #17: Landmark: Finnegans Wake

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Eimear McBride is the author of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing and The Lesser Bohemians
Professor Finn Fordham from Royal Holloway, University of London is the author of Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: I do I undo I redo: and he edited Finnegans Wake for Oxford World Classics
Eleanor Lybeck is a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker teaches at the University of Oxford and is the author of All on Show: The Circus in Irish Literature and Culture.
Derek Pyle is the director of Waywords & Meansigns, an experimental project that sets Finnegans Wake to music
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Producer: Luke Mulhall
Jun 19 2019
50 mins
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Rank #18: Revisit Spike Lee in Conversation on Free Thinking

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Since 1983, Spike Lee's production company has produced over 35 films. His 1989 film Do The Right Thing was nominated for Best Original Screenplay in the Academy Awards. Best Picture that year went to Driving Miss Daisy. 30 years on Do the Right Thing has been re-released in cinemas in the UK and BlacKkKlansman is now out on DVD. It won Best Adapted Screenplay in the 2019 Academy Awards where Best Picture went to Green Book.
Aug 05 2019
45 mins
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