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Episode Guide

Fairness; Tom McCarthy

Anne McElvoy considers what is meant by the idea of fairness, and talks to novelist Tom...

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Matthew Sweet presents an edition of the programme exploring the ideas shaping modern life.

Does Democracy Work?

Rana Mitter and guests debate whether the democratic system is the best way to rule a country....

David Cohen Prize Winner

Rana Mitter talks to the winner of the biennial David Cohen Prize for Literature, and continues...

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Philip Dodd looks at the value of the arts with biologist Anne Glover, former chief scientific...

Mike Bartlett

Mike Bartlett, writer of King Charles III, and Love, Love, Love, talks to Anne McElvoy about...

Clive James

Poet, critic and broadcaster Clive James in conversation with Philip Dodd.

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TV dramatist Jed Mercurio, director Dominic Savage and producer Caryn Mandabach talk to Anne...

Mona Siddiqui

Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic and interreligious studies at Edinburgh University, talks...

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Philip Dodd is joined by historians Philip Ziegler and John Guy, biographer Sarah Bradford,...

South Africa

Philip Dodd and guests look at the role of theatre in South Africa, a year on from the death of...

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Choreographer Akram Khan talks to Anne McElvoy about curating a festival at the Lowry, the...

Artists' Mannequins

Mike Leigh talks about his new biopic Mr Turner, which stars Timothy Spall as the artist JMW...

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Celebrated Canadian writer Margaret Atwood is the author of books including The Handmaid's...

Peter Carey, A Manifesto

Peter Carey talks to Rana Mitter about his new novel Amnesia, which explores hacking and cyber...

Henry IV

Anne McElvoy considers Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of Henry IV at London's Donmar...

Tim Minchin

Matthew Sweet talks to musical comedian Tim Minchin.

Naomi Klein

Philip Dodd talks to Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein.

Neel Mukherjee

Matthew Sweet talks to Neel Mukherjee as part of a series of conversations with writers on this...

Production Line Living

AL Kennedy argues that Henry Ford's introduction of the assembly line at his Michigan car plant...

Anthropomorphism

Matthew Sweet talks to novelist Karen Joy Fowler about her book We Are All Completely Beside...

Virginia Woolf Portraits

Alexandra Harris from the University of Liverpool and curator Frances Spalding discuss what...

Animal Rights

Philip Dodd hears New Generation Thinker Alasdair Cochrane's argument for a broader definition...

Liberalism. Yaël Farber

Playwright Yaël Farber directs Richard Armitage in Arthur Miller's The Crucible at the Old Vic....

The Body in Sculpture

Philip Dodd explores different representations of the human body in art and scientific research...

Essay Writing

Anne McElvoy looks at the resurgence of non-fiction writing and the essay as a form, hearing...

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Matthew Sweet explores the work of John Clare, 150 years after the poet's death. The son of a...

Peter Brook

Theatre director Peter Brook has had a lifelong love of Shakespeare, which he has explored in...

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Baroness Neville-Jones discusses female diplomacy with Dr Helen McCarthy - who has just...

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Czech writer Ivan Klima has published a memoir My Crazy Century. It begins with his family's...

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Anne McElvoy discusses the benefits and challenges of neighbouring cities pooling resources in...

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David Henry Hwang's play M Butterfly won a Tony and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. When...

Thom Gunn's Poetry

Samira Ahmed is joined by poet Paul Farley to discuss the poems of Thom Gunn, who died 10 years...

The Radiophonic Workshop

The BBC Radiophonic workshop was founded in 1958 by Desmond Briscoe and Daphne Oram. This group...

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Following the appearance of new works reportedly created by graffiti artist Banksy, Samira...

Dame Janet Suzman

Janet Suzman has appeared on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company as Beatrice, Kate,...

Originality

Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of the charity Nesta, joins Philip Dodd to discuss originality.

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Anne McElvoy joined by Professor Hew Strachan and Ian Morris, author of War, What is it Good...

Orhan Pamuk

In an extended conversation with Philip Dodd, Orhan Pamuk talks about his writing career and...

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Matthew Sweet presents an edition of the programme exploring the ideas shaping modern life.

Landmark: Seven Samurai

Matthew Sweet is joined by scholar Ian Christie, critic Larushka Ivan Zadeh, writer SF Said and...

Jeremy Thomas

Jeremy Thomas's producing credits include The Last Emperor, The Great Rock `n' Roll Swindle and...

Frank Field on Childhood

Labour MP Frank Field and author Meg Rosoff join Philip Dodd for a discussion about different...

David Grossman

In a programme recorded during Jewish Book Week last year, Israeli author David Grossman joins...

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Phillip Dodd talks to artist and film-maker Julian Schnabel, who became known for creating a...

Vikings and Navigation

Matthew Sweet visits the British Museum's Vikings exhibition - which opens on Thursday - joined...

Amy Chua

Amy Chua, author of controversial parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and law...

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Anne McElvoy explores the relationship between France and its former colonies, author Charlotte...

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To mark the death of cultural historian Stuart Hall, another chance to hear his extended...

Atheism and Belief

Philip Dodd talks to authors Terry Eagleton, whose book Culture and the Death of God displays...

Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi talks about his latest novel The Last Word, the story of an ageing Indian writer...

The Monocled Mutineer

As a production of Oh What a Lovely War opens at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Matthew...

Political Protest

Peter Dauvergne and Genevieve LeBaron argue that corporate culture is infecting political...

Christine Lagarde

Anne McElvoy explores the arguments in this year's Richard Dimbleby Lecture on TV, delivered by...

Protest in Russia

As political deadlock in Ukraine erupts into violence on the streets of Kiev, Anne McElvoy...

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Stage and film director Sam Mendes discusses his new production of King Lear, which opens today...

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Scholar and author Zhang Weiwei talks to Rana Mitter about why he believes China should not...

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Is there a growing suicidal nihilism that leads certain sections of society to see suicide as a...