Poet Pascale Petit, photographer Jasper Goodall, Alexandra Harris, composer Sally Beamish
How can mangos, cocoa husks and rice be turned into fuel and impact climate change?
Shahidha Bari leads a discussion of Nigerian-born novelist Buchi Emecheta (1944-2017).
Rebecca Solnit's book Orwell's Roses explores his interest in gardening
How could meetings like COP and the targets they set be organised differently ?
Steven Pinker on Rationality and Tim Stanley on Tradition - Anne McElvoy hosts
How can understanding the history of landscape help planners, policies and people?
From a Black Juliet in the 18th century to Ira Aldridge’s daughter Amanda + Rita Montaner
How can we give nature a louder voice in climate change discussions?
Matthew Sweet examines how sugar built the modern world
Laurence Scott and guests on the history and meaning of colour
Anne McElvoy talks to the directors at London's National Gallery, Yale and New York's Met
How can we deal with the health challenges presented by the climate crisis?
Do poets choose their words or are they predetermined?
From a Black Juliet in the 18th century to Ira Aldridge’s daughter Amanda.
New ways of thinking about global problems - Rana Mitter reads this year's shortlist.
Literally "breaking the fast" - Matthew Sweet moves from the Full English to Tiffany's.
The impact of walking to school, the energy use of electric cars and should we fly less?
Clutter, indexes, and jazz improvisation. Ruth Ozeki and others join Shahidha Bari
Novelist Colm Toibin joins Anne McElvoy to discuss the German author's life and struggles
Producer Kat Feavers & house historian Melanie Backe-Hansen on preparing the TV show
Philippa Gregory tells Matthew Sweet why the Tudors are still so hot.
Shahidha Bari digs into the filth and the fury to see what resonates today
Do we need to change the way we think about soil to make it sustainable?
Why do Hannah Arendt's ideas continue to fire the imaginations of artists and thinkers?
A teacher's view, a Frankenstein-inspired ballet, outside status and circus paintings
What will we wear if our clothing is to become sustainable?
Novelist Tom McCarthy joins Matthew Sweet to explore glitches and what they tell us
Art historian Martin Kemp, painter Emma Safe, parallels with Proust and a Dante website
Kate Kennedy, Tim Stanley, Catherine Pepinster, Dafydd Mills Daniel on Newman's thought
From Roman sandals to trainers and stilettos, Shahidha Bari looks at the shoe trade
Sonia Boyce, Harold Offeh, Isaac Julien and Eddie Chambers talk to Anne McElvoy
The weird world of teenage girls seeking fame, plus the city in fiction and photography.
David Peace, Natasha Pulley, Jasper Sharp & Yuna Tasaka on the film + the book behind it
As the BFI prepares a season of films, Matthew Sweet and guests discuss the Hollywood star
How can we make food and farming more sustainable?
Music from thunder, art inspired by a dog walk,essays about a rural wood and a city field
Tom McCarthy and others join Matthew Sweet to discuss the French 'new novel'
What can we learn from how people responded to extreme weather events in the past?
Soweto Kinch, James Nestor, and Imani Jacqueline Brown of Forensic Architecture
Des Fitzgerald hears how festivals can reduce their ecological footprint
Matthew Sweet looks at the connections between mining, the arts, and culture
Matthew Sweet excavates the culture and arts of mining
Rana Mitter and guests explore the art and culture of Iran + why people abandon cities.
Why does the grand country house party hold such power over the English imagination?
Glenda Jackson talks to Matthew Sweet about John Schlesinger's 1971 love triangle drama
Sandeep Parmar talks to poets Kayo Chingonyi, Paisley Rekdal and Nasser Hussain
Earthscrapers and subterranean transport - do greener cities need to go underground?
Laurence Scott investigates what's lurking in the rock pools
How do we stop climate change destroying historic landmarks or is it time to say goodbye?
Visions of the future shaped by empire, politics and unfaltering faith in progress
What can creative writing add to the conversation about climate change?
Shahidha Bari look at labour saving devices and ideas of home
Eric Parry & Alison Brooks; writers Fiona Mozley & SI Martin; pianist Belle Chen
The role of masks in African traditions, Greek tragedy and Covid conspiracies
Edmund de Waal and Frances Stonor Saunders discuss uncovering Jewish family stories.
The work of Turner Prize nominees, a Tiger Bay murder story, Under Milk Wood on stage
Is climate change really causing people to flee their homes?
Economist Gillian Tett is one of Anne McElvoy's guests.
Economist Gillian Tett is one of Anne McElvoy's guests.
Bitcoin, investment bonds and how to make finance greener.
Matthew Sweet meets the Sherlock producer and ex agent of Tony Hancock who has turned 90
Jennifer Higgie, Adjoa Osei, Veronica Ryan, and Lydia Yee talk to Shahidha Bari
How will Climate Change impact the ocean and our relationship with it?
Is global warming increasingly to blame for conflict and disputes over land and resources?
The future of work in a post-Covid-19 world and the implications for our environment.
From ice photos by Wayne Binitie to 140 ideas from artists collated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Alice is asked in Wonderland, Why is a raven like a writing desk? Salman Rushdie explains
From still life paintings to Kew Gardens, a new history of horticulture is being written
Can one book solve all the problems of philosophy?
Olivia Laing, Charlie Porter, and Ekow Eshun join Shahidha Bari
Was Nero really a victim of plots? Bulgaria's hidden past. Plus a novel about startups.
Matthew Sweet questions the critic's role while Vid Simoniti looks at algorithms and art.
Breaking the silence: filmmakers, a novelist and historian on the recent Spanish past.
Rana Mitter meets the six authors shortlisted for the UK's most prestigious history prize
Anne McElvoy explores the past and present of the transcontinental nation of Egypt
Lisa Mullen explores the way data can change our view of history & looks at conservation.
The two weavers of fantastical fiction sift through myths with Matthew Sweet.
American graphic novelist Alison Bechdel talks mushrooms, therapy and Adrienne Rich
Ruth Scurr, Emma Rothschild and Natasha Pulley look at French history with Rana Mitter
Patience Agbabi's novel time travels back to eighteenth century London - so do we
Anne McElvoy marks the 1921 creation of Northern Ireland with historians and writers
Lucy Weir learns dark lessons from newspaper coverage of Black Metal and satanic rituals
Darragh McGee considers the history of gambling from 18th century card games to apps
Rector Giles Fraser tells Matthew Sweet how a crisis led to discovering his Jewish roots
Shahidha Bari investigates how theory of knowledge can address real world problems
Alexandra Reza's Essay considers the Gilet Noirs, Ousmane Sembène, and Nathalie Quintane
Seren Griffiths tells the story of the soldier turned archaeologist Francis Buckley.
Xine Yao suggests that a poker Chinese face can be a good way of fighting back
Diarmuid Hester muses on the thin line between inspiration and a compulsive disorder.
Malcolm Gladwell, Satyajit Ray's film Jalsaghar, Jessie Greengrass. Rana Mitter hosts.
Tom Scott-Smith uses four recipes to track social reforms and changes in what we value.
Scholars Emma Smith, Patrick Gray, and Emma Whipday find examples in different dramas
Sophie Oliver on motherhood, a old dress and rereading Wide Sargasso Sea
Shahida Bari reads I Tituba, the story of the West Indian slave accused in Salem.
Christienna Fryar looks at Caribbean fires and earthquakes and lessons for rebuilding now
Matthew Sweet with Outlander creator Diana Gabaldon, historian Tom Devine and John Cook
Matthew Sweet, Adam Scovell, Muriel Zagha and Phuong Le on the 1971 French comedy.
A novel from 1979 that uses time travel to explore race, slavery and trauma
Matthew Sweet re-reads a classic of French postmodern theory
How do we look at blindness in poetic writing, classics, in Milton's and Handel's life?
Rana Mitter looks at how politics, blindness and the Bible fed into this dramatic poem
How to reflect Liverpool's history in new artworks: Anne McElvoy hosts a discussion.
From a secret Iraqi spy cell to new revelations of cold war exploits. Rana Mitter hosts.
From the theatre stage to the Superbowl, in praise of Black performance
Stand-up Frank Skinner and novelists Jeet Thayil and Yaa Gyasi talk to Laurence Scott
Anne McElvoy and guests on attitudes to the politician, his rhetoric and foreign policies
Cooking, nature, music, colour - what's your lockdown pleasure?
Re-reading the major 20th century theorist of decolonisation
Lisa Mullen looks at depictions of war-time factory workers in this novel by Inez Holden
New Generation Thinker Diarmuid Hester on the transgressive writing of Dennis Cooper
An architect who lived in Homs during the war, a translator of Adonis and a media analyst
Preti Taneja on the writing and politics of Bengali author and activist Mahasweta Devi
Ten researchers look at colonial history, alphabets, punctuation, poetry, art terminology
2/5 Clare Walker Gore explores how Dinah Mulock Craik subverted Victorian expectations
John Gallagher talks to four researchers uncovering lives from past census records
New Generation Thinker Christopher Harding reads the Japanese equivalent of Conan Doyle
Rana Mitter reads the first biography of the Palestinian academic, pianist and negotiator
Author Viet Thanh Nguyen, film critic Phuong Le and Peter Salmon join Matthew Sweet
Seb Falk talks to researchers about our attitude to Mars,seeing colour and Skylab's crash
Lynda Clark, Allison Koenecke and Sadie Ryan discuss their research with Matthew Sweet
Horatio Clare talks to Laurence Scott about mania and healing + Stevie's Smith's writing
New research into ideas about girlhood and growing up - in film, fiction, art and society
Newman's thought: Kate Kennedy, Tim Stanley, Catherine Pepinster and Dafydd Mills Daniel
Shahidha Bari reads Robert Hurley's new English translation
Matthew Sweet in conversation with two radical thinkers: Joanna Bourke and Anna Tsing
Fiona Sampson, Peggy Reynolds and Anne McElvoy talk poetry and writing personal stories
Having survived a plane crash, the Turkish Prime Minister 1950-60 died in an execution
Samira Shackle , Ejaz Haider and Majed Akhter talk about Karachi, power, crime and energy
In February 1971 the UK went decimal. Anne McElvoy and guests look at money old and new.
Matthew Sweet and guests assess Darwin's arguments about the human species, sex, and race
Shahidha Bari & V&A fashion curator Claire Wilcox on costumes, couture, and wardrobes
Selina Todd, David Goodhart, Timandra Harkness and Sadie Ryan talk with Matthew Sweet.
Two American authors talk to Laurence Scott about their sense of time, place and self
Exploring the points where literature and ecological thinking meet
From Aristotle to TED talks: Mary Beard, Homi Bhabha and Seán Williams with Shahidha Bari
Michael Rosen and Martin Puchner talk to Matthew Sweet about a lost language of the road
How food impacts on the environment; Richard Flanagan on his novel about a dying planet
The lasting impact of John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice on philosophy and politics.
Rana Mitter & guests re-read James Baldwin's writing as a new US President is inaugurated
History & Harlots: Hallie Rubenhold & Moira Buffini on the C18th sex worker TV drama
Conjuring fear, discussed by historians and by novelists Jenni Fagan and Salena Godden
Research on women owners, women on plantations, and the daughter of a slave trader
From Rain Man to Atypical - Matthew Sweet looks at autism on screen and in everyday life
John Gallagher's guests decode changes in Behn's loyalties from her plays and dedications
Rana Mitter explores Dostoevsky as a thriller writer and comedian
James M Cain's classic novel and its film adaptation discussed by Matthew Sweet & guests
Tracing the sensual and radical Marlene Dietrich from Europe to Hollywood.
From paintings and folk tales to Brian Cox on the stars & Susan Greaney on Stonehenge.
Anne McElvoy listens for echoes of Beethoven in Hegel
From medieval science to the ingenuity of Arctic peoples & the resilience of island life
Magic in medicine, surgery & business; panto cross-dressing; and panto & magic history
The winners of the AHRC and Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Awards 2020
Matthew Sweet on Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Benjamin, Carnap and other philosophical greats
Can the Industrial Revolution and the end of the Aztecs help us shape a post COVID world
Max Porter, Chloe Aridjis, Will Harris and Xine Yao on writing the breaks the mould
Shakespeare from 1916 Egypt to Arabic pop songs.
From Tudor courts to plantations to the Arab Spring: a Bristol Festival of Ideas Debate.
Writing the Life of Arthur Kavanagh
Is man the only political beast?
How have our bedrooms changed from sleeping space to work space?
Would Byron have embraced Twitter?
The perils of writing biographies of scientist JS Haldane & Indian mystic Mother Meera
Democracy and dissent in Hong Kong & USA. Is confrontational politics is here to stay?
Helen Mort and Blake Morrison talk mentoring. Oulipo: rules for writing in 1960s Paris.
Films investigating melting glaciers, to refugee camps, public bathrooms, & more.
Would you change your nose if you could? What about an entire face transplant?
What connects a "double elephant" sized map, an academy of dissenters and Daniel Defoe?
What is the role of artists in shaping our understanding of history by commemorating war?
Matthew Sweet on charity shops, 'stuff', musical typewriters and the Being Human Festival
Novelist Jonathan Coe and others discuss the director of Some Like It Hot
A history of disability: court fools, political activism, and the 19th century novel.
Historians and authors discuss their own work and reflections on conflict and violence.
Shahidha Bari discuss the audience in the arts with Kwame Kwei Armah and guests
From Enlightenment conscience to New Deal USA, carers and refugees. Anne McElvoy hosts.
How the pandemic has transformed our use and experience of urban space
Cesaire's poetry, politics, and ideas on anti-colonialism and black consciousness
Pleasure & responsibility in LGBTQ+ art with the Polari Prize & photographer Sunil Gupta
A haunting & artists as mediums - Kate Summerscale, Richard Wiseman & Matthew Sweet
What is Derrida's influence in the 'post-truth' age?
Daljit Nagra and Val McDermid talk about their writing, as part of Durham Book Festival
From VR Vikings & military museums to bakelite - new research into a range of collections
Gallery directors from Russia, USA and Singapore compare notes, hosted by Anne McElvoy
Biographers of Tom Stoppard, Sylvia Pankhurst and a little known SS soldier compare notes
Professors Olivette Otele and Simon Hall on understanding connections in black history
How knowledge of poets’ lives shapes how we view their work; Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Are cows the answer to depleted soil or the problem? With farmer and author James Rebanks
Tales of indigenous people battling for their land; colonialism & anthropology pioneers
Anne McElvoy surveys current thinking on big political ideas and ideology.
John Gallagher looks at creating in multiple tongues and the slipperiness of metaphor
Digging beneath the surface of the classic Brit noir film with director Mike Hodges
From Neanderthals to Sikh warriors to the idea of ‘WEIRD’ people, 3 authors look at kin
Eleanor Barraclough explores the significance of the much mythologised Pilgrim voyage.
Susanna Clarke, author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is one of Matthew Sweet's guests
Matthew Sweet meets members of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
Pat Barker & Giles Fraser on Russian lit/Edith Hall & Barry Cunliffe on the classical sea
Ben Okri, Louisa Egbunike & Oladipo Agboluaje discuss the Nigerian author's life and work
Shahidha Bari talks to Bernard-Henri Lévy, Stella Sandford, Homi K Bhabha
Politics and friendship and the lives of Ingrid Bergman and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
A project to re-imagine the Dada arts movement now, and reflections on satire and nonsense
Daniel Levitin explores new thinking about the relationship between music and memory
From Gilbert White to lockdown blogs - why we need to spend more time in nature.
Matthew Sweet and guests conjure a conversation about the importance and appeal of magic
Sunil Gupta, CN Lester, Tom Shakespeare & Alona Pardo with Matthew Sweet
The power of humour in protest.
Brendan McGeever looks at anti-semitism from Russian attacks to the present day
Matthew Sweet talks to Kylie Murray, Prof Seth Lerer and former Bishop Richard Holloway
Whose life stories are missing from the British history we write and teach?
New Generation Thinker Jeffrey Howard asks is it ever ok to escape from prison?
From duelling injuries to eye patches - Emily Cock asks how we respond to peoples' faces
Anne McElvoy looks at betting, economics and the leadership of US presidents
The screenwriter and novelist talks to Matthew Sweet about depicting Britain in his work.
How do large dam projects attract such adoration, despite lessons of twentieth century?
How does sewing a dress add to Jade Halbert's understanding of disappearing skills
Susan Greaney asks whether Neolithic attitudes to the earth could shape our thinking.
Tom Smith looks at the early pioneers of this music scene & arguments about whiteness now
Ella Parry-Davies draws on experiences of migrant domestic workers in the UK & Lebanon
What is the link between VR dinosaurs & a Tudor wall painting of the Judgement of Solomon?
A pair of authors due to be at the Bradford Literature Festival compare notes on writing.
The Man Booker prize winning author and campaigner is in conversation with Philip Dodd.
Sandeep Parmar, Jade Cuttle, Edith Hall, Seb Falk talk to Rana Mitter about what we teach
A virtual Bare Lit Festival talk, Nadifa Mohammed & Irenosen Okojie with Shahidha Bari
Paul Mendez and Francesca Wade on Virginia Woolf, walking, identity and Dalloway Day
An author, scientist, architect and explorer compare notes on this polar region.
What are the best shelters? the right language? what do we learn from self help in camps?
Bertie Carvel, Amit Lahav, Eleanor Loyd, Roy Alexander Weise, Caroline Dinenage MP & more
Lara Feigel, Michèle Roberts & New Generation Thinker Alexandra Reza with Shahidha Bari
Mathew Sweet, Linda Grant, Laurence Scott & Lucy Whitehead 150 years since Dickens' death
Naomi Paxton looks at new research into the effectiveness of the UK Act passed in 2015
The actor talks to Matthew Sweet about a childhood affected by polio and his career.
Actor Richard Wilson & Prof Naoko Shimazu discuss Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 film of family life
Landscape in poetry discussed by Rowan Williams and Simon Armitage at Hay.
In a conversation with Mathew Sweet, the gothic author explores writing past and present.
Jay Griffiths, Vincent Deary, Louise Robinson and Matthew Smith discuss our mental health
Shahidha Bari talks to a pair of writers about routines & knowing how to start and stop.
Rutger Bregman tells Anne McElvoy why survival of the fittest needs rethinking as an idea
From Indian cricket, a survey of the oceans to Jack the Ripper: 3 shortlisted historians.
Rana Mitter with the 6 shortlisted historians and an audience at the British Academy
New takes on Chaucer, the Bible and African trading from 3 of the historians shortlisted.
From a gratitude train to the sinister broadcasts to US soldiers. Matthew Sweet presents.
Jimmy Wales talks Diderot & collecting knowledge + Tariq Godard on Mark Fisher aka k-punk
As it comes out in paperback, Mark Haddon talks to Anne McElvoy about The Porpoise.
Matthew Sweet talks to Pamela Hutchinson, Charlotte Crofts & Mark Glancy.
Tony Juniper, Emily Shuckburgh, Dieter Helm and Kapka Kassabova join Rana Mitter at Hay
Shahidha Bari explores the impact of life changing experiences & the fourth dimension
Edith Hall, Nandini Das and Beatrice Groves on the books Shakespeare would have read.
Lewis Dartnell, Gaia Vince and David Farrier join Rana Mitter to look at deep ecology.
Philip Dodd talks to actor Christopher Eccleston and historian Ruth Dudley Edwards
Tom Charlton looks for evidence of belief from samplers to children's scribbles in bibles
From a Mesopotamian game to Scrabble, Shahidha Bari discusses competition and gaming.
From dance to prayer, knees ups to kneeling
Professors Sally Bushell & Simon Bainbridge talk to New Generation Thinker Sarah Jackson
Anne McElvoy and guests discuss the early medieval document and Scottish politics today
Sunil Gupta, CN Lester, Tom Shakespeare & Alona Pardo with Matthew Sweet
Deborah Levy and Laurence Scott talk to Shahidha Bari about the English novelist's work.
Mark Honigsbaum, Lisa Mullen, Riel Miller, Sarah Dillon & Rupert Read with Matthew Sweet
Matthew Sweet talks to John Dupré , Mark Honigsbaum, Lisa Mullen & Matt Adams
From Roman sandals to trainers and stilettos - Shahidha Bari looks at the shoe trade
Hetta Howes, Caroline Edwards & Amy Butt ask is science fiction the new realism?
Is the economic future all about growth? Danny Dorling discusses Slowdown.
Lisa Mullen, Caroline Frost and historian & podcast host Greg Jenner join Matthew Sweet
Considering how women have shaped art and advertising and new feminist writing in Korea.
How women have fought on the frontline from antiquity to the present day
Howard Jacobson, Bari Weiss, Hadley Freeman, and Jonathan Freedland join Matthew Sweet.
Yorkshire-born writer with a European outlook who campaigned for World War Two refugees.
Shahidha Bari looks at the life and legacy of the 20th century polymath
Hetta Howes learns how Sylvia Xueni Pan and Sarah Ellis are pushing the VR envelope
Anne Enright discusses acting with Daisy Black, Emily Butterworth and Marie Le Conte.
The English Renaissance poet whose reputation at court was ruined by her writing.
The Romantic poet who inspired Wordsworth is profiled by Sophie Coulombeau.
The Scottish writer whose comic heroine Miss Marjoribanks bucks 19th-century conventions
Zoe Norridge describes translating the testimony of a Rwandan survivor
Ricky Burdett, Liza Fior, Des Fitzgerald, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg Edwin Heathcote at LSE
Islam Issa hears how Adrian Lester and Ewan Fernie are taking Shakespeare to the people
Philip Dodd talks to Hiromi Ito, Tomoko Sawada, Yukiko Motoya, and Motoyuki Shibata
Daniel Levitin on ageing & Adam Rutherford on race and genetics.
Petina Gappah & Sarah LeFanu on Livingstone, Kipling and Mary Kingsley in Africa
Matthew Sweet talks to the Chilean French director Alejandro Jodorowsky and to critics
How do we apply modern LGBT+ language and identities to historical figures?
Fern Riddell, Kate Lister and Robin Mitchell discuss their research with Matthew
From sugar and spice, to reparations and memorials: slavery and how we acknowledge it
Matthew Sweet looks back at the early history of cinema
If we want the arts to be a comfort blanket, where does Beckett fit in?
The German joker Tyll Ulenspiegel. Anne McElvoy, Daniel Kehlmann & Karen Leeder discuss.
John Gallagher discusses the Industrial Revolution with Emma Griffin and William Ashworth
Are fungi out to get us or here to help? A look at mushrooms in art, food and psychology.
Anne McElvoy hears the story of a woman who gave birth to rabbits and the news from Davos
Rana Mitter marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation & talks to author Anne Michaels
Matthew Sweet with NYT journalist Kate Murphy, Anne Karpf, David Toop.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Greg Tate, Sam Illingworth & Sunayana Bhargava join Anne McElvoy.
Nikita Gill, Francesca Wade, Sandeep Parmar & Victoria Leonard talk goddesses & classics
Would you change your nose if you could? What about an entire face transplant?
Matthew Sweet asks if the fictional science of psychohistory changed the future of humans
From Elizabethan Anne Dowriche, Victorian Anne Bronte to why women say they read now.
Nudism, camping, and vegetarianism: the Life Reform movement explained.
Rana Mitter, Sally Potter and philosophers discuss whether you can philosophise with film
Shahidha Bari investigates Wittgenstein's response to scepticism
Matthew Sweet lifts the lid on panpsychism, a radical movement in philosophy
Why are we so obsessed by the setting of the big country house, upstairs and downstairs?
Philip Dodd with Douglas Murray, David Goodhart, Beatrix Campbell & Maya Goodfellow.