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'New Thinking' podcasts

The fortnightly New Thinking podcast opens a window onto a fascinating world of arts and humanities research, from the philosophy of motherhood to the latest discoveries at Stonehenge.

The podcast is produced as part of a partnership between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3.

It features members of the AHRC's New Generation Thinkers scheme in conversation with academics and specialists from across the UK about their latest research.


Listen now: New Thinking is available to download from BBC Sounds and the Radio 3 website.

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A showcase for the best arts and humanities research

Podcasts are a brilliant way to share the amazingly rich and diverse array of research in the world of arts and humanities with the public.

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Swapping tutorials for presenting is great fun

"It's the first time I've done anything like this and it's been great,” says Dr Hetta Howes, podcast presenter and Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature.

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What are the New Generation Thinkers?

Since 2010 the New Generation Thinkers scheme has given early career academics the opportunity to bring their research to a broad audience through the media and public engagement.

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Podcast gives research a new dimension

A sci-fi thriller podcast from BBC Radio 4 provided a fascinating new dimension to an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded project investigating wildlife filmmaking.

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About our partnership with Radio 3

New Generation Thinkers was launched in November 2010 at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas. Since 2010, more than 100 academics from across the UK have presented documentaries on Radio 3, the BBC World Service and also taken part in discussion programmes and made taster films for BBC Arts Online. There is also an opportunity for some of the New Generation Thinkers to develop TV programmes with BBC Four.

Ways to listen

All Free Thinking episodes are available to listen to on the BBC website.

Experts list

Former New Generation Thinkers continue to work with the AHRC and BBC as experts in their field. Our Experts List includes their research specialisms and contact details.