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'New Thinking' Podcast will showcase world of arts and humanities research

Date: 17/07/2019

  • BBC Radio 3 and UKRI’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) launch the ‘New Thinking’ podcast – a series of podcasts presented by AHRC’s New Generation Thinkers 
  • New Thinking’ explores the world of arts and humanities research, delving into a wide range of topical and surprising subjects
  • Four podcasts are released this week, with subjects including the language of Shakespeare and the latest archaeological research

A brand new podcast series - ‘New Thinking’ – is being launched today by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which is part of UK Research and Innovation, and BBC Radio 3. Presented by New Generation Thinkers this fortnightly podcast will take listeners deep into the world of arts and humanities research.

New Thinking will be part of Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas podcast, which is available to download from BBC Sounds and the Radio 3 website.

Since 2010 the New Generation Thinkers scheme, an initiative run jointly between Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, has provided an opportunity for ten researchers at the start of their careers to make programmes for Radio 3 and find share their passion for research. This new podcast series will see more New Generation Thinkers move from being interviewed to being the interviewer and in conversation with academics and specialists from across the UK about their latest research.

Dr Paul Meller, Associate Director at the Arts and Humanities Research Council, said: “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, especially new and younger audiences. These new podcasts will help listeners to open a window on a world of research that will amaze and engage. This partnership, between the Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC, is an exciting new addition to the New Generation Thinkers scheme, allowing them to move from interviewee to interviewer.”

The first four podcasts are being presented by Dr Hetta Howes from the City, University of London, who became a New Generation Thinker in 2017, and Dr John Gallagher, from the University of Leeds, who became a New Generation Thinker in 2013.

The subjects and contributors in the first four podcasts are:

  • Philosophy of Pregnancy & Early Motherhood with Dr Elselijn Kingma, Professor Fiona Woollard and Dr Suski Finn from the University of Southampton.
  • Manchester Voices with Dr Erin Carrie and Dr Rob Drummond from Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Encyclopaedia of Shakespeare’s Language with Prof Alison Findlay and Professor Jonathan Culpeper from Lancaster University.
  • Neolithic Revelations with Dr Penny Bickle and Dr Jim Leary from the University of York.

The podcast is launched the same week as the call for the 2020 New Generation Thinkers scheme.

New Generation Thinkers

Since 2010 the New Generation Thinkers scheme has developed a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through the media and public engagement. It’s a chance for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community.

Each year, up to 60 successful applicants have a chance to develop their media skills, including programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops.

Of these, up to 10 are selected as New Generation Thinkers, which includes working with BBC Radio 3 and benefiting from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for the station and a chance to regularly appear on air. The AHRC also provides media training for Thinkers, and offers the possibility of working with BBC TV, speaking opportunities, involvement with the AHRC-funded Being Human Festival and more.

BBC Radio 3

Since it launched in 1946, the Third Programme/ BBC Radio 3 has been a bold pioneer in the cultural world. It is one of the world’s foremost presenters, creators, commissioners and curators across classical, folk, world, jazz and contemporary music as well as drama, philosophy and ideas. The station has always nurtured extraordinary artistic talents, provided a platform for important scientific and political debates/announcements, and broadcast ground-breaking experimental drama – always while delivering its core aim of connecting audiences with pioneering music and culture. The station is also the most significant commissioner of new and contemporary music in the UK, with 35 new works commissioned annually and broadcasts over 600 concerts a year, including live broadcasts from the greatest classical music festival in the world (BBC Proms). Radio 3’s In Concert programme alone reaches the equivalent of 250 packed concert halls a week, and the BBC Orchestras and Choirs give around 400 concerts a year in over 60 UK locations.

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