BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: Politics Fast And Slow

In association with Insights at Newcastle University

Sage Two

A second batch of tickets will be released at 12noon on Friday 17 February.

“To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.” Winston Churchill

“To be perfect is to change often.” Winston Churchill

Harriet Harman, who has just written her autobiography A Woman’s Work, was first elected a Labour MP in 1982 and has served as the acting leader of her party twice in her career.

She talks to Free Thinking presenter Philip Dodd about championing women’s rights and sustaining a political career in a fast-changing political landscape.

In his final year of office, President Obama talked about how difficult it is today to keep the public focused on the long term when the short term response has taken over. “The 24-hour news cycle”, he said,” is just so lightning fast and the attention span I think is so short that sometimes it’s difficult to keep everybody focused on the long term.”

Are UK politicians now better at campaigning than producing policies that look to the future?

Philip Dodd helped to set up BBC2’s The Late Show, is an award winning broadcaster and a regular presenter of Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme Free Thinking. Across his career, he has been Director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and deputy editor of the New Statesman; has curated exhibitions from Moscow to London with artists such as Yoko Ono and Eduardo Paolozzi; has published books on film, art and Englishness, and has executive produced films on the Palestinian intellectual Edward Said and by Damien Hirst. For the last 12 years, he has worked between Britain and China, developing cultural projects.


For your information…

  • A second batch of tickets will be released at 12noon on Friday 17 February.
  • A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


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