BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: Quick Reactions

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A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.” Mahatma Gandhi

“If everything seems under control you’re not going fast enough.” Mario Andretti

“Move faster, break things.” Mark Zuckerberg

“The adrenaline and stress of an adventure are better than a 1000 peaceful days.” Paulo Coelho

“Faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.” Hunter S. Thompson

Does the rush of adrenaline make us think better? It brings us an increase in our strength, heightened senses, a lack of pain and a burst of energy. How is it connected to our expertise in handling crises and what is the aftermath?

Joining Radio 3 presenter Rana Mitter are guests who have lived and observed decision-making under pressure, at top speed:

Damon Hill is a former Formula One racing driver, broadcaster and author of Watching the Wheels: the Autobiography.

Lieutenant Colonel Lincoln Jopp MC who was a soldier for 27 years commanding in conflict zones around the world including Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.

Rachel Brown-Finnis is a former goalkeeper who played for Liverpool, Everton, University of Pittsburgh Panthers, England Ladies and Women’s Euro. She is now a broadcaster for the BBC and BT Score.

Dr Ian Walshe is lecturer at the University of Northumbria whose research focuses on the physiology and immunology of exercise, physical activity and sleep.

Rana Mitter is a Professor of History at the University of Oxford where he is Director of the China Centre. A Fellow of the British Academy, his books include China’s War with Japan 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival. He is a regular presenter of radio documentaries and of Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking.


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  • 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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