BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: The Population Bomb

In association with CAFE CULTURE NORTH EAST

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To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

The geographer Danny Dorling, patron of Population Matters Lionel Shriver and author of 10 Billion Stephen Emmott join Matthew Sweet to light the fuse on The Population Bomb.

In 1968 a Stanford university professor, Dr Paul E. Ehrlich, published The Population Bomb. This call to arms became a global bestseller, influenced public policy and made its author a celebrity. It predicted mass starvation in the US and an England underwater by the year 2000. It also suggested adding ‘temporary sterilants’ to the water supply as a way to stem the ensuing crisis. For decades it has come under fire for its alarmist tone and laughable foresight but with global population set to hit ten billion by 2050, will Ehrlich eventually be proved right?

Danny Dorling is Professor of Geography at Oxford University and the author of Population 10 Billion.

Lionel Shriver’s novels include The Standing Chandelier, The Mandibles, and the award-winning We Need to Talk About Kevin. Lionel is a regular columnist at The Spectator and has written for numerous other publications including for The Wall Street Journal, New Statesman, and The Economist. She is a patron of Population Matters.

Stephen Emmott is Managing Partner and Chief Scientist of Scientific Asset Management, a new kind of Hedge Fund. He is also Professor of Biological Computation at University College London, and author of the book 10 Billion.

Matthew Sweet is an author and a columnist for Art Quarterly and Newsweek. He presents Free Thinking and Sound of Cinema on BBC Radio 3 and The Philosopher’s Arms on Radio 4.


For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Monday 5 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Monday 19 February.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets 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.


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018

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