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Audio recordings of past Festival of Ideas events are now available on SoundCloud. There are currently over 380 tracks to listen to dating from May 2007. These include sessions from the Festival of Economics. Some of most popular tracks include the debate between Peter Hitchens and Howard Marks on legalising drugs; Peter Hitchens’ debate with Linda Grant on what feminisim has achieved; Will Storr on the enemies of science; Juan Gabriel Vásquez on his novel The Sound of Things Falling; Mark Rowlands on meaning and morality; John Gray on progress; and Catherine Heymans on dark matter in the universe. The tracks are grouped by year in sets: click HERE for the set lists. We post links on the Festival of Ideas blog when new material is added. You can also click on the links below to access a selection of some of our older audio files here.

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Interviews from 2010

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Anthony Smith, 16 May 2010 (13mins / 15MB)
On John Boorman’s 1964 documentary: The Newcomers

Lectures from 2010

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Julian Bell, 7 May 2010 (57mins / 27MB)
A New History of Art

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Stewart Brand and Brian Eno, 18 January 2010 (34mins / 16MB)
The Future of Environmentalism

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Paul Collier, 12 May 2010 (56mins / 53MB)
Peace and the Plundered Planet

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Barbara Ehrenreich, 12 January 2010 (27mins / 50MB)
Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Undermines Us All

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Dominique Moisi and Alex Perry, 5 March 2010 (1hr 2mins / 29MB)
The Future of Globalisation

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Peter Singer, 5 May 2010 (1hr 10mins / 33MB)
Animal Liberation 35 Years On

Interviews by George Miller and Andrew Kelly.