The Guardian said in May 2010 "...the king of radio arts programmes is undoubtedly Night Waves, a programme so clever that it regularly makes me stand still and listen, usually halfway to the dishwasher with a plate in my hand...It's the desire to untangle arguments, to lift up their corners and see what lurks there. There's a gleeful range of references too...and a relish for intelligent debate."
It was broadcast every Monday to Thursday evening, except during the Proms season. Programmes usually include a mix of interviews, reviews, previews, discussions, commissioned writing and reports. Some episodes include a single interview with a prominent figure in the worlds of arts or ideas. A monthly edition discusses a cultural landmark.
BBC radio3 rebranded Nightwaves 'Free Thinking' from 7 January 2014. Broadcasts were reduced to 2 (+1 repeat) per week from the previous 4 original shows.
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