Night Waves

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Night Waves is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The BBC describes it as "Radio 3's flagship arts and ideas programme".[1]

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."[2]

It is 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.

The programme's presenters include Matthew Sweet, Philip Dodd, Rana Mitter and Anne McElvoy.

For some reason the programme was renamed 'Free Thinking', from 7th January 2014.


  1. ^ BBC Radio 3 website
  2. ^ Elisabeth Mahoney "Radio head: Night Waves", The Guardian (blog entry), 19 May 2010

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