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Peter Moore talks to Daniel Hahn

The Weather Experiment

Hay Festival 2015, 

In an age when a storm at sea was evidence of God’s great wrath, C19th meteorologists had to fight against convention and religious dogma. But buoyed by the achievements of the Enlightenment, a generation of mavericks set out to explain the secrets of the atmosphere and learned to predict the future. Among them were Luke Howard, the first to classify the clouds, Francis Beaufort who quantified the winds, James Glaisher who explored the upper atmosphere in a hot-air balloon, Samuel Morse whose electric telegraph gave scientists the means by which to transmit weather warnings, and Admiral Robert FitzRoy himself, master sailor, scientific pioneer and founder of the Met Office.

Photo: Ula Soltys

Peter Moore talks to Daniel Hahn

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Antony Beevor talks to Agustín Díaz Yanes

The Second World War

Segovia 2012, 
Distinguished British historian Antony Beevor talks with filmmaker Agustín Díaz Yanes about his latest book, the internationally successful The Second World War.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Thomas Heatherwick talks to Mariella Frostrup

Making

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the legendary British designer, heralded by Terence Conran as the ‘Leonardo da Vinci of our times’.

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Alex Crawford talks to Jim Naughtie

Colonel Gaddafi’s Hat

Hay Festival 2012, 
A gripping and deeply moving account of the Libyan uprising from the Sky News Special Correspondent - the lone journalist who was able to report from the rebel army convoy that captured Green Square in the heart of Tripoli.

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Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

Diaries, Gardens and Mastercrafts

Hay Festival 2010, 
Alongside the huge success of his recent Mastercrafts television series and the spectacular media project of Around the World in Eighty Gardens, the publication of his Ivington Diaries confirms the gardener as one of the most attuned and passionate men of the soil and land and as a writer of consummate skill and beauty.
Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

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Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie, Valeria Luiselli, Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Talking About Shakespeare: Lunatics and Lovers 3

Hay Festival 2016, 

Daniel Hahn is joined by novelists from Britain, Mexico and Colombia to celebrate the 400th anniversaries of Cervantes and Shakespeare and the stories that they have written around them.

Supported by The British Council and Acción Cultural Española

Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie, Valeria Luiselli, Juan Gabriel Vasquez

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Elvira Lindo, Ángeles González-Sinde and Luis Alegre

Segovia 2014, 

Elvira Lindo and Ángeles González-Sinde talk about literature and film with the journalist Luis Alegre. The two have already worked together on Una palabra tuya, a film directed by González-Sinde and based on the novel by Lindo which won the Biblioteca Breve award. Elvira Lindo also wrote the script for the recent film La vida inesperada and González-Sinde was shortlisted for the 2013 Planeta Prize for her novel El buen hijo.

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James Lovelock talks to Rosie Boycott

The Revenge of Gaia

Hay Festival 2006, 
The visionary Earth scientist, inventor of Gaia, adopts an increasingly radical manifesto for how we can still save the planet, including a passionate and controversial advocacy of nuclear power. 

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Samantha Power talks to Philippe Sands

Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira De Mello and the Fight to Save the World

Hay Festival 2008, 
Obama advisor Samantha Power talks to Philippe Sands about the life and legacy of the peacemaker and state builder (Cambodia, Bosnia, Lebanon, Congo) who as UNHCR High Commissioner died in the first Iraqi suicide bombing of 2003.

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Alex Bellos

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland

Hay Festival 2010, 
Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics. Open to all.
Alex Bellos

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Roy Strong

A Little History of the English Country Church

Hay Festival 2008, 
An elegant synthesis of architecture, faith and parish community that points to a possible realigned future.

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Huw Bowen, Martin Johnes, Aled Jones, Peter Stead

New History of Wales 3: Public History

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ivory Tower or public realm – what is the point of Welsh history in the C21st?

Duration 45 minutes.
 

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The Earl of March talks to Mark Skipworth

The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Hay Festival 2013, 

A celebration of the first 20 years of the world’s premier classic performance car event – a story of cars, stars and the reinvention of a stately home.

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Alison Brown

Eddie and Dog

Hay Festival 2014, 

Eddie is looking for a friend – a friend who likes adventure. Then Eddie meets Dog. And the fun really begins… Meet the author and illustrator and get a sneak peek of her new book Mighty Mo!
4–6 years

Alison Brown

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón talks to Peter Florence

Prince of Mist

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of The Shadow of the Wind launches his new crossover thriller.
 
13+ years

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Huw Bowen, Madeleine Gray, Martin Johnes

New History of Wales 5: The Welsh People

Hay Festival 2011, 
Religion, politics, education and popular culture. What type of people are we?

Duration 45 minutes.

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Judith Oakley

Seashore Safari

Hay Festival 2011, 
Starfish, crabs, jellyfish… Beaches are full of amazing wildlife, if only you know where to look. Join Judith, a passionate marine biologist, and discover the sandy secrets of British seasides.
 
8+ years & families Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Nick Crane

Barefoot Books World Atlas

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join this cartographer, explorer, writer and television presenter as he introduces us to a whole new way of looking at the world.
 
Families.  9+ years

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John Bradshaw

In Defence Of Dogs

Winter Weekend 2011, 
One of the world’s leading dog experts brings us a compelling insight into what dogs would ask us for, if only they knew how.

More about In Defence of Dogs
The dog has been mankind's faithful companion for tens of thousands of years, yet today finds itself in crisis throughout the western world. Until just over a hundred years ago, most dogs worked for their living, and each of the many breeds had become well suited, over countless generations, to the task for which they were bred. Now, in their purely domestic roles, we fail to understand their needs. And it is time that someone stood up for dogdom: not the caricature of the wolf in a dog suit, ready to dominate its unsuspecting owner at the first sign of weakness, not the trophy animal that collects rosettes and kudos for its breeder, but the real dog, the pet that just wants to be one of the family and enjoy life. 

Biologists now know far more about what really makes dogs tick than they did twenty years ago – and John Bradshaw has been at the centre of this research. However, this new scientific understanding has been slow to percolate through to owners, and has not yet made enough of a difference to the lives of the dogs themselves. This book is here to set the record straight. It is time we understood one of the most successful species on the planet, our closest friends, the dog.
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Roger Thurow

Feeding The World

Hay Festival 2013, 

How will we feed a growing global population in the face of a wide range of adverse factors, including climate change? What contributions can the social and natural sciences make in finding solutions, and what is the role for governments and the private sector? What does it all mean for the individual farmer? The author The Hunger Season discusses with The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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What is Contemporary Art? A Children’s Guide

Hay Festival 2013, 

Jacky and Suzy Klein invite children and adults alike to question, explore and understand some of the most dynamic and exciting art of our times.

8+ years

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Concentrated Solar Power

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Designer Katharine Hamnett joins Neil Crumpton (Friends of the Earth) and Gerhard Knies (TREC) to discuss the potential power revolution of CSP. Chaired by Nicola Heywood Thomas.

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Christina Lamb, Helena Kennedy, Rachael Jolley and Joan Bakewell

The War on Women

Hay Festival 2017, 

In a tribute to the late frontline journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts and her posthumously-published book, a panel of three exceptional and indefatigable heroes talk to Joan Bakewell about The War on Women. Lamb is the Foreign Correspondent of The Sunday Times and the author of Farewell Kabul and The Girl from Aleppo. Kennedy is a world-renowned Human Rights lawyer. Jolley is editor of Index on Censorship.

With thanks to Nick Guthrie

Christina Lamb, Helena Kennedy, Rachael Jolley and Joan Bakewell

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John Mullan, Sarah Churchwell and Colm Toíbín

Jane Austen 200

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of What Matters in Jane Austen celebrates the bi-centenary of the great novelist and talks about what defines her genius with the novelist, Colm Toíbín and Sarah Churchwell.

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Colin Tudge

Consider the Birds

Hay Festival 2009, 
Some birds have fabulous memories, some make tools, and some are serious aesthetes. Yet birds, basically, are dinosaurs. We don’t need Star Trek to find alien intelligence. Just consider the birds!