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Free thinking: hard work of the best kind

The week that began with the government confirming its intention to remove all direct support for university teaching of the arts, social sciences and humanities is set to end in a cheerier fashion, on my radio at least, with the return of Radio 3’s annual Free Thinking Festival. Radio 3 describes its weekend of debates, interviews, and performances as a “festival of ideas,” and if previous years are anything to go by, the ideas on show—this year’s theme is The…

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