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The Academy of Ideas hosts a yearly two-day festival, the BATTLE OF IDEAS. We also produce satellite events for the Battle of Ideas across the UK and Europe. Find out more at the Battle of Ideas Festival website.

We also produce standalone events, as well as podcasts of our debates and discussions of current events.

The Academy of Ideas founded the acclaimed Sixth Form debating competition, DEBATING MATTERS, a weekend summer university, THE ACADEMY, and LIVING FREEDOM, a residential school in London for 18- to 25-year-olds. These educational projects are now organised by a new charity, boi. Find out more about the charity's work here.

latest podcasts

Wednesday 4 December

The Life of Brian at 40: are we more easily offended today?

Listen to the debate from the Battle of Ideas festival 2019.

Wednesday 4 December

Titania McGrath: satire in the age of social justice

Listen to the debate from the Battle of Ideas Festival 2019.

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We produce a new podcast each week, featuring recordings from our events, like the Battle of Ideas Festival, and our magazine show, the Podcast of Ideas.

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latest updates

in the media Wednesday 7 August

Leave them kids alone

in the media Monday 24 June

Bring on the robots

in the media Tuesday 16 April

No easy answers to knife crime

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