In Our Time: A Podcast Series on the History of Ideas

If you’re looking for a podcast series that explores a wide range of topics in an intellectual, yet informal manner, then BBC Radio 4’s acclaimed series In Our Time will be right up your alley. Launched in October 1998, this popular radio discussion series presented by Melvyn Bragg attracts over two million listeners each week and boasts an archive of over 800 episodes, all of which can be downloaded from the BBC website for free. Each episode follows a set format: The series’ host (Bragg) introduces that week’s topic and guides the discussion, giving each of the week’s three guest academic speakers a chance to talk about the subject at hand. Episodes are approximately 43 minutes long and delve into different topics every week, ranging from prehistory, spirituality, and English literature to cosmology, ethics, and human evolution. The diversity of topics explored is astounding and each episode is accompanied by detailed information about the guest speakers, reading lists, and useful links for further reading. The discussions themselves have the feel and academic rigour of a university seminar but are, on the whole, informal and accessible to the general public. And while Bragg’s brash attitude may not be everyone’s cup of […]







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