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In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg

By BBC Radio 4

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Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of ideas - including topics drawn from philosophy, science, history, religion and culture.

Customer Reviews

Words for your Mind

The "In Our Time" series pulls the best contemporary thinkers and scholars into a roundtable discussion to discuss issues of importance: politics, religion, culture, history, philosophy, science, literature, etc. The host finds new scholars each week to discuss a particular topic. Recent topics include a roundtable on astrophysics which attempts to answer--as best we currently know--what the universe is made of. The program was fascinating. Another recent program discusses the origins of angels and how the human concept of angels has evolved over time. If you are looking for a podcast to really make you think, this podcast is for you. You will be hard pressed to find such an interesting discussion in other podcasts.

The Most Civil Discussion on The Net?

You know all that juvenile behavior you get on other 'talk shows': * Hyper-competitive guests obsessed with outdoing each other. * Guests who rigidly ignore each other's contributions (unless they're crudely trashing them) * Everyone talking at once. Louder and louder. Well, there's none of that here! The standard of discussion on this podcast can't be found anywhere else. Quality.

Enlightenment, On Demand

"In Our Time" is, quite simply, the reason I listen to podcasts. Host Melvyn Bragg moderates three guests on a range of topics--art, culture, history, math, science--and the result is nothing short of fascinating. The format, structure and civility of the discussion make it absolutely priceless in getting the point, and the topics are often things I'd never pick up a book about, but the topics always end up being categorically spectacular. Would that there was something so enlightening on American radio these days.