Saturday, March 26, 2016

Podcast Recommendation: "In Our Time" from BBC Radio 4

Image: Melvyn Bragg

Though the radio program has apparently been on the air since 1998, I only recently discovered the podcasts of the "In Our Time" program from BBC Radio 4 (look here).  In each episode host Melvyn Bragg sits down with three respected academics for a lively 43 minute conversation on an important topic, literary work, or thinker in various fields in the world of ideas from science to literature to culture to philosophy to religion. I've become addicted to listening to the podcast while working on other things.  Over the last few weeks I've listened to episodes on Erasmus, Josephus, the Salem Witch Trials, the Prester John myth, the novel Jane Eyre, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, David Hume, Simone de Beauvoir, George Berkeley, Rudyard Kipling, etc.  Great stuff.  Search the archives to find hundreds more.


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