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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas, people and events that have shaped our world.

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas, people and events that have shaped our world.

    The Morant Bay Rebellion

    The Morant Bay Rebellion

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the rebellion that broke out in Jamaica on 11th October 1865 when Paul Bogle (1822-65) led a protest march from Stony Gut to the courthouse in nearby Morant Bay. There were many grounds for grievance that day and soon anger turned to bloodshed. Although the British had abolished slavery 30 years before, the plantation owners were still dominant and the conditions for the majority of people on Jamaica were poor. The British governor suppressed this rebellion brutally and soon people in Jamaica lost what right they had to rule themselves. Some in Britain, like Charles Dickens, supported the governor's actions while others, like Charles Darwin, wanted him tried for murder.

    The image above is from a Jamaican $2 banknote, printed after Paul Bogle became a National Hero in 1969.

    With

    Matthew J Smith
    Professor of History and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery at University College London

    Diana Paton
    The William Robertson Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh

    And

    Lawrence Goldman
    Emeritus Fellow in History at St Peter’s College, University of Oxford

    Producer: Simon Tillotson

    • 53 min
    Wilfred Owen

    Wilfred Owen

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the celebrated British poet of World War One. Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) had published only a handful of poems when he was killed a week before the end of the war, but in later decades he became seen as the essential British war poet. His works such as Anthem for Doomed Youth, Strange Meeting and Dulce et Decorum Est went on to be inseparable from the memory of the war and its futility. However, while Owen is best known for his poetry of the trenches, his letters offer a more nuanced insight into him such as his pride in being an officer in charge of others and in being a soldier who fought alongside his comrades.

    With

    Jane Potter
    Reader in The School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University

    Fran Brearton
    Professor of Modern Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast

    And

    Guy Cuthbertson
    Professor of British Literature and Culture at Liverpool Hope University

    Producer: Simon Tillotson

    • 56 min
    The Fish-Tetrapod Transition

    The Fish-Tetrapod Transition

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the greatest changes in the history of life on Earth. Around 400 million years ago some of our ancestors, the fish, started to become a little more like humans. At the swampy margins between land and water, some fish were turning their fins into limbs, their swim bladders into lungs and developed necks and eventually they became tetrapods, the group to which we and all animals with backbones and limbs belong. After millions of years of this transition, these tetrapod descendants of fish were now ready to leave the water for a new life of walking on land, and with that came an explosion in the diversity of life on Earth.

    The image above is a representation of Tiktaalik Roseae, a fish with some features of a tetrapod but not one yet, based on a fossil collected in the Canadian Arctic.

    With

    Emily Rayfield
    Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol

    Michael Coates
    Chair and Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago

    And

    Steve Brusatte
    Professor of Palaeontology and Evolution at the University of Edinburgh

    Producer: Simon Tillotson

    • 55 min
    Berthe Morisot

    Berthe Morisot

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the influential painters at the heart of the French Impressionist movement: Berthe Morisot (1841-1895). The men in her circle could freely paint in busy bars and public spaces, while Morisot captured the domestic world and found new, daring ways to paint quickly in the open air. Her work shows women as they were, to her: informal, unguarded, and not transformed or distorted for the eyes of men. The image above is one of her few self-portraits, though several portraits of her survive by other artists, chiefly her sister Edma and her brother-in-law Edouard Manet.

    With

    Tamar Garb
    Professor of History of Art at University College London


    Lois Oliver
    Curator at the Royal Academy and Adjunct Professor of Art History at the American University of Notre Dame London.

    And

    Claire Moran
    Reader in French at Queen's University Belfast

    Producer: Simon Tillotson

    • 1h
    The Knights Templar

    The Knights Templar

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the military order founded around 1119, twenty years after the Crusaders captured Jerusalem. For almost 200 years the Knights Templar were a notable fighting force and financial power in the Crusader States and Western Europe. Their mission was to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land, and they became extremely wealthy yet, as the crusader grip on Jerusalem slipped, their political fortune declined steeply. They were to be persecuted out of existence, with their last grand master burned at the stake in Paris in 1314, and that sudden end has contributed to the strength of the legends that have grown up around them.

    With

    Helen Nicholson
    Professor of Medieval History at Cardiff University

    Mike Carr
    Lecturer in Late Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh

    And

    Jonathan Phillips
    Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London

    Producer: Simon Tillotson

    • 49 min
    The Electron

    The Electron

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss an atomic particle that's become inseparable from modernity. JJ Thomson discovered the electron 125 years ago, so revealing that atoms, supposedly the smallest things, were made of even smaller things. He pictured them inside an atomic ball like a plum pudding, with others later identifying their place outside the nucleus - and it is their location on the outer limit that has helped scientists learn so much about electrons and with electrons. We can use electrons to reveal the secrets of other particles and, while electricity exists whether we understand electrons or not, the applications of electricity and electrons grow as our knowledge grows. Many questions, though, remain unanswered.

    With

    Victoria Martin
    Professor of Collider Physics at the University of Edinburgh

    Harry Cliff
    Research Fellow in Particle Physics at the University of Cambridge

    And

    Frank Close
    Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics and Fellow Emeritus at Exeter College at the University of Oxford

    Producer: Simon Tillotson

    • 49 min

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germanthehermann ,

surprisingly non-woke

90% of the BBCs production has unfortunately turned woke. This podcast series stands out.

Friederpa ,

Excellent insight in all sorts of topics

If only all podcasts were of this quality! It is neither just a read out monologue nor a hard to follow interview dialogue but a great, sometimes even humorous conversation of easy to listen to, well chosen experts combining critical different point of views in a harmonic way. The amount of research the presenter does himself allows him to ask the kind of questions necessary to build bridges between the disciplines to actually understand the analytical depths of the discussed topic. On top of that the discussion is lead by true interest and very friendly and respectfully carried out.

Clint Hyper Hyper Watchtick ,

Educational

A difficult brief to academically explain a substantial subject over a longish time, but always successful and well refereed by the presenter, even though science is clearly not his bag. Tea or coffe?

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