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Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.

In Our Time: History BBC

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Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.

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4.6 out of 5
931 Ratings

931 Ratings

B4Uwereborn ,

An absolute classic podcast with the most effective host on radio

Ask yourself, how can a weekly erudite broadcast on an incredibly broad range of topics and a different group of academics each week have a successful 21(+?) year run? On the face of it, it would be impossible. Professors, in particular in the humanities, would either just drone on about their particular tiny corner of the topic or the group discussion would devolve into the pettiest and most unseemly of arguments, the academic argument. And yet, with Melvyn, it becomes the most engaging half hour on radio, precisely because he is both fully engaged in the discussions at the level of the intelligent impartial listener and is willing to elegantly exercise a firm but fair hand to keep a discussion (that could profitably go on for weeks) focused on important themes and delivered in a tight 30 minutes. It becomes that most improbable of things, a group of academics having a discussion worth the time commitment that you actually want to listen to. Amazing. Humanities programs at universities should take note.

JackUSDK ,

Too short

Alas, most subjects are way too large for a 50-minute discussion. Sometimes a subject must be treated so generally that we’re left with no more than a Britannica entry. Sometimes I fancy Melvyn Bragg’s impatience aimed not at a scholar trying to elucidate a complex point but at the clock, which he, as moderator, must enforce. Right now, Melvyn takes about five minutes to introduce and question, while each guest is budgeted about fifteen. We need a ninety-minute program to give each guest at least twenty minutes, plus more time for give-and-take. Some of the best moments of In Our Time is when scholars get a chance to spar with each other. This is the best intelligent talk show on radio. It needs to be bigger!

Eric2198723897234 ,

Some really interesting topics

Always interesting and learn something new.

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