In Our Time

Reviews For In Our Time

Unlike so many talk shows and podcasts, these are a series of well moderated, professional discussions on a wide variety of topics that are educational, thought provoking and easy to listen to while you are working on more mundane tasks. And given there are over 800 on file, they will last a good long while for the most ravenous listener,
Thank you BBC for this wonderful programme, which looks closely at subjects that often get little or no attention outside academia.
I really respect anyone who puts any effort and time into creating something. I really do. However, sometimes, they just cannot help themselves. I found the subjects discussed in the podcast to be very interesting but the damm host just cannot help himself from talking over, under and around the EXPERTS that he invites on the show. The guy keeps interrupting EXPERTS who try to answer questions he just asked or trying to explain a certain fine point. I guarantee you that the host’s bad habits, irresponsible behavior and antics will annoy you within 12 minutes. If you are patience like me and give him the whole hour on the first try, be careful and don’t use any sharp objects for a day afterwards as you may hurt yourself or someone you love intentionally. Now I can finally delete this podcast and get my sanity back.
I have listened to a few of these and was blown away by the expertise of the guests, but the host constantly interrupts them with his mumbling, quite rude comments. In all 4 or so of the episodes I listened to, he cuts off the female guests so much that they hardly can even get their information out, and are left with fractional amounts of time to speak compared to their male guests. I was astonished at how blatant it was. It got to the point where any time a female guest would speak, he would almost immediately interrupt with a snarky comment and shut them up. Horrifying. There was even an episode on the colors of Dinosaurs where there was a post-script-like section added at the end by the producer where the female guest got to explain her information without the hosts constant, extremely demeaning interruptions, (odd, why didn’t she just get to speak during the podcast like her male colleagues?) and she had the best, most interesting information that would have made the earlier information expressed by the other guests much more enjoyable and understanding. I cannot express how much I dislike this host, despite the excellent content of the guests. If they got a new host, I would listen. But for now, I refuse to subject my ears to this garbage.
Everyone should listen to this podcast.
The entire BBC series, In Our Time, is outstanding. They go into depths, details, tangents, digressions, explorations that US programs simply do not match. The speakers are wonderful. Complex information is presented in a civilized, engaging, leisurely pace such that any one may enjoy. They are simply the best podcasts I have ever enjoyed. Brilliant work!!!!
Yes.
A masterclass in topics as varied as can be imagined. Long may it run.
The best free education you will ever receive.
All The in Our Time Podcasts are genuinely superb. The host keeps the academics on topic with a firm hand and sharp humor. Columbia University provides links to many of the podcasts so that students can use it as a resource in its core curriculum. Any educated person will find much stimulation and pleasure here. I listen to these podcasts when I want to reward myself.
Scholarly yet accessible, light-hearted yet substantive, this long-running series teaches me so much! thank-you!
If every person on Earth would just take 50 minutes to listen to this intelligent, and insightful discussion, on any of the topics covered, World Peace would surely come pass. The inspirational stories and little known, but perspective altering arguments and contexts presented by scholarly experts, captained by the Moderator General, elevate the quality of discovery to where we’ll all thirst for more. Huge library of content; everyone will find topics interesting to them - spread the word.
Science and history and philosophy! Oh my! I really like the format and the topics they choose to chat about. Even things I think will be boring get my attention.
Melvyn is so subtly hilarious and extremely witty. He is SO charming and brilliant. I go to sleep every night listening to his soothing voice. I think he’s my soulmate. If you see this, Melvyn, thank you for enriching my life. 😽😽😽😽 Also, Melvyn interrupts because that’s his job to guide the discussion and make sure there is time to cover all the important points. The experts are there to give information, but Melvyn’s role is difficult and important, and he does it with such tact and elegance. He is truly a pro.
I love this show and look forward to new episodes. One small note; please have Melvyn back off the microphone when clearing his throat. It’s quite jarring.

5/5

By Mfg1981
This podcast is always entertaining and brings you through the life of an idea or a person without any nonsense or filler. I do love how the bonus content always ends with the producer asking everyone if they want coffee or tea.
The contents from his guests is excellent in spite of him, not because of his skill as a moderator. He talks over and interrupts his guests.
The absolute essential
I feel that I am getting a second education in the liberal arts and sciences. Consistently great.
Absolutely love this podcast. Summer break is too long!! Wide ranging topics and guests. I go back and listen to older podcasts multiple times.
Melvyn is an expert interviewer and I love the variety of topics.
Love the topics, great guests with lots of passion and knowledge to share. The host is, unfortunately, very rude to women- much more likely to interrupt them, dismiss them and talk down to them. With a better host this would be amazing.
This is my favorite podcast. I wait for releases on Thursdays and just dread the few weeks when they take a summer break. Thank you BBC!
Here you will find an historical perspective that can quickly fill in the gaps you may have in your understanding. The episode on Sparta shocked me! If you love podcasts such as bbc history of the world in 100 objects, or the history of Rome or the history of Byzantium, or the history of the crusades, you'll love this one for the diversity of topic and depth of discussion.
...is so good with presenting philosophy that it got me into listening to other philosophy podcasts. This one is still my favorite.
I love the topics explored and enjoy the perspectives brought to each subject by the panel of academics and experts. But good lord, Melvyn Bragg is past his prime—he runs over guests and inserts himself into the discussion way too much. More and more he sounds like a doddering old man.
Excellent podcast that covers a wide range of interesting topics.
For anyone who is looking for a thoughtful, poignant and intelligent way to pass the time, In Our Time is one such way. Melvyn Bragg's voice is one of the most recognizable in radio and, whether the topic is Hildegard of Bingen, Pliny the Elder or Photosynthesis, there is something for everyone, always delivered in a relaxing, calming way. I really hope things like this stick around!
...because the accents are SO plummy and the discussion is SO civil. But it is not boring, just soothing. Insomnia has no chance against this podcast. Often, I listen again the next day , while awake. Really interesting subjects sometimes. Other times, obscure, maybe interesting.
I am a long-time listener and absolutely love this podcast. There is only one major issue and that is that Melvyn has an annoying habit of interrupting and talking over his guests. If this was an occaisional flaw, then I would have rated it 5 stars, but its constant. Come-on man, take a step back, listen, and quit interjecting yourself.
Lively discussions about interesting topics that run the gamut from science, history & the arts.
I found this by accident and listened to two episodes; I was amazed and posted on Facebook about the interviews. Thank you for this great show.
One of the few podcasts that consistently bring a smile to my face. Smart and well presented, the topics are always a pleasant surprise.
The very best podcast I listen to. Great topics, well presented with interesting people each week.

5/5

So intellectual and entertaining. Well done!!!
I really enjoy listening to these various topics-- some familar and some unfamiliar.

5/5

Looking forward to the return of this series.
The guests are great and I enjoy them until the host pops in with some idiotic comment.
This podcast keeps you engaged in thinking about the vast scope of human knowledge and experience. It is everything you wish your undergrad liberal arts degree would have been. The guests are the best scholars in their field, and the host is the perfect student. I listen to every new episode as soon as I can, and often go into the archives for more.
This is my favorite podcast, it's smart and civil and funny. I always learn something new, and the topics vary wildly! So good!
Every week they bring in three new guests, who unleash a lifetime's worth of knowledge over the course of 45 minutes, on topics that cover the entire spectrum of human knowledge. I eagerly await each new week, when I will get to hear Melvyn's introduction, be introduced to the new discussants, and discover the fascinating story behind some new piece of history, science, art, religion, or culture.
I went to Cambridge University for a year as an undergrad and this show took me way back. I felt like a goofy 20 year old again; drinking beer in The Eagle while attempting to eavesdrop on conversations precisely like the ones moderated by Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time. I love the plurality of thought and the diversity of topic. From Circadian Rhythms to Beowulf - treat yourself and get your learn on!
Consistently interesting, fantastic guests, very informative.
Great conversations, intelligent people, candy for your mind.
This podcast goes more deeper on scientific topics than you find in other podcasts. If you like to nerd out on the wonders of the photon (or other scientific phenomenon) for an hour while driving to work this podcast is for you. If you are not innately interested in science, then you might find this show dry and boring. Here the listeners are treated like grown ups who find learning rewarding for its own sake.
When this pod does a show on a topic you are interested in , its great. 45 minutes of researched , thoughtful , considered comments. In depth and insightful.
Melvyn Bragg, what an extraordinarily talented and good human you are. As one of your most enthusiastic podcast fans, who will tell anyone who will listen that they absolutely MUST subscribe to "In Our Time", I hope you know how so thoroughly respected, loved and honoured you are. You nourish our minds with the vast array of subjects (and special guests) and our souls with your consistently thoughtful approach. Thank goodness you're still a young man (!!!) so that we may all look forward to many more years of "In Our Time". Thank you, truly, thank you so much.
Excellent program! Wouldn't miss an episode. Thanks so much!

5/5

By JHM JD
If you are a history junkie as I am this is a great podcast.