In Our Time

Reviews For In Our Time

The podcast is not showing its artwork once downloaded. really disturbing, plz fix it apple!!!
I recommend this podcast to all my friends- I have enjoyed and benefitted from it for years now. I first discovered it when I was looking for something to listen to while running in New England in the winter, and In Our Time turned what would have been a cold slog into 40 minutes where I found myself listening so hard that I hardly noticed the mud, sleet, or snow drifts. There are enough episodes to easily follow one's interests. Some panels are better than others, but in general an episode gives a good snapshot of the most current academic ideas and attitudes about the topic. Upon a topic that the listener knows nothing of she will gain a good overview, on a familiar one new insights. My go-to.
Consistently fascinating, engaging, and entertaining. I can thank Melvyn for introducing me to Evelyn Waugh, Mary Beard, the evolutionary history of the whale, and so many wonderful episodes. A treasure.
This show is not for the casual listener, but as someone who is passionate about history and likes to hear in depth academic discussion, it delivers in spades.
These podcasts cover every subject in a concise manner and with expert analysis. Everything you want to know, but about which you will never have enough time to read.
Stumbled on In Our Time while looking for a direct link to the BBC Global News podcast a few years ago. I have to say at first I found it a bit dry when compared to more audience focused podcasts. Now I am completed addicted to Mr. Bragg and his erudite and knowledgeable exploration of basically everything worth knowing in (and outside) of our world. Fascinating discussion with learned experts on topics ranging from Jayne Eyre to Echolocation and everything in between. Mr. Bragg is an excellent inquisitor and asked probing and knowledgeable questions on every facet of the days’ subject. In order to fully appreciate the talent of Mr. Bragg one MUST listen to his interview with Dennis Potter which is as beautiful a thing as can be and allowed Mr. Potter to express his views on life and art (which were very prescient particularly his perspective on Mr. Murdoch and the advent of False News) in his last days. Really a show of the highest excellence and something that represents the best of our western Anglophone culture and the true purpose of the BBC.
I always leave each installment of In Our Time with some new insight or idea, and often a new book or books to seek out. Simply presented, with scholarly perspectives for the curious mind, expertly guided by Melvyn Bragg. Bravo!
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Preparing for a 7 hour bus trip home & was looking for something interesting to listen to on the way, figured since some of the shows I enjoy watching on YouTube are BBC 4 programs I would take a look at what they had to offer in the way of podcasts. Picked out a few episodes that caught my eye & the first one i listened to completely blew my mind! The podcast was about Ben Franklin in Englan, I assumed they were just discussing the thing about the bones found under the house he rented- which they did cover, but as things progresed they went into why he was in England & his orignal leanings toward concilliation, they talked about the events that lead to our grievances that lead to the declaration of our independance from England -one of the most important reasons being the taxation without representation is probably the first one we learn in elementary school, but I have never heard exactly WHY. Listening to this discussion I found out that we were given a charter that said we were the only ones allowed to impose taxes, but when England taxed us they were in violation of that guarantee, & combined with the other issues we had no choice but to stand up & tell England NO. I was so exciteed & I have enjoyed the other podcasts I've been listening to just as much! I love the way the topics are being discussed & dissected, the guests challeneged in their answers & made to defend their positions! Looking forward to listening to the ones currently downloading, my brain is the better for these wonderful programs!! BBC, you are the best!!
I’ve been listening for almost a decade! The only podcast that has never let me down!
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!!!!
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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!
...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.