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In Our Time
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
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4.6 stars from 8,676 ratings
D, Alberta
The best podcast of its kind (by far) that I have come across. Bragg is an old pro and the guests (yes, real academics) are of a very high quality
LM1958 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 04/09/20
Learn something new
Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with Melvyn and his guests as they discuss topics you didn’t know were so interesting. In-depth, academic, and often funny (the gin episode is a highlight!). Go ahead, learn something new.
jcashcoach via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/05/20
Best show ever
Best show ever! They delve into a subject head on without any of the usual let’s talk about ourselves first, our pet peeves, our glorious achievements, and how we came to this subject in the first place. Me me me! It is totally the opposite of most shows. Each invited guest takes turns to answer...Read full review »
seduced by knowlege via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/05/20
Recent Episodes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the craze for gin in Britain in the mid-18th Century and the attempts to control it. With the arrival of William of Orange, it became an act of loyalty to drink Protestant, Dutch gin rather than Catholic brandy, and changes in tariffs made everyday beer less...
Published 04/02/20
In a programme first broadcast on 12 April 2018, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the contribution of George Stephenson (1781-1848) and his son Robert (1803-59) to the development of the railways in the 19th Century. George became known as The Father of Railways and yet arguably Robert's...
Published 03/26/20
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the bonds that Scottish Presbyterians made between themselves and their monarchs in the 16th and 17th Centuries, to maintain their form of worship. These covenants bound James VI of Scotland to support Presbyterians yet when he became James I he was also expected...
Published 03/12/20
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