Of all the podcasts out there, this is imho the best. Diverse, informative, fascinating. Great guests speaking passionately about their own subjects. MB leading us through with direction and humour. Love the few extra minutes at the end 😀
Bimblestar via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/09/24
Everything about this podcast was ...wonderful! I felt in the presence of C. S. Lewis's spirit and wanted the narrative to just keep coming. My thanks for your efforts.Read full review »
Anonymous 919 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 04/16/24
The topics and guests are wonderful, but why does Melwin so often Interrupt the guests midstream?
solveig valkonen via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/14/23
Good topics covered with a wide range of experts giving valuable insight. The only drawback is that this rude mumbling host just can’t stop interrupting them. Let them finish!
Mongon-no-oamo via Apple Podcasts · Japan · 12/11/23
Just, might need to add TV and video games now, considering they’ve matured as art forms as of late
dingobros via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/05/23
I just went back all the way to the show’s archives to 1999. There are two PHENOMENAL episodes, one with Germain Greer and the other with Eric Hobswam. Such fantastic debates - well done and thank you!!!!!
Kris1900000 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/03/23
Thank you BBC
binkster385 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/14/23
With over 1000 episodes this show brings the best scholars from all fields of knowledge to BBC radio for 45 minutes of rapid discussion each week. Then, using the reading list that comes with the show listeners can get a more extensive look if they choose.
Hornbeck Tripper via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/28/23
I have been listening to IOT since it started decades ago and am now always listening to the podcasts old and new. I am an old lady of more or less Melvyn‘s age. I have been caring for my husband who has dementia for 5 years. I listen to the extremely varied and informative programmes in bed...Read full review »
UKlearner via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/06/23
This podcast is intelligent and thought-provoking and the guests are very knowledgeable. Melvin can be a bit abrupt and frequently interrupts but I think of him as a curmudgeonly grandfather character and it’s bearable.
Jordan7 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/07/23
I am very grateful for Melvyn and his team to delight us here in Tokyo each Thursday for a brief hour with an interesting theme and expert panel. The discussion unfolding generally assumes listeners’ grasp of intellectual complexities and ambiguities, a thing rare in this day and age. Thank you...Read full review »
Joris Vanzieleghem via Apple Podcasts · Japan · 02/13/23
I'm going to add to the review, entitled "a lot of work." I listen to In Our Time regularly. In fact, I listen, and re-listen, and then listen again. The guests are always knowledgeable about their field, and Melvin is by far and away the best interviewer/mediator I have ever heard. I...Read full review »
Bedduzza via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/26/23
Melvyn seems to interrupt people when they are speaking, often asking them to explain more, when they would have said what he’s asking if he’d just listened.
Jess Hills via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/20/23
In Our Time is one of only 3 podcasts I listen to regularly. I come back because I am guaranteed to hear people who are intelligent, informed and passionate share what they love. Wow! Great! Sometimes the host can hector a bit, but I think he is trying to be the conductor of an orchestra...Read full review »
Everyone’s a Mensch! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/14/23
I tried to listen to the Emily Dickinson episode, and the woman who was there to her knowledge couldn’t get a word in edgewise. It was frankly embarrassing to listen to a man clearly too disorganized and disinterested to host a podcast. Bragg (an apt surname) interrupts her, then interrupts her...Read full review »
HarrietBrown666 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 10/01/22
I agree with previous posts. The moderator has a tendency to interrupt frequently. He does this in the other podcast as well. It really makes it sound confusing and rather disrespectful. It is almost as though he has some real control issues and needs to establish that somehow he knows as much...Read full review »
jovogt via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/28/22
Looking forward to what this podcast has to offer. An initial observation: Delete the words “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss” from the synopsis so that when scrolling the listener gets a more detailed reveal of topics😀
nuarigirl via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 08/26/22
An effective format, with Melvyn acting as the “naive” listener, asking questions of a small group of experts in a fairly informal conversation. Amazing range of topics, taken as a whole, and an excellent resource for gleaning a general overview of each topic. Each programme could of course go...Read full review »
Paul WL via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/01/22
Great information, but as many others have said, the host is rather frustrating due to his extreme tendency to dismiss and interrupt the experts invited on the show. For example, during the episode on Emily Dickinson, the host interrupts the three guests (especially the two female experts) and...Read full review »
kibro002 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/12/22
Melvyn is faultless
KenCharman via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/18/22
long time listener. in fact, i often relisten to older shows, and dig through the archives to find topics i may have missed. the depth and breadth of this show is unrivalled. the guests are almost always experts in the their fields. if there’s a subject, it’s almost surely been covered or...Read full review »
dubhdev via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/17/21
Tkank you from Romania for your outstanding podcast. It's always a pleasure to follow high Culture! Prof Mihaela Nestor BucharestRead full review »
victorvic20 via Apple Podcasts · Romania · 10/07/21
I do love this podcast, but I have come to believe the host really is much more obnoxious with women. He’s no charmer even with the men, but his interruptions and almost aggressive badgering is definitely hyper focused on the women guests.
XYZ2468 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/09/21
My favorite podcast, hands down.
Kathnvtiksov via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/11/21
Just love this podcast. Best ever. Melvyn is annoying intrusive occasionally condescending and very occasionally put in his place! But he gets his academics to explain the topic extraordinarily well! The best history podcast period. A national institution. Makes me proud of being British (and...Read full review »
chrisPox18 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/02/21
The Christine De Pizan episode is wonderful, but Braggs interrupting and mansplaining to his accomplished academic panellists is embarrassing, especially because they are discussing her most important book, The City of Ladies. Ironic really. What a gross host.
etaeptrk via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/12/21
This is quality entertainment in a class of its own.
joarthur99 via Apple Podcasts · Norway · 02/03/21
Very intellectual conversations but the host is quite rude
3HK_KFHK via Apple Podcasts · Hong Kong · 01/26/21
Awesome topic, but the host is extremely hard to understand because he mumbles, and interrupts the guests and sounds very condescending. You can tell the guests feel uncomfortable and not at ease. The host is supposed to guide the conversation, but I can feel the tension when they talk because of...Read full review »
hannah1237878 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/21/21
Insightful commentary, would appreciate a more advanced summary of the works evaluated so we aren’t scratching our heads trying to distinguish Antonio from the Merchant of Venice and Antonio in the Tempest! Keep it up!
Mer_Soleil_11963 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/19/21
The men on this show have a tendency to interrupt and speak over the women guest. Perhaps learn to learn exercise some common courtesy instead of perpetuating the narrow white male perspective prevalent in academia.
classicslovee410 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/03/21
I’m studying English Literature through the Open University. I have found many episodes that support my study subjects. Great discussion and expert panellists. Also hats off to Melvyn Bragg for his wealth of knowledge and bring such an enthusiastic facilitator. A legend. I can even listen...Read full review »
Parkinski via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/30/20
Love getting new information. Love learning more in depth perspectives on topics and works of interest. A real gift to access such scholarship freely and on my own time. Thank you.
PhilipRyan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/17/20
Really fascinating range of topics and speakers. The host is normally fine, except when he starts interrupting the speakers and derailing the conversation to focus on some narrow point he doesn’t understand or agree with. If these sidebars were clever or added something interesting to the...Read full review »
NikkiJB2500 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/25/20
I really like this series but app is clumsy. Why can I see a simple list? Why can’t I return to where I was rather than go back to the beginning. Why not have a “haven’t listened to “ rather than just a “already played” button. Great but unnecessarily awkward to use
mooseman97 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/10/20
I see reviews about how Melvin interrupts his guests, but quite frankly he only has a certain amount of time and these interruption do help keep the podcast on task. If you want to listen to the guest without interruption I suggest you read their papers instead.
rough seal via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 09/02/20
This podcast is a gift, and the scholars are generous to share their stores of knowledge with us. Melvin Bragg is a great soul in a petty world.
Gvdjibejudbheok via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/29/20
Great podcast, but in the episode on Joyce’s Ulysses, wherein I believe the host, Bragg, has guests discuss Joyce (multiple male guests, 1 woman), I couldn’t I un-hear the overwhelmingly frequent times the host interrupted the only female guest (Jeri Johnson, I believe). He did not do this nearly...Read full review »
Shuvi123456789 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/27/20
Melvin Bragg is a host from a different era: knighted for his public radio work, a writer himself, he prepares extensively for each program and holds the guests to a much higher standard than do hosts in almost all other podcasts around these days. Yes he is direct and sometimes rude, probably...Read full review »
omegaxx19 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/25/20
Everyone told me to listen to this and I was shocked to find the host interrupts, quite rudely, all the time. Expected the host to be nicer.
Madger Badger via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/16/20
Thank you, keep them up
Max Lativ via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 04/04/20
A wonderful podcast of varied subjects, from philosophy to the natural sciences. I like the format too; straightforward, without much embellishment.
elisydneygil via Apple Podcasts · Philippines · 04/04/20
Great show. Topics are diverse and sometimes take surprising and edifying tangents. Enjoy the host’s manner. Challenges the guest and is very self aware of his tone and is clearly in on the joke.
american Tom via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/24/20
Couldn’t agree more with another review I read. Melvin Bragg interrupts his guests far too often. They are knowledgeable and passionate people, I wish I could get an unabridged version of their commentary. Despite the problematic host, you can still learn quite a bit. Not the most accessible of...Read full review »
Artemisia7 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/21/20
All these people complaining about Melvyn cutting people off must have a screw loose. What makes this enduring program so good is that he’s smarter than most of the academics present and cuts them off when they start to drone on or talk nonsense. He doesn’t necessarily know as much as the invited...Read full review »
JGD Lewis via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/15/20
Just a gift to have free access to these.
Superjdt via Apple Podcasts · Switzerland · 03/07/20
I was so excited when I found this podcast to see the topics it was covering, but I quickly found that the host is an unbearable pedant who interrupts and talks over his guests–especially if they're women (nevermind that the guests [of all genders] are experts in their fields). Yes, if...Read full review »
mopo1194 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/28/20
Loved this conversation. Thank you.
Dr AAQ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/13/20
This podcast contains quite a few interesting topics, but I found the host rude to his guests. He often cuts them off when answering questions, and he speaks with a condescending tone. He even sounds demeaning at times. Sadly, I have to unsubscribe after giving it a multiple tries.
see your vision via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/28/19
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