Reviews
Yes it’s got a huge range of discussions about many topics I’ve never heard of. And many that I am very interested to hear about. However Bragg’s constant interruptions when a guest is talking is really irritating. He’s SO rude. His interruptions are usually spot on but I wish he would be a...Read full review »
Indyblonde via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/21/20
The only thing that I find disappointing is the host. I find that he mutters and is incoherent. Very difficult to listen to. His guests are excellent, articulate and measured in heir speech.
hoky koko via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/20/20
This podcast is excellent, an example of the quality the BBC can produce. Sometimes I’ve never heard of the subjects or it’s something I wouldn’t be interested in, but it always entertains me and interests me. Great stuff.
darren1495 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/17/20
I have recommended this amazing resource to numerous colleagues and family members - there is nothing else like it and I hope the BBC continues to broadcast this very valuable programme for many years to come.
MrCoriolis via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/20
So good! love it!
knivesout22 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/10/20
The guests and topics are wonderful. Excellent analysis and commentary, but I really struggle with the host. He’s so condescending, rude and patronising to EXPERTS. He’s even like that during the extra bits. I appreciate his input into getting this show made, but he’s doing it a disservice by...Read full review »
Sultry Sam via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/07/20
I first came across Melvyn Bragg when I moved to the UK in 2010. This show goes in depth on a range of subjects, and I’ve learnt a lot. Intelligent conversation with knowledgeable guests. Sir Melvyn seems prepared with poignant questions as well. Highly recommended!
Baertha76 via Apple Podcasts · Norway · 02/02/20
The episode about the spanish civil war was very bad. No mention of the slaughter of priests, monks and nuns. The desecration/demolition of churches. No mention of the thousands of french and russians fighting for the red side. This was the british/leftist version of history...
ThomasTvivlaren via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 01/31/20
Funny - I don’t find Bragg at all patronising - for me, he conducts well, apologises when he interrupts and constantly gives his guests the opportunities to share their insights.
Donc111 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/27/20
Great topics and great guests, shame about the host - very rude!
mstphd via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/22/20
Great to hear experts talking about such a wide variety of history. I bet they hate being grilled though!
george_smiley via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/15/20
Takes big historical events and the breaks them up into concise digestible pieces, with brilliant analysis and debate to go with it. Always hosts multiple expertd
beegy93 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/05/20
A roundtable discussion with some of those respected scholars in a field of historical study, expertly moderated by one of the classiest and most well spoken British radio hosts in the business. Sure, there are some ragged episodes here and there, but on balance the episodes are beautifully...Read full review »
ChrisTravRi via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/05/20
During my daily commute. Great way to separate work from home and to not be impacted by the traffic and its jam’s Great diversity in subjects and always interesting stuff and viewpoints
Wilfried2 via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 01/03/20
... but I find the host’s interruptions irritating and rude. He often disrupts the narrative with random questions. However, the guests are exceptional and the topics discussed are enticing so I congratulate him on this front. I just wish Melvyn would be a little bit friendlier.
James History Hit Fan via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/02/20
I listen to a different episode almost every night in bed. Highly calming and captivating
Tuna poo via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/21/19
it is vivid, solid, kind and very informative. If you want the latest findings in the field of history, this is your podcast.
Kadvent via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 12/09/19
Please, please, PLEASE move Melvyn on. He makes almost every episode downright uncomfortable. So much potential otherwise.
hjbb101 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/12/19
As the programme was conceived and developed by Melvyn Bragg I think it would be churlish to oust him. I find him an excellent host. He is well prepared by his researchers and invites on genuine academics (not media stars) who know what they’re talking about. He manages the discussions well....Read full review »
Lynndy45 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/11/19
But I agree with djcudiw748 that the illuminating guests are diminished by the patronising ego of the host
sbh803 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/07/19
This podcast is great for anyone wanting to learn a little more about history. Very interesting and the guests are always very polite and informed. However, the host really brings the whole experience down. He interrupts constantly (sometimes needlessly) and is very dismissive towards his...Read full review »
djcudiw748 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/29/19
I can understand what Melvyn's saying just fine. Clean out your ears.Read full review »
Big Benny H via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 10/07/19
the host (at least in the maya episode) needs to stop interrupting and most of all stop breathing on the microphone. please sir
Mmeroyale via Apple Podcasts · Brazil · 10/03/19
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...Read full review »
JackUSDK via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/22/19
Excellent programme and range of topics. Melvyn brilliant at moving things along. I don’t agree at all about the female guests - please remember the BBC has 50% quotas so they have to have females even where they are thin on the ground in a given area.
StacemeisterUK via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/21/19
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...Read full review »
B4Uwereborn via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/28/19
Always interesting and learn something new.
Eric2198723897234 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/27/19
Listen to this on long flights and when I can’t get to sleep and the fascinating discussions get me in a great headspace
Skindogskinner via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/25/19
Interesting, and educational. Have learned a lot, and recommended to family and friends.
npr-lover via Apple Podcasts · Norway · 07/07/19
A great choice for history.
Ty$on&B@tm@n via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/02/19
I have learned so many fascinating, weird, and pertinent things from this podcast that I attribute my social success to it. The presenter is exceptionally skilful in pulling the relevant information out of his panel, you find yourself not only learning wildly disparate things, but finding that...Read full review »
Westaustralianwoman via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/28/19
I am from Turkey and first time I listened Melvyn I knew a bit of history concerning my country. Thanks to his podcasts, I learned Classics, China, Medieval, Modern History... I would recommend that before listening these podcasts, listeners should read about the topic and then listen it....Read full review »
cmax33 via Apple Podcasts · Turkey · 06/27/19
Constantly entrancing series. The single most interesting programme on any radio or tv. Worth the licence fee all by itself. Thank you, Melvyn Bragg!
unseen_academical via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/21/19
Not to be missed, informative and interesting - a treasure
connecticutgirl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/20/19
I love this podcast because it’s not just one person blathering on for two hours. I enjoy that it’s more of a conversation and so we get more perspectives but I absolutely cannot stand when the host interrupts the historians! Don’t ask a question if you’re just going to speak over them! It’s rude...Read full review »
The Half-Blooded Princess via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/19/19
I enjoy the range of topics and guests. As an American, I especially love the British viewpoints on American history. Melvyn can be a bit abrupt and harsh on his guests. I sometimes cringe in anticipation of his telling a guest to essentially “move along” from a long-winded answer that doesn’t...Read full review »
trlonghorn via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/14/19
apart from the odd, unnecessary and unpleasant sexist remark from the host, as if a female with a high level of education doesn’t understand a topic she is extremely informed about, its great !
KatyyyMariii💕 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/02/19
Only just found this podcast - and what a find! Super interesting subjects and an excellent host in Bragg who keeps the conversation flowing. Can’t wait to listen to more!
ailsacatharinegill via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/02/19
Excellent programs on a bounty of historical topics. Absolutely fascinating.
APro via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/19/19
Some historians are not meant to be public speakers. So many “ums”. Very interesting subjects are rendered painful to listen to. I turned off the Eunuchs episode as the accent of the first historian and her tendency to pronounce “r’s” with a “w” sound makes the presentation distracting. Also, the...Read full review »
Only Sane Floridian via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/15/19
Excellent podcast which needs a new host.
Oopadoopaoopadoop via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/10/19
Wonderful podcast.
Tbazrid via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/05/19
Melvyn keeps the show running smoothly, I have learned so much. It’s like the best university tutorial, replace the other students with engaging expert, listen, learn and no essay.
gwenwys via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/23/19
Despite this and last year being the centenuries of the German revolutions, there is nothing on this.
krieg2 via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 02/27/19
This podcast is my only hope to sleep at night. Like a close friend. Perhaps not a seemingly favorable admission. It is worthy enough to capture my thoughts away from my pernicious thoughts of daily travails that keep me from sleep. Solid consideration in a world of frivolity and inanity. ...Read full review »
corribean via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/26/19
I would have given 5 stars but often struggle to understand what Melvyn Bragg is saying because he mumbles. Please speak more clearly Melvyn.
Derry Cavies via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/13/19
Thank you so much for the English & European insight into history. It is nice for this American to get your perspective on history, and really appreciate the banter and the breadth of topics and knowledge. Cheers!
GleasLightning via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/25/19
I loved the story of Mary but could not listen to the stutter. Sorry.
beach sandy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/24/19
Top quality podcasting, the presenter is very competent and the weekly guests are interesting and knowledgeable on the topics.
Adolfvnc via Apple Podcasts · South Africa · 01/05/19
Such a wonderful history podcast- engaging, lively, and comprehensive. The host could speak more clearly.
Rollins250 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/05/19
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