An absolute classic podcast with the most effective host on radio
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 particular tiny corner of the topic or the group discussion would devolve into the pettiest and most unseemly of arguments, the academic argument. And yet, with Melvyn, it becomes the most engaging half hour on radio, precisely because he is both fully engaged in the discussions at the level of the intelligent impartial listener and is willing to elegantly exercise a firm but fair hand to keep a discussion (that could profitably go on for weeks) focused on important themes and delivered in a tight 30 minutes. It becomes that most improbable of things, a group of academics having a discussion worth the time commitment that you actually want to listen to. Amazing. Humanities programs at universities should take note.
B4Uwereborn via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/28/19
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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
The contributors are top notch and the q & a with MB is interesting. He rules with authority & if he’d lighten up the narrative would probably flow better. And get more down the road on the topic. The looser ‘bonus’ minutes is how the whole show should go and skip the gimmick. Otherwise...Read full review »
Zendude2664 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/06/18
Why do the new editions not get added to the back catalouge?! Oh how I wish they would. x
Cockers87 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/20/11
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