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The Reith Lectures
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
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4.3 stars from 720 ratings
This channel is among my favorites for it provokes my mind from a variety of perspectives and sometimes it stimulates my appetite for books and more books. Oh, the physical world is too small to contain the vast reservoir of thought! Thank you, BBC. You are the beacon for those lost souls.
Jun Chen in May via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/30/20
Quality listening
I’ve enjoyed all the Reith lectures I’ve listened to and have never had trouble downloading the podcast. Their appearance is always a highlight of my year. Some are more thought provoking than others: Margaret Mitchell’s lectures, in particular - quite iconoclastic in ways - have given lots of...Read full review »
Canoscio via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/26/18
You will come out smarter
jameshirst89 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/08/18
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