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The Reith Lectures
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
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4.2 stars from 475 ratings
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
Excellent!
jameshirst89 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/08/18
Great Lectures
Very informative
Rohan 26 via Apple Podcasts · India · 03/03/18
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