Reviews
Presenter Laurie Taylor takes up needle and thread to weave a tapestry of reflections on the diverse states of human affairs. The various strands of thought provoking material consist of insightful guests discussing their studies and resulting papers or books, while Laurie guides the conversation...Read full review »
Cozzum via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/25/21
I sure I listened to Laurie Taylor as a kid in the 1970s (unless I’m mistaken, but in any event a long time ago). I’m very glad he’s still around and still a presenter very much worth listening to.
Andrew265 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/20/21
This podcast is well presented, produced and thought provoking. The quality is extraordinarily high and it is beacon to all prospective podcasters.
liam Mcfee via Apple Podcasts · South Africa · 05/17/21
Please keep making more, the host and topics chosen make for compelling listening.
tynan_aw via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 02/11/21
So intelligent and interesting.
Mrs PortlyRind via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 12/16/20
Laurie Taylor.. what went wrong? Blue collar up bringing but now a twisted woke wannabe.. u remind me of Bill Clinton. Gross 🤮
Dill BeBasio via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/19/20
Everything is about the fAr right,nothing about the far left. Anti trump bs
very funny and clever pod via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/14/20
If you think the BBC is “a national treasure” you will like this programme. Indeed, I used to. But in fact it’s just typical BBC output - sneering at everything that isn’t left-liberal luvvie. I’ve had enough and am unsubscribing. Sort it out, BBC!
allotment30 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/08/20
I find this podcast interesting and insightful but wish guests didn’t need to be cut off all the time. I would prefer a 45 or 60 minute version.
very sad penguin via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 09/11/20
Huge thanks to the host and to the BBC and other partners that make this truly marvelous podcast happen.
tinu via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/06/20
Absolutely fantastic! The interviews are insightful and I love all of the book recommendations. The one technical glitch is the audio feedback from the interviewer’s mic is not turned off when the interviewee is speaking and I found that a bit distracting. This is technical feedback that I hope...Read full review »
Isabelle is a belle via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/27/20
Relevant, refreshing, entertaining.
SeppBund via Apple Podcasts · Singapore · 08/23/20
Serious sociological analysis and fascinating insights from research. Love Lauries relaxed interviewing style.
damme lorraine via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/30/20
Really enjoy this as Laurie brings his own take on the topics. Great guests.
picton34 via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 03/24/20
The guests are a bit hit and miss but some of the episodes are great
Tom_1357 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/07/20
chewing gum for the mind
Run rig via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/28/20
Wanted to get advice on branding, listened to wild notions about branding and the far right.
Brian456633 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 10/17/19
After visiting an old friend in the 9th and falling in love with Paris, I look forward to listing to this every day so I can keep building my sense of that magnificent city. I’ll be back one day, and until then, I savor each one of these with my coffee or while driving.
Music Man Rodriguez via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/24/19
I fell asleep listening to this boring ducking podcast (in a good way)
miranda hayward via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/17/19
Ms
Lesley Croft Always interesting and inspiring.
patternrepeat via Apple Podcasts · Hong Kong · 07/14/19
While in the US Army stationed overseas I started listening to the BBC at the behest of British soldiers. That was twelve years ago and I have continued to get my news and podcasts from the BBC ever since. I trust them and “thinking allowed” is one of the most enjoyable podcasts from the BBC. ...Read full review »
Kosovomp via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/30/19
Sometimes great, sometimes not.
nickname7777 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/03/19
Almost a public service, in my opinion. I enjoy every show. A valuable podcast in education to the public.
August Consumer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/23/19
Absolutely love this podcast, largely due to Laurie Taylor’s excellent , deft , funny and mellifluous delivery. There must be much skill in making it sound so easy and fun. More please!
fishstewtonight via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/21/19
Oh dear, it would be this week that I decide to post a review. The current episode—White Power in the US—was a bit of a train wreck and saved only by the polite forbearance of interviewee Kathleen Belew. By linking the entirely irrelevant Waco Siege to her work Laurie had either not read her...Read full review »
MBelderson via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 12/11/18
A fantastic podcast, always interesting, always well done, always fantastic.
Eresunlapiz via Apple Podcasts · Mexico · 12/06/18
Very left leaning, and I think that was always clear and not particularly a problem. However, the latest episode on “white privilege” was too much. It wasn’t just a left wing perspective, it was from the perspective of three hardcore ‘identitarians’, a niche hard left group of ideologues who...Read full review »
Chriss_M via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/02/18
Studies of subjects across a wide cross-section of issues affecting society today.
Lego4all via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/23/18
One of the best Radio 4 has to offer. Challenging to preconceptions, and a window on the world of Sociology.
Gladdis via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/22/18
Host Laurie Taylor manages to extract the essential information from each topic - most of which fall under the umbrella of Cultural Studies.
CanadianMusicNut via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/21/18
There is one thing thats really annoying and weird... hearing them breath all the time... sometimes the breathing is so weird that i can‘t really understand what is being said, because i can‘t stop concentrating on the breathing sounds.... maybe just turn the mic off when not talking?
Snowmansapartment via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 04/25/18
This is a great podcast. I’ve always been proud to be a sociologist, even for the 25 years I worked as a business journalist.
Marple Leaf via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/17/18
The quizzical yet always affable Laurie Taylor presents 1-2 topics each week (usually sociological in nature) that you never dreamed would pique your curiosity yet somehow he manages to inject just the right amount of analysis, humour and seriousness to keep you interested.
empathology via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 03/05/18
I love to binge on these when I’m doing the housework. Laurie is very personable and an excellent host and interviewer. Always interesting guests and angles. Heartily recommend.
Moomintroll1980 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/23/17
Who rarely get to finish a sentence. But you can track down their articles and books elsewhere.
sidhitch via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 10/29/17
There are many very good podcasts nowadays but sometimes it seems like there is a sameness in the subject matter. This program, which explores interesting niches of sociological research, is quite distinct and thoughtful. The host is erudite and witty and engages a unique roster of guests.
Son of Goliath via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 09/30/17
Makes me wish I'd studied sociology!Read full review »
AGARR via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 08/08/17
Love this podcast! It's thoughtful, provoking and always faithfully represents it's guests. I love that you also present both sides of the stories and allow informed but differing opinions the air they deserve.Read full review »
McMalice via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/30/17
I really love the approach and topics discussed in this podcast. As a laborer and someone atypical of a podcast listener Laurie is eye opening and sheds light on some things I'd have never considered.Read full review »
Chrislore1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/19/17
The show's title is a pun. What more do you need?Read full review »
Breadman'84 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/11/17
A must listen for anyone NOT tuned in to the Guardianista vibe. The odd economy related stuff can be hilarious. Also some real eye openers on where your research tax gold disappears.
Leave me alone, girls! via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 03/15/17
Generally superb and thought provoking, with Laurie's warm, learned and slightly witty delivery...however, the guests almost always pepper their conversations with "absolutely" when they just mean "yes"..or start each sentence with "so"..it seems to be a Radio 4 thing...Read full review »
Stoug Danghope via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/17/16
An interesting popularization of social science, though I'm typically only interested in downloading about half the shows that come up, topic-wise.Read full review »
elderlobinho via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/30/16
Warm, intelligent and interesting host, knows when to listen and how to get the best out of his equally interesting guests and topics. Highly recommended.
Sara1234111 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/07/16
I hope the show's producer's don't see "entertaining" as an insult. It's not fluffy by any means, but rather an insightful, well-researched show on topics that anyone would find interesting. Laurie Taylor is a brilliant interviewer and they manage to find academics who...Read full review »
rthibode via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/31/15
Fabulous show with a fabulous host. Interesting and well executed.
Her*majesty*mrs*t via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/26/15
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