2023

January

February

  • Tycho Brahe 2 Feb
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the pioneering Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546 - 1601) whose charts offered an unprecedented level of accuracy.
    520 Astronomy
  • Chartism 9 Feb
    On 21 May 1838 an estimated 150,000 people assembled on Glasgow Green for a mass demonstration.
    940 History of Europe
  • Stevie Smith 16 Feb
    In 1957 Stevie Smith published a poetry collection called Not Waving But Drowning - and its title poem gave us a phrase which has entered the language.
    820 English and Old English literatures
  • Paul Erdős 23 Feb
    Paul Erdos (1913 - 1996) is one of the most celebrated mathematicians of the 20th century.
    510 Mathematics

March

April

  • Cnut 6 Apr
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Danish prince who became a very effective King of England in 1016.
    940 History of Europe
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the brutal events of 26 August 1346, when the armies of France and England met in a funnel-shaped valley outside the town of Crecy in northern France.
    940 History of Europe
  • Linnaeus 20 Apr
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life, ideas and legacy of the pioneering Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707 - 1778).
    580 Plants
  • Walt Whitman 27 Apr
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the highly influential American poet Walt Whitman.
    810 American literature in English

May

  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the revelatory collection of Biblical texts, legal documents, community rules and literary writings.
    220 The Bible
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Christian uprising in Japan and its profound and long-term consequences.
    950 History of Asia
  • In the year 29 BC the great Roman poet Virgil published these lines: Blessed is he who has succeeded in learning the laws of nature’s working, has cast beneath his feet all fear and fate’s implacable decree, and the howl of insatiable Death.
    630 Agriculture
  • In 1661 the 23 year-old French king Louis the XIV had been on the throne for 18 years when his chief minister, Cardinal Mazarin, died.
    940 History of Europe

June

September

  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the man who, in 1905, produced several papers that were to change the world of physics and whose name went on to become a byword for genius.
    500 Science
  • In the 1000th edition of In Our Time, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss arguably the most celebrated film of the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007).
    790 Recreational and performing arts
  • In an extended version of the broadcast programme, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the influential book John Maynard Keynes wrote in 1919 after he resigned in protest from his role at the Paris Peace Conference.
    330 Economics

October

  • Plankton 5 Oct
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the tiny drifting organisms in the oceans that sustain the food chain for all the lifeforms in the water and so for the billions of people who, in turn, depend on the seas for their diet.
    570 Biology
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay’s essays written in 1787/8 in support of the new US Constitution.
    320 Political science
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the anchoress and mystic who, in the late fourteenth century, wrote about her visions of Christ suffering, in a work since known as Revelations of Divine Love.
    270 History of Christianity
  • Germinal 26 Oct
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Emile Zola’s greatest literary success, his thirteenth novel in a series exploring the extended Rougon-Macquart family.
    840 French and related literatures

November

  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aristotle’s ideas on what happiness means and how to live a good life.
    170 Ethics
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the North African privateers who, until their demise in the nineteenth century, were a source of great pride and wealth in their home ports, where they sold the people and goods they’d seized from Christian European ships and coastal towns.
    900 History
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the most influential work of Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929).
    330 Economics
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Marguerite, Queen of Navarre (1492 - 1549), author of the Heptameron, a major literary landmark in the French Renaissance.
    840 French and related literatures
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Poe (1809-1849), the American author who is famous for his Gothic tales of horror, madness and the dark interiors of the mind, such as The Fall of the House of Usher and The Tell-Tale Heart.
    810 American literature in English