2024

January

  • Condorcet 11 Jan
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Nicolas de Condorcet (1743-94), known as the Last of the Philosophes, the intellectuals in the French Enlightenment who sought to apply their learning to solving the problems of their world.
    190 Modern Western Philosophy
  • Nefertiti 18 Jan
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the woman who inspired one of the best known artefacts from ancient Egypt.
    930 History of the Ancient World
  • Panpsychism 25 Jan
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the idea that some kind of consciousness is present not just in our human brains but throughout the universe, right down to cells or even electrons.
    120 Epistemology

February

March

  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the revolt that broke out in 1871 in Algeria against French rule, spreading over hundreds of miles and countless towns and villages before being brutally suppressed.
    960 History of Africa
  • The Waltz 14 Mar
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the dance which, from when it reached Britain in the early nineteenth century, revolutionised the relationship between music, literature and people here for the next hundred years.
    780 Music
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the last pagan ruler of the Roman Empire.
    930 History of the Ancient World
  • The Kalevala 28 Mar
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Finnish epic poem that first appeared in print in 1835 in what was then the Grand Duchy of Finland, part of the Russian Empire and until recently part of Sweden.
    890 Other literatures

April

May

  • Mercury 5 May
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the planet which is closest to our Sun.
    520 Astronomy
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ‘the greatest poet of his age’, Thomas Wyatt (1503 -1542), who brought the poetry of the Italian Renaissance into the English Tudor world, especially the sonnet, so preparing the way for Shakespeare and Donne.
    820 English and Old English literatures
  • Philippa Foot 19 May
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the most significant philosophers of the twentieth century, Philippa Foot (1920 - 2010).
    170 Ethics
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the woman who, for almost fifty years, was the most powerful figure in the Chinese court.
    950 History of Asia

June