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

  • Nikola Tesla 7 Apr
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) and his role in the development of electrical systems towards the end of the nineteenth century.
    620 Engineering
  • Lysistrata 14 Apr
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aristophanes’ comedy in which the women of Athens and Sparta, led by Lysistrata, secure peace in the long-running war between them by staging a sex strike.
    880 Classical and modern Greek literatures
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Napoleon Bonaparte’s temporary return to power in France in 1815, following his escape from exile on Elba.
    940 History of Europe