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In Our Time
  • The Proton
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the discovery and growing understanding of the Proton, formed from three quarks close to the Big Bang and found in the nuclei of all elements. The positive charges they emit means they attract the fundamental partic...
  • Middlemarch
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss what Virginia Woolf called 'one of the few English novels written for grown-up people'. It was written by George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Anne Evans (1819-80), published in 8 parts in 1871-72, and was originally ...
  • George and Robert Stephenson
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the contribution of George Stephenson (1781-1848) and his son Robert (1803-59) to the development of the railways in C19th. George became known as The Father of Railways and yet arguably Robert's contribution was ev...
  • Roman Slavery
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the role of slavery in the Roman world, from its early conquests to the fall of the Western Empire. The system became so entrenched that no-one appeared to question it, following Aristotle's view that slavery was ...
  • Hildegard of Bingen (Repeat)
    As Radio 4 changes its schedule today, to look ahead to Brexit next year, we have no new programme to offer. Here's something until next week, from 26th June 2014, when Melvyn Bragg and guests discussed one of the most remarkable figures of the Mi...
  • Tocqueville: Democracy in America
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) and his examination of the American democratic system. He wrote De La Démocratie en Amérique in two parts, published in 1835 and 1840, when France was ruled by the Jul...
  • Augustine's Confessions
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss St Augustine of Hippo's account of his conversion to Christianity and his life up to that point. Written c397AD, it has many elements of autobiography with his scrutiny of his earlier life, his long relationship wit...
  • The Highland Clearances
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how and why Highlanders and Islanders were cleared from their homes in waves in C18th and C19th, following the break up of the Clans after the Battle of Culloden. Initially, landlords tried to keep people on their e...
  • Sun Tzu and The Art of War
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas attributed to Sun Tzu (544-496BC, according to tradition), a legendary figure from the beginning of the Iron Age in China, around the time of Confucius. He may have been the historical figure Sun Wu, a mil...
  • Rosalind Franklin
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the pioneering scientist Rosalind Franklin (1920 - 1958). During her distinguished career, Franklin carried out ground-breaking research into coal and viruses but she is perhaps best remembered for her investigation...

In Our Time podcast archives.

I would suggest clicking on the "Culture" tab, where you will find all the literature-related podcasts in the archives.


You must listen to either one episode of In Our Time or one episode of BBC History Magazine each month. I will be looking for a reflection in your notebook each month in which you respond to the podcast. Here are some starters:
  1. What did you learn that you didn't know?
  2. In what way do you think what you learned depicted a distinctly British point of view? How does it different from the American point of view?
  3. What did you find intriguing about the podcast?
  4. What would you like to know more about after listening to the podcast?

Reflections should be at least one well-developed paragraph in length.


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