In Our Time

I’m in the middle of quite a long and tedious task that requires a minimum of attention but would be very hard to automatise. While doing this, I’ve been listening to past episodes of In Our Time on Radio 4. It really is an excellent programme. The format is simple: Melvyn Bragg chooses a subject he finds interesting (previous subjects have included Thomas Aquinas, whales, the Sunni-Shia split, T. S. Eliot’s the Wasteland, and the physics of time) and invites three experts on to tell him about it. And that’s it. The format really is that simple. Each programme lasts about 45 minutes and consists entirely of this discussion. Melvyn himself is not the most likeable character, and doesn’t always come over well on the programme, but in spite of this he generally does an excellent job presenting it, and I think there are few people who would do it better. I recommend the series to anyone who hasn’t listened to it before (and to anyone who has, but hasn’t listened for a while). All previous episodes have been permanently archived and are available here.
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By the way, if you’re reading this on Facebook, this is a post from my blog The hairy nipple of the angry walrus. If you have a comment, I’d like to encourage you to do it there rather than on Facebook. Thanks!

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