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    We have played with the format just a bit - by beginning each lecture with a quick chat between Sue Lawley (presenter) and lecturer (Professor Michael Sandel). We also had more members of the public and students than in previous years (where the audience has been largely invited). And in recent years the public response comes in more forms. This year Twitter has arrived to add to the ferment. And fascinating too. Professor Sandel seems to have struck a chord with the twitterers .

    The recording sessions are one of the highlights of a Radio 4 year. The last one was recorded in Washington last week (for transmission on 30 June with a repeat on 4 July) at George Washington University - and again a terrific turnout of academics, senior American journalists (Tom Friedman of the New York Times and EJ Dionne of the Washington Post) and expats. Let me know what you think...

    Mark Damazer is Controller of Radio 4

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