Jeremy Vine’s Being Human

Jeremy Vine’s Being Human

Jeremy Vine explores what makes us human with leading thinkers and writers in this landmark BBC Radio 2 series. Special guests from religion, philosophy, entertainment and sport will deliver their thoughts on the very essence of human existence, reflecting on their own lives.

Updated: fortnightly
Episodes available for: Indefinitely
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  • 10 Sep 11MB

    human: Simon Stevens 09 Sep 2014

    The new NHS chief Simon Stevens talks to Jeremy Vine about the importance of caring for others, even strangers, as key

    Duration: 23 mins

  • 03 Sep 12MB

    human: Ruby Wax 3 Sep 2014

    Comedian and writer Ruby Wax talks to Jeremy Vine about her tough Chicago childhood, clinical depression and the

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 20 Aug 12MB

    human: Bill Oddie 20 Aug 2014

    Comedian and naturalist Bill Oddie talks to Jeremy Vine about being bi-polar and his extraordinary life story

    Duration: 26 mins

  • 13 Aug 11MB

    human: Peter Hermon 13 Aug 2014

    Computer pioneer and expert in Welsh hill-walking, Peter Hermon in his first ever radio interview. He talks to Paddy

    Duration: 24 mins

  • 22 Jul 11MB

    human: Noreena Hertz 22 Jul 14

    One of the world’s cutting edge thinkers – Professor Noreena Hertz – answers the question ‘what makes us

    Duration: 24 mins

  • 01 Jul 11MB

    human: William Boyd 1 Jul 2014

    Life is not a dress rehearsal: the acclaimed writer of Restless, Any Human Heart and a Good Man in Africa talks to

    Duration: 23 mins

  • 18 Jun 12MB

    human: John Lloyd 18 Jun 2014

    John Lloyd, responsible for some of the funniest, most intelligent comedy on British TV, believes laughter is what make

    Duration: 26 mins

  • 14 May 12MB

    human: Terry Waite 14 May 2014

    Former hostage Terry Waite talks to Jeremy Vine about captivity, altruism and rural Cheshire

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 02 May 11MB

    human: Archbishop of Canterbury 02 May 2014

    The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby reveals the man under the mitre, his childhood, his faith and his father.

    Duration: 24 mins

  • 16 Apr 12MB

    human: Vince Cable 16 Apr 2014

    Business secretary and Liberal Democrat MP Vince Cable says dancing is what makes him human. He talks to Jeremy Vine

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 02 Apr 12MB

    human: Brian Blessed 02 Apr 2014

    Actor Brian Blessed tells Jeremy what he thinks makes us human, and discusses his remarkable upbringing and career.

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 17 Mar 12MB

    human: Ann Widdecombe 17 Mar 2014

    Former Conservative Minister and sometime ballroom dancer Ann Widdecombe ponders moral conscience, family and

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 10 Mar 12MB

    human: Ray Mears 10 Mar 2014

    Our mastery of fire is what really makes us human, says Bushcraft expert Ray Mears in conversation with Jeremy Vine

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 19 Feb 11MB

    human: Simon Weston 19 Feb 2014

    Falklands veteran Simon Weston talks to Jeremy Vine about survival, laughter and being human.

    Duration: 23 mins

  • 12 Feb 13MB

    human: Maureen Lipman 12 Feb 2014

    Jeremy Vine mulls artistic creativity with one of Britain’s best-known performers, Maureen Lipman

    Duration: 27 mins

  • 05 Feb 13MB

    human: Prof Colin Pillinger 5 Feb 2014

    Human beings are nosey parkers. Planetary scientist Prof Colin Pillinger ponders human curiosity, martian life and

    Duration: 28 mins

  • 22 Jan 12MB

    human: Michael Rosen 22 Jan 2014

    The irrepressible children's writer Michael Rosen says history - the sum total of our individual and shared experiences

    Duration: 26 mins

  • 08 Jan 12MB

    human: Chris Patten 8 Jan 2014

    Chairman of the BBC Trust and former cabinet minister, Chris Patten discusses his own life, politics and how art is

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 18 Dec 11MB

    human: Esther Rantzen 18 Dec 2013

    Esther Rantzen talks to Jeremy Vine about her own life and how compassion and altruism are what essentially make us

    Duration: 22 mins

  • 11 Dec 12MB

    human: General Richard Dannatt 11 Dec 2013

    Britain's leading soldier, General Lord Richard Dannatt locates our humanity in our ability to serve others. The former

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 04 Dec 11MB

    human: Robert Skidelsky 04 Nov 13

    Leading economist Lord Robert Skidelsky says it's the opposite of economics that makes us human: following our hearts

    Duration: 22 mins

  • 27 Nov 12MB

    human: Richard Dawkins 27 Nov 13

    Professor Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist, reflects on the qualities that he believes makes us human.

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 20 Nov 11MB

    human: Alan Johnson 20 Nov 13

    The Labour MP and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson discusses how sometimes the best things that make us human emerge

    Duration: 24 mins

  • 13 Nov 11MB

    human: Yotam Ottolenghi 13 Nov 13

    Chef, writer and presenter Yotam Ottolenghi gives us his take on the question 'what makes us human?'.

    Duration: 24 mins

  • 04 Nov 10MB

    human: Tanni Grey-Thompson 04 Nov 13

    Former Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson talks to Jeremy about her remarkable career, and why she thinks

    Duration: 22 mins

  • 23 Oct 10MB

    human: Matthew Parris 23 Oct 2013

    Journalist Matthew Parris reflects on why playfulness helps to define our humanity, on his time in politics, the

    Duration: 22 mins

  • 16 Oct 10MB

    human: Alison Lapper 16 Oct 2013

    Artist Alison Lapper talks to Jeremy Vine about phocomelia, growing up without arms, motherhood and predjudice against

    Duration: 22 mins

  • 09 Oct 11MB

    human: Brendan O'Neill 9 Oct 2013

    Libertarian commentator Brendan O'Neill tells Jeremy Vine how our ability to create change is what really makes us

    Duration: 24 mins

  • 30 Sep 11MB

    human: Robert Peston 30 Sep 2013

    Robert Peston - the BBC's Business Editor - talks to Jeremy Vine about his late wife Sian Busby and how his love for her

    Duration: 23 mins

  • 11 Sep 11MB

    human: Roger Scruton 11 Sep 2013

    Eminent philosopher, writer and huntsman, Roger Scruton talks to Jeremy Vine about Paris '68, Thatcher and how asking

    Duration: 23 mins

  • 29 Jul 10MB

    human: Evelyn Glennie 29 Jul 2013

    World renowned solo percussionist, Evelyn Glennie, discusses music, her hearing loss and listening with her whole body.

    Duration: 21 mins

  • 17 Jul 13MB

    human: PD James 17 Jul 2013

    Celebrated crime writer PD James talks to Jeremy Vine about her own extraordinary story. Having chronicled Britain's

    Duration: 27 mins

  • 10 Jul 11MB

    human: Alain de Botton 10 Jul 2013

    Philosopher Alain de Botton believes it is wisdom that is key to emotional health and to what makes us human.

    Duration: 24 mins

  • 03 Jul 10MB

    human: Alexei Sayle 3 Jul 2013

    Alexei Sayle, the godfather of alternative comedy, talks to Paddy O'Connell about serenity, consumerism and the 1000

    Duration: 22 mins

  • 26 Jun 12MB

    human: Susan Greenfield 26 Jun 2013

    Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield suggests individuality - and the Seven Deadly Sins - holds the clue to what makes us

    Duration: 25 mins

  • 19 Jun 12MB

    human: Caitlin Moran 19 Jun 2013

    Caitlin Moran - columnist, feminist icon and best-selling author – talks to Jeremy Vine about her extraordinary life,

    Duration: 26 mins

  • 12 Jun 12MB

    human: James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool 12 Jun 2013

    The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones, talks to Jeremy Vine about justice, Hillsborough, and what makes him -

    Duration: 26 mins

  • 05 Jun 12MB

    human: Mary Robinson 5 Jun 2013

    Mary Robinson, Ireland's first female president, tells Jeremy Vine how it is empathy that binds humans from all walks of

    Duration: 26 mins

  • 22 May 10MB

    human: Lord Puttnam 22 May 2013

    David Puttnam - Oscar-winning filmmaker, UNICEF ambassador and Labour peer - sees the Olympic spirit as the embodiment

    Duration: 22 mins

  • 13 May 11MB

    human: Brian May 13 May 2013

    Brian May - rock star, astrophysicist and animal rights campaigner - tells Jeremy Vine how kindness and cruelty is the

    Duration: 22 mins

  • 08 May 11MB

    human: AC Grayling 08 May 2013

    Philosopher AC Grayling discusses growing up in Africa, how culture raises us above animals and the art of humanity

    Duration: 23 mins

  • 29 Apr 10MB

    human: Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks 20 Apr 13

    Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks talks to Jeremy Vine on loneliness, spirituality and how family, when it works, is the matrix

    Duration: 20 mins