In Our Time

In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas


As part of Radio 4’s Listener Week, the episode of In Our Time on Thursday 27th November will feature a subject suggested by a listener. To tell us the idea you’d like us to include, click on Contact Us above or send an email to

There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ In Our Time subject – the programme ranges widely across the history of ideas, from prehistory to the present day. But most of our topics fall into one of five categories: history, philosophy, science, religion or culture. A good topic might be a historical event, an individual, an intellectual movement or a fascinating area of science. You’ll get a good feel for what makes a good IOT subject (and see what we’ve done before) from the archive.

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