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Reith lectures 2011, lecture one - Aung San Suu Kyi: Liberty

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Jennifer Clarke Jennifer Clarke 15:13, Monday, 27 June 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi

This morning, during the broadcast of Aung San Suu Kyi's first Reith Lecture, Liberty, we hosted a live chat about the lecture and the topics discussed here on the blog. Lots of you joined in, by typing comments directly into the live chat, by emailing the programme via the Reith pages on the Radio 4 website and by tweeting using the hashtag #reith.

You can replay the resulting conversation below (it might make sense to listen to the lecture while you're doing so) and subscribe to the Reith 2011 podcast.

We'll be running another live event on the blog for the second of Aung San Suu Kyi's Reith Lectures on Tuesday 5th July from 8.30am. Details of how you'll be able to take part are above. Do join us.

Jennifer Clarke is senior multiplatform producer, Radio Current Affairs


  • Comment number 1.

    As always I wish to convey my best regards, respect and immense sense of love for SUU KYI. I was just listening to the recording of this first lecture on 'Liberty". It was highly thought provoking.Thanks BBC.

  • Comment number 2.

    I understand that Lord Reith had very high ideals of educating people! I therefore wonder why this year's Reith Lecture is only broadcast in the UK at somewhat obscure hours when most people are doing other things i.e. either at work or going to work or late on a Saturday night? And then, in the UK at least, not on television. Daw Suu's lecture was such a brilliant one and so relevant to what is happening in the world to-day that it is surely worthy of being broadcast on primetime television?

    Nicolas Bellord

  • Comment number 3.

    Thank you Suu Kyi and thank you BBC staff who helped make this talk happen. Your lecture Suu Kyi was the most inspiring thing I've heard in a long time. I hope your wants and wishes and those of the Burmese people come about soon.

  • Comment number 4.

    Excellent, I've been anticipating this eagerly ever since I heard about it and wasn't disappointed, excellent! thanks Radio 4!

  • Comment number 5.

    The first lecture is available to listen online, as a podcast and you can also watch it online.

    It will be broadcast on the BBC News channel in the UK on Saturday 2 July at 21.40, and Sunday 3 July at 15.40. The second lecture will be broadcast at the same times the following weekend.


  • Comment number 6.

    Hello again,
    If you're outside the UK you should be able to listen online by following the "Listen now" link on this page: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012402s rather than the one in the previous comment.

  • Comment number 7.

    I listened but as usual withthe BBC itcame from London and everyone was invited in the audience.
    She is for the common people but the BBC isnt, the priviliged invited were as usual only allowed to speak....why?

  • Comment number 8.

    "I listened but as usual withthe BBC itcame from London and everyone was invited in the audience.
    She is for the common people but the BBC isnt, the priviliged invited were as usual only allowed to speak....why?"

    It happens every year with the Reith Lectures – so I have now stopped listening to them. The audience fawning over Daniel Barenboim was dreadful when he was an RL presenter. I made the mistake of mentioning Neil Young in one on-line discussion. Apparently a far worse mortal sin than tuning into DLT’s ‘A Jolly Good Show’ on the World Service .


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