Paul Broks asks how we can be sure we are the same person that we were yesterday.
Paul Broks on John Locke and Personal Identity
Writer AL Kennedy on Sartre and the Individual
Writer AL Kennedy explores existentialist ideas about the individual.
Philosopher Jules Evans on Jung and the Mind
Jules Evans explores Jung and the shadow inside all of us.
Philosopher Barry Smith on Descartes and Consciousness
Philosopher Barry Smith explores ideas about consciousness.
How Should We Live Together?
Melvyn Bragg and guests debate how we should live together.
Historian Justin Champion on Toleration
Professor Justin Champion examines Locke's Letter on Toleration.
Economist Kate Barker on the Free Market
Is a free market the best foundation for a fair, dynamic society?
Philosopher Angie Hobbs on Plato's Philosopher Kings
Angie Hobbs asks if the ideal state would be run by philosophers not politicians.
Philosopher Timothy Secret on Ancestor Worship
Timothy Secret on Confucius. To live well together we must first consider the dead.
What Is Love?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas around love.
Classicist Edith Hall on Aristophanes in Plato
Classicist Edith Hall on Aristophanes's explanation of love.
Theologian Giles Fraser on Altruism
Giles Fraser discusses gene theory versus altruism with Tom Stoppard and Armand Leroi.
Psychotherapist Mark Vernon on Freud
What is love? Psychotherapist Mark Vernon looks at Freud's ideas on the Greek god Eros.
Writer Lisa Appignanesi on the Love of Children
How should we love our children? Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau had some great ideas.
How Can I Know Anything at All?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how we can know anything at all.
Lawyer Harry Potter on Eyewitness Testimony
Barrister Harry Potter on whether we can believe our eyes.
Physicist Tara Shears on Falsification
How can we separate real science from mumbo jumbo? Physicist Tara Shears investigates.
Philosopher Clare Carlisle on Reality and Perception
Clare Carlisle grapples with Bishop Berkley's idea that objects only exist in our minds.
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks on Wittgenstein
Paul Broks looks at the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the problem of 'other minds'.
The Gold Rush, Bewitched Bovines and Nuclear War
Devin Grier of Edinburgh University introduces Susan to the hazards of the 1849 Gold Rush.
Radio seemed like magic to begin with, then the Nazis exploited its darker powers.
Getting Away with Murder - Episode 4
The Murder of Marian Beattie. Into the mind of a killer
The Stonewall Riot
How a protest outside New York's Stonewall Inn inspired the modern gay rights movement.
Music While You Shop, Music While You Work
David Hendy considers how music has been used to soothe, cheer, and inspire us.