In Our Time: History

In Our Time: History

Published by: BBC Radio 4
294 Episodes | First Released: Oct 15 '98 | 🇬🇧
Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
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Donc111
Jan 27
Rating:   8
In Our Time

Funny - I don’t find Bragg at all patronising - for me, he conducts well, apologises when he interrupts and constantly gives his guests the opportunities to share their insights.

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mstphd
Jan 22
Rating:   6
Great topics

Great topics and great guests, shame about the host - very rude!

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george_smiley
Jan 15
Rating:   10
Fab show

Great to hear experts talking about such a wide variety of history. I bet they hate being grilled though!

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beegy93
Jan 5
Rating:   10
Endless top quality content

Takes big historical events and the breaks them up into concise digestible pieces, with brilliant analysis and debate to go with it. Always hosts multiple expertd

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hjbb101
Nov 12 '19
Rating:   4
Great except for host

Please, please, PLEASE move Melvyn on. He makes almost every episode downright uncomfortable. So much potential otherwise.

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Lynndy45
Nov 11 '19
Rating:   10
Quality broadcasting

As the programme was conceived and developed by Melvyn Bragg I think it would be churlish to oust him. I find him an excellent host. He is well prepared by his researchers and invites on genuine academics (not media stars) who know what they’re talking about. He manages the discussions well. It’s an intelligent, informative and interesting listen!

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sbh803
Nov 7 '19
Rating:   8
Always fascinating

But I agree with djcudiw748 that the illuminating guests are diminished by the patronising ego of the host

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djcudiw748
Oct 29 '19
Rating:   8
Needs a new host

This podcast is great for anyone wanting to learn a little more about history. Very interesting and the guests are always very polite and informed. However, the host really brings the whole experience down. He interrupts constantly (sometimes needlessly) and is very dismissive towards his guests when he doesn’t like the way a conversation is heading. I understand they are limited for time and he wants to steer a conversation a certain way, but there are polite ways to do so other than interrupting or simply dismissing whatever they were about to say! It’s extremely frustrating and gives the show a stilted feeling. Some episodes are worse than others when it comes to this. I think he forgets that the show isn’t about him - we want to hear the educated guests speak about these subjects! Nonetheless, the topics are very interesting and I always like hearing what the guests have to say, even if the host is frustrating.

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JackUSDK
Sep 22 '19
Rating:   8
Too short

Alas, most subjects are way too large for a 50-minute discussion. Sometimes a subject must be treated so generally that we’re left with no more than a Britannica entry. Sometimes I fancy Melvyn Bragg’s impatience aimed not at a scholar trying to elucidate a complex point but at the clock, which he, as moderator, must enforce. Right now, Melvyn takes about five minutes to introduce and question, while each guest is budgeted about fifteen. We need a ninety-minute program to give each guest at least twenty minutes, plus more time for give-and-take. Some of the best moments of In Our Time is when scholars get a chance to spar with each other. This is the best intelligent talk show on radio. It needs to be bigger!

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StacemeisterUK
Sep 21 '19
Rating:   10
Excellent

Excellent programme and range of topics. Melvyn brilliant at moving things along. I don’t agree at all about the female guests - please remember the BBC has 50% quotas so they have to have females even where they are thin on the ground in a given area.

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B4Uwereborn
Jul 28 '19
Rating:   10
An absolute classic podcast with the most effective host on radio

Ask yourself, how can a weekly erudite broadcast on an incredibly broad range of topics and a different group of academics each week have a successful 21(+?) year run? On the face of it, it would be impossible. Professors, in particular in the humanities, would either just drone on about their particular tiny corner of the topic or the group discussion would devolve into the pettiest and most unseemly of arguments, the academic argument. And yet, with Melvyn, it becomes the most engaging half hour on radio, precisely because he is both fully engaged in the discussions at the level of the intelligent impartial listener and is willing to elegantly exercise a firm but fair hand to keep a discussion (that could profitably go on for weeks) focused on important themes and delivered in a tight 30 minutes. It becomes that most improbable of things, a group of academics having a discussion worth the time commitment that you actually want to listen to. Amazing. Humanities programs at universities should take note.

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Eric2198723897234
Jul 27 '19
Rating:   10
Some really interesting topics

Always interesting and learn something new.

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Skindogskinner
Jul 25 '19
Rating:   10
Soothing knowledge

Listen to this on long flights and when I can’t get to sleep and the fascinating discussions get me in a great headspace

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Ty$on&B@tm@n
Jul 2 '19
Rating:   10
Great

A great choice for history.

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unseen_academical
Jun 21 '19
Rating:   10
Mind stretching

Constantly entrancing series. The single most interesting programme on any radio or tv. Worth the licence fee all by itself. Thank you, Melvyn Bragg!

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unseen_academical
Jun 21 '19
Rating:   10
Mind stretching

Constantly entrancing series. The single most interesting programme on any radio or tv. Worth the licence fee all by itself. Thank you, Melvyn Bragg!

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connecticutgirl
Jun 20 '19
Rating:   10
Outstanding Podcast

Not to be missed, informative and interesting - a treasure

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The Half-Blooded Princess
Jun 19 '19
Rating:   8
So informative and educational

I love this podcast because it’s not just one person blathering on for two hours. I enjoy that it’s more of a conversation and so we get more perspectives but I absolutely cannot stand when the host interrupts the historians! Don’t ask a question if you’re just going to speak over them! It’s rude and provides a less-than-ideal listening experience.

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trlonghorn
Jun 14 '19
Rating:   10
Fantastic

I enjoy the range of topics and guests. As an American, I especially love the British viewpoints on American history. Melvyn can be a bit abrupt and harsh on his guests. I sometimes cringe in anticipation of his telling a guest to essentially “move along” from a long-winded answer that doesn’t cover what he wants to hear about. But it adds something to the show, I guess. (During the Grant episode, he did seem to have a excessive curiosity Ku Klux Klan, which led to more discussion of them than warranted.)

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KatyyyMariii💕
Jun 2 '19
Rating:   8
brilliant

apart from the odd, unnecessary and unpleasant sexist remark from the host, as if a female with a high level of education doesn’t understand a topic she is extremely informed about, its great !

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