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In Our Time

The Proton

Duration: 49 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the growing understanding of the Proton, found in the nuclei of all elements and, with three quarks, balancing the charge of a single electron. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Frank Close
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Heath
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Jolly

In Our Time

The Almoravid Empire

Duration: 49 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Berber people who dominated the western Maghreb and the south of the Iberian Peninsula from C11th, defending Al-Andalus from Christian attack. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Amira K Bennison
Interviewed Guest:
Hugh Kennedy
Interviewed Guest:
Nicola Clarke

In Our Time

The Mabinogion

Duration: 48 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Welsh stories of Arthurian romance and Celtic mythology created in the oral tradition for centuries before being written down in the Middle Ages. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Sioned Davies
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Fulton
Interviewed Guest:
Juliette Wood

In Our Time

The Emancipation of the Serfs

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Tsar Alexander II's 1861 decree that freed 30 million Russians from serfdom, an act of reform that followed Russia's defeat in the Crimean War. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Participant:
Sarah Hudspith
Participant:
Simon Dixon
Participant:
Shane O'Rourke

In Our Time

Margaret of Anjou

Duration: 51 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how the Queen of England fought to hold on to power for the sake of her son, when her husband's mental illness made him unable to rule. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Katherine Lewis
Interviewed Guest:
James Ross
Interviewed Guest:
Joanna Laynesmith

In Our Time

Henrik Ibsen

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great Norwegian playwright whose middle-class tragedies include A Doll's House, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler and An Enemy of the People. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Tore Rem
Interviewed Guest:
Kirsten Shepherd-Barr
Interviewed Guest:
Dinah Birch

In Our Time

Persepolis

Duration: 51 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 'City of the Persians' that flourished for almost 200 years from the reign of Darius I until its destruction by Alexander III of Macedon. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Lloyd Llewellyn Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis
Interviewed Guest:
Lindsay Allen

In Our Time

Montesquieu

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas of the French political philosopher (1689-1755) whose work on liberty and republicanism, banned at home, influenced the US constitution. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Bourke
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Hammersley
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Whatmore

In Our Time

Echolocation

Duration: 51 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how animals such as bats and dolphins evolved to use high frequency sounds to navigate their environments and find their prey. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Gareth Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Dean Waters

In Our Time

The Mexican-American War

Duration: 49 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 1846-48 American war against Mexico, in which America won over a million square kilometres of Mexican territory, including California. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Frank Cogliano
Interviewed Guest:
Jacqueline Fear-Segal
Interviewed Guest:
Thomas Rath

In Our Time

Kant's Categorical Imperative

Duration: 49 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of Kant's best known ideas: 'Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law'. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Alison Hills
Interviewed Guest:
David Oderberg
Interviewed Guest:
John Callanan

In Our Time

Wuthering Heights (repeat)

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Emily Bronte's story of Heathcliff and Cathy, of love, hatred, revenge and self-destruction across two generations in a remote moorland home. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Karen O'Brien
Interviewed Guest:
John Bowen
Interviewed Guest:
Alexandra Lewis

In Our Time

Constantine the Great

Duration: 48 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Constantine the Great, the Roman emperor who made Constantinople his capital rather than Rome and who legalised Christianity across the Empire. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Christopher Kelly
Interviewed Guest:
Lucy Grig
Interviewed Guest:
Greg Woolf

In Our Time

Aphra Behn

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Aphra Behn, known for her plays for the Restoration stage such as The Rover and for her novel Oroonoko. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Janet Todd
Interviewed Guest:
Ros Ballaster
Interviewed Guest:
Claire Bowditch

In Our Time

The Congress of Vienna

Duration: 49 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the peace plan for Europe after the Napoleonic Wars, with the redrawing of borders and balancing of the great powers so that none would be dominant. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Kathleen Burk
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Blanning
Interviewed Guest:
John Bew

In Our Time

Feathered Dinosaurs

Duration: 48 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss theories about dinosaur feathers. Which ones had them, what sorts of feathers were they and where were they found on their bodies? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Michael Benton
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Brusatte
Interviewed Guest:
Maria McNamara

In Our Time

Picasso's Guernica

Duration: 54 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Pablo Picasso's Guernica, which he painted in 1937 soon after the bombing of that Basque town in the Spanish Civil War, and its wider context. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Mary Vincent
Interviewed Guest:
Gijs van Hensbergen
Interviewed Guest:
Dacia Viejo Rose

In Our Time

John Dalton

Duration: 46 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss scientist John Dalton, who pioneered the development of atomic theory and carried out research into meteorology and colour blindness. Show more

Contributors

In Our Time

Epic of Gilgamesh

Duration: 47 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Gilgamesh Epic, often described as the earliest surviving great work of literature, with origins in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Andrew George
Interviewed Guest:
Fran Reynolds
Interviewed Guest:
Martin Worthington

In Our Time

The Fighting Temeraire

Duration: 46 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss The Fighting Temeraire, JMW Turner's painting of a famous ship from the Battle of Trafalgar on its way to a breakers' yard on the Thames. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Susan Foister
Interviewed Guest:
David Blayney Brown
Interviewed Guest:
James Davey