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In Our Time: Culture

BBC Radio 4

Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.


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4.5 out of 5 stars from 1.1k ratings
  • Well worth listening to regularly

    An effective format, with Melvyn acting as the “naive” listener, asking questions of a small group of experts in a fairly informal conversation. Amazing range of topics, taken as a whole, and an excellent resource for gleaning a general overview of each topic. Each programme could of course go into greater detail or focus but generally a good trade off between general knowledge and intellectual insight.

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  • Host needs to let guests speak

    Great information, but as many others have said, the host is rather frustrating due to his extreme tendency to dismiss and interrupt the experts invited on the show. For example, during the episode on Emily Dickinson, the host interrupts the three guests (especially the two female experts) and redirects them while they are mid-thought and mid-sentence. He also seems to condescend Emily Dickinson in this episode and continues to undermine the guests’ expertise and diminish Dickinson’s accomplishm... more

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    United States6 months ago
  • The best on Radio 4

    Melvyn is faultless

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    United Kingdom7 months ago
  • Why doesn't the host, Melvin Bragg, let his guests finish their answers? Why does he keep his job? 45 minutes on the Greek myths is an absurdly ludicrous amount of time. Instead of rushing, interrupting, and trying to steer the conversation, which he is not even qualified to do, the program should span 2 sessions.

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