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Thinking Allowed

BBC Radio 4

New research on how society works


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4.5 out of 5 stars from 1.4k ratings
  • Brilliant concept

    Love the topics! Very unique program concept! more

    Apple Podcasts
    Germany5 months ago
  • Absence of any apparent interest in climate or biodiversity crises

    I am a great fan of Laurie’s podcasts but wonder why his interrogations of many interesting contemporary subjects have not, as far as I can tell, included his casting an eye on the two most important subjects for discussion of our time, the destruction of both our climate and biosphere.

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    michael mcsharry
    Ireland6 months ago
  • Great content - horrible sound

    I enjoy the guests and the topics (albeit I would prefer longer and more substantial conversations with those incredible thinkers). Sound quality, though, is very bad. Simply disrespectful to listeners… there is technology in place to mitigate outside noises, to level the volume of the host and a speaker etc. Not sure what might be a problem for such a respectable platform like BBC

    Apple Podcasts
    United States7 months ago
  • Leaning left

    Every theatre show I go to is filled with women. Go to the national and try see a masculine man who hasn’t been dragged there. There are very few. Yet the woman proclaims on this that cultural is the preserve of a certain type of white man. Ha

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    United Kingdom9 months ago
  • Terrific - informative and fun

    Laurie must be a wonderful teacher. He has a good sense of humor but more important he discusses topics in a way that offers a fresh perspective. History and sociology are combined with music to make episodes memorable. The recent episodes on CoVid and Freedom were intriguing. I hope he continues his podcast.

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