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Radio 4’s In Our Time is still the best thing on the BBC

21 September 2023

4:00 PM

21 September 2023

4:00 PM

For 25 years, Melvyn Bragg and his guests on Radio 4’s In Our Time have discussed most things from antimatter to Zoroastrianism. Their conversations have attracted a live audience of two million, and provide the BBC’s most-listened-to weekly podcast.

At 9 a.m. today, In Our Time will broadcast its one thousandth episode. How has the BBC’s flagship intellectual programme achieved such success and longevity? By doing something the corporation rarely does: respect listeners’ intelligence.

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