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In Our Time is a radio discussion programme exploring a wide variety of historical topics, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the United Kingdom since 1998 and hosted by Melvyn Bragg. Since 2011, all episodes have been available to download as individual podcasts.
From 6 April 2000, with the discussion on "The Natural Order", the programme moved from 30 minutes to a 45-minute format.
In 2005 listeners were invited to vote in a poll for the greatest philosopher in history. The winner was the subject of the final programme before the summer break. The result of the vote was:
Karl Marx (with 27.9% of the votes)
David Hume (12.7%)
Ludwig Wittgenstein (6.8%)
Friedrich Nietzsche (6.5%)
Immanuel Kant (5.6%)
Thomas Aquinas (4.8%)
Karl Popper (4.2%)2005-2006
From the start of 2016 (Saturn) the podcast version of the programme started to include a few minutes of unbroadcast extra material, which would generally be prompted by the question So, what did we miss?
The 2019-2020 series was truncated because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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