BBC Reith Lectures Coming Online

Bertrand Russell delivers the first Reith Lectures in 1948

The BBC is now doing a tremendous service in making portions of its programming archive available online.  Today I learned that this includes the Reith Lecture archive, which contains all the transcripts and a growing collection of audio (audio may be UK only, not sure).  The Reith Lecture is given annually by a public figure on an issue of general concern, often on the theme of science and technology.  This is a good opportunity to look at what intellectuals have considered a public concern through time (I’m listening to social anthropologist Edmund Leach right now from 1967 on “the other” and the problem of violence in society), and how they have made their case.  It’s also a great chance to hear the voices of people you might only read in print.

About Will Thomas

Will Thomas is a junior research fellow at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at Imperial College London. He is originally from Minnesota, and received his PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2007. From 2007 to 2010 he was a post-doctoral historian at the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics near Washington, DC. There he developed the Array of Contemporary American Physicists resource. His primary interests are in 20th-century America and Britain, and in the histories of physics and the sciences of policy analysis. He maintains the blog Ether Wave Propaganda, usually posting about the problems of maintaining a constructive historiography, and about argumentative systems in all eras.
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