The Reith Lectures

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Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series

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  • Audio-episode: Black holes ain't as black as they are painted 29:24
    The Cambridge cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking delivers the second of his BBC Reith Lectures on black holes. Professor Hawking examines scientific thinking ...
  • Audio-episode: Do black holes have no hair? 29:52
    Professor Stephen Hawking delivers the first of his two BBC Reith Lectures on black holes. These collapsed stars challenge the very nature of space and time, as they ...
  • Audio-episode: The Idea of Wellbeing 42:05
    The surgeon and writer Atul Gawande calls for a new focus on medical systems to ensure doctors work more effectively, alongside far greater transparency about ...
  • Audio-episode: The Problem of Hubris 41:49
    Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande calls for a new approach to the two great unfixable problems in life and healthcare - ageing and death. He tells the story of how his ...