Contributions to media and public debate

I have contributed as a commentator, panelist, and interviewee, to a variety of print media, podcast series, radio programs, and television, in the US, UK, and several European countries. Highlights include being profiled in La Stampa and published in periodicals ranging from the leading German intellectual journal Cicero,  to Les Études philosophiques, to the Guardian Unlimited, New Statesman online, and New York Times. Of the ten BBC Radio 4 flagship ‘In Our Time’ program episodes on which I have featured, one was chosen for the ‘Listeners’ Top 10’ (‘Common Sense Philosophy, 2007, also featured in a twentieth anniversary volume for the programme), and a second for the ‘Philosophy – Top 10’ (‘Social Contract,’ 2008). I have also appeared on programs and podcasts such as ‘Philosophy Bites,’ ‘Philosophy Talk,’ ‘The Human Context,’ and ‘Future Hindsight.’


  • 2011: Guest on panel,‘What is the future of civilisation as the oil runs out?’, BBC Radio 3 ‘Night Waves’ panel.
  • 1 January 2009: Guest on BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time,’ discussing ‘The Consolation of Philosophy’ with Melvyn Bragg and other guests. 
  • 22 April 2004: Transcript of BBC Radio 4, ‘Analysis’ on ‘Fear and Voting’, 22 April 2004.
  • Melissa Lane has also appeared on a number of television and radio broadcasts in the UK in the past, including BBC Radio 4: Analysis, In Our Time, and Today; Channel 4: Millennium Minds;  BBC Radio 3 and Radio 5, as well as a seminar on ‘Making Sense of an  Interconnected World’ co-hosted by BBC Vision and BBC News (June, 2009).