Contributions to media and public debate

Melissa Lane has contributed as a commentator, panelist, and interviewee, to a variety of print media, podcast series, radio programs (especially in appearing for many years annually on BBC Radio 4’s “In Our Time”), and television, in the US, UK, and several European countries.

  • 25 January 2018: Guest on BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time,’ discussing ‘Cicero’ with Melvyn Bragg (host), Valentina Arena, and Catherine Steele.
  • 30 June 2016: Guest on BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time,’ discussing ‘Sovereignty’ with Melvyn Bragg (host), Richard Bourke, and Tim Stanton.  
  • 11 June 2015: Guest on BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time,’ discussing ‘Utilitarianism’ together with Melvyn Bragg (host), Brad Hooker, and Janet Radcliffe-Richards.
  • 19 June 2014: Guest on BBC Radio 4 ‘In Our Time,’ discussing ‘The Philosophy of Solitude’ together with Melvyn Bragg (host), Simon Blackburn, and  John Haldane.
  • 17 June 2014: Guest on BBC 1 ‘Newsnight’ on BBC 1 hosted by Jeremy Paxman, discussing Francis Fukuyama’s ‘The End of History?’ thesis together with Francis Fukuyama and Simon Schama.  YouTube video of the segment.
  • July 2013: Guest on the episode ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times’ on the public radio program ‘Philosophy Talk’ based at Stanford University.
  • Access podcasts of past appearances on ‘In Our Time’ with Melvyn Bragg [look for ‘Social Contract’, ‘Common Sense Philosophy’, and ‘Democracy’

  • 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).