The Reith Lectures

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Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series. This year, Stuart Russell explores the future of AI and asks: how can we get it right?

In his first Reith Lecture the British artist Grayson Perry explains the process of assessing quality in contemporary art. Recorded in front of an audience at Tate Modern in London, Perry argues that there is no empirical way to judge quality in art....
Democracy has Bad Taste Oct. 15, 2013
The artist Grayson Perry on how to judge quality in contemporary art
The award-winning artist Grayson Perry presents the 2013 BBC Reith Lectures, titled Playing to the Gallery. The first programme will be available to download on Tuesday 15 October 2013....
The decline of civil society in the Western world is the topic of Niall Ferguson's final Reith Lecture in which he argues that the greatest mistake of the past 50 years was to allow the state to encroach on civil life, assuming it could do a better...
Niall Ferguson asks what constitutes a vibrant and independent civil society.
Niall Ferguson asks what constitutes a vibrant and independent civil society.
Niall Ferguson asks if different systems of law are key to economic success.
Are we living through a time of creeping legal degeneration in the English- speaking world, asks the economic historian Niall Ferguson in the third of his 2012 Reith Lectures. Speaking at Gresham College in the heart of London's legal district, he...
Niall Ferguson asks if different systems of law are key to economic success.
The Darwinian Economy June 26, 2012
Niall Ferguson reflects on the causes and lessons of the global financial crisis.
Is financial regulation the disease of which it purports to be the cure, asks economic historian Prof Niall Ferguson in his second Reith Lecture. He argues that overly complex financial regulation is to blame for the 2007 financial crisis - not...
The Darwinian Economy June 26, 2012
Niall Ferguson reflects on the causes and lessons of the global financial crisis.
The Human Hive June 19, 2012
Niall Ferguson argues that institutions determine the success or failure of nations.
Institutions determine the success or failure of nations and a society governed by abstract, impersonal rules will become richer than one ruled by personal relationships, says the economic historian Prof Niall Ferguson. But, he asks, are the...
The Human Hive June 19, 2012
Niall Ferguson argues that institutions determine the success or failure of nations.
The 2012 BBC Reith Lectures will be presented by the economic historian Professor Niall Ferguson. Titled The Rule of Law and its Enemies, Professor Ferguson's lectures will explore the role man-made institutions have played in the development of...
The 2012 BBC Reith Lectures will be presented by the economic historian Professor Niall Ferguson. Titled The Rule of Law and its Enemies, Professor Ferguson's lectures will explore the role man-made institutions have played in the development of...
Ex M15 boss Eliza Manningham-Buller discusses foreign policy in her third Reith Lecture.
Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former director-general of MI5, the British security service, gives her third and final BBC Reith Lecture, entitled Freedom. She discusses policy priorities since 9/11 and reflects on the Arab Spring, and argues that the West's support of authoritarian regimes did, to some extent, fuel the growth …
Ex-M15 boss Eliza Manningham-Buller discusses foreign policy in her third Reith Lecture.