Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs

BBC Radio 4

Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

Categories: Society & Culture

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Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and professor of government theory at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has also presented the BBC Radio 4 series The Public Philosopher and The Global Philosopher, in which he examines the thinking behind a current controversy. His books have tackled the idea of meritocracy and the moral limits of markets, and he has been described as a “philosopher with the global profile of a rock star.” Michael grew up in Minnesota until the age of 13 when his family relocated to Los Angeles. As a boy he was fascinated by politics and he invited Ronald Reagan, who was then governor of California, to take part in a debate at his school. During his university studies he took an internship at the Houston Chronicle and covered the Watergate scandal, sitting in on the Supreme court deliberations and subsequent impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill. Later, while he was studying as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University he was, as he puts it, “seduced by philosophy”. Justice, the course he devised at Harvard, is one of the most popular in the university’s history – thousands of students apply to attend in person and tens of millions watch his classes online. Presenter Lauren Laverne Producer Paula McGinley

Previous episodes

  • 609 - Michael Sandel, philosopher 
    Sun, 24 Oct 2021
  • 608 - Deborah Meaden, businesswoman 
    Sun, 17 Oct 2021
  • 607 - Dame Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano 
    Sun, 10 Oct 2021
  • 606 - Tom Ilube, entrepreneur 
    Sun, 03 Oct 2021
  • 605 - Tracey Ullman, actor and comedian 
    Sun, 26 Sep 2021
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