Isaiah Berlin's long-time BBC Third Programme Producer, Anna Kallin

Broadcasts

Despite its title, this list includes, for convenience, a small number of recordings that were not broadcast.

All the recordings are listed in a single chronological sequence by date of first transmission (or date of recording, where there was no transmission or transmission date is not known).

Broadcasts included (primarily) because they are about IB rather than because they are by him (or contain contributions by him) are asterisked.

Not so far included are several recordings of IB dictating drafts of his work, and a number of unpublished interviews: details of this material are available at the BLSA, where copies of the compiler᾿s edited transcripts of the recordings are also held.


1946

1Lassalle

1947

2Belinsky (1810–1848)

1949

3The Anglo-American Predicament
4England in a Two-Power World

1950

5Don Giovanni in Aix-en-Provence

1952

6Freedom and its Betrayal
  1. Claude Adrien Helvétius
  2. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  3. Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762–1814)
  4. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)
  5. [Comte de] St Simon (1760–1825)
  6. De Maistre (1754–1821)

1953

7History as an Excuse

1955

8A Marvellous Decade 1838–1848
  1. The Young Intellectuals
  2. Belinsky: The Impact of Western Ideas
  3. Belinsky: The Original Contribution of the Russian Intelligentsia
  4. Alexander Herzen: His Opinions and Character
  1. ‘1838–48: The Birth of the Russian Intelligentsia’, Encounter 4 No 6 (June 1955), 27–39
  2. ‘1838–48: German Romanticism in Petersburg and Moscow’, Encounter 5 No 11 (November 1955), 21–9
  3. ‘Belinsky: Moralist and Prophet’, Encounter 5 No 12 (December 1955), 22–43
  4. ‘Herzen and the Grand Inquisitors’, Encounter 6 No 5 (May 1956), 20–34

9President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

1956

10Historical Inevitability: The Role of Great Men in History
11The Father of Russian Marxism: G. V. Plekhanov (1856–1918)

1957

12Political Judgement
13A Fire at Sea
14From Communism to Zionism: The Life and Opinions of Moses Hess

1958

15National Superiority and Inferiority
16The Brains Trust

1959

17Fighting Words
18Two Concepts of Liberty
  1. The Notion of Negative Freedom
  2. The Notion of Positive Freedom
  3. The One and the Many
  4. The Search for Status

1960

19This is the BBC: An Impression of Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of the British Broadcasting Corporation
IB in a BBC Radio studio, 1959

Short video clip: mpg format | wmv format

1961

20Tolstoy and Enlightenment
21Tagore
22Equality 1: In Search of a Definition
23The Philosophy of History

1962

24Equality 3: Equality, Education and Culture
25Freedom of Speech
26[Equality] 5: Equality between People and Nations
27Literature and Life

1964

28The Oxford Way
29Conversations for Tomorrow

1965

30Royal Academy of Arts
31The Concert Interval
32Oral History Interview for the John F. Kennedy Library

1966

33New Oxford College
34Some Sources of Romanticism
  1. In Search of a Definition
  2. The First Attack on Enlightenment
  3. The True Fathers of Romanticism
  4. The Restrained Romantics
  5. Unbridled Romanticism
  6. The Lasting Effects
35J G Hamann (part 2)
36Joseph de Maistre

1967

37The Romantic Movement in Europe

1968

38The Role of the Intelligentsia

1969

39Verdi and Schiller
40Turgenev

1970

41Turgenev and the Dilemma of the Liberal Intellectual
42Weizmann as Exilarch

1971

43Stravinsky Died a Year Ago

1972

44British Foreign Policy since 1945
45Giambattista Vico: Man of Genius
46Roots of Romanticism
47‘I’m going to tamper with your beliefs a little’
48The Problem of Nationalism

1973

49Tolstoy’s View of Art and Morality
50The Origins of Cultural History
  1. Two Notions of the History of Culture: the German Versus the French Tradition
  2. Geisteswissenschaft and the Natural Sciences: Vico versus Descartes
  3. The Origins of the Conflict: Political Lawyers, Classical Scholars, Narrative Historians

1974

51Byron: Poet or Myth?
52Equality, Liberty and Variety
53The Russian Preoccupation with History
54Man of Action
55The Lion’s Roar
56Romanticism and Liberation; Romanticism and Social Change

1975

57Politics
58The End of the Ideal of the Perfect Society
59Vico, Voltaire and the Beginnings of Cultural History

1976

60Reconsidering John Stuart Mill: 2 Mill – The Manifold

1977

61Decline of Utopian Ideas in the West
62Review of V S Pritchett, The Gentle Barbarian (Turgenev)

1978

63Interview on Russian Thinkers
64An Introduction to Philosophy

1979

65Interview on Concepts and Categories and Russian Thinkers
66Reinhold Niebuhr: A Timeless Prophet
67Sir Isaiah Berlin at 70

1980

68Personal Impressions

1981

69A Month in the Country
70Levin Interview
71Conversations with Boris Pasternak
72Conversations with Anna Akhmatova

1982

73Not a Place for Happiness at All
74Stravinsky: Man of Masks
75In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky

1983

76A Month in the Country

1986

77Recollections of Yitzhak Sadeh

1989

78Lydia Pasternak Slater
79An Evening with Sir Isaiah Berlin
80Twenty Hours in the Life of Anna Akhmatova
80aIncredible but True

1991

81Sir Isaiah Berlin

1992

82The Late Show
83Nationalism: The Melting-Pot Myth
84Desert Island Discs

1993

85Classic FM interview
86*Isaiah Berlin: Ein Porträt

1996

87The Kreutzer Sonata
88Private Passions
89Joseph Brodsky
90*Reputations: Isaiah Berlin
90aMenuhin at Eighty: A Celebration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

1997

91Interview and discussion of The Proper Study of Mankind
92*Meridian Feature (World Service) on IB
93*Night Waves item on IB
94Isaiah Berlin
1. The Making of a Hedgehog
2. Freedom and Its Enemies
95Celebrating Salzburg 1: 1920–37
96Isaiah Berlin

1998

97Interview with Göran Rosenberg
97a*In Our Time

1999

98*Then We Take Berlin

2000

99*Night Visit

2002

100*The Art of the Radio Lecture
101*The Age of Freedom
101aIsaiah Berlin

2003

102*[Enemies of Liberty]

2004

103aThe Guest from the Future

2007

103‘We Will Force You To Be Free’

2009

104*A Tribute to Isaiah Berlin
105A Conversation with Isaiah Berlin
105aThe Visitor from the Future: Isaiah Berlin
105bAkhmatova against Stalin

2010

106Born in Riga

2011

107Great Thinkers in Their Own Words 2: The Grand Experiment
108*Head to Head
109Escaping Riga

2012

109aAnna Akhmatova: The Heart is Not Made of Stone
110Romance with the West: Anna Akhmatova, Amedeo Modigliani and Sir Isaiah Berlin

2013

111Russian TV report on the 2013 IB Day in Riga, 9 October 2013

2014

112Anna Akhmatova and Isaiah Berlin: The Price of a Conversation
113Sir Isaiah
113aBowen and Betjeman

Award-winning novelist John Banville imagines an encounter between Elizabeth Bowen and John Betjeman as they meet for luncheon in a Dublin hotel during the Second World War. As their conversation ranges over their lives, their loves, their politics, we are given a portrait of wartime Dublin and London and of the place of the artist in a world at war.

2015

114Anna Akhmatova and Isaiah Berlin: Leningrad–Moscow–London
115‘That’s How It Was’: Anna Akhmatova and Isaiah Berlin at the End of 1945

Video clip of Berlin speaking


Abbreviations

BBC: British Broadcasting Corporation

Berlin Papers: The Isaiah Berlin Papers, Bodleian Library, Oxford

Bibliography

IB: Isaiah Berlin

IBLT: Isaiah Berlin Literary Trust

BLSA: British Library Sound Archive, London

1(all colours) item no.

Location of best extant recording:

1BBC

2BLSA

3IBLT


This catalogue could not have been compiled without the patient assistance of the staff of the BBC Written Archives Centre, the British Library National Sound Archive, and the Open University. The compiler is extremely grateful for the help he has received, especially from Tim Day and Gwyniver Jones. He would also like to thank Christopher Barnes for bringing to his attention an item he was unaware of.