I hadn’t heard of this show before, but then I’m rarely in Britain, and when I am I don’t have much time to listen to the radio. That said, I have enjoyed BBC Radio 4, which I believe is the British equivalent of National Public Radio. Today I’ll be on the Moral Maze broadcast at 2 pm Chicago time (8 pm GMT). You can listen on the internet for free at this site. Past shows seem to be archived as podcasts here.
I’m told that the broadcast, which lasts 45 minutes, will involve a panel of four debaters who chew over a single moral issue among themselves, and then question a number of “witnesses” who have already been interviewed and have known positions on the issue. Today’s topic will be the relationship between science and morality, and I am one of the witnesses. (The panel includes Kenan Malik and Claire Fox). Yesterday morning I was interviewed for a long time by a researcher, who fired questions at me about morality, concentrating heavily on Sam Harris’s new book, The Moral Landscape. This was a way of vetting me for radio-worthiness—I think the panel also fires questions at the witnesses.
Judging by the rigor of the researcher’s questions, these people know what they’re about, so it should be an interesting show.