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Reith Lectures is a series of annual radio lectures given by leading figures of the day, commissioned by the BBC and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. The lectures were inaugurated in 1948 by the BBC to mark the historic contribution made to public service broadcasting by Lord Reith, the corporation's first director-general.
Reith maintained that broadcasting should be a public service which enriches the intellectual and cultural life of the nation. It is in this spirit that the BBC each year invites a leading figure to deliver a series of lectures on radio. The aim is to advance public understanding and debate about significant issues of contemporary interest.
The first Reith lecturer was the philosopher and
Nobel laureate, Bertrand Russell. The first female lecturer was Dame Margery Perham in 1961, who spoke on the impact of colonialism in her series of talks entitled The Colonial Reckoning. The youngest Reith Lecturer was  Colin Blakemore, who was 32 years old in 1976 when he broadcast six lectures on the brain and consciousness, titled Mechanics of the Mind.
The Reith Lectures archive
In June 2011
BBC Radio 4 published its Reith Lectures archive. This included two podcasts featuring over 240 lectures from 1948 to the present day as well as streamed online audio, and the complete written transcripts of the entire Reith Lectures archive:
Podcast 1: Archive 1948–1975
 Podcast 2: Archive 1976–2012
 Transcripts 1948–2010
 In pictures 
The BBC found that some of the audio archive of the Reith Lectures was missing from its library and appealed to the public for copies of the missing lectures.
The Reith Lectures 1948–2019
John Zachary Young, Doubt and Certainty in Science 1951
Lord Radcliffe, Power and the State 1952
Arnold J. Toynbee, The World and the West 1953
Robert Oppenheimer, Science and the Common Understanding 1954
Oliver Franks, Britain and the Tide of World Affairs 1955
Nikolaus Pevsner, The Englishness of English Art 1956
Edward Victor Appleton, Science and the Nation 1957
George F. Kennan, Russia, the Atom and the West 1958
Bernard Lovell, The Individual and the Universe 1959 Peter Medawar, The Future of Man
Edgar Wind, Art and Anarchy 1961
Margery Perham, The Colonial Reckoning 1962
George Carstairs, This Island Now 1963
Albert Sloman, A University in the Making 1964
Leon Bagrit, The Age of Automation 1965
Robert Gardiner, World of Peoples 1966
John K. Galbraith, The New Industrial State 1967
Edmund Leach, A Runaway World 1968
Lester Pearson, In the Family of Man 1969 Frank Fraser Darling, Wilderness and Plenty
Donald Schon, Change and Industrial Society 1971
Richard Hoggart, Only Connect 1972
Andrew Shonfield, Europe: Journey to an Unknown Destination 1973
Alastair Buchan, Change Without War 1974
Ralf Dahrendorf, The New Liberty 1975
Daniel Boorstin, America and the World Experience 1976
Colin Blakemore, Mechanics of the Mind 1977
A. H. Halsey, Change in British Society 1978
Edward Norman, Christianity and the World 1979 Ali Mazrui, The African Condition
Professor Sir Ian Kennedy, Unmasking Medicine 1981
Laurence Martin, The Two Edged Sword 1982
Denis Donoghue, The Arts Without Mystery 1983
Douglas Wass, Government and the Governed 1984
John Searle, Minds, Brains and Science 1985
David Henderson, Innocence and Design 1986
Lord McCluskey, Law, Justice and Democracy 1987
Alexander Goehr, The Survival of the Symphony 1988
Geoffrey Hosking, The Rediscovery of Politics 1989 Jacques Darras, Beyond the Tunnel of History
Chris Patten, Sir John Browne, Thomas Lovejoy, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Vandana Shiva, Charles, Prince of Wales, Respect for the Earth 2001
Tom Kirkwood, The End of Age 2002
Onora O'Neill, A Question of Trust? 2003
Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, The Emerging Mind 2004
Wole Soyinka, Climate of Fear 2005
Lord Broers, The Triumph of Technology 2006
Daniel Barenboim, In the Beginning was Sound 2007
Jeffrey Sachs, Bursting at the Seams 2008
Professor Jonathan Spence, Chinese Vistas 2009 Michael Sandel, A New Citizenship 
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