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The debates on IAI tv address the pressing issues of our time. The topics and speakers are the outcome of a stringent editorial process. From sub-atomic physics and philosophical logic to global politics and aesthetics, we do not ask our speakers to simplify for a public audience or to engage in sound bites but to make their opinions direct and clear to their peers in the debate.

Our hosts are critical to ensuring this takes place. It is their difficult and challenging role to insist that questions are answered, that speakers do not hide behind their authority, fame or expertise, and that conclusions are drawn. As a result our hosts are often experts in their own right with the confidence to challenge the leading thinkers in the particular field on their own turf.

Julian Baggini

Co-founder and editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine, also writes and broadcasts for The Guardian and the BBC. Baggini is the author of Freedom Regained: Th...

Roger Bolton

BBC presenter and producer of Panorama, Tonight and Nationwide before setting up the Flame Group.

Sean Curran

Deputy Editor of the BBC’s Parliamentary Programmes, Sean leads the teams who produce Today in Parliament and Yesterday in Parliament for BBC Radio 4.

Peter Curran

BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 presenter Peter Curran is best-known for hosting The Friday Night Arts Show, When Art Went Pop, Loose Ends and Bunk Bed.

Jonathan Derbyshire

Executive Comment Editor at the Financial Times, Jonathan Derbyshire has written for the New Statesman, The Philosophers’ Magazine and New Humanist. The Gu...

Isabel Hilton

Founder and and editor of, Hilton is a former editor-in-chief of and has reported from China, South Asia, Latin America...

Joanna Kavenna

Winner of the Orange First Novel prize, Kavenna’s works include A Field Guide to Reality, The Ice Museum and Inglorious. Her journalism has appeared in the...

Hilary Lawson

Author of Closure: a story of everything, a post Derridian return to metaphysics, and Reflexivity: the post-modern predicament. Lawson is Director of the I...

David Malone

David Malone is a director and presenter of BBC and Channel 4 documentaries exploring the history and philosophy of science. His work includes Testing God ...

Anne McElvoy

Senior Editor at The Economist, Anne reported for the Times on the fall of the Berlin Wall and appears frequently on Newsnight and Question Time.  

Rana Mitter

Regular presenter of Night Waves and writer for the Financial Times, History Today, and the London Review of Books, Rana Mitter is Professor of the History...

Robert Rowland Smith

Robert Rowland Smith began his career as a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and now lectures at the London Graduate School and is also a Sunday T...

Ritula Shah

Regular presenter of The World Tonight and PM, she was named Media Professional of the Year at the 2011 Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

Mary Ann Sieghart

Former Times leader writer and co-presenter of Start The Week, Mary Ann Sieghart has contributed to many television and radio shows, and is Chair of the So...
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