Ideas Roadshow

I. Ideas Taking Flight

Ideas Roadshow is an award-winning initiative for which Howard Burton has hosted and filmed in-depth conversations with more than 100 of the world’s brightest thinkers, including 3 Nobel Laureates, across the arts, sciences, sports and games. Under Individual Conversations (above) you can find a list of all experts who have so far participated.

Often academics, they seem to enjoy the talks as much as Howard Burton: indeed both sides evince an enthusiasm for the subject under discussion that the watcher can’t help but warm to.”

In-Flight Enlightenment: following an article in The Economist’s Gulliver Travel blog, we’ve licensed many Ideas Roadshow conversations for in-flight entertainment. Over the years, we’ve been on board with major airlines, including British Airways, Emirates, Virgin Australia, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, and Cathay Pacific.

“Howard has been able to get people who are top experts in their fields talking in a relaxed and informal way about a remarkable range of interesting and topical subjects, but is not the sort of thing usually put in print in more formal settings. This is exactly what students really need to hear!” 
Tony Leggett, Professor of Physics, University of Illinois, 2003 Nobel Laureate in Physics

Ideas Roadshow was the recipient of the 2018 London Book Fair International Excellence Award for Ideas Roadshow’s Academic Portal, Public Library and High School Portal. In 2019 we launched Ideas Roadshow’s IBDP Portal. For more information about our pedagogical databases, please use the contact form.

With leading scholars in the arts and sciences as your tour guide, Ideas Roadshow offers innovative videos and books to explore a complex world of ideas — from neuroscience to physics, from psychology to philosophy, from language to literature, and beyond.
Presented in a fully accessible conversational format, these conversations not only explore cutting edge academic research, but often reveal the inspirations and personal journeys behind the research. Ideas Roadshow stands as a unique introduction to a rich tapestry of cultural history.
Michael Berry, Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, UCLA


Captured On Camera: Situational Storytelling – We published a detailed article on Medium providing further insights into what makes Ideas Roadshow unique. Make sure to follow us on Medium where we will regularly share thought-provoking posts related to Ideas Roadshow conversations.

II. Ideas Roadshow Book Collections & Video Library

Ideas Roadshow Collections are available in both electronic format and print format. All 18 Collections include five separate Ideas Roadshow conversations plus a preface highlighting the connections between those individual books. Those individual books are also available as part of Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series which includes 100+ eBooks. Each book comes with a detailed introduction written by Howard plus questions for discussion and further reflection at the end of each chapter.

Details about our related video library can be found on the pages for the different experts (see under Individual Conversations in the drop-down menu).