Ideas Roadshow was founded in 2012 by Howard and Irena Burton with the objective of harnessing the benefits of modern technology to explore ideas across the arts and sciences in fresh and uniquely engaging formats. Irena has a background in law and is the senior editor of all content. Howard is a documentary filmmaker, author of six books and editor of the Ideas Roadshow Conversations and Collections series (120 books). He holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy and was the Founding Executive Director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
We started by filming in-depth, intimate conversations with more than 100 world-leading researchers, including 3 Nobel Laureates, across a wide spectrum of disciplines: from history to physics, from environmental studies to philosophy, from political science to psychology, and more. Through those conversations we were able to capture uniquely personal perspectives in a way that simply hadn’t been done before.
“… top experts in their fields talking in a relaxed and informal way about a remarkable range of scholarly subjects, but is not the sort of thing usually put in print in more formal settings...” — Anthony Leggett, Nobel Laureate in Physics
Ideas Roadshow has been the recipient of several awards for the carefully edited videos, books and pedagogical databases that we’ve developed from those discussions which provide a unique window into frontline academic research while revealing the inspirations and personal journeys behind the research. Visit the Books section and the Libraries section for more details.
NEW: Docufilms & Ideas Roadshow App
At this time, most of our creative efforts are directed towards producing ideas-driven docufilms, building on the experience gained from producing over 1,000 Ideas Roadshow videos in different formats. Early 2022 we released the feature-length documentary Pandemic Perspectives and our upcoming production is the 4-part documentary series Through The Mirror Of Chess: A Cultural Exploration. All films are available on the new Ideas Roadshow app (Apple and Android), in addition to a large collections of Ideas Roadshow Conversations and Podcasts.
Visit the Films section for further information and details about films that are now in pre-production, including Notable Lives, an extensive series about the lives and accomplishments of leading artists from the Renaissance, and the series about Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems.
Ideas That Travel Well
Following a strong review in The Economist’s business travel blog, Ideas Roadshow has long been established as a major force of “edutainment” in the world of inflight entertainment. Our programs have been flying with British Airways, Emirates, Virgin Australia, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Cathay Pacific and many more. Visit the IFE section for details about our existing catalogue and upcoming features.