Inflight Enlightenment: Ideas That Travel Well

After Ideas Roadshow was featured in The Economist‘s Business Travel section (see below), we received numerous requests from major airlines to offer our seriously-entertaining programs as “inflight enlightenment”. Since then our programs have been flying with British Airways, Emirates, Virgin Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Cathay Pacific, and many more.

COMING SOON:



A fascinating docuseries of 4 episodes on the remarkable impact of chess across a wide range of times and places. More details here.


2023: Notable Lives, an extensive documentary series about the lives and accomplishments of artists and other leading figures from the Renaissance.

Examples: Raphael, Botticelli, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vasari

Now available: choose from an award-winning catalogue of fresh and unique content featuring the world’s most creative thinkers on a wide range of fascinating topics from psychology to history, from neuroscience to astronomy, from linguistics to marine biology, from sign language to violinmaking, from philosophy to coral reefs, and more. Please use the contact form to request a catalogue and screening access.

Formats: videos in different lengths, documentaries, podcasts, electronic books.

IFE Reviews & Media

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

NEW: Ideas Roadshow Branches into Podcasts, Creates Documentary Tackling COVID-19 (July 2021)
“… prioritize content that informs and engages

Why Documentary Content Is In Demand Right Now (Februray 2021)
“… experience first-hand the passion, dedication and joy of those making a wide range of intriguing discoveries.

Inflight Enlightenment: Airlines Bring Enriching Entertainment On Board (2016)
“… reviving “the art of conversation,” keeping interviews natural and informal, avoiding hyped promotional speak or difficult to grasp jargonputting some food for thought on the IFE menu could prove the perfect complement.”


Flight Chic: From Popcorn to Brain Food, Airlines Enrich In-Flight Entertainment (2016)
“… adding some intellectual nutrition to the IFE menu is a smart idea.


Ideas Roadshow, digEcor take inflight conversation to new heights (2016)
… intimate, one-on-one filmed conversations between host Howard Burton and some of the most well-informed people on the planet.” 

Alternative Infotainment Makes Inflight Play for Airlines, Passengers (2015)
“… Ideas Roadshow’s unique, ideas-based content is definitely stretching the boundaries of what IFE can be in the digital age.”