In-flight Enlightenment: Ideas That Travel Well

Ideas Roadshow offers seriously-engaging conversations with more than 100 of the world’s leading experts on a wide range of fascinating topics: from psychology to history, from neuroscience to astrophysics, from linguistics to marine biology, from sign language to violinmaking, from psychology to coral reefs, and more.

The discussions not only make cutting edge research ideas fully accessible but also reveal the inspirations and personal journeys. The driver and host of Ideas Roadshow is Howard Burton, he has a research background himself and has lots of experience creating innovative, accessible outreach programs for the general public.

NEW: in February 2022 we will be releasing a feature-length documentary, Pandemic Perspectives, which offers a critical examination of several key societal issues illuminated by the COVID-19 pandemic through the eyes of a wide array of international experts in a fully accessible format. Visit the Films section for further details. Feel free to use the contact form if you’d like to receive further details.

Seriously-Entertaining Formats

VIDEOS: 3-10 min. expert clips; 15-45 min. documentary-style compilations; 60 min. videos .

PODCASTS: ranging from 30 min. to 120 min featuring leading experts talking about a wealth of intriguing topics.

EBOOKS: 100 books in an engaging, accessible dialogue format on a wide range of fascinating subjects.


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

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IFE Reviews & Media

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.”

“…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