Inflight Enlightenment: Ideas That Travel Well

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

Ideas Roadshow offers 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 astrophysics, from linguistics to marine biology, from sign language to violinmaking, from philosophy 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. Here you can see a listing of Ideas Roadshow’s 64 mini-documentaries – use the contact form to request a catalogue and screening access.

NEW: Pandemic Perspectives offers a thoughtful examination of several key societal issues illuminated by the COVID-19 pandemic through the prism of a wide array of international experts in a fully accessible format. Visit the related page for further details. Please use the contact form if you’d like to receive further details.


THE STORY OF CHESS: a 4-part documentary series on chess vividly and engagingly presenting the past, present and future of chess.

NOTABLE LIVES: an extensive series about artists and other leading figures from The Renaissance.

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.

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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 to.”