Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Who is Howard Burton, the host and driving force behind Ideas Roadshow?
  2. What do I get with my institutional or personal subscription?
  3. Who do I contact for more information about licensing?
  4. Is the material only for experts?
  5. Are the videos closed captioned?
  6. Are MARC records available for institutional libraries?
  7. How much does an institutional licence cost?
  8. How do institutions get access to our content?
  9. How do individuals subscribe to our content?

Howard Burton was the founding Executive Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada from 1999-2007. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy and has long been passionately committed to making sophisticated ideas accessible to a wide range of people through the power of conversation, probing select thinkers to share their deepest insights in a way that is engaging, accessible and often motivational.

We currently have 70 full issues available in our library, and we are planning on releasing an additional 40 issues per year from 2016 on.

Each issue contains the following:

I. a full-length video (app. one hour in length), broken into chapters for easy consumption and reference plus a preview video to get a sense of the communicative style of the guest and the general flow of the conversation and a summary video providing a concise video summary of each chapter.

II. an eBook, which consists of an introductory essay, an unabridged transcript of the conversation (broken into chapters as well), a brief bio of the guest, detailed chapter references and two sets of questions to further explore the ideas.

III. an audio file of the conversation.

We license our videos, eBooks, and audio-files directly to academic and public libraries, high schools, government institutions, and airlines. For libraries it may be good to know that we are on the SERU registry.

If you are interested in licensing our content please contact Irena

No. While we are intent not to "dumb down" the material, each issue is deliberately designed to be of interest to the non-specialist. No previous knowledge of the subject is required or expected. That being said, often those who do have some advanced knowledge of the material find the added perspective our conversations bring to be useful to clarify previous misconceptions and resolve ambiguities.

Yes. All the videos are closed captioned in English. To access this feature, simply click on the CC button at the bottom of each video.

Yes. We offer complete MARC records for our uniquely integrated products (video, eBook, audio file) at no extra charge.

Prices for institutional licences are very competitive. For academic institutions (universities and community colleges) prices are based on a tiered FTE model. Rates for public libraries are based on a tiered cardholder/population model and include a public performance site license at no additional charge. High school licenses are available at a flat rate, while competitive bespoke opportunities exist for a wide range of other institutions and organizations (corporate, government, etc.)

For more detailed information, please contact Irena.

Access is arranged through institutional IP range so that all members of your university or institution can have access to all of the agreed-upon content via streaming video and downloadable eBooks and MP3 files.

Please click on our subscribe page and follow the steps. All individual subscribers have full access to our existing catalogue. New issues are released in batches throughout the year. Individual consumers are able to pay by PayPal or Stripe.