The TLS Podcast

The TLS Podcast

A weekly podcast on books and culture brought to you by the writers and editors of the Times Literary Supplement. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Episodes

January 29, 2023 15 min

Nessa Carey explores how recent scientific breakthroughs allow experimentation with the DNA of all living species.


https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-genetic-age-matthew-cobb-book-review-nessa-carey/


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played

Richard Smyth remembers the equanimity and attentiveness of Ronald Blythe; and Mary Flannery on the enduring appeal of Alison, the Wife of Bath.


‘Next to Nature: A Lifetime in the English Countryside’ by Ronald Blythe

‘The Wife of Bath: A Biography’ by Marion Turner


Produced by Charlotte Pardy


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
January 22, 2023 17 min

Kirsty Gunn considers Katherine Mansfield’s place in the literary canon.


https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/all-sorts-of-lives-katherine-mansfield-claire-harman-book-review-kirsty-gunn/


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
January 19, 2023 52 min

This week, Gabriel Roberts explores the past, present and - we very much hope - the future of bioabundance in animal species; and novelist Gwendoline Riley takes us into the affecting and brutally funny world of Michael Bracewell’s return to fiction after 21 years.


Species loss and bioabundance, by Gabriel Roberts

‘Unfinished Business’ by Michael Bracewell


Produced by Charlotte Pardy


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more inf...

Mark as Played
January 16, 2023 16 min

Christy Edwall reflects on a meditations on Keats’s poems, and a new account of his last days.


https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/a-greeting-of-the-spirit-susan-wolfson-written-in-water-alessandro-gallenzi-keats-book-review-christy-edwall/


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
January 9, 2023 25 min

Olivia Laing secrets and lies in the life and work of Kathy Acker.


https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/eat-your-mind-kathy-acker-jason-mcbride-book-review-olivia-laing/




Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
December 22, 2022 43 min

This week, Lucy Lethbridge explains what a curate's eye is, and how ideas of British cooking range from Aga fantasies to bacon butties; and J. S. Barnes takes us to the dark side of the festive season, via Dickens and M. R. James....


'The British Cookbook: Authentic home cooking recipes from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland' by Ben Mervis


'To Be Read At Dusk: Dickens, ghosts and the supernatural', Cha...

Mark as Played
Simon McBurney, the artistic director of the endlessly innovative and influential Complicité theatre company, talks to Lucy Dallas about two of their major new projects.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
December 15, 2022 47 min

This week, we hear how the music-hall star Josephine Baker became a secret agent; and we talk to Simon McBurney of Complicité theatre company, about their haunting audio production of Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising.


'The Flame of Resistance' by Damien Lewis


'The Dark Is Rising' by Susan Cooper, BBC World Service, December 20


Produced by Charlotte Pardy


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
December 11, 2022 21 min

Alan Forrest on Napoleon’s enemies at home and abroad.


https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/napoleon-michael-broers-napoleon-at-peace-william-doyle-book-review-alan-forrest/


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
December 8, 2022 45 min

This week, Breeze Barrington takes us through a history of art with a difference - there are no men; and Larry Wolff talks us through the diva-rich operatic event of the season, the world premiere of The Hours at the Met in New York.


'The Story of Art Without Men' by Katy Hessel


'The Hours' by Kevin Puts

Metropolitan Opera, New York, until December 15. Live transmission in various cinemas, December 10


Produced by Charlo...

Mark as Played
December 4, 2022 21 min

Anna Reid on the improbable rise of Volodymyr Zelensky

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/volodymyr-zelensky-biographies-book-review-anna-reid/




Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
December 1, 2022 48 min

This week, Mary Beard talks us through coins and emperors, real and fake, and the hidden networks beneath the Roman Empire; and Norma Clarke discusses the life and work of Rosa Bonheur, a celebrated female artist who kept her radical private life to herself.


Produced by Charlotte Pardy


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
November 28, 2022 16 min

Michele Pridmore-Brown on the troubled dreams of the gods of the digital universe


https://www.the-tls.co.uk./articles/survival-of-the-richest-douglas-rushkoff-book-review-michele-pridmore-brown/



Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
November 24, 2022 53 min

This week, Baillie Gifford Prizewinner Katherine Rundell describes how John Donne’s life force captivated her; and celebrated actor and playwright Wallace Shawn surveys a lifetime of writing essays.


Produced by Charlotte Pardy.


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
November 20, 2022 24 min

George Berridge on Cormac McCarthy’s long-awaited diptych of conspiracy and nuclear anxiety


https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-passenger-stella-maris-cormac-mccarthy-book-review-george-berridge/



Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
November 17, 2022 47 min

This week, we discuss Emmanuel Carrère’s incisive account of France’s judicial response to the Bataclan attacks; and a host of TLS contributors on their favourite books of 2022.



‘V13: Chronique judiciare’ by Emmanuel Carrère

Books of the Year 2022


Produced by Charlotte Pardy


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
November 13, 2022 16 min

Robert Potts considers the inconstancies of John le Carré.


https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private-spy-letters-john-le-carre-secret-heart-suleika-dawson-book-review-robert-potts/



Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played
November 10, 2022 46 min

This week, Alex Clark and Lucy Dallas explore the rise to prominence of Volodymyr Zelensky, the satirical stand-up turned president and war leader; and blow the cobwebs off the world’s rarest medieval manuscripts.



'The Zelensky Effect' by Olga Onuch and Henry E Hale

'Zelensky: Ukraine’s president and his country' by Steven Derix with Marina Shelkunova, translated by Brent Annable

'The Fight of Our Lives: My time wi...

Mark as Played
November 6, 2022 19 min

Colin Thubron on an anthology of human beings straining at the limits.


https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/endurance-levison-wood-book-review-colin-thubron/




Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Mark as Played

Popular Podcasts

    Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

    Stuff You Should Know

    If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

    The Piketon Massacre

    The most notorious mass murder in Ohio’s history happened on the night of April 21, 2016 in rural Pike County. Four crime scenes, thirty-two gunshot wounds, eight members of the Rhoden family left dead in their homes. Two years later a local family of four, the Wagners, are arrested and charged with the crimes. As the Wagners await four back-to-back capital murder trials, the KT Studios team revisits Pike County to examine: crime-scene forensics, upcoming legal proceedings, and the ties that bind the victims and the accused. As events unfold and new crimes are uncovered, what will it mean for all involved? What will it mean for Pike County?

    Crime Junkie

    If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

    Morbid

    It’s a lighthearted nightmare in here, weirdos! Morbid is a true crime, creepy history and all things spooky podcast hosted by an autopsy technician and a hairstylist. Join us for a heavy dose of research with a dash of comedy thrown in for flavor.

Advertise With Us

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.

    Connect

    © 2023 iHeartMedia, Inc.