The LRB Podcast

The LRB Podcast

The LRB Podcast brings you weekly conversations from Europe’s leading magazine of culture and ideas. Hosted by Thomas Jones, it also features regular contributions from US Editor Adam Shatz and the ongoing ‘Close Readings’ series, which explores the lives and works of writers through the pieces about them in the LRB archive.

Episodes

June 22, 2021 60 mins

Niamh Gallagher talks to Thomas Jones about the history of the Irish border, from its origins in the 1920s to today, the way it has shaped Irish politics in both the south and north, and why the Troubles can’t be repeated.

Find Niamh Gallagher's piece in the LRB and more here: https://lrb.me/irishborderpod

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Tariq Ali talks to Thomas Jones about a newly reissued biography of the Prophet by Maxime Rodinson, and the historic prevalence of Arabic culture in the West, from Don Quixote to Trafalgar Square.

Find Tariq Ali's review and other related pieces in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/muhammadcervantespod

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June 8, 2021 57 mins

The legendary cartoonist talks to Thomas Jones about his latest book, Street Cop, a collaboration with Robert Coover, and looks back on previous work including Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers, which was originally published in the LRB.

Find related pieces in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/spiegelmanpod

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June 1, 2021 63 mins

Seamus Perry, Mark Ford and Joanne O'Leary discuss the life and work of Emily Dickinson her dashes, death instinct and obliquity.

Find Joanne's piece and more on Emily Dickinson in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/emilydickinsonpod

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Alan Bennett reads selections from his diary from March 2020 to March 2021.

Read more Alan Bennett in the LRB here: lrb.me/alanbennettpod

Alan Bennett’s pandemic diary will be published as a signed, numbered London Review Bookshop limited edition at the end of June. Pre-order a copy at lrb.me/housearrest

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May 21, 2021 45 mins

Adam Shatz talks to Tareq Baconi and Henriette Chacar about the crisis in Israel-Palestine, the significance of the ceasefire, the context of the war, the politics inside Israel and the Gaza Strip, and the response in Washington.

Read Tareq Baconi on the LRB blog: https://lrb.me/afterceasefirepod

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May 18, 2021 45 mins

Claire Hall talks to Thomas Jones about Ancient Greek horoscopy, the Ptolemaic model, the mysteries of the Antikythera mechanism, and why astrology was the first data science.

Find Claire's LRB pieces and more here: https://lrb.me/perfectcirclespod

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May 11, 2021 30 mins

Rosa Lyster talks to Thomas Jones about the global water crisis, from the severe droughts in her home city of Cape Town, to the sinking of Mexico City and the damming of the Nile, and the need for all countries to prepare for future shortages.

Find Rosa Lyster's pieces (and listen ad free to this podcast) on our website here: https://lrb.me/waterpod

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May 4, 2021 58 mins

Peter Geoghegan talks to Thomas Jones about the Greensill lobbying scandal, the refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s flat, the unhealthy relationship between successive British governments and the private sector, and what it might all mean for the future of the Union.

Find Peter's pieces others in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/onebigpaydaypod

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April 28, 2021 59 mins

Jesse McCarthy talks to Adam Shatz about his studies of Black diasporic culture, from Juan de Pareja to Audre Lorde, and his critique of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s case for reparations.

Find related pieces in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/blindspotspod

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April 20, 2021 40 mins

Irina Dumitrescu talks to Thomas Jones about female authorship in early medieval England, and how the power and freedom that (some) women had in the eighth century challenges the idea of linear social progress.

Find more by Irina Dumitrescu in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/dumitrescupod

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April 13, 2021 36 mins

John Lanchester talks to Thomas Jones about his experience of being on a cargo ship blocked from entering the Suez Canal in 1967, his subsequent journey round the Cape of Good Hope, and the modern-day business of containers.

Read John's piece and more in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/longwayroundpod

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April 6, 2021 23 mins

Diane Williams talks to Thomas Jones about her short stories, and reads her latest two published in the LRB.

Fine more stories by Diane Williams in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/williamspod

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March 30, 2021 51 mins

Gill Partington and Thomas Jones explore Kenneth Goldsmith’s online avant-garde archive, UbuWeb, listen to some of the things you can find on it, and consider what might not be found there.

Find Gill's piece and more relevant LRB pieces here: https://lrb.me/ubuwebpod

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March 23, 2021 56 mins

Mouin Rabbani and Nathan Thrall talk to Adam Shatz about Israel’s vaccination programme, the system of apartheid that now effectively exists between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea, the legacy of Trump’s policies, and how the Biden administration may or may not exert its influence.

Read Mouin Rabbani in the LRB: https://lrb.me/rabbanipod

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March 18, 2021 11 mins

In this extra episode, Jorie Graham reads her poem ‘To 2040’, published in the latest issue of the LRB.

You can listen to Jorie Graham reading twelve more of her poems from the LRB on our website here: https://lrb.me/graham

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March 16, 2021 56 mins

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the life and work of the Saint Lucian poet, playwright and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott.

Find more pieces about Derek Walcott in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/walcottpodcast

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March 9, 2021 46 mins

Terry Castle talks to Thomas Jones about Patricia Highsmith.

Find Castle's piece on Highsmith, and pieces by Highsmith, in the LRB here: lrb.me/highsmithpod

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March 2, 2021 34 mins

Catherine Moore, a consultant clinical virologist at Public Health Wales, and Rupert Beale, a clinician scientist group leader at the Francis Crick Institute, talk to Thomas Jones about the vaccine rollout for Sars-CoV-2, the new variant originally found in Brazil, and whether the virus might ever be eliminated.

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February 23, 2021 28 mins

Mary-Kay Wilmers, who retired as editor of the LRB last month, talks to Andrew O’Hagan about her career, first at Faber and Faber, then the Listener, then for 42 years at the London Review of Books. She talks about working with T.S. Eliot, the importance of being teased, and how a joke by Alan Bennett changed her life.

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