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The LRB Podcast

The London Review of Books, London Review of Books
201 episodes

On the LRB Podcast you'll find recent (and not so recent) pieces read by the author; our 'Close Reading’ series, in which Seamus Perry and Mark Ford consider 20th century poets through the lens of the pieces written about them in the LRB; and a range of other conversations on topics and writers covered in the paper.

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One Big Payday

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 …

Blind Spots

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 Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: https:…

Abbess, Editor, CEO

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 Subscribe t…

The Long Way Round

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/longwayroundpo…

Try, Try, Try Again

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 Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: https://mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b   See acast.com/privacy …

Into the UbuVerse

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 Subscribe to the LRB from …

Separateness

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 …

Jorie Graham: ‘To 2040’

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 Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: https://mylrb.co.uk/po…

On Derek Walcott

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 Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: https://mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b   See …

Peeping Pat

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 Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: https://mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informatio…

Optimistic Caution

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 …

Analogous Patisseries

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 Ala…

This Is Not a War

Raphaëlle Branche talks to Adam Shatz about her new book,  Papa, qu’as-tu fait en Algérie?  ( Daddy, What Did You Do in Algeria? ). In it, Branche investigates the experiences of French conscripts in the Algerian war, what they saw and did, and, more important, how they did and didn’t talk about it…

The View from Salvador

Forrest Hylton talks to Thomas Jones about what’s happening in Brazil: the oxygen shortage in Manaus, Bolsonaro’s disastrous response to the pandemic, why Trump’s departure won’t hurt him, and the prospects for the left in next year’s general election. Find pieces by Forrest Hylton and others on Br…

Forensic Midwives

Erin Maglaque talks to Thomas Jones about abortion in 16th-century Italy, the stories of women who experienced it, how it was investigated, and why attitudes to pregnancy 400 years ago were in some ways preferable to those now. Find more LRB pieces by Erin Maglaque here: lrb.me/erinmaglaquepod Sub…

Andrew O’Hagan: ‘Shy bairns get nae sweets’

Andrew O‘Hagan reads his review of Sea State by Tabitha Lasley, a portrait of the oil rig industry, those who work in it, and a journalist‘s intensely close relationship with her subject. Read the review here: https://lrb.me/seastatepod Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: https://myl…

Magical Authority

Colin Burrow talks to Thomas Jones about the work of Ursula Le Guin. They discuss the way she brought anthropology into speculative fiction, her explorations of power and moral responsibility in the  Earthsea  books, and what it was like for Burrow growing up with another writer of fantasy and spec…

The Colour Line in the Americas

Hazel Carby talks to Adam Shatz about the increasing nationalisation of racial histories, and the way African-American studies in the United States have been influenced by ideas of American exceptionalism. She argues instead for a broader, global view of race and African culture. Carby explores the…

[Sponsored] Introducing Broccoli Book Club

Listen to this extract from the first episode of a new podcast series, Broccoli Book Club, presented by Diyora Shadijanova (@thediyora). About this episode: Diyora is joined by Freddy McConnell (@freddymcconnell), a writer, journalist and trans dad (who gave birth to his child), and Tony Phillips (…

Bom, Bom, Bom, Bom

James Wood talks to Thomas Jones about Beethoven, drawing on his review of three recent books on the composer. They discuss some of the apparently immovable Beethoven mythologies – the keyboard pedagogy, the heroic glower, the many appropriations of the 9th Symphony – and the blend of Viennese trad…

John Lanchester: Twenty Types of Human

John Lanchester reads his review of Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art  by Rebecca Wragg Sykes. Read the piece here: lrb.me/neanderthalspod Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: https://mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

‘Tassel Rue’ and Other Stories

Diane Williams reads nine of her (very) short stories published in the LRB , the most recent, ‘Tassel Rue’, from our Christmas issue. Find these stories and more, as well as a conversation between Williams and Lara Pawson from the London Review Bookshop, on our website: https://lrb.me/dianewillia…

Diego! Diego!

Thomas Jones reads his homage to Maradona, with help from some 1980s commentators. Read the piece here: https://lrb.me/maradonapod Subscribe to the  LRB  from just £1 per issue   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

End in Sight

Rupert Beale talks to Thomas Jones about the new Sars-CoV-2 vaccines, how the mRNA technology works, why social distancing still matters, and why he’s worried about Christmas. (The conversation was recorded before the publication of the AstraZeneca/Oxford trial data.) Subscribe to the  LRB  from ju…

On Denise Riley

Ange Mlinko talks to Joanne O’Leary about the work of Denise Riley, following the publication last year of Riley’s  Selected Poems: 1976-2016  and her essay  Time Lived, without Its Flow . They look in particular at Riley’s celebrated poem ‘A Part Song’, a long elegy for her adult son, Jacob, who d…

Close Readings: On Louis MacNeice

Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the life and work of Louis MacNeice, the Irish poet of psychic divisions and authoritative fretfulness. Find LRB pieces about Louis MacNeice here: https://lrb.me/louismacneicepod Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: https://mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b  …

Haiti’s Revolution

Pooja Bhatia talks to Thomas Jones about the Haitian revolution of 1791, the world-historical debut of the movement for Black liberation. They discuss the early insurrections, the leadership of Toussaint Louverture and his complicated legacy, the post-revolutionary land reforms and their traces in …

From Fulton to Miami-Dade

Randall Kennedy and Mike Davis talk to Adam Shatz about the results of the US elections. They consider the achievement of Stacey Abrams in Georgia, why the pandemic didn’t make much difference, how Democrats failed to understand changing Latino demographics, the role of progressives in Biden’s vict…

‘Little girl, ya neck stinks. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh’

Patricia Lockwood talks to Joanne O’Leary about being possessed by Vladimir Nabokov, reading  Lolita  as a teenage girl, the diagnostic value of  Bend Sinister , and her anxiety about writing after having Covid-19. Read Patricia Lockwood on Nabokov and more in the LRB: https://lrb.me/lockwoodnabok…

Catholics and Lumpen-billionaires

Adam Shatz talks to Mike Davis about some of the underlying and long-term political shifts at play in next week’s US elections. They discuss both traditional and emerging swing voters, the obstacles to majority rule, the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett as the latest move in an ongoing civil war wi…