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    Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar

    Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar

    Lend Me Your Ears is a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac Butler will dig into a different Shakespeare play to explore how Shakespeare was responding to his current events, and how they map onto our own.
    In this first episode, Lend Me Your Ears is looking at one of Shakespeare’s most accessible works: Julius Caesar. Why was the Bard so fascinated with the fall of the Roman Republic? Why do we tend to turn to this play when we worry about society’s future? How have contemporary theater makers reinvented Shakespeare’s version of the story for their audiences, especially in troubled political times?
    You can subscribe to the rest of the podcast by searching for "Lend Me Your Ears" in your podcast app. Learn more about Lend Me Your Ears at slate.com/shakespeare
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    • 40 min
    ABC: The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

    ABC: The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

    Laura Miller, Alex Barasch, and Gabriel Roth discuss the new novel by Alan Hollinghurst, The Sparsholt Affair, a multigenerational saga about gay life. Following this episode, the Audio Book Club will be going on hiatus. From the hosts and producers of the show, thanks for listening. 
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    • 59 min
    ABC: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

    ABC: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

    Laura Miller, Jacob Brogan, and Charlie Jane Anders discuss Ursula K. Le Guin's classic science fiction novel "The Left Hand of Darkness". Please fill out the Slate podcast survey at slate.com/podcastsurvey
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    • 57 min
    ABC: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

    ABC: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

    Katy Waldman, Parul Sehgal, and Laura Bennett discuss Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. This episode is Katy's last episode as host of the Audio Book Club, but watch this space for more about the future of the show. 
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    • 49 min
    ABC: The Odyssey, Translated By Emily Wilson

    ABC: The Odyssey, Translated By Emily Wilson

    Katy Waldman, Parul Seghal, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey by Homer. Next month's book will be Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    ABC: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

    ABC: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

    Katy Waldman, Laura Miller, and Meghan O'Rourke discuss the novel Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Our selection for next month will be Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey. 
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

CherieAllen ,

A little life - afterthought

When I was listening to the episode about 'A Little Life' and the hosts were discussing how they felt about the book, I couldn't help but feel like that was how the characters felt towards Jude...

"I was miserable but I kept coming back", "I was hooked, I kept crying but couldn't stop reading" & "I can't remember the last time I had such a complicated relationship" "I didn't enjoy the company of this book at all, but for some reason I couldn't wait to come home to it".

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Intelligent and lively debate

The best book-related podcast I have come across. Intelligent insights from open minds create a really stimulating and enjoyable podcast. Highly recommended.

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Very mixed but not good

I listened to the analysis of Julius Cesar by Shakespeare’s which was interesting if not obviously biased but really the discussion on the Handmaiden’s tale, big elephant in the room fundamental Islam and the tele-ban - it IS happening very disappointed

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