255 episodes

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.
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The LRB Podcast The London Review of Books

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.0 • 48 Ratings

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.
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    Introducing Medieval Beginnings

    Introducing Medieval Beginnings

    Irina Dumitrescu and Mary Wellesley return with a new twelve-part Close Readings series, Medieval Beginnings, exploring the strange and wonderful literary landscape of the Middle Ages. Starting in January 2023, the series will consider well-known works such as Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, as well as many lesser-known texts, from across the European continent, that have all helped to lay the foundations of English literature. Listen to a sample here from their first episode, on Beowulf.
    In addition to the twelve episodes, released monthly, subscribers to the full programme will receive copies of all the key texts accompanying the series and access to online seminars with Irina and Mary throughout the year, with special guests including Simon Armitage. Audio-only options are also available.
    Subscribe to the series here: https://lrb.me/beginnings
    Find out about other Close Readings series here: https://lrb.me/closereadings

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    • 11 min
    Who killed Jane Stanford?

    Who killed Jane Stanford?

    Jane Stanford, the co-founder of Stanford University, was murdered with strychnine in 1905. Her killer was never discovered – until now (perhaps). James Lasdun talks to Malin Hay about a new book by Richard White that investigates the story and looks into the extraordinary history of the Stanford family.
    Find further reading on the episode page: lrb.me/stanfordpod
    Subscribe to Close Readings Plus: lrb.me/closereadings
    Buy Perry Anderson's book on Powell and Proust here: lrb.me/samefuries

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    • 42 min
    Introducing The Long and Short

    Introducing The Long and Short

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford return with a new twelve-part Close Readings series, The Long and Short, taking a fresh look at 19th and 20th-century literature through the lens of short stories and long poems. Starting in January 2023, the series will look at twelve writers, from Tennyson and Henry James to Elizabeth Bowen and Alice Oswald, with a new episode appearing each month. This sample is from the first episode, on Tennyson’s ‘Maud’.
    Subscribers to the full series will receive copies of the books discussed in each episode and access to online seminars with Seamus and Mark throughout the year. Audio-only options are also available.
    Subscribe to the series here: https://lrb.me/longshort
    Find out about other Close Readings series here: https://lrb.me/closereadings

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    • 10 min
    Consider the Pangolin, and Other Animals

    Consider the Pangolin, and Other Animals

    Katherine Rundell has been writing about endangered animals in the LRB since 2018. Her new book, The Golden Mole, gathers those essays and new pieces into a bestiary of unusual and underappreciated creatures.
    Katherine was joined by LRB editor Alice Spawls in a discussion touching on Elizabethan celebrity bears, Amelia Earhart’s bones, and the greatest lie we’ve ever told: that the world is ours for the taking.
    You can read Katherine’s work in the LRB archives: lrb.me/rundell
    And you can find a copy of The Golden Mole at the LRB Bookshop: lrb.me/goldenmole

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    • 54 min
    What is Coral?

    What is Coral?

    Corals have held our fascination for thousands of years, but much of what we know about them has only been discovered recently. Liam Shaw talks to Tom about what corals are and how they form, and their extraordinary variety (over two thousand species have so far been described). They look at some of the milestones in our knowledge of this flower-animal, including Darwin’s account of coral atoll formation, and the importance of the oral history of Indigenous peoples around the coast of Australia in understanding the development of the Great Barrier Reef. As coral reefs now face almost total destruction from climate change, they also consider some of the fixes people have come up with to protect them, and whether it’s possible to put a monetary value on such natural phenomena.
    Find further reading on the episode page: https://lrb.me/coralpod
    Book livestream tickets for Seamus Perry and Mark Ford live here: https://lrb.me/closereadingsevent
    Book livestream tickets for Wallace Shawn live here: https://lrb.me/shawnevent

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    • 42 min
    Fathers and Sons in Palestine

    Fathers and Sons in Palestine

    The writer and human rights lawyer Raja Shehadeh talks to Adam Shatz about his recent memoir, We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I, which reflects on Shehadeh’s relationship with his father, Aziz, a lawyer who, before his murder in 1985, fought numerous cases for Palestinian rights and was one of the first to advocate a two-state solution.
    Find pieces by Raja Shehadeh for the LRB on the episode page: https://lrb.me/shehadehpod
    Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: https://mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b

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    • 46 min

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