230 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

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    • 4.2 • 177 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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    Close Readings: On Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery

    Close Readings: On Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the lives and works of Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery, close friends and leading lights of the New York School, who sought to create an anti-academic, hedonistic poetry, freeing themselves from the puritan American tradition.
    Find further reading, and listen ad free, on the episode page: https://lrb.me/oharaashberypod
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    Title music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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    • 1 hr
    Palm Oil Dependency

    Palm Oil Dependency

    Bee Wilson talks to Tom about palm oil, which can be found in everything from pot noodles to shaving foam. In its purest state, squeezed from the fruit and kernels of the oil palm, it has a deep red colour and rich fragrance. By the time it reaches our supermarkets, in ultra-processed foods and cosmetics, it’s been refined, bleached, deodorised and relabelled, appearing in multiple different forms. Bee and Tom look at the reasons for its ubiquity, the consequences for those involved in its production and whether a sustainable palm oil industry is possible.
    Find more to read on the episode page: https://lrb.me/palmoilpod
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    Title music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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    • 36 min
    Great Replacement Theory

    Great Replacement Theory

    Adam Shatz, the LRB’s US editor, talks to Sindre Bangstad and Reza Zia-Ebrahimi about the Great Replacement conspiracy theory, from its origins in the high tide of French colonial expansionism in the 19th century and propagation through writers such as Jean Raspail and Renaud Camus, to its influence on mass murderers in Norway, New Zealand and the United States.
    Find further reading on the episode page: https://lrb.me/grtheorypod
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    • 52 min
    At the Bataclan Trial

    At the Bataclan Trial

    Madeleine Schwartz talks to Tom about the trial of twenty men accused of involvement in the Paris terrorist attacks of 13 November 2015, which left 130 dead. It’s the largest criminal trial France has ever seen, and its scope has ranged far beyond the guilt or innocence of the accused. With thousands of plaintiffs, and witnesses including the former president François Hollande, are expectations for what the proceedings might achieve realistic? And how have the attacks, and the trial, changed French politics?
    Find further readings and listening here: https://lrb.me/bataclanpod
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    • 34 min
    How To Win at Basketball

    How To Win at Basketball

    Ahead of the NBA finals next month, LRB contributor, novelist and former basketball player Benjamin Markovits talks to sports journalists Ben Cohen and Kevin Arnovitz about the role of data in the game. Why did it take teams so long to realise the value of the three-point shot? What's the difference between a 32% shooter and a 37% shooter? And is there anything more exciting in sport than watching Steph Curry’s pre-game warm-up?
    Find further reading on the episode page: https://lrb.me/nbapod
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    Title music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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    • 58 min
    On Olympia

    On Olympia

    James Romm talks to Tom about the site of the Ancient Greek games, the subject of a new book by Judith Berringer, Olympia: A Cultural History. They discuss the various contests in which athletes competed, the punishment for those found cheating, the importance of the games as a political platform, and the colossal statue of Zeus in whose honour they were held.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

Barbary Duck ,

Close Readings series is outstandingly good

The Close Readings series with Mark Ford & Seamus Perry, discussing the work of one poet each time is outstandingly good & insightful. I have learned so much. A huge resource. Other episodes are generally good too, but the Close Readings are outstanding.

Delphobus. ,

Content is good…

Most of the discussions professionally recorded (post Covid) are good but the app doesn’t update. I’ve tried everything.

thedietofbookworms ,

great content but not the right voice

I love the LRB so much. I read it each week and every time I see an interesting interview or discussion on the podcast I get excited and download it. But I hate to say that the host Tom has a voice not made for radio; he always sounds tired and bored and unfortunately this is infectious when listening to an audio piece. I am certain he’s a fiercely intelligent and great man but I think maybe he should pass on the baton of radio host to another colleague.

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