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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 • 174 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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    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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    Title music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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    • 32 min
    A Covid Update

    A Covid Update

    Rupert Beale returns to the podcast to talk to Tom about the current state of SARS-CoV-2 in the UK. They discuss what ‘living with Covid’ means, the chances of future waves and lockdowns, the different experiences of long Covid, and whether we’re better placed to tackle another pandemic.
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    • 35 min
    Women on the Brink

    Women on the Brink

    Azadeh Moaveni talks to Tom about the situation on the Polish border, where women and children fleeing Ukraine face numerous dangers, including kidnapping, trafficking and forced labour. Moaveni describes the way social media has changed the way traffickers work, the dramatic range of conditions refugees face in Poland, and how this displacement crisis compares to others she’s seen.
    Read Azadeh's piece: https://lrb.me/moavenipod
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    • 40 min
    Julian Barnes: Flaubert at 200

    Julian Barnes: Flaubert at 200

    Julian Barnes reads his memoir about a lifetime of reading Flaubert.
    Read the piece, and listen to the reading without ads, here: https://lrb.me/flaubertpod
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    Title music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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    • 47 min
    Romantic History: Waterloo to the British Musem

    Romantic History: Waterloo to the British Musem

    In the final episode in our series looking at the way history was transformed in the Romantic period, Neil MacGregor joins Rosemary Hill to discuss the circulation of artefacts throughout Europe in the years after Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, and the growth of public collections. They consider how the questions that museums grapple with today – concerning ownership, restitution and the role ordinary people should play in the stories they tell – were inherent in their creation in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    Buy Rosemary Hill's book, Time's Witness, from the London Review Bookshop here: https://lrb.me/hill
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    • 55 min
    Mix Tapes and Flash Cubes

    Mix Tapes and Flash Cubes

    Andrew O’Hagan talks to Tom about the power of defunct objects, from the life-enhancing gadgets of his childhood to Seamus Heaney’s fax machine, and the role lost things play in fiction.
    Find Andrew O'Hagan's pieces mentioned in this episode here: https://lrb.me/mixtapespod
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
174 Ratings

174 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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