235 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

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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    Four Hundred Years of Women's Football

    Four Hundred Years of Women's Football

    Emma John and Natasha Chahal join Tom to discuss England’s victory in Euro 2022, the long history of women’s football – mentioned in a poem by Philip Sidney in the 16th century, banned by the FA for half of the 20th – and what may happen next.
    Find further reading, and listen ad free, on the episode page: https://lrb.me/euro22pod
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    Title music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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    • 45 min
    On Desert Island Discs

    On Desert Island Discs

    Miranda Carter talks to Tom about the history of the world’s longest-running interview show, Desert Island Discs, from its early scripted days on the BBC Forces Programme in the 1940s, in the hands of its creator, Roy Plomley, to the more probing and revealing styles of Sue Lawley and Kirsty Young. They also consider some of its more memorable guests, including Marlene Dietrich, Tony Blair, Enoch Powell, Hugh Grant and Margaret Thatcher.
    Find further reading and a list of LRB castaways here: https://lrb.me/carterpod
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    Title music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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    • 39 min
    China's Gold Rush Migrants

    China's Gold Rush Migrants

    Andrew Liu talks to Tom about the Chinese workers who followed the gold rush to California, Australia and South Africa, the racial stereotypes about them promoted by local politicians, and their role in the huge economic shifts of the late 19th century, as described in a new book by Mae Ngai, The Chinese Question.
    Find further reading, and listen ad free, on the episode page: https://lrb.me/goldrushpod
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    Find Andrew's piece in n+1 here.
    Title music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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    • 43 min
    After Johnson

    After Johnson

    James Butler joins Tom to consider the fall of Boris Johnson, the candidates hoping to replace him, and what the next few years of British politics might look like.
    Find more pieces on Boris Johnson in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/afterjohnsonpod
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    Title music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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    • 49 min
    On Roe v. Wade

    On Roe v. Wade

    Laura Beers and Deborah Friedell talk to Tom about the recent decision by the US Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson, which removed the constitutional right to abortion. They consider the history of Roe v. Wade and its legal arguments, how abortion became such a partisan issue, and the possible consequences both of the ruling itself and the willingness of the current court to overturn precedent.
    Find further reading, and listen ad free, on the episode page: https://lrb.me/roevwadepod
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    Title music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks

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    • 48 min
    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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    • 1 hr

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