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Alain Elkann Interviews podcasts are an unprecedented window into the minds of some of the most well-known and -respected figures of the last twenty-five years. Alain Elkann has mastered the art of the interview, approaching the task as somewhere between snapping a photograph and writing a short story. With a background in novels and journalism, and having published over twenty books translated across ten languages, Alain infuses his interviews with innovation, allowing them to flow freely and organically. A small selection, to which we will gradually add, are presented here as podcasts for the first time.

Alain Elkann Interviews Alain Elkann

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Alain Elkann Interviews podcasts are an unprecedented window into the minds of some of the most well-known and -respected figures of the last twenty-five years. Alain Elkann has mastered the art of the interview, approaching the task as somewhere between snapping a photograph and writing a short story. With a background in novels and journalism, and having published over twenty books translated across ten languages, Alain infuses his interviews with innovation, allowing them to flow freely and organically. A small selection, to which we will gradually add, are presented here as podcasts for the first time.

    Minsuk Cho - Alain Elkann Interviews

    Minsuk Cho - Alain Elkann Interviews

    ENJOYING A NEW CHALLENGE. Minsuk Cho is the South Korean architect who has envisioned the Serpentine Pavilion 2024, the 23rd pavilion in the series, in London’s Kensington Gardens. It is titled Archipelagic Void as a unique void surrounded by a constellation of smaller adaptable structures, each of which has a specific purpose: the Gallery, the Auditorium, the Library, the Play Tower and the Tea House. Minsuk Cho trained in Seoul and New York, and worked in America and the Netherlands before returning to Korea to open his own practice, which he calls Mass Studies.
    “Architecture’s unique language allows people to interact, engage and understand in a very positive way.“
    “This Serpentine project is exciting because the whole thing only takes six months from conception to completion.“
    “The world is changing, and I don’t want to become a jaded professional. I take everything as a new challenge.“

    • 31 min
    Paul Theroux - Alain Elkann Interviews

    Paul Theroux - Alain Elkann Interviews

    WRITERS ARE UNBALANCED PEOPLE. Paul Theroux is an American novelist and travel writer known for his highly personal award-winning observations on many locales. Over 50 works of fiction and travel writing include modern classics The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, My Secret History and The Mosquito Coast. Theroux’s recent book, Burma Sahib, explores Eric Blair’s years as a British Raj police officer in colonial Burma that transformed him into the anticolonial writer, George Orwell.
    "A novelist speculates, and that's my role in life: to invent, to imagine, and to create the person"
    "The writer is defining himself or herself with each book"
    "Most of my books are about a person, usually a man somewhat like myself, that needs to solve a problem"

    • 54 min
    Robert Verkaik - Alain Elkann Interviews

    Robert Verkaik - Alain Elkann Interviews

    AGENT JOSEPHINE: A BETRAYAL TOO FAR. Robert Verkaik is a British author and award-winning journalist. He was the Home Affairs Editor of the Independent and the Security Editor of the Mail on Sunday. He is the author of Defiant: The Untold Story of the Battle of Britain, Posh Boys and Jihadi John: Making of a Terrorist, as well as the Sunday Times bestseller The Traitor of Colditz. He is a non-practising barrister and lives in Surrey. His most recent book is The Traitor of Arnhem: WWII’s Greatest Betrayal and the Moment That Changed History Forever.
    "Blunt himself was responsible for editing the MI5 monthly briefings which were handed to Churchill, so was in a very good position to bury everything that Churchill may or may not have wanted to know about Agent Josephine and Arnhem."
    "The arguments that Blunt was making about his own treachery are the same ones that some of the British jihadis were using to justify their own actions."
    "Things haven't changed as far as the Russian leaders view the world."

    • 44 min
    Vera Michalski-Hoffmann - Alain Elkann Interviews

    Vera Michalski-Hoffmann - Alain Elkann Interviews

    FOR THE SAKE OF THE WRITTEN WORD. Vera Michalski-Hoffmann spent her childhood in the Camargue, France, then studied at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. Together with her husband Jan Michalski, a Polish native, she founded the publishing company Éditions Noir sur Blanc. Together they developed the Libella group, which now comprises a dozen publishing houses in Switzerland, France and Poland. Jan passed away in 2002, and Vera created the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature to perpetuate their shared commitment to the written word, to support literary creation and encourage reading. Vera Michalski-Hoffmann has received Polish and French prizes and distinctions, an honorary doctorate from the University of Lausanne, and is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
    “We try to host as many events as possible that bring people back to the written word.”
    “Unless properly controlled, the use of AI in the creative process could mean a great impoverishment of the world.”
    “For the Gulag evening most of the people in attendance were older, and I would bet that more than half of young people simply don’t know what Gulag is.”

    • 38 min
    Sergio Roger - Alain Elkann Interviews

    Sergio Roger - Alain Elkann Interviews

    SCULPTING WITH FABRIC. Sergio Roger graduated from Berlin’s Art Academy (UdK) where he studied Sculpture and New Media Art. He has received several important awards and his work has been exhibited in international galleries such as Galleria Rossana Orlandi and Robilant + Voena in New York. Sergio’s work is rooted in his life-long fascination with visual representations of beauty in ancient civilizations, especially the Graeco-Roman era and its modern counterparts.
    “I’m passionate and obsessed with these kinds of fabrics”
    “Art is the laboratory where things are taken out of the world and seen and put under the light”
    “In my daily life, I don’t want distraction.”

    • 30 min
    Andrea Califano - Alain Elkann Interviews

    Andrea Califano - Alain Elkann Interviews

    EDUCATING THE IMMUNE RESPONSE. Andrea Califano is President of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub New York. He is the Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and also holds appointments in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Biomedical Informatics, and Medicine. The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Network of scientific institutes is supported by and partners with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help researchers cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century.
    “We are trying to take over where natural evolution has stopped.”
    “We need to learn more about mechanisms that we can harness to generate universal therapies.”
    “For Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, we are certainly hoping to accomplish being able to detect them at a stage where they are still treatable.”

    • 32 min

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