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The TLS Podcast The TLS

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A weekly podcast on books and culture brought to you by the writers and editors of the Times Literary Supplement.
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    Visionaries Revisited

    Visionaries Revisited

    In this week’s look at the highlights of the last year, Mary Norris explores Margaret Atwood’s dystopian fantasies, and we hear about James Joyce from Booker long-listed novelist Audrey Magee and poet Paul Muldoon.
    Produced by Charlotte Pardy.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Summer Breeze

    Summer Breeze

    This week, Alex and Lucy look back over some recent highlights, including Mary Beard’s survey of the Romans at play, and the best summer reads. Plus: we hear from a cat called Vincent Price.
    Produced by Charlotte Pardy.

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    • 52 min
    Revolutionary Roads

    Revolutionary Roads

    This week, Roy Foster introduces us to a Devonshire debutante turned IRA terrorist, and Emile Chabal explains how Marine Le Pen created the phenomenon of ‘cat-washing'.
    'Heiress, Rebel, Vigilante, Bomber: The Extraordinary Life of Rose Dugdale' by Sean O’Driscoll
    'Qu’est-ce que L’actualité Politique?: Événements et Opinions au XXIe Siècle' by Luc Boltanksi and Arnaud Esquerre
    'Marginal Men and Micks on the Make' by Roy Foster
    Produced by Charlotte Pardy

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    • 47 min
    Boys And Their Toys

    Boys And Their Toys

    This week, we go in search of the woman who created William Brown, beloved outlaw of the suburbs; and take a look at the sporting scene in the Middle East ahead of this winter’s men’s Fifa World Cup.
    ‘Richmal Crompton, author of Just William: A Literary Life’ by Jane McVeigh
    'Routledge Handbook of Sport in the Middle East', edited by Danyel Reiche and Paul Michael Brannagan
    'The Business of the Fifa World Cup', edited by Simon Chadwick, Paul Widdop, Christos Anagnostopoulos and Daniel Parnell
    This summer we’re celebrating the serendipity of second-hand books - let us know your finds by writing to letters@the-tls.co.uk or tweeting us @TheTLS
    Produced by Charlotte Pardy

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    • 52 min
    Paradise Lost and Particles Found

    Paradise Lost and Particles Found

    This week, Jonathan Bate leads us a merry dance in search of fresh woods and pastures new; and Philip Ball explains the importance of the mysterious Higgs Boson.

    ‘A History of Arcadia in Art and Literature: Volume 1: Earlier Renaissance; Volume 2: Later Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassicism’ by Paul Holberton
    ‘Elusive: How Peter Higgs solved the mystery of mass’ by Frank Close.
    Produced by Charlotte Pardy

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    • 50 min
    Making Waves: An Oceanic Austen And A Modern Orwell

    Making Waves: An Oceanic Austen And A Modern Orwell

    Alex Clark and Toby Lichtig are joined by Devoney Looser, who scrutinises the naval career of Charles Austen, Jane’s youngest brother, in the dying days of the slave trade; and Jeremy Allen talks us through the art of waiting tables in Paris.
    Produced by Charlotte Pardy

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

marg3333 ,

Highlight of my week

I absolutely LOVE TLS podcast. I look forward to it every week as it’s a beautiful respite from this crazy world. I have found some great books thanks to the teams recommendations. Now, as a subscriber, I look forward to having a print copy to save me from staring at more screens. An absolute joy!

Susanfriberg ,

Nice podcast but ….sound quality!

Lovely smart people, but please sort out the empty hall echo-y sound for the new host. Then I’m sure it’ll be perfect.

Buhlteufelin ,

Unhappily fallen state

TLS was once a haven of diverse intellectual flora and fauna but over the past couple of years, the magazine and the podcast have devolved into a shadowy double of LRB. Where I used to turn to TLS to learn something I did not even know was there to be fascinated by, nowadays it has become an ideology-pushing monoculture, preoccupied by current Anglo-American politics and politicized literature. I unsubscribed from the magazine after 20+ years three years ago; a year ago I, sadly, had to accept this was no longer the place to find challenging, stimulating, curiosity-driven fare.

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