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On the LRB Podcast you'll find recent (and not so recent) pieces read by the author; our 'Close Reading’ series, in which Seamus Perry and Mark Ford consider 20th century poets through the lens of the pieces written about them in the LRB; and a range of other conversations on topics and writers covered in the paper.
 
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To mark the publication of the latest LRB Collection of essays, about sport, David Runciman, on loan from Talking Politics, talks to Ben Markovits about Michael Jordan, home advantage, how basketball has tackled racial inequality, the difference between writing about sport in fiction and non-fiction, and why it turns out that players really are som…
 
Emily Wilson talks to Thomas Jones about three new translations of the Oresteia. They discuss what the texts of the tragedies may tell us about the state of democracy in fifth-century Athens, the difficulties of Aeschylus’ language, why Hamilton may be the best modern analogue to Ancient Greek drama, and how Wilson came to do her own translation of…
 
In the latest episode of Close Readings, Seamus Perry and Mark Ford turn to the life and work of Adrienne Rich, in whose poems the personal becomes not only political, but epic. Read more on Adrienne Rich in the LRB: https://lrb.me/adriennerichpod Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: https://mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b See acast.com/privacy for …
 
Jenny Turner talks to Joanna Biggs about the history of the Women’s Liberation Movement, the loneliness of feminist work, and the seemingly unavoidable question: How do you think your life compares to your mother’s? Find Jenny Turner’s piece and other related pieces on the episode page for this podcast: https://lrb.me/jennyturnerpod Subscribe to th…
 
Deborah Friedell talks to Thomas Jones about the origins, and origin myths, of the National Rifle Association, how it spends its money, and why it's wary of winning. Read Deborah Friedell on the NRA here: https://lrb.me/friedellnrapod And you can find her other pieces for the LRB here: https://lrb.me/friedellpod Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 pe…
 
Katherine Rundell reads her study of the Greenland shark, which can live for 500 years. You can find all the pieces in Katherine Rundell's series of animal studies on her author page on the LRB website: https://lrb.me/rundellpod Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informa…
 
Rupert Beale talks to Thomas Jones about Covid-19 vaccine candidates, and reasons not to rush them; how worried we should be about reported cases of re-infection; possible reasons for the apparent drop in the infection fatality rate; and the prospects for reopening schools. Read more by Rupert Beale in the LRB: https://www.lrb.co.uk/podcasts-and-vi…
 
Adam Shatz talks to Paul Gilroy about his intellectual background and the recent anti-racist protests in the UK and US. They discuss Gilroy’s experience growing up in North London in the 1950s and 1960s, the influence of African-American culture on his understanding of racial ordering, the role of Turner’s painting The Slave Ship in the history of …
 
Stefan Collini talks to Thomas Jones about the life and work of Frank Kermode, and Mary-Kay Wilmers remembers him as a contributor to the LRB. Find LRB pieces related to this episode here: lrb.me/frankkermodepod Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b Buy the LRB’s selection of Frank Kermode’s essays from the LRB Store: …
 
In the latest episode in their series of Close Readings, Seamus Perry and Mark Ford look at the life and work of Robert Frost, the great American poet of fences and dark woods. They discuss Frost’s difficult early life as an occasional poultry farmer and teacher, his arrival in England in 1912 amid the flowering of Georgian poetry, and his emergenc…
 
Following his piece in the latest issue of the LRB, William Davies talks to Thomas Jones about the new political polarisation, and what it owes to the online culture of instant feedback. What does politics look like, Davies asks, once the provocation of reaction, positive or negative, precedes the slow work of excavation, research, reporting and ad…
 
Pankaj Mishra talks to Adam Shatz about his latest piece for the LRB, which looks at the ways the US and UK have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, and what those botched responses reveal about the broader failures of Anglo-America. Their discussion also touches on the recent ‘open debate’ letter to Harper’s, the li…
 
Katherine Rundell reads her study of the lemur. You can find all the pieces in Katherine Rundell's series of animal studies on her author page on the LRB website: https://lrb.me/rundellpod Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Amia Srinivasan talks to Thomas Jones about the long search for a third person singular, gender-neutral pronoun, and the resurgence of the pronoun debate in recent years. Read more by Amia Srinivasan in the LRB here: https://lrb.me/amiasrinivasanpod Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b See acast.com/privacy for privac…
 
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor talks to Adam Shatz about the intellectual and historical background to the Black Lives Matter movement, and why she’s optimistic that the current protests might bring change. Find further reading and a full transcript of this episode on the LRB website: https://lrb.me/howdoyouchangethings Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 p…
 
Katherine Rundell reads her study of the common swift, which flies about two million kilometres in its lifetime. You can find all Katherine Rundell's pieces on animals for the LRB here: https://lrb.me/rundellpod Subscribe to the LRB from just £1 per issue: mylrb.co.uk/podcast20b See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
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