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LRB-published writers read their own work, introduced by the editors of the London Review of Books. Recent podcasts have included Gillian Anderson reading Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Ingratitude’, Alan Bennett reading from his diary, Tariq Ali on his visit to North Korea and Jeremy Harding on migration. There’ll be something new every fortnight.

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  • The Problem with Winning
    Wed, Mar 14, 2018

    Linda Colley argues that the prospect of Brexit makes history more important than ever.

  • The Genesis of Blame
    Wed, Feb 28, 2018

    Anne Enright delivers her Winter Lecture on the corruptions of the Adam and Eve story.

  • Coffin Liquor
    Tue, Feb 06, 2018

    Toby Jones reads John Lanchester’s ghost story.

  • Diary
    Thu, Jan 04, 2018

    Alan Bennett finds his métier at last in 2017.

  • The Defectors
    Thu, Dec 21, 2017

    In the latest instalment of the LRB podcast, recorded in Seoul, Richard Lloyd Parry talks to the Korean-American novelist Krys Lee about Christianity, plastic surgery and mutual incomprehension in the Korean borderlands.

  • Story: ‘Cat-Brushing’
    Wed, Dec 06, 2017

    Jane Campbell reads a story about dispossession in paradise.

  • Arch Bishop
    Tue, Nov 14, 2017

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the life and work of Elizabeth Bishop, through the lens of the pieces written about her in the LRB archive.

  • Harvey Weinstein
    Thu, Nov 02, 2017

    Lucy Prebble describes meeting Harvey Weinstein.

  • Absolute Revolt
    Tue, Oct 17, 2017

    In the second part of their conversation, Olivier Roy and Adam Shatz discuss the deculturation of Islam, and why it has led to the radicalisation of so many second-generation immigrants and converts.

  • Living Orients
    Wed, Oct 11, 2017

    In the first of two podcasts, Olivier Roy tells Adam Shatz about his experiences with the Gauche prolétarienne in the 1960s and his early travels in Afghanistan.

  • Don’t learn shorthand
    Wed, Sep 27, 2017

    Carmen Callil, writer, editor and founder of Virago, tells Rosemary Hill how she made her way in 1960s London.

  • Staffing the Raj
    Thu, Sep 07, 2017

    Ferdinand Mount on how India was governed strictly for the benefit of Britain.

  • Auden Anxieties
    Wed, Aug 30, 2017

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the work of W. H. Auden with reference to pieces from the LRB.

  • Wallace Shawn and Adam Shatz
    Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    Writer and actor Wallace Shawn talks to Adam Shatz about ‘the thin line between entertainment and cruelty’ in the age of Trump.

  • Post-Press Politics
    Wed, Aug 02, 2017

    William Davies talks to Tom Crewe about politics in the new media age.

  • Podcast: Panthers in Algiers
    Wed, Jul 19, 2017

    Elaine Mokhtefi talks to Jeremy Harding about her time working in Algeria in the 1960s when she met Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver.

  • Ida John
    Thu, Jun 29, 2017

    ‘Bohemia was never a safe country for women. If they didn’t all die of consumption in a garret, many of them might as well have done’ – Rosemary Hill on the letters of Ida John.

  • Dacre’s Paper
    Thu, Jun 22, 2017

    ‘It’s like the drunken lout at a party who can’t get anyone to like him.’ Andrew O’Hagan reads the Daily Mail.

  • The Corbyn Project
    Tue, Jun 06, 2017

    Tom Crewe talks to Lorna Finlayson about Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s prospects in the general election and beyond.

  • Snitching on Students
    Thu, May 18, 2017

    ‘Once you start seeing everyday behaviour as having the potential to draw people into terrorism, you’re inside the problem’ – Karma Nabulsi on the British government’s Prevent programme.

  • Looking at Larkin
    Thu, May 11, 2017

    Seamus Perry and Mark Ford discuss the work of Philip Larkin, drawing on articles from our archive by contributors including Alan Bennett, Barbara Everett and John Bayley.

  • People Will Hate Us Again
    Fri, Apr 28, 2017

    Julian Barnes on Georges Simenon and Brexit.

  • The Syrian War
    Fri, Apr 21, 2017

    Adam Shatz talks to Joshua Landis about the war in Syria.

  • Talking Politics: John Lanchester
    Thu, Apr 13, 2017

    David Runciman talks to John Lanchester about banks, Europe and technology in this latest collaboration with Talking Politics.

  • The Last London
    Thu, Mar 30, 2017

    Iain Sinclair delivers his lecture on ‘The Last London’ at the British Museum, as part of the LRB’s Winter Lecture series.

  • From Medusa to Merkel
    Thu, Mar 16, 2017

    Mary Beard delivers her lecture ‘Women in Power’ at the British Museum.

  • Talking Politics: Mary Beard
    Tue, Feb 28, 2017

    In the first of our ongoing and occasional collaboration with the Talking Politics podcast, David Runciman talks to Mary Beard about women in power.

  • Burning Man
    Thu, Jan 12, 2017

    Emily Witt goes to the Burning Man gathering in Nevada, from our 17 July 2014 issue.

  • Diary
    Thu, Jan 05, 2017

    Alan Bennett reads his diary for 2016.

  • On John Berger
    Wed, Jan 04, 2017

    To mark John Berger’s 90th birthday, the London Review Bookshop and Verso Books organised a discussion of his work with Mike Dibb, Yasmin Gunaratnam and Tom Overton, hosted by Gareth Evans.

  • In Late December
    Thu, Dec 15, 2016

    Frederick Seidel reads his poem ‘In Late December’.

  • Robert Rauschenberg
    Thu, Dec 01, 2016

    Hal Foster reviews the Robert Rauschenberg exhibition at Tate Modern.

  • ‘Race Studies’
    Thu, Oct 20, 2016

    Susan Pedersen on the birth of ‘International Relations’.

  • Long-Form Essays in the Digital Age
    Fri, Aug 12, 2016

    Mary-Kay Wilmers, Andrew O’Hagan and Ben Eastham talk to Sarah Howe about ‘Long-Form Essays in the Digital Age’.

  • Brexit Blues
    Thu, Jul 28, 2016

    John Lanchester on the implications of the UK’s EU referendum.

  • In the Morgue
    Thu, Jul 14, 2016

    Gavin Francis observes the autopsy of a man pulled from a river.

  • The Satoshi Affair
    Thu, Jun 30, 2016

    Andrew O'Hagan watches Craig Wright show Gavin Andresen, one of the most respected bitcoin core developers, that he holds the Satoshi key.

  • Trump for President!
    Thu, Jun 30, 2016

    Frederick Seidel reads his poem ‘Trump for President!’.

  • European Schools
    Thu, Jun 16, 2016

    Peter Pomerantsev remembers his time in the 'English section' at the European School in Munich.

  • Let Them Drown
    Thu, Jun 02, 2016

    Naomi Klein examines how Edward Said’s ideas of racial hierarchy, including Orientalism, have long been the silent partners to climate change.

  • Video: Bitcoin and the nature of money
    Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    John Lanchester on bitcoin and the nature of money.

  • Giorgione
    Thu, Mar 31, 2016

    Charles Hope on Giorgione, 'a sort of Venetian counterpart to Leonardo'.

  • After I am hanged my portrait will be interesting
    Thu, Mar 31, 2016

    Colm Tóibín on the story of Easter 1916.

  • Delacroix
    Thu, Mar 17, 2016

    Julian Bell discusses Delacroix and his heirs.

  • Where on Earth are you?
    Thu, Mar 03, 2016

    Frances Stonor Saunders on the crossing of borders.

  • Robin Hood in a Time of Austerity
    Thu, Feb 18, 2016

    James Meek asks how, in a time of austerity economics, we define the robber and the robbed.

  • What I Did in 2015
    Thu, Jan 07, 2016

    Alan Bennett Works the Line

  • Thatcher in Her Bubble
    Thu, Dec 03, 2015

    David Runciman on Margaret Thatcher

  • Beijing locks up its lawyers
    Thu, Nov 05, 2015

    Chaohua Wang on justice in China.

  • At Tottenham Court Road
    Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Andrew O'Hagan crosses the road.

  • On Putting Things Off
    Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    Robert Hanks on the pleasures and pains of putting things off.

  • Selfie with ‘Sunflowers’
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Julian Barnes on Van Gogh.

  • In Sanaa
    Thu, May 21, 2015

    Ghaith Abdul-Ahad on the rise of the Houthis in Yemen.

  • The Killing of Osama bin Laden
    Thu, May 21, 2015

    Seymour Hersh talks to Christian Lorentzen about his pieces for the LRB, collected in a new book, The Killing of Osama bin Laden.

  • ‘The School of English’: A Story
    Thu, May 07, 2015

    Hilary Mantel reads her short story, ‘The School of English’.

  • The New World Disorder
    Thu, Apr 09, 2015

    In his 2015 Winter Lecture, Tariq Ali argues that we are living in the twilight period of democracy.

  • Learning My Lesson
    Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    In her 2015 Winter Lecture, Marina Warner shows how higher education in the UK has been betrayed.

  • Against Self-Criticism
    Thu, Mar 05, 2015

    In his 2015 Winter Lecture, Adam Phillips reflects on the ways we hate ourselves.

  • Iammmmyookkraaanian
    Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Peter Pomerantsev on images and myths of Maidan.

  • Death in Belgravia
    Thu, Feb 05, 2015

    Rosemary Hill on the life and disappearance of Lord Lucan.

  • Germany’s Sense of Itself and the World’s Sense of Germany
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Franziska Augstein, Norbert Röttgen, Neal Ascherson and Christopher Clark discuss how Germany sees itself and how the world sees it. Chaired by Nicholas Spice.

  • Go-Betweens in Northern Ireland
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Owen Bennett-Jones on the messengers that paved the way for the Northern Ireland peace process.

  • What I did in 2014
    Thu, Jan 08, 2015

    Alan Bennett on what he did in 2014.

  • Shamed in Afghanistan
    Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    James Meek on the British army’s eight years in Afghanistan.

  • Face to Face with Rembrandt
    Thu, Dec 04, 2014

    T.J. Clark comes face to face with Rembrandt.

  • Short Cuts
    Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    John Lanchester explains what’s next on the world of money’s Official Worry List.

  • Fair Play: A Sermon
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Alan Bennett read this sermon before the University, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, 1 June 2014.

  • The Public Voice of Women
    Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    Mary Beard reflects on the way women are heard – and have been heard – in public, from Homer’s Odyssey through Margaret Thatcher to internet trolls.

  • Julian Assange
    Thu, Mar 06, 2014

    Andrew O’Hagan spent six months with Julian Assange helping him write his autobiography, though in the event Assange didn’t want the book published. O’Hagan speaks about those six months for the first time.

  • On Not Going Home
    Thu, Feb 20, 2014

    James Wood explores the estrangement of voluntary emigration: the puzzling sense of losing the country you leave and failing to find another. Homelessness, in a word.

  • What I did in 2013
    Thu, Jan 09, 2014

    Alan Bennett reluctantly pays some overdue bills.

  • Penelope Fitzgerald
    Thu, Dec 19, 2013

    Jenny Turner on Penelope Fitzgerald

  • A Death in Jenin
    Thu, Nov 21, 2013

    Adam Shatz on the life and death of Juliano Mer-Khamis.

  • Mailer’s Last Punch
    Thu, Nov 07, 2013

    Andrew O’Hagan remembers Norman Mailer.

  • Short Cuts
    Thu, Oct 24, 2013

    Jacqueline Rose on what links Frank Kermode and Nigel Farage.

  • Australia’s Boat-People
    Thu, Sep 26, 2013

    In August, as Australian politicians hung tough on asylum seekers, the Melbourne Writers Festival asked Jeremy Harding how far governments can patrol migration. With grateful acknowledgments to the Alan Missen Foundation and Liberty Victoria.

  • Jacqueline Rose: In Conversation
    Sun, Sep 01, 2013

    Recognised for her writing on subjects including Sylvia Plath, feminism, Proust, psychoanalysis, Zionism, the Middle East conflict and Jewish identity, Rose discusses her work with Justin Clemens, co-editor (wtih Ben Naparstek) of the Jacqueline Rose Reader.

  • Women in Dark Times
    Sat, Aug 31, 2013

    Jacqueline Rose draws parallels between revolutionary 19th-century socialist Rosa Luxemburg and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. She explains how each of these remarkable women straddled the divide between their political and inner lives. Chaired by Hilary Harper.

  • Colm T?ib?n: In Conversation
    Sat, Aug 31, 2013

    Author, essayist and poet Colm Tóibín is one of Ireland’s greatest living writers. He discusses his life and work, including his recent book The Testament of Mary, in which he re-imagines the life of Christ through the eyes of the holiest of saints. With Michael McGirr.

  • At the Movies
    Thu, Aug 08, 2013

    Michael Wood reconsiders ‘Cleopatra’ – its expense, its quarrelling stars, its length, its success – on the release of a restored print for the film’s fiftieth anniversary.

  • ‘Bedsit Disco Queen’
    Thu, Jul 18, 2013

    Lavinia Greenlaw tells the story of singer Tracey Thorn’s rise from bedroom rehearsals and an ad in the NME to indie label Cherry Red (who also signed Greenlaw’s band), the top ten and a platinum record.

  • Emily Davison, Modern Martyr
    Thu, Jul 04, 2013

    Marina Warner explores Emily Davison’s legacy as the suffragettes’ first martyr in a talk given at the inaugural Wilding Festival at St George’s Bloomsbury, where Davison’s memorial service was held.

  • The Bling Ring
    Thu, Jun 20, 2013

    Andrew O’Hagan tells the story of Alexis Neiers and the rest of the ‘Bling Ring’ who stole from Paris Hilton in order to be more like Paris Hilton.

  • The Syrian War Spills Over
    Thu, Jun 06, 2013

    Patrick Cockburn explains why the Syrian war feels close to ending when it isn’t and how YouTube is changing war reporting.

  • Two Stories
    Thu, May 23, 2013

    Diane Williams reads ‘Perform Small Tasks’ and ‘Removal Men’.

  • Nine Poems
    Thu, May 02, 2013

    Robin Robertson reads his versions of Nonnus and a selection of other poems.

  • Seven Poems
    Thu, Apr 18, 2013

    Mark Ford reads a selection of poems he’s published in the LRB.

  • Is Wagner bad for us?
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013

    On the centenary of Wagner’s birth, Nicholas Spice asks in his Winter Lecture at the British Museum how his music works on us and what this tells us about music in general.

  • American Democracy
    Thu, Mar 21, 2013

    David Runciman on the impossibility and persistence of the US political system.

  • On the Middle East
    Mon, Mar 18, 2013

    In his 2013 Edward W. Said lecture Noam Chomsky reflects on 65 years of violence in the Middle East.

  • Tantrums
    Thu, Mar 07, 2013

    Adam Phillips considers the sadomasochism of childhood and the pleasures and pains of tantrums.

  • Royal Bodies
    Thu, Feb 21, 2013

    Introduced by Neil MacGregor, Hilary Mantel considers the royal body from Anne Boleyn’s ‘bosom not much raised’ to Kate Middleton’s equally modest endowment.

  • Shakespeare: Our Contemporary?
    Fri, Feb 01, 2013

    Colin Burrow, Michael Dobson, James Shapiro, Emma Smith and Marina Warner discuss the ways we continue to make (and occasionally unmake) Shakespeare in our own image.

  • Two Poems
    Thu, Jan 24, 2013

    August Kleinzahler reads and talks about some of the poems he’s published in the LRB.

  • 2012
    Thu, Jan 03, 2013

    Alan Bennett rides in Mr Murdoch’s car and gets a review from T.S. Eliot.

  • Literary Names
    Thu, Nov 22, 2012

    Colin Burrow on the reasons Jane Eyre is called Jane Eyre and Tom Jones is called Tom Jones.

  • A Fragment of Ibykos Translated Six Ways
    Thu, Nov 08, 2012

    Anne Carson reads ‘A Fragment of Ibykos Translated Six Ways’.

  • ‘The Casual Vacancy’
    Thu, Oct 25, 2012

    Adam Mars-Jones imagines J.K. Rowling bringing the manuscript ‘The Casual Vacancy’ to him for advice.

  • Philby in Beirut
    Thu, Oct 11, 2012

    Tom Carver on the night Kim Philby disappeared from the rue Kantari.

  • Short Cuts
    Thu, Sep 27, 2012

    Michael Friedman gets arrested and spends the night at Central Booking.

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