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37 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Zadie Smith. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Zadie Smith, often where they are interviewed.

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37 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Zadie Smith. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Zadie Smith, often where they are interviewed.

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From Jane Austen to Zadie Smith — Advice from Women Writers for a More Productive 2021

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In this week’s mini episode, Kim and Amy share secrets of what makes their writing partnership work. Then, join them as they turn to famous women writers such as Nancy Mitford, Isabelle Allende, Anais Nin, and more for advice on setting and accomplishing your goals and staying inspired as we, thankfully, head into a new year. Plus find out which book and author will be featured in the next episode of Lost Ladies of Lit. 

Jan 05 2021 · 18mins
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White Teeth: Sharmaine Lovegrove on Zadie Smith’s Literary Debut

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The new millennium brought with it a fresh wave of optimism and excitement for the future. Zadie Smith's best selling debut novel White Teeth embodied this mood and symbolised a changing of the guard. Smith was lauded with critical acclaim and lavished with media attention — an overnight literary sensation at just 24 years old. With special guest Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher at Dialogue Books, we explore the impact of the novel and the legacy of its author.

Content Warning: Mention of suicide  

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Select books Sharmaine mentions in the episode: 

The Lonely Londoners, Sam Selvon

Second Class Citizen, Buchi Emecheta

The Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi

The Black Album, Hanif Kureishi

Blonde Roots, Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other,  Bernardine Evaristo

Queenie, Candice Carty Williams

Bridget Jones Diary, Helen Fielding

Select work by Zadie Smith referenced: 

Fences: A Brexit Diary, NY Books

Stormzy at Glastonbury


Sharmaines question to Zadie in the Guardian

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Tony Blair wins landslide general election win for Labour (1997) - Newsnight archives

America's Internet Trading Boom (1990) -  

Journeyman Pictures

Tony Blair on immigration (2004) -  London Business School

Oct 27 2020 · 45mins

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Zadie Smith | Class, race, family and belonging

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When 24 Year old Zadie Smith published her debut novel, White Teeth, in 2000, she became an instant literary superstar. Two decades and several more novels, short story and essay collections later, her voice remains every bit as relevant. Never one to follow a trend, her writing has earned a reputation for originality and intellectual independence. Head of Talks and Ideas Edwina Throsby spoke to Zadie Smith when she was visiting the Sydney Opera House in November 2019.

Oct 20 2020 · 47mins
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In Intimations, Zadie Smith reflects deeply on isolation and injustice

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The latest book from the bestselling author is an insightful and moving essay collection exploring ideas and questions prompted by this time of social isolation.
Sep 20 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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The Bright Morning Book Club | Zadie Smith’s NW and Intimations

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On our first Bright Morning Book Club episode, Elena and Rebecca talk about Zadie Smith’s most recent book of essays, Intimations, and her 2012 novel, NW. Topics include why we read, parachuting into characters, the challenges of these times we live in, and more. There are spoilers! 

Sep 16 2020 · 1hr 12mins
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Zadie Smith

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During early lockdown, in response to these extraordinary times, the bestselling, award winning author Zadie Smith wrote six personal, powerful and reflective essays exploring ideas and questions around our new reality. In this honest conversation, Zadie talks with Annie about the change the world has seen through her own personal experience in both New York and back in her home city of London and the differences between them. She reflects on what we notice about ourselves and our relationship between time and work, homeschooling, what other other people mean to us, community, the danger of individualism, and the importance of art. This conversation was recorded at the end of July 2020. Read the new collection of essays, Intimations - all royalties go to charity. You can buy a copy here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/321/321775/intimations/9780241492383.html

Content Warning: this episode discusses the effects of Covid 19 and events that occurred during lockdown including brief references to mass death and violent protests. 

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Sep 07 2020 · 45mins
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"Fear of a WAP Planet" (with Zadie Smith and Jean Smart)

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Ira, Louis, and Aida discuss conservative reactions to Cardi B and Megan thee Stallion’s new single “WAP,” Selling Sunset, Joe Biden selects Kamala Harris, and which celebrities have us blocked. Plus, Zadie Smith joins to discuss her new book of essays Intimations and Jean Smart joins to discuss her Emmy-nominated role in Watchmen.

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Aug 12 2020 · 1hr 39mins
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Zadie Smith, Women and their Scars, Xuefei Yang and Maternity Care

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Zadie Smith’s newest book, ‘Intimations’, was written during the early months of lockdown. It is a series of personal essays reflecting on the unprecedented situation of a worldwide pandemic, hoping to provoke readers to reflect on what has happened and what might come next.

Maternity care is to be the first focus of an independent new panel set up by the Health and Social Care Committee to give ratings to pledges made by the government. Ros Bragg from Maternity Action talks about what she would expect to be looked at, and the Chair of the new panel, Dame Jane Dacre, Professor of Medical Edcation at University College London, explains how patients’ experience will form a part of this evaluation.

In a new series we’re talking to women about their scars. They all talk about physical and emotional pain and the business of having to deal with other people’s reactions on a day to day basis and of coming to terms with the skin they are in. Today, Emily’s story.

Xuefei Yang is one of the world’s leading classical guitarists. Born in China, she started playing guitar aged seven, less than a decade after the end of the cultural revolution at a time when guitars were not well known in the country. By aged 10 she had already given her first public appearance. She toured the world as a schoolgirl and has now performed in over 50 countries. Her latest album, Sketches of China, draws from over 2000 years of Chinese culture and music. Making it has been a long-held dream, requiring transposing traditional music for the guitar to increase the repertoire for her instrument. She talks to Jenni about the stories behind the album, the story of the kidnapped intellectual woman Wenji Cai during the Han Dynasty and why it’s important to her to celebrate Chinese culture now.
Aug 06 2020 · 43mins
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Adam talks with British writer Zadie Smith.

Thanks to Séamus Murphy-Mitchell for production support and to Matt Lamont for additional editing. Podcast artwork by Helen Green https://helengreenillustration.com/










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Aug 05 2020 · 1hr 13mins
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A Conversation With Zadie Smith + Big Tech 'Comes' To Washington

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"If you always come to activism with the same set of ideas, it's ahistorical. Things have changed since 1850. The use of the word 'hate' lets way too many people off the hook," says writer Zadie Smith.

We also talk about this week's Congressional hearing with four Big Tech CEOs.

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Jul 30 2020 · 35mins