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Arundhati Roy

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Arundhati Roy on the many failures of Prime Minister Modi

Late Night Live - Separate stories podcast

Author and activist Arundhati Roy on the crisis in India as the country reaches new records of COVID cases and deaths. She is very critical of the lack of action taken by Prime Minister Modi to prevent the second wave.


10 May 2021

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Laura Tingle, Arundhati Roy and Janice Hume

Late Night Live - Full program podcast

Laura Tingle with a budget preview, Arundhati Roy on COVID in India and Janice Hume on the social history of obituaries.


10 May 2021

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‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe – podcast

The Audio Long Read

It’s hard to convey the full depth and range of the trauma, the chaos and the indignity that people are being subjected to. Meanwhile, Modi and his allies are telling us not to complain. By Arundhati Roy. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod


7 May 2021

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Azadi. Freedom. Fascism. Fiction. with Arundhati Roy & Nick Estes (9-1-20)

Haymarket Books Live

Join Arundhati Roy and Nick Estes for an urgent and timely conversation on the present crisis, resistance, and the meaning of freedom.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The chant of "Azadi!"—Urdu for "Freedom!"—is the slogan of the freedom struggle in Kashmir against what Kashmiris see as the Indian Occupation. Ironically, it also became the chant of millions on the streets of India against the project of Hindu Nationalism.Even as Arundhati Roy began to ask what lay between these two calls for Freedom—a chasm or a bridge?—the streets fell silent. Not only in India, but all over the world. The coronavirus brought with it another, more terrible understanding of Azadi, making a nonsense of international borders, incarcerating whole populations, and bringing the modern world to a halt like nothing else ever could.In this series of electrifying essays, Arundhati Roy challenges us to reflect on the meaning of freedom in a world of growing authoritarianism.The essays include meditations on language, public as well as private, and on the role of fiction and alternative imaginations in these disturbing times.The pandemic, she says, is a portal between one world and another. For all the illness and devastation it has left in its wake, it is an invitation to the human race, an opportunity, to imagine another world.Arundhati Roy studied architecture in New Delhi, where she now lives. She is the author of the novels The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. A collection of her essays from the past twenty years, My Seditious Heart, was recently published by Haymarket Books. Her latest book is Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction.Nick Estes is a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. In 2014, he co-founded The Red Nation, an Indigenous resistance organization. For 2017-2018, Estes was the American Democracy Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. Estes is the author of the book Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance and he co-edited Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement, which draws together more than thirty contributors, including leaders, scholars, and activists of the Standing Rock movement.Co-presented by Haymarket Books and Elliott Bay Book Company, with the support of Tasveer, this event is to celebrate the release of Arundhati Roy’s new book of essays, Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction.Order your copy of Azadi from Elliott Bay: https://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9781642592603Watch the live event recording: https://youtu.be/iEr4wCWJ9GMBuy books from Haymarket: www.haymarketbooks.orgFollow us on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/haymarketbooks

1hr 13mins

3 Mar 2021

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The Pandemic is a Portal with Arundhati Roy (4-23-20)

Haymarket Books Live

In her latest essay, “The Pandemic Is a Portal” — from her forthcoming Haymarket Books publication Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction. — Arundhati Roy writes:What is this thing that has happened to us? It’s a virus, yes. In and of itself it holds no moral brief. But it is definitely more than a virus. Some believe it’s God’s way of bringing us to our senses. Others that it’s a Chinese conspiracy to take over the world.Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality,” trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.Join the acclaimed author to discuss this essay and her recent writings on the existential threat posed to Indian democracy by an emboldened Hindu nationalism, India’s new citizenship laws that discriminate against Muslims and marginalized communities and could create a crisis of statelessness on a scale previously unknown, and the meaning of freedom in a world of growing authoritarianism.Watch the live event recording: https://youtu.be/QmQLTnK4QTABuy books from Haymarket: haymarketbooks.orgFollow us on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/haymarketbooks

1hr 33mins

1 Mar 2021

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Arundhati Roy

How To Proceed

The pandemic is a portal between one world and another, an opportunity to image another world, says the award-winning Indian author Arundhati Roy.In this episode, Roy talks about fathers, fascism, beauty, love, and the search for words. Talking to Roy is the critically acclaimed British-Somali author Nadifa Mohamed, the first of three guest interviewers as Linn Ullmann takes some time off to finish her novel. You can read more about Mohamed and our two other guest interviewers in our show notes.Music by Kingocito and Sandra Kolstad. Artwork by Julius Vidarssønn Langhoff. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 10mins

27 Nov 2020

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Arundhati Roy on Freedom, Fascism & Fiction

LARB Radio Hour

Author, activist, and novelist Arundhati Roy joins us from Delhi to discuss her new collection of essays, Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction. Roy is well known for her impassioned political writing, as well as her two novels, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, and The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker in 1997. She talks with us about the rise of Indian nationalism, Modi’s descent into fascism, the oppression of Muslims in India, and the role of fiction and literature in the world today. Also, Yaa Gyasi, author of Transcendent Kingdom, returns to recommend Saidiya Hartman's groundbreaking Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals.


25 Sep 2020

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Arundhati Roy–I'm A Warrior

Toure Show

Arundhati Roy is one of the great writers of her generation. She’s a novelist who writes beautifully and an essayist who’s a powerful activist. Her work has meant so much to me over the years so it was a real honor to Zoom with her from India to hear her thoughts about writing, America, and how the pandemic can be a portal to a whole new world if we allow it. Patreon.com/toureshow Instagram @toureshow Twitter: @toure Toure Show Ep 175 Host & Writer: Toure Senior Producer: Jackie Garofano Assistant Producer: Adell Coleman Editor: Ryan Woodhall Photographers: Chuck Marcus and Shanta Covington Booker: Claudia Jean The House: DCP Entertainment See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


16 Sep 2020

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Fascism, freedom, fiction w/ Arundhati Roy

The Red Nation Podcast

Indian writer Arundhati Roy talks about her new book of essays, Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction. This talk was organized by Haymarket Books and the Elliott Bay Book Company. Support: Patreon.com/therednation

1hr 16mins

2 Sep 2020

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First Portal: Reading With Arundhati Roy

Digital Salon Podcast

In our pilot, we pay tribute to the writer and activist Arundhati Roy, through a reading of the first chapter of her newest novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, and discuss the episodes to come. Episode by Jacqueline Barrios & Gus Wendel. digitalsalonpodcast.org/First-Portal


8 Aug 2020