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35 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Elif Shafak. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Elif Shafak, often where they are interviewed.

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35 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Elif Shafak. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Elif Shafak, often where they are interviewed.

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#218 - Elif Shafak

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Elif Shafak is an acclaimed writer and an activist for women's rights, minority rights and freedom of speech. She talks to Tom about her love of metal music, our reduced attention spans and the increased polarisation of society across the world. Her new book, How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division, is out now.

Nov 18 2020 · 55mins
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Merit – Michael Sandel & Elif Shafak

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The rock star Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel joins award winning Turkish-British novelist Elif Shafak to discuss meritocracy, inequality and the ideas raised in Sandel’s new book The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?

This episode is part of a new series presented by Second Home and Berggruen Institute – free public events that bring together the most inspiring and celebrated figures of our time to exchange and discuss groundbreaking cultural, social and political ideas.
Sep 15 2020 · 59mins

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Interview: Elif Shafak, author of How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division

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Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist, women’s rights advocate and political theorist. In her new book, How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division, Shafak reflects on the anger and anxieties of contemporary society and the divisions of modern politics. In this episode, the author speaks to Hugh about the importance of listening to each side of the debate and her hopes for a more empathetic post-Covid world.
Aug 28 2020 · 30mins
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30. DIVISION with Elif Shafak

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Even before the turmoil of 2020, the last few years have seen the rise of populist politics, people split into tribes, and the disintegration of constructive discourse around the topics that affect all of our lives. In this age of division, what can we possible do to maintain our sanity? We sat down with Booker Prize-shortlisted author Elif Shafak to look at some of the reasons for our current state of affairs and to ask what needs to change for a more positive future.

Books mentioned: How To Stay Sane In An Age Of Division, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

Aug 25 2020 · 25mins
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31: Elif Shafak - Staying Sane in an Age of Division

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In this episode we meet the world-renowned writer, Booker prize nominee, political scientist, campaigner, speaker, literary judge, and multiculturalist Elif Shafak, who wants us to rebuild our “polarised and troubled world” with humanity and respect for stories beyond our own mental and physical borders…

How do we stop fear and anxiety about the future turning into disillusion and bewilderment when, even without the pandemic, domestic politics and wealth inequality are building walls between us every day?

Get a copy of How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division HERE
Aug 18 2020 · 30mins
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Elif Shafak talks feminism, faith and women's rights in life & literature

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In this episode of our At Home With series we are joined by award winning author, activist and captivating storyteller, Elif Shafak. Elif is a British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey, having published seventeen books. In this cozy conversation we discuss her latest Booker Prize shortlisted book, '10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World', and the future of women's rights and feminism in the Middle East and around the world. Hosted by Equality Now board member, Patricia Amira.

Jul 23 2020 · 37mins
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Elif Shafak: Writing in Lockdown

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The British-Turkish writer Elif Shafak is renowned for her award-winning novels including The Forty Rules of Love and her most recent 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World. She’s also known for being an advocate for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and freedom of speech, which have led to her being investigated by the Turkish government. Now she’s writing a new novel and has completed a manifesto on staying sane in an age of division, which will be published later this year.

Covid-19 has meant that Elif has been experiencing what it’s like to create and write in lockdown in her London home. In conversation with Emma Kingsley, she describes her new routines, how ideas come to her and the way in which her working life has been altered by the pandemic. She also talks about the importance of using fiction as a space to ask questions about contentious issues and the role of literature as a means of keeping people connected during this new age of self-isolation.
Jul 07 2020 · 32mins
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Elif Shafak: Why Is Nationalism Not a Force For Good?

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Elif Shafak is the acclaimed author of fifteen books, ten of which are novels, including The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love. Her work has been translated into more than forty languages and she regularly contributes to the New York Times, the Guardian, and Politico. Shafak has been longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and twice for the Women's Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She has held various teaching positions in the U.S. and the UK, most recently at Oxford University. She lives in London.

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Jun 25 2020 · 26mins
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Ep 129: The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

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Anna and Amanda discuss the Jhalak Prize winner, Afropean by Johny Pitts.

Our recommendations for anti-racist books:

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Edo-Lodge

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (ep 85).

Our book of the week is The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak, Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in This Strange World (ep 87). This explores Turkish history through rebellious Asya and her family.  Layered with textures, food and strong women, we loved this novel.

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Jun 05 2020 · 23mins
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The Quarantine Tapes 025: Elif Shafak

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Elif recounts how she has been adapting to her new life by balancing her inward and outward looking self. She and Paul speak about the importance of authors and intellectuals narrating micro histories in literature. Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, and raised in Turkey. Elif takes her responsibility as an author to write about the pandemic and share stories that might help us all have a better cognitive understanding of the present moment. 

  “Books should have a constant presence in our lives”  - Elif shares her views on the importance of reading across disciplines, across territories, fiction, non - fiction, in order to help us make more informed and thoughtful decisions about the world. 

Elif has written 17 books, 11 of which are novels, including the Booker-nominated 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World. Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and an advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech.  

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Apr 24 2020 · 29mins
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