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The Back Half

Join Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman for the best of the New Statesman's arts and books pages, in your ears every other Thursday. Send noniversary suggestions and other comments to thebackhalfpodcast@gmail.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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#16: Hamilton, the Fatberg, Loveless and "Just Say No"

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton and the arrival of the fatberg at the Museum of London. Then they are joined by film critic Ryan Gilbey to discuss Andrey Zvyagintsev's Oscar-nominated film Loveless and to celebrate the noniversary of the "Just Say No" campaign by the cast of Grange Hill.Get in touch on Twitter and send us your noniversary suggestions via @ns_podcasts or @tom_gatti.Further reading:Helen Lewis on Hamilton.Ryan Gilbey's interview with Andrey Zvyagintsev.Credits:Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

8 Feb 2018

Rank #1

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#25: Frida Kahlo, Atlanta and I'll Be Missing You

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the new Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A, Donald Glover's FX series Atlanta, and the 1997 Puff Daddy and Faith Evans song "I'll Be Missing You".Get in touch on Twitter @tom_gatti or @ns_podcasts or via thebackhalfpodcast@gmail.com.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

15 Jun 2018

Rank #2

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#19: Sting & Shaggy, Annihilation and the bumbag

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the unlikely musical collaboration of Sting and Shaggy on the album 44/876 (out on 20 April), review the new Alex Garland film Annihilation (with special guest Helen Lewis), and celebrate the noniversary of the bumbag (or fanny pack, if you're American).Get in touch with questions or noniversary suggestions on Twitter via @tom_gatti or @ns_podcasts.Further reading:Kate's interview in New York with Sting and Shaggy.Helen's review of Annihilation.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

22 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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#21: Janelle Monae, The Looming Tower and Jim Crace

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss Janelle Monae's new album Dirty Computer and the Amazon-Hulu series The Looming Tower. Then, they hear from novelist Jim Crace, an interview that was recorded at the Cambridge Literary Festival. Finally, they celebrate another significant cultural noniversary. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

20 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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#24: Long Players with Deborah Levy and David Mitchell

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss oversharing musicians and nineties adverts, and we hear from novelists Deborah Levy and David Mitchell about their favourite albums: Joni Mitchell's Blue and David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.Get in touch on Twitter @tom_gatti or @ns_podcasts or via thebackhalfpodcast@gmail.com.Further reading and listening:Kate's interview with Lily Allen.Joni Mitchell's Blue.David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

1 Jun 2018

Rank #5

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#23: Mood Music, Arctic Monkeys and Willow

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the new play at the Old Vic Mood Music, the Arctic Monkeys' sixth album Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino and celebrate the noniversary of Willow.Get in touch on Twitter @tom_gatti or @ns_podcasts or via thebackhalfpodcast@gmail.com.Further reading:Kate Mossman's review of the new Arctic Monkeys album.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

17 May 2018

Rank #6

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#27: Fun Home, Summer Listening and Save Tonight

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, analyse summer album releases from Let's Eat Grandma and Iggy Pop & Underworld, and celebrate another noniversary.Get in touch on Twitter @tom_gatti or @ns_podcasts or via thebackhalfpodcast@gmail.com.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons . See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

13 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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#2: The Confession Tapes, Tricky's ununiform and Deep Blue Something

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman from the New Statesman's culture desk discuss the Netflix true crime series The Confession Tapes and Tricky's new album ununiform. Plus, for their next noniversary, they celebrate "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something. Get in touch on Twitter via @ns_podcasts and make sure you're subscribed on Apple Podcasts here so you don't miss the next episode.The theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

20 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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#26: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones at 85 and Men in Black

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the new Michael Jackson exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Quincy Jones's 85th birthday part at the O2 Arena, and Men in Black — the Will Smith film released 21 long years ago.Get in touch on Twitter @tom_gatti or @ns_podcasts or via thebackhalfpodcast@gmail.com.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

29 Jun 2018

Rank #9

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#30: Paul McCartney, Cold War and Tubthumping

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the new Paul McCartney album Egypt Station, the Polish film Cold War, and celebrate the noniversary of Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping".Get in touch on Twitter @tom_gatti or @ns_podcasts or via thebackhalfpodcast@gmail.com.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons . See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

7 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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#18: Sade, All Too Human and Final Destination

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the music of Sade and mourn the loss of the dinner party album in the age of Spotify playlists. Then they're joined by Michael Prodger to discuss the "All Too Human" exhibition at Tate Britain. Finally, they celebrate the noniversary of the Final Destination franchise.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

7 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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#28: The League of Gentlemen, writers' collections and Man O Man

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the return of The League of Gentlemen, the strange collections of objects that writers amass — with guest appearances from Audrey Niffenegger, Tom Holland and Howard Jacobson — and the noniversary of the short-lived Nineties reality show Man O Man.Read: Writers on their collectionsKate Mossman's profile of the League of GentlemenGet in touch on Twitter @tom_gatti or @ns_podcasts or via thebackhalfpodcast@gmail.com.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons . See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45mins

26 Jul 2018

Rank #12

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#29: Unforgotten, Sweetener and The Fugitive

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the ITV crime drama Unforgotten, the new Ariana Grande album Sweetener, and another noniversary.Get in touch on Twitter @tom_gatti or @ns_podcasts or via thebackhalfpodcast@gmail.com.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons . See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

24 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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#22: Beast, Soul Music and Gladiator

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman discuss the new film Beast, the BBC Radio 4 programme Soul Music  and celebrate the noniversary of Gladiator.Get in touch with questions or noniversary suggestions on Twitter via @tom_gatti or @ns_podcasts.Further reading:Ryan Gilbey's review of Beast.Antonia Quirke's piece about Soul Music.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

3 May 2018

Rank #14

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#17: Threads, I, Tonya and Jarvis at the Brits

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman are joined by Jude Rogers to discuss the 1984 nuclear disaster drama Threads. Then they talk about the Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya, and finally celebrate the noniversary of Jarvis Cocker invading the stage at the 1996 Brit Awards.Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

22 Feb 2018

Rank #15