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Subscribe for art and ideas. We host conversations with artists, architects and other leading creatives – and we've just posted podcasts from recent Festival of Ideas. Enjoy.

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Subscribe for art and ideas. We host conversations with artists, architects and other leading creatives – and we've just posted podcasts from recent Festival of Ideas. Enjoy.

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Horrible sound design

By Ibetnoonechosethisname - Aug 04 2017
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Horrible sound design. Varing levels in volume for each person in the conversation. I am sure this is lovely in person, but ther audio is terrible. The most recent episode with Penelope Watson is nearly unlistenable with headphones. The episode with Anselm Kiefer in conversation with David Chipperfield has some of the most horrific sound I've ever heard on a podcast. In the podcast the announcer even mentions how bad the sound is. The entire first minute and a half of the episode is someone drinking and chewing. Disgusting. Overall cancels out the conversation with gross sound incompetence.

iTunes Ratings

6 Ratings
Average Ratings
1
2
1
1
1

Horrible sound design

By Ibetnoonechosethisname - Aug 04 2017
Read more
Horrible sound design. Varing levels in volume for each person in the conversation. I am sure this is lovely in person, but ther audio is terrible. The most recent episode with Penelope Watson is nearly unlistenable with headphones. The episode with Anselm Kiefer in conversation with David Chipperfield has some of the most horrific sound I've ever heard on a podcast. In the podcast the announcer even mentions how bad the sound is. The entire first minute and a half of the episode is someone drinking and chewing. Disgusting. Overall cancels out the conversation with gross sound incompetence.
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Royal Academy of Arts

Latest release on Feb 14, 2020

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Subscribe for art and ideas. We host conversations with artists, architects and other leading creatives – and we've just posted podcasts from recent Festival of Ideas. Enjoy.

Rank #1: A closer look at Salvador Dalí's ‘Christ of Saint John of the Cross’

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Catch up with this talk from Dr Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, as she discusses one of Dalí’s most famous and best loved paintings in the context of the artist's iconography of Port Lligat (the landscape of his home), Gala (his wife) and above all – himself.

Feb 21 2018

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Rank #2: Pin Drop Short Story Award 2018 with Gwendoline Christie

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Sophie Ward is the winner of the RA and Pin Drop short story award: hear Ward's story, 'Sunbed', read aloud to a live audience by actress Gwendoline Christie.

The RA and Pin Drop’s short story award offers a unique platform for emerging and established writers to showcase their short stories. The judging panel includes Pin Drop co-founders Elizabeth Day and Simon Oldfield, and the RA’s Artistic Director, Tim Marlow.

Sep 18 2018

32mins

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Rank #3: An introduction to James Ensor

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Senior Curator Adrian Locke introduces the RA's exhibition ‘Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans’ and examines the life and work of this truly original artist.

Though largely unknown in the UK, James Ensor is celebrated as one of Belgium’s most innovative artists, an enigmatic figure who rejected the academic training of his youth to cultivate his own individual style in the face of considerable opposition and hostile criticism.

Nov 29 2016

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Rank #4: Contemporary Urban Gardening

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This panel event explored the current state and future potential of contemporary urban gardening. Chaired by journalist and horticulturist Alys Fowler, the subversive and exciting work of guerrilla gardener and author Richard Reynolds, forager John Rensten and artist Wendy Shillam are brought to the table.

Image caption: video still of the dahlias in Emil Nolde's garden © Royal Academy of Arts

Apr 01 2016

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Rank #5: Don McCullin on war and poverty seen through a camera lens

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Celebrated photojournalist Don McCullin describes his experiences of war, poverty and suffering across the world during his 50-year career. Part of the Festival of Ideas programme, McCullin talks of sacrifices and consequences that have resulted from his commitment to the camera.

Come to the next Festival of Ideas live in the RA's Benjamin West Lecture Theatre – line-up coming soon: https://roy.ac/FOI2019

Dec 21 2018

34mins

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Rank #6: A Work of Art: Colour and the Garden

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Monet and his fellow artist-gardeners applied their artistic eye to the composition of their gardens, using nature’s palette of flowers and foliage to create horticultural works of art. In this event, we consider how the artistic principles behind the use of colour and composition can be applied to planting and landscaping to transform garden design, creating harmony or contrast, and evoking different moods and a sense of space.

Garden designers Dan Pearson, Tom Stuart-Smith and Sarah Price, and artist Stephen Chambers RA explore how colour is used in modern garden design, in a panel discussion led by critic and historian Tim Richardson.

Image caption: video still of the dahlias in Emil Nolde's garden © Royal Academy of Arts

Apr 01 2016

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Rank #7: Michael Stipe In Conversation

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Artist and singer/songwriter Michael Stipe talks about his life-long passion for photography and its potential to produce a defining image of our times.

Jan 20 2020

47mins

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Rank #8: Paul Smith: finding inspiration in the everyday and the extraordinary

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World renowned designer Sir Paul Smith discusses his humble beginnings, what inspires him, and the lessons he's learnt throughout his career.

Nov 25 2019

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Rank #9: Dementia and the power of art

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Thriller writer Nicci Gerrard talks about how everyday creativity can keep a person connected to the world around them. In conversation with academic Hannah Zeilig, Gerrard discusses how the arts can keep people well, aid recovery and support longer lives, better lived.

Come to the next Festival of Ideas live in the RA's Benjamin West Lecture Theatre – line-up coming soon: https://roy.ac/FOI2019

Dec 21 2018

41mins

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Rank #10: Abstract Expressionism: an American art movement

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In this talk, Professor Sarah Churchwell examines the social and cultural context that created this first truly American modernist movement and the beginning of New York City’s influence as the centre of the western art world.

An unparalleled period in American art, the rise of Abstract Expressionism in America in the 1930s and 1940s reflected the broader cultural context of mid-20th-century America. Global economic, social and political developments impacted on the American, and in particular New York, art scene and led to the emergence of a movement that broke with conventions and brought American art to prominence worldwide.

Nov 29 2016

51mins

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Rank #11: An Introduction to Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

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Exhibition curator Ann Dumas examines the different ways that artists ranging from Claude Monet to Henri Matisse painted the garden in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Image caption: video still of the dahlias in Emil Nolde's garden © Royal Academy of Arts

Apr 01 2016

59mins

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Rank #12: Goldie on how creativity saved his life

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Goldie sits down with broadcaster and journalist Nihal Arthanayake to discuss the story behind his passion for both music – and his place in the birth of drum ‘n’ bass – and visual art, with his success as a graffiti artist in the 1980s. Following a traumatic childhood, which he describes in his memoir 'All Things Remembered', Goldie believes creative expression saved his life.

Look out for details of the next Festival of Ideas, coming soon: https://roy.ac/FOI2019

Dec 21 2018

55mins

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Rank #13: Chris Wilkinson and Humphrey Ocean discuss drawing

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Architect Chris Wilkinson RA and painter Humphrey Ocean RA discuss what it is to draw, and why the process is central to their work.

Mar 22 2016

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Rank #14: An introduction to Giovanni Battista Moroni

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Dr. Arturo Galansino, curator of 'Giovanni Battista Moroni', reveals the artistic qualities that separated Moroni from his contemporaries, and demonstrates why Moroni was the foremost portrait painter of his day.

Feb 23 2016

51mins

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Rank #15: An artist's many tools: Peter Blake in conversation

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Catch up on this conversation between Peter Blake and the Director of London Original Print Fair, Helen Rosslyn. They discuss Blake’s new project 'Ways of Making', which investigates the diversity and range of processes at the disposal of an artist.

Recognised as one of the founders of British Pop Art, painter and printmaker Sir Peter Blake is renowned for his connection with the music industry, having created iconic album covers for the Beatles, Paul Weller, The Who, and Oasis.

Jul 10 2019

42mins

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Rank #16: Antony Gormley RA and Rowan Williams in conversation

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Catch up on this event from the Benjamin West Lecture Theatre: Antony Gormley RA and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, debate the rich and intriguing relationship between theology and contemporary visual art.

Jul 17 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #17: Hofesh Shechter: "Dance changed my life"

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World-famous dancer, choreographer and composer, Hofesh Shechter, discusses his life and career – and why indifference is the worst possible response to his work.

May 24 2019

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Rank #18: Luc Tuymans in conversation with Adrian Locke

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Luc Tuymans discusses his distinguished career as a contemporary painter, as well as his curation of the James Ensor exhibition, with Senior Curator Adrian Locke.

Since the late 1970s, Tuymans’s easily-recognisable, sparsely-coloured figurative canvases have redefined the traditional genres of the everyday and history painting. Drawing in part on influences which range from Flemish Old Master painting to the contemporary mass media, his works are almost always painted from pre-existing imagery and produced in distinct, thematic series.

Dec 12 2016

50mins

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Rank #19: Making a mockery: exploring humour and satire in art

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Catch up with this panel discussion featuring political satirist Steve Bell, artist Bedwyr Williams and artist duo John Wood and Paul Harrison as they explore humour and satire in art, discussing how it's impacted today’s contemporary art world.

Aug 02 2019

58mins

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Rank #20: Michael Palin on bringing forgotten artists onto our screens

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Actor, writer, comedian and presenter, Michael Palin explores the life and work of under-appreciated artists with journalist and broadcaster, Martha Kearney.

May 29 2019

42mins

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Tracy Emin and David Dawson In Conversation

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Recorded during our exhibition Lucien Freud: The Self-portraits, Tracey Emin CBE RA and David Dawson(Lucien Freud's assistant and model) discuss their memories of the artist, as well as Emin and Freud’s shared ability to innovate, provoke and soul-search.

Feb 14 2020

41mins

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Hugh Brody on his documentary 'Inside Australia' and the work of Antony Gormley

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Anthropologist and director of the documentary 'Inside Australia', Hugh Brody discusses how geology, anthropology and humankind’s connection with the land are represented in Gormley’s work.

Jan 21 2020

23mins

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Understanding space through art

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Theoretical astrophysicist, Priya Natarajan, joins Semiconductor, the artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, to discuss how artists contribute to our understanding of the world around and the relationship between physics, cosmology and art.

Part of 'Where language ends: Antony Gormley’s discourse series'.

Jan 21 2020

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Anthony Gormley in conversation with Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, Iwona Blazwick

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Antony Gormley discusses his career spanning over 40 years and explores how his series of installations within the RA’s Main Galleries encouraged visitors to slow down and become aware of their own bodies and environment.

Part of 'Where language ends: Antony Gormley’s discourse series'.

Jan 21 2020

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What is sculpture good for?

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Our panel, chaired by art critic, writer & curator, Sacha Craddock, and including Alistair Hudson, Director of the Whitworth and Mariam Zulfiqar, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at UP Projects, questions where sculpture is best exhibited and what impact sculptures have on the spaces they are presented in. Do sculptures act as catalysts for social change and can people connect better with a place when it contains a work of art?

Part of 'Where language ends: Antony Gormley’s discourse series'.

Jan 21 2020

57mins

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Michael Stipe In Conversation

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Artist and singer/songwriter Michael Stipe talks about his life-long passion for photography and its potential to produce a defining image of our times.

Jan 20 2020

47mins

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Paul Smith: finding inspiration in the everyday and the extraordinary

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World renowned designer Sir Paul Smith discusses his humble beginnings, what inspires him, and the lessons he's learnt throughout his career.

Nov 25 2019

30mins

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Marcus Du Sautoy & Conrad Shawcross RA in conversation

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As part of our 'When Science Meers Art' series Mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS, artist Conrad Shawcross RA and BBC presenter Samira Ahmed discuss how experimentation, curiosity and creative thinking are central to both science and sculpture. Download slides from this lecture: https://roy.ac/gh4d4

Oct 18 2019

49mins

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Making a mockery: exploring humour and satire in art

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Catch up with this panel discussion featuring political satirist Steve Bell, artist Bedwyr Williams and artist duo John Wood and Paul Harrison as they explore humour and satire in art, discussing how it's impacted today’s contemporary art world.

Aug 02 2019

58mins

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Mali Morris in conversation with Martha Kapos

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Mali Morris discusses her latest exhibition and display at the RA, as well as her career and practice, with author and poet Martha Kapos.

Acclaimed artist Mali Morris RA focuses on the expressive possibilities of abstract painting. Her work draws on many sources but constantly explores how colour can structure light and space.

Jul 10 2019

45mins

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An artist's many tools: Peter Blake in conversation

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Catch up on this conversation between Peter Blake and the Director of London Original Print Fair, Helen Rosslyn. They discuss Blake’s new project 'Ways of Making', which investigates the diversity and range of processes at the disposal of an artist.

Recognised as one of the founders of British Pop Art, painter and printmaker Sir Peter Blake is renowned for his connection with the music industry, having created iconic album covers for the Beatles, Paul Weller, The Who, and Oasis.

Jul 10 2019

42mins

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In conversation with Thomas Houseago

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Catch up on this conversation with the artist behind this year’s Summer Exhibition courtyard installation, Thomas Houseago, and the show's curator Edith Devaney.

Ranging from monumental to smaller-scale works, Houseago’s sculptures simultaneously convey states of power and vulnerability. He uses mediums traditionally associated with classical and modernist sculpture – including carved wood, clay, plaster and bronze – as well as less traditional materials like rebar (reinforcing steel bars) and hemp.

Jul 10 2019

55mins

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Ken Loach: “If you don’t draw blood then they won’t care about you”

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Award-winning director Ken Loach discusses the politics and processes behind his films, as well as the effects of Brexit on the british film industry with writer and critic, Francine Stock.

Jun 17 2019

41mins

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Michael Palin on bringing forgotten artists onto our screens

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Actor, writer, comedian and presenter, Michael Palin explores the life and work of under-appreciated artists with journalist and broadcaster, Martha Kearney.

May 29 2019

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A conversation between the creators of ‘Charlie and Lola’

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Author and illustrator Lauren Child sat down with her collaborator, designer David Mackintosh, to discuss the process of making best-selling children’s books – from font snobbery to wrestling over front covers and the merits of staring into space.

May 28 2019

52mins

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Hofesh Shechter: "Dance changed my life"

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World-famous dancer, choreographer and composer, Hofesh Shechter, discusses his life and career – and why indifference is the worst possible response to his work.

May 24 2019

50mins

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Clio Barnard on the ethical minefield of making documentaries

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Poetic and unflinching, Clio Barnard’s films explore the beauty and terror in rural English landscapes. Honing in on the lives and hardships of working-class Englanders, her films offer an unblinking account of life on the margins.

In this interview with Matthew Sweet, she discusses her recent film, Dark River (2017), alongside The Selfish Giant (2013), which developed from her experimental documentary, The Arbor (2010), based on Bradford playwright, Andrea Dunbar.

May 23 2019

47mins

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Cressida Cowell and Chris Riddell’s storytelling secrets

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Between them, Cressida Cowell and Chris Riddell have created some of the most iconic characters in children’s literature. In this conversation from our 2019 Festival of Ideas, the talented storytellers discuss how images and words can work together, and how to stoke the fires of creativity – from making space for accidents, to the importance of a “naughty drawer”.

May 23 2019

53mins

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Michael Rosen on the systems squeezing creativity out of education

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Celebrated author, poet and broadcaster, Michael Rosen joins writer and broadcaster Sarah Crompton at the RA’s Festival of Ideas, to discuss the limitations of testing and the suppression of an individual’s interpretation in schools today.

May 23 2019

47mins

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Elif Shafak: writing through the eyes of women

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The writer of 17 books in 50 languages, the British-Turkish writer and activist Elif Shafak was put on trial for her work in Turkey and accused of being a "pawn for western powers". Speaking to journalist and broadcaster Razia Iqbal in this podcast from the 2019 Festival of Ideas, Shafak talks about the feeling of being an outsider in your motherland, the urgent need for reform in the Turkish political landscape, and the role of novels in a country without free speech.

Elif Shafak is the author of novels including The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and Three Daughters of Eve.

May 23 2019

38mins

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iTunes Ratings

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Horrible sound design

By Ibetnoonechosethisname - Aug 04 2017
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Horrible sound design. Varing levels in volume for each person in the conversation. I am sure this is lovely in person, but ther audio is terrible. The most recent episode with Penelope Watson is nearly unlistenable with headphones. The episode with Anselm Kiefer in conversation with David Chipperfield has some of the most horrific sound I've ever heard on a podcast. In the podcast the announcer even mentions how bad the sound is. The entire first minute and a half of the episode is someone drinking and chewing. Disgusting. Overall cancels out the conversation with gross sound incompetence.