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Writers and Company from CBC Radio

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CBC Radio's Writers and Company offers an opportunity to explore in depth the lives, thoughts and works of remarkable writers from around the world. Hosted by Eleanor Wachtel.

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CBC Radio's Writers and Company offers an opportunity to explore in depth the lives, thoughts and works of remarkable writers from around the world. Hosted by Eleanor Wachtel.

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121 Ratings
Average Ratings
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5
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3

The best

By lukequinton - Sep 12 2017
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Eleanor Wachtel is one of the best interviewers in the world.

The best

By PatriciaLouise12 - May 25 2017
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This is the best author interview program and the best author interviewer. Outstanding.

iTunes Ratings

121 Ratings
Average Ratings
100
11
5
2
3

The best

By lukequinton - Sep 12 2017
Read more
Eleanor Wachtel is one of the best interviewers in the world.

The best

By PatriciaLouise12 - May 25 2017
Read more
This is the best author interview program and the best author interviewer. Outstanding.
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Writers and Company from CBC Radio

Latest release on Aug 02, 2020

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CBC Radio's Writers and Company offers an opportunity to explore in depth the lives, thoughts and works of remarkable writers from around the world. Hosted by Eleanor Wachtel.

Rank #1: From Virginia Woolf to Dorothy L. Sayers — one London square and five remarkable women who lived there

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Francesca Wade speaks with Eleanor Wachtel about her acclaimed book, Square Haunting, which looks into the lives of groundbreaking women writers who all lived in London's Mecklenburgh Square during and between the world wars.

Apr 26 2020

57mins

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Rank #2: Food writer Ruth Reichl on her secret life as a critic in disguise

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The former restaurant critic of The New York Times spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about the many aliases she assumed in order to dine anonymously.

Apr 19 2020

53mins

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Rank #3: Christopher Ricks on why Bob Dylan is "the greatest living user of the English language"

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The literary critic discusses why Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan deserves to be included among the greatest writers of all time.

Apr 05 2020

52mins

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Rank #4: Translator and writer Jennifer Croft on her extraordinary childhood and the places it's led her

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The award-winning translator tells her own remarkable story in her memoir, Homesick — a poignant exploration of language, sisterhood and her struggle with depression.

Apr 12 2020

56mins

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Rank #5: Masha Gessen on the nature of power and morality — from Soviet Russia to Trump's America

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The Russian-American author and journalist talks to Eleanor Wachtel about politics, sexual identity and receiving an apology from Vladimir Putin.

Mar 29 2020

58mins

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P.D. James at 100: the thrills and mysteries of her life as a crime writer

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To mark the anniversary of the birth of P.D. James, Eleanor revisits her 2000 conversation with the late British author of the Adam Dalgleish crime series. James died on Nov. 27, 2014, at age 94.

Aug 02 2020

51mins

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The imaginative leaps of German filmmaker Wim Wenders

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The iconic German director spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2011 about choreographer Pina Bausch — and how his encounter with her and her work changed his life.

Jul 26 2020

53mins

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Opera superstar Jessye Norman reflects on political activism and her 50-year career in music

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The gifted soprano spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about her life and work on stage in Toronto in early 2019. Norman died on Sept. 30, 2019.

Jul 19 2020

52mins

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The legacy of Milton Glaser: designer of the iconic I Love New York logo

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Speaking to Eleanor in 2010, the influential graphic designer shared stories behind his famous creations, from I Love NY to his Bob Dylan poster. Glaser died on June 26, 2020, his 91st birthday.

Jul 12 2020

53mins

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Eva Hoffman on getting lost — and found — in time, language and memory

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The author of Lost in Translation and After Such Knowledge talked to Eleanor in 2010 about her experience of emigrating from post-war Poland to suburban Vancouver, and retracing her family's Holocaust history.

Jul 05 2020

52mins

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From The Book of Salt to The Sweetest Fruits, Monique Truong's fiction explores the hunger of the soul

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The Vietnamese American writer spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about the meaning of food in her life and work, and why she writes about characters in the margins of history.

Jun 28 2020

59mins

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Filmmaker John Boorman on Point Blank, Deliverance and his new memoir, Conclusions

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The English director, producer and screenwriter shares stories and insights from his award-winning career that spans 50 years.

Jun 21 2020

1hr 1min

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The enduring appeal of Charles Dickens: still entertaining us, 150 years later

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On the 150th anniversary of Dickens's death, Eleanor revisits her 2011 conversation with British biographer Claire Tomalin.

Jun 14 2020

53mins

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American poet Jericho Brown speaks with power and urgency about racism and violence

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The winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the legacy of racial injustice and his award-winning collection, The Tradition.

Jun 07 2020

54mins

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How Emily Dickinson was fuelled by the light of her brilliant interior world

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The author of These Fevered Days, Martha Ackmann explores how Dickinson wrote impassioned poetry from a life of solitude and seclusion.

May 31 2020

55mins

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Stefan Hertmans pursues a tale of star-crossed love in the Middle Ages

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The acclaimed Flemish author talks to Eleanor about The Convert, a love story between a young Christian woman and a Jewish student amid the chaos and terror of the First Crusade.

May 24 2020

52mins

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Sharon Olds on the joy and peril of writing deeply personal poetry

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet spoke with Eleanor Wachtel in 2016 about her collection Odes — a celebration of the ordinary.

May 17 2020

55mins

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Petina Gappah casts new light on David Livingstone's search for the source of the Nile

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The Zimbabwean author spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about her novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, which re-imagines the 19th-century explorer and missionary David Livingstone through the eyes of his many African companions.

May 10 2020

54mins

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Hilary Mantel wraps up her blockbuster Tudor trilogy with The Mirror & the Light

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The two-time Booker Prize winner talks to Eleanor Wachtel about concluding her chronicle of Thomas Cromwell in the court of King Henry VIII.

May 03 2020

58mins

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From Virginia Woolf to Dorothy L. Sayers — one London square and five remarkable women who lived there

Podcast cover
Read more
Francesca Wade speaks with Eleanor Wachtel about her acclaimed book, Square Haunting, which looks into the lives of groundbreaking women writers who all lived in London's Mecklenburgh Square during and between the world wars.

Apr 26 2020

57mins

Play

Food writer Ruth Reichl on her secret life as a critic in disguise

Podcast cover
Read more
The former restaurant critic of The New York Times spoke with Eleanor Wachtel about the many aliases she assumed in order to dine anonymously.

Apr 19 2020

53mins

Play

Translator and writer Jennifer Croft on her extraordinary childhood and the places it's led her

Podcast cover
Read more
The award-winning translator tells her own remarkable story in her memoir, Homesick — a poignant exploration of language, sisterhood and her struggle with depression.

Apr 12 2020

56mins

Play

Christopher Ricks on why Bob Dylan is "the greatest living user of the English language"

Podcast cover
Read more
The literary critic discusses why Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan deserves to be included among the greatest writers of all time.

Apr 05 2020

52mins

Play

Masha Gessen on the nature of power and morality — from Soviet Russia to Trump's America

Podcast cover
Read more
The Russian-American author and journalist talks to Eleanor Wachtel about politics, sexual identity and receiving an apology from Vladimir Putin.

Mar 29 2020

58mins

Play

Maaza Mengiste on the untold story of Ethiopia’s women warriors during Italian occupation

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In her new novel, The Shadow King, the Ethiopian-American author draws on surprising discoveries about the role of women during Italy's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia.

Mar 22 2020

1hr 2mins

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iTunes Ratings

121 Ratings
Average Ratings
100
11
5
2
3

The best

By lukequinton - Sep 12 2017
Read more
Eleanor Wachtel is one of the best interviewers in the world.

The best

By PatriciaLouise12 - May 25 2017
Read more
This is the best author interview program and the best author interviewer. Outstanding.