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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.

iTunes Ratings

107 Ratings
Average Ratings
89
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4
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3

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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

107 Ratings
Average Ratings
89
9
4
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 Jan 12, 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: Zadie Smith on what keeps her urgently engaged with the world around her

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The critically acclaimed British author joined Eleanor Wachtel onstage in Toronto for an exhilarating conversation about Grand Union, her first collection of short stories.

Nov 17 2019

1hr

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Rank #2: Why George Orwell's 1984 still matters, 70 years since publication

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Eleanor Wachtel speaks to Dorian Lynskey about the dystopian classic and its lasting impact on society. Lynskey is the author of The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984.

Sep 08 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #3: Filmmaker Celine Sciamma on looking, longing and falling in love in Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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A powerful love story between women, the French director's new film was a hit at TIFF 2019. Sciamma spoke to Eleanor Wachtel at the festival.

Sep 22 2019

53mins

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Rank #4: Brazilian novelist Julián Fuks on exile, identity and dictatorship

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The acclaimed author spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about his award-winning novel Resistance, which explores the experience of his family who were forced to flee Argentina's dictatorship.

Dec 08 2019

53mins

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Rank #5: Tessa Hadley tests the fault lines of long married love in Late in the Day

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The British writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the subtleties of adult love and friendship in her new novel.

Oct 06 2019

53mins

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Rank #6: Kei Miller maps the intersections of race, class and privilege in Jamaica

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The award-winning poet and novelist spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2017 about his novel Augustown, and his collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion.

Sep 01 2019

52mins

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Rank #7: Deborah Levy fuses the personal and political in her mind-bending new novel, The Man Who Saw Everything

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The British writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel onstage in Toronto about her new novel, an enigmatic story about a striking young man that makes startling connections through time and space.

Dec 01 2019

1hr

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Rank #8: Anthony McCarten on turning true stories into award-winning movies

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The award-winning screenwriter of Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his new movie, The Two Popes.

Nov 24 2019

52mins

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Rank #9: Master storyteller Rodrigo Rey Rosa on Guatemala, Morocco and his mentor, Paul Bowles

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The celebrated writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about growing up during Guatemala's civil war, the inspiration he found in Tangier and his new book, Chaos: A Fable.

Oct 27 2019

51mins

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Rank #10: To mark the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Ingo Schulze captures a world in transition

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Raised in the former East Germany, Schulze draws on his own experience of mayhem and transformation at an unexpected historical moment in his novel, New Lives. He shares his thoughts with Eleanor Wachtel in this revisited conversation from 2009.

Nov 10 2019

53mins

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How Laura Cumming unearthed the truth about her mother's kidnapping, 90 years later

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Art critic Laura Cumming spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about her latest book, Five Days Gone, an investigation into her mother's disappearance as a child in 1929.

Jan 12 2020

52mins

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The haunted landscapes of Téa Obreht — from the Balkans to the American West

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The Serbian-American author spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about mythology and ghosts in her acclaimed novels The Tiger's Wife and Inland.

Jan 05 2020

52mins

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The multi-talented Jonathan Miller: a life of creativity, curiosity and comedy

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Eleanor Wachtel’s conversation from 2000 with Jonathan Miller, the extraordinary British writer, performer, satirist, medical doctor, stage and opera director and artist. He died on Nov. 27, 2019.

Dec 29 2019

52mins

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The enduring appeal of Middlemarch, 200 years after George Eliot's birth

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Eleanor Wachtel's 2014 conversation with Middlemarch enthusiasts Rebecca Mead, Nancy Henry and Francine Prose, to mark George Eliot's bicentenary.

Dec 22 2019

52mins

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Martin Amis and Ian Thomson on the legacy of Primo Levi

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To mark the centenary of the birth of Primo Levi, the British writers join Eleanor Wachtel to reflect on the late Italian author's exceptional writing about the Holocaust, science and humanity.

Dec 15 2019

1hr 2mins

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Brazilian novelist Julián Fuks on exile, identity and dictatorship

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The acclaimed author spoke to Eleanor Wachtel about his award-winning novel Resistance, which explores the experience of his family who were forced to flee Argentina's dictatorship.

Dec 08 2019

53mins

Play

Deborah Levy fuses the personal and political in her mind-bending new novel, The Man Who Saw Everything

Podcast cover
Read more
The British writer talked to Eleanor Wachtel onstage in Toronto about her new novel, an enigmatic story about a striking young man that makes startling connections through time and space.

Dec 01 2019

1hr

Play

Anthony McCarten on turning true stories into award-winning movies

Podcast cover
Read more
The award-winning screenwriter of Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his new movie, The Two Popes.

Nov 24 2019

52mins

Play

Zadie Smith on what keeps her urgently engaged with the world around her

Podcast cover
Read more
The critically acclaimed British author joined Eleanor Wachtel onstage in Toronto for an exhilarating conversation about Grand Union, her first collection of short stories.

Nov 17 2019

1hr

Play

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Ingo Schulze captures a world in transition

Podcast cover
Read more
Raised in the former East Germany, Schulze draws on his own experience of mayhem and transformation at an unexpected historical moment in his novel, New Lives. He shares his thoughts with Eleanor Wachtel in this revisited conversation from 2009.

Nov 10 2019

53mins

Play

Tash Aw on the dark side of the modern Asian dream

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The Malaysian author spoke to Eleanor Wachtel at the Vancouver Writers Festival about his new book, We, the Survivors, a haunting tale of migration and murder.

Nov 03 2019

57mins

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Master storyteller Rodrigo Rey Rosa on Guatemala, Morocco and his mentor, Paul Bowles

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The celebrated writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about growing up during Guatemala's civil war, the inspiration he found in Tangier and his new book, Chaos: A Fable.

Oct 27 2019

51mins

Play

Yiyun Li navigates the loss of a child in her heartbreaking new novel

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The prize-winning author talked to Eleanor Wachtel on stage in Toronto about her new novel, Where Reasons End, written in the months following the suicide of her 16-year-old son.

Oct 20 2019

53mins

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David J. Skal on the enduring appeal of Dracula

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The author of Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man who wrote Dracula spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2017 about the origins of Stoker's vampire, and why he still captures our imagination.

Oct 13 2019

52mins

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Tessa Hadley tests the fault lines of long married love in Late in the Day

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The British writer talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the subtleties of adult love and friendship in her new novel.

Oct 06 2019

53mins

Play

Federico Veiroj mixes deadpan comedy with existential drama in his prize-winning movies

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The Uruguayan filmmaker spoke to Eleanor Wachtel during TIFF 2019, shortly after the world premiere of his new movie, The Moneychanger.

Sep 29 2019

52mins

Play

Filmmaker Celine Sciamma on looking, longing and falling in love in Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Podcast cover
Read more
A powerful love story between women, the French director's new film was a hit at TIFF 2019. Sciamma spoke to Eleanor Wachtel at the festival.

Sep 22 2019

53mins

Play

Leanne Shapton on what objects tell us about the lives of others

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The artist and author talks to Eleanor Wachtel about her evocative new work, Guestbook: Ghost Stories, and how the stuff of everyday life inspires her uniquely creative vision.

Sep 15 2019

57mins

Play

Why George Orwell's 1984 still matters, 70 years since publication

Podcast cover
Read more
Eleanor Wachtel speaks to Dorian Lynskey about the dystopian classic and its lasting impact on society. Lynskey is the author of The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984.

Sep 08 2019

1hr 1min

Play

Kei Miller maps the intersections of race, class and privilege in Jamaica

Podcast cover
Read more
The award-winning poet and novelist spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2017 about his novel Augustown, and his collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion.

Sep 01 2019

52mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

107 Ratings
Average Ratings
89
9
4
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.