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The TLS Podcast

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The Problem We All Still Live With

With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas. We are joined by Patricia Williams, to discuss how black girls are silenced, marginalised and abused within American society, an ongoing tragedy with its origins in slavery. Katherine Lewis, the winner of the inaugural TLS/Mick Imlah Poetry Prize, then comes on to read her prize-winning poem, "Memory of An Ocean".See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

4 Jan 2018

Rank #1

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A lecture by Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton gives the Theos annual lecture, on the not un-problematic, not un-high-stakes, and not un-incendiary twin matters of The Death of God and the War on Terror. Find our more: www.the-tls.co.ukSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

7 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Alan Jenkins introduces and reads a selection of the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15mins

17 May 2016

Rank #3

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Summer Books 2019

TLS contributors – including David Baddiel, Mary Beard, Paul Muldoon and Elizabeth Lowry – give their seasonal reading recommendations; TLS editors wreak havoc and suggest their own. (Visit the-tls.co.uk to read the summer books feature in full.)See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

19 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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Edmund White on Nabokov

With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Thomas Meaney on death (and what to do with the remains) in the West; Professor Amy Knight on how Putin keeps getting away with murder; Edmund White reconsiders Pale Fire, Nabokov's "great gay comic novel", and reads from the novel's opening.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

3 Aug 2016

Rank #5

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The mythical Lévi-Strauss

With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Adam Kuper on French structuralist and hoarder of myths Claude Lévi-Strauss; Joe Paul Kroll on what happened when a slightly belligerent group of eminent German writers visited America; Laura James on the intractable paradox of aid in Africa and different approaches to nation-building; finally, TLS Poetry Editor Alan Jenkins discusses the enigmatic poet Louis Aragon, and reads his new translation "Elsa at the Mirror". Find out more at www.the-tls.co.ukSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

12 Oct 2016

Rank #6

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George Saunders on 'Lincoln in the Bardo'

In this bonus programme, TLS fiction editor Toby Lichtig interviews George Saunders about his first novel, 'Lincoln in the Bardo'.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

8 Mar 2017

Rank #7

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Mary Beard

On the 10th anniversary of her blog, A Don's Life, The TLS' Classics Editor Mary Beard joins Rozalind Dineen to discuss its success. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.ukSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

16mins

2 Feb 2016

Rank #8

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Zadie Smith, in conversation

A conversation between the novelist and essayist Zadie Smith and the journalist Carolina, recorded at Hay Festival Cartagena in Colombia earlier this month. The full Hay Festival archive can be accessed by subscribing to Hay Player online at hayfestival.orgSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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Byron

In the latest episode of TLS Voices, Michael Caines and Roz Dineen celebrate a selection of Byron's Letters and Journals. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.ukSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

29 May 2015

Rank #10

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Icons familiar and unfamiliar

With Stig Abell and Lucy DallasLara Pawson drops in to tell the tale of David Wojnarowicz, the New York artist whose time has come. Elaine Showalter examines a new biography of Germaine Greer. Kim Addonizio, winner of the Mick Imlah Prize for Poetry, reads her victorious poem. Plus, Lucy admits to having an allotment, and Stig learns he has been introducing the show all wrong.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

3 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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Celestial Bodies – winner of the 2019 Man Booker International prize for fiction

The Omani novelist Jokha al-Harthi and the translator Marilyn Booth won this year's Man Booker International prize for fiction in translation, for the novel Celestial Bodies, an account of three sisters living in the village of al-Awafi in an Oman on the brink of change. A couple of days after the announcement, at Waterstones book shop in Piccadilly, the winners spoke to the Turkish novelist Elif Shafak about the novel, Arabic culture and modernisation, translation, and women’s wisdom.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

29 May 2019

Rank #12

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Ruth Scurr discusses John Aubrey and the art of writing biography

Ruth Scurr talks about her unconventional approach to writing a biography of John Aubrey, the seventeenth-century biographer most famous for Brief Lives. In discussion with Mika Ross-Southall from the TLS. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.ukSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

14mins

25 Feb 2015

Rank #13

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The best books of 2017

This week we're joined by TLS editors Lucy Dallas and Toby Lichtig to pick through the "books of the year", as nominated by a roster of TLS contributors, including Lydia Davis, Hilary Mantel, William Boyd and Tom Stoppard; plus, we bite the literary bullet and share our own nominations, from Reni Eddo-Lodge's account of entrenched racism to Laurent Binet's riotous fictional homage to Roland BarthesSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

16 Nov 2017

Rank #14

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Writing The Russian Revolution

With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Caryl Emerson on poetry and prose forged in the immediacy of the Russian Revolution of 1917; Phil Baker considers the strange split legacy of British writer Colin Wilson, a curious and often hateful figure with an extreme superiority complex; finally, Clive James reads his beautiful new poem "Anchorage International"  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

15 Feb 2017

Rank #15

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Svetlana Alexievich and the Russian-Soviet soul

Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, gives the Elliott Lecture at St Antony's College Oxford, taking as her subject "The history of the Russian-Soviet soul".  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 1min

6 Jun 2016

Rank #16

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The best books of 2018

A handful of TLS editors gather for the yearly process of picking through contributors' Books of the Year selections, and nominate their own books to remember; Serhii Plokhy, the winner of this year's Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction for 'Chernobyl: The history of a nuclear catastrophe', speaks to the TLS's History editor David HorspoolSelected booksThe Western Wind by Samantha HarveyCharles de Gaulle: A certain idea of France by Julian JacksonNormal People by Sally RooneyMurmur by Will EavesCirce by Madeline MillerTalking To Women by Nell DunnGhost Wall by Sarah MossThe Collected Letters of Flann O’Brien, edited by Maebh LongGrant by Ron Chernow See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

22 Nov 2018

Rank #17

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Nature for sale

Nick Groom ponders the fate of the beleaguered British countryside and shares new theories about the economics of the natural world; En Liang Khong takes us through the increasingly global phenomenon of Japanese manga (which translates as “pictures run riot”); Damian Flanagan on Mishima, a writer who yearned to transcend time and identity Green and Prosperous Land: A blueprint for rescuing the British countryside by Dieter HelmWho Owns England?: How we lost our green and pleasant land and how to take it back, by Guy ShrubsoleManga, and exhibition at the British Museum in LondonStar, by Yukio Mishima; translated by Sam BettThe Frolics of the Beasts, by Yukio Mishima; translated by Andrew ClareSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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The decade that was

TLS editors gather to consider some of the decade’s major cultural shifts and events, with specialist insights from Mary Beard on academia, Beejay Silcox on fiction and Zoe Williams on gender  Go to the-tls.co.uk for the full twelve-page retrospective.For the competition, Barbican membership Terms and Conditions can be found here: https://www.barbican.org.uk/join-support/membership#faqs. The competition closes December 31, 2019. Good luck.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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Emily Brontë's wuthering wilds

To mark 200 years since Emily Brontë’s birth, we are joined by Robert Potts and Jacqueline Banerjee to look back at Brontë’s life and most famous work Wuthering Heights – with a nod to Kate Bush’s memorable track, as well as to other, more recent tributes; Mika Ross-Southall shares the story of Tommy Nutter, the "rebel tailor of 1960s Savile Row", who, from humble origins, pulled himself up by the force of his wild imagination to dress anyone who was anyoneBooks, etc Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (new edition by HQ; with a foreword by Michael Stewart)Ill Will: The untold story of Heathcliff by Michael Stewart Emily Brontë: A life in twenty poems by Nick Holland Emily Brontë Reappraised: A view from the twenty-first century by Claire O’CallaghanEmily Jane Brontë and Her Music by John HennessyThe Brontë Stones project - https://bit.ly/2LOgEiQHouse of Nutter: The rebel tailor of Savile Row by Lance RichardsonSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

25 Jul 2018

Rank #20