Art and Culture Podcasts

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Kate Bowler – The Meaning of Life

At thirty-five, Divinity Professor Kate Bowler was diagnosed with colon cancer. She joins us to explore what life really means, as she approaches its close.

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Fiona Shaw – A Life on Stage and Screen

The BAFTA and Olivier award-winning Irish actor and director explores her life and career on stage and screen.

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Dennis Duncan – Index, a history of the

In this week’s podcast, literary scholar Dennis Duncan takes us into the secret world of the index and reveals how it transformed the way we read and process knowledge forever.

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Anish Kapoor – a Life in Art

An icon whose spectacular works occupy a liminal space between sculpture, engineering and architecture, Anish Kapoor is one of the world’s most ambitious living artists.

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Charles Yu – Interior Chinatown

Enter the genre-bending metafictional world of National Book Award winner Charles Yu, one of the most exciting young American novelists.

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Lisa Taddeo and Hadley Freeman – Madness, Transgression and Power

Lisa Taddeo’s THREE WOMEN changed how we think about desire. She returns to the podcast to explore what drives women to extremes and how they can take back power.

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John Higgs – William Blake vs the World

Join us for a wild journey through culture, philosophy and religion to better understand the mercurial genius William Blake in the twenty-first century.

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Sir David Hare – A Life in Theatre

The legendary playwright joins us to reflect on his life and career as the most prolific, influential and respected dramatist of his generation.

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Maggie O’Farrell – The Life of Hamnet Shakespeare

‘The story of Hamnet Shakespeare has been waiting in the shadows for over four hundred years. Maggie O’Farrell brings it dazzlingly, devastatingly, into the light’ – Kamila Shamsie

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Anna Ploszajski – Finding Meaning Through Making

Sitting at the intersection of art, science, and history, this week’s podcast reveals fresh perspectives and fascinating insights into our material world.

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George Saunders – Lessons in Writing and Life

What makes great stories work? What can they tell us about our world today? How can they make us better readers and how can we write them ourselves?

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Isabel Allende – The Soul of a Woman

One of the most acclaimed and beloved figures in world literature, legendary novelist Isabel Allende joined us for a meditation on feminism, activism and revolution.

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Ian McEwan – A Life in Literature

The country’s most prolific and celebrated novelist reflects upon a life in literature.

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Derren Brown – How To Be a Little Happier

Learn how to think differently and overcome anxiety in a difficult world with the legendary star of stage and screen.

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Owen Jones Meets Claudia Rankine

The first and only poet to write a New York Times bestseller, the winner of every significant literary prize in the United States, Jamaican-born Claudia Rankine is an icon of contemporary American letters.

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Elizabeth Gilbert Meets Julia Cameron – The Path to Higher Creativity

Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way has inspired millions to realise their passions – including Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. Coming together for this podcast, they show us the path to a creatively-fulfilling life.

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Sid Meier – The Rise of Civilization

As the inventor of an entirely new genre of entertainment, legendary video-game designer Sid Meier is a true creative pioneer, and godfather to a multi-billion dollar industry.

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Geoffrey Robertson – Who Owns History?

The question of whether Western nations must return the artefacts plundered under colonial rule is the most pressing issue in the art world today.

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Clive Woodward – How to Win

Sir Clive Woodward has spent a lifetime in high-performance environments, from the rugby field to the boardroom.

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Kiley Reid – Such a Fun Age

In this week’s podcast Hannah MacInnes meets Kiley Reid, whose Booker nominated debut SUCH A FUN AGE announces her as an extraordinarily astute new voice of a generation.

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Richard Eyre – How to Make Theatre

Join one of Britain’s most acclaimed directors of stage and screen for a masterclass in the art of making plays.

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Max Brooks – How to Survive a Global Catastrophe

How can we build resilient societies? Novelist Max Brooks writes about horrifying fictional catastrophes to teach us how to survive real ones.

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William Gibson – How to Create the Future

He coined the word ‘Cyberspace’ and envisioned the Internet and Virtual Reality before they ever existed. Now William Gibson turns his prophetic eye to the 21st century.

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How to Be a Polar Explorer

Two of the greatest living adventurers meet Hannah MacInnes to reflect on what motivates their journeys across the polar ice.

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Lisa Taddeo and Hadley Freeman On Sex and Desire

Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a world-wide sensation – forever changing how we think about women and desire.

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Speeches That Changed the World

Simon Sebag Montefiore and an all-star cast of actors take you on a journey from ancient times to the present day with the greatest speeches in history.

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Juliet Stevenson – How to Be an Actor

This week’s How To Academy Podcast is a masterclass with one of the greatest British actors of her generation.

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Giles Coren – A Man For All Seasons

In Episode 8 of the How To Academy Podcast, Matthew Stadlen meets restaurant critic and raconteur Giles Coren, for a freewheeling and hilarious conversation about truth, love and clean cutlery.

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Elizabeth Gilbert – On Life and Love

The author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE and BIG MAGIC joins the How To Academy podcast for an open-hearted conversation exploring all she has learned in her journey through life.