Kunst und Literatur audios

Paul Kildea on Chopin and Amy Sackville on Velázquez – books podcast

Paul Kildea explores how Frédéric Chopin wrote his Preludes and what became of them after his...

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The art of biography, with Diarmaid MacCulloch and Ken Krimstein – books podcast

New Yorker cartoonist Krimstein discusses his pictorial life of Hannah Arendt and we head to the...

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Glenn Patterson and what to read while self-isolating – books podcast

On this week’s show we talk to the Northern Irish writer about his new novel and discuss how...

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Women and food, and Helen Dunmore's posthumous Costa prize – books podcast

On this week’s show, Claire and Sian talk about the late poet’s book of the year award, and Laura...

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Myth-making with Sarah Perry and Maria Dahvana Headley – books podcast

We talk to The Essex Serpent author Perry about the spine-tingling Melmoth and take Beowulf into...

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Who was St Paul? With Christos Tsiolkas and Tom Holland – books podcast

On this week’s podcast, we talk to Tsiolkas about his novel on the life of St Paul and the...

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From diseases to memes, how do things spread? - books podcast

Mathematician Adam Kucharski talks about how the concept of ‘contagion’ is rooted in our social...

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Jim Crace on The Melody – books podcast

On this week’s show, Jim Crace talks about his latest novel and we discuss the different ways we...

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Bill Nighy reads The Invisible Child by Tove Jansson – books podcast

In this special episode in collaboration with Oxfam, hear the Love Actually star read an...

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Kate Atkinson on her new novel, Transcription – books podcast

We sit down with the one and only Kate Atkinson, author of modern classics including Life After...

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Are we too reverent with William Shakespeare? – books podcast

On this week’s show, we sit down with Shakespeare expert Emma Smith and novelist Tash Aw talks...

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'Mexico's drug problem is America's': crime legend Don Winslow – books podcast

On this week’s show, the US novelist talks about Donald Trump’s border policy and the personal...

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Jonathan Coe and Sara Collins on their Costa-winning novels – books podcast

We welcome not one but two Costa winners, as the victors in the novel and the debut fiction...

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Adam Rutherford on how to tackle racist pseudoscience - books podcast

The geneticist explains why science offers no support for prejudice. Help support our independent...

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Jennifer Egan and M John Harrison – books podcast

On this week’s show, we examine the writing life with a Pulitzer winner who is not afraid to...

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Edward St Aubyn's King Lear and the future of literary fiction - books podcast

The author explains how he reimagined Shakespeare’s thundering patriarch as a modern media baron...

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Peter Carey in conversation - books podcast

In this Guardian Live event, the double Booker winner talks about his new novel A Long Way from...

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Samantha Harvey on The Western Wind, plus how to define science fiction – books podcast

On this week’s show, a recent Brian Aldiss binge gets us talking about science fiction and...

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Karl Ove Knausgaard on the end of My Struggle – books podcast

As the final volume of his autobiographical novel arrives in English, the Norwegian literary...

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How does our DNA shape who we are? Robert Plomin and Ivy Pochoda – books podcast

Behavioural geneticist Plomin picks apart the idea of nature versus nurture in Blueprint, and...

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