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LRB Conversations

Various discussions on topics and writers drawn from the pages of the LRB.

In the Lab

Rupert Beale and Thomas Jones, 9 April 2020

6 April 2020 · 33mins

Rupert Beale talks again to Thomas Jones about his work at the Francis Crick Institute, where he's helping to develop a testing lab for Covid-19. He talks about the challenges of creating a scalable testing process, explains why an antibody test could be hard to develop, and finds some reasons to be hopeful.

Four Hundred Years of Quarantine

Erin Maglaque and Thomas Jones, 9 April 2020

30 March 2020 · 38mins

Erin Maglaque talks to Thomas Jones about the lockdown imposed by the city of Florence in January 1631 in response to a plague outbreak, the similarities with our current situation, and the differences.

Wash Your Hands, Again

Rupert Beale and Thomas Jones, 8 April 2020

13 March 2020 · 41mins

Following his piece for the LRB about Covid-19, Rupert Beale talks to Thomas Jones about what the novel coronavirus is, how well countries are dealing with it, and what hopes there are for stopping the contagion.

The LRB at 40: On London

Rosemary Hill and Iain Sinclair, 6 April 2020

29 October 2019 · 1hr 18mins

Rosemary Hill and Iain Sinclair talk to Sam Kinchin-Smith about London, as part our 40th anniversary event series.

The LRB at 40: Women in Fiction

Nell Dunn, Tessa Hadley and Joanna Biggs, 6 April 2020

17 October 2019 · 53mins

Nell Dunn and Tessa Hadley talk to Joanna Biggs about fictional representations of women’s everyday lives, as part of our 40th anniversary event series.

The LRB at 40: The Crisis of Liberalism

Katrina Forrester and William Davies, 6 April 2020

16 October 2019 · 1hr 06mins

Katrina Forrester and William Davies discuss political crisis, and in particular the crisis of liberalism, as part of our 40th anniversary event series.

The State of Dress

Mary-Kay Wilmers, Rosemary Hill, Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe, 6 April 2020

2 October 2019 · 58mins

Mary-Kay Wilmers and Rosemary Hill join Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe to talk about the state of our clothes.

The State of the Nation

Joanna Biggs, Tom Crewe, William Davies and Lorna Finlayson, 6 April 2020

6 March 2019 · 52mins

Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe are joined by William Davies and Lorna Finlayson to discuss the state of the nation - the UK - in the age of Brexit. Spoiler: there are no predictions here!

The State of the Internet

Joanna Biggs, Tom Crewe, Patricia Lockwood and John Lanchester, 6 April 2020

25 February 2019 · 53mins

In our first episode, Patricia Lockwood and John Lanchester join Joanna and Tom to assess the state of the internet, covering podcasts, porn, Twitter, Facebook and their first memories of being online.

The Defectors

Richard Lloyd Parry, 6 April 2020

21 December 2017 · 1hr 08mins

Richard Lloyd Parry talks to Krys Lee about life, death and mutual incomprehension in the Korean borderlands.

Absolute Revolt

Olivier Roy and Adam Shatz, 6 April 2020

17 October 2017 · 51mins

In the second part of their conversation, Olivier Roy and Adam Shatz discuss the deculturation of Islam, and why it has led to the radicalisation of so many second-generation immigrants and converts

Living Orients

Olivier Roy and Adam Shatz, 6 April 2020

11 October 2017 · 50mins

In the first of two podcasts, Olivier Roy tells Adam Shatz about his experiences with the Gauche prolétarienne in the 1960s and his early travels in Afghanistan.

Don’t learn shorthand

Rosemary Hill, 6 April 2020

27 September 2017 · 48mins

Carmen Callil, writer, editor and founder of Virago, tells Rosemary Hill how she made her way in 1960s London.

Trump is the Boot Man

Adam Shatz, 6 April 2020

17 August 2017 · 59mins

Wallace Shawn talks to Adam Shatz about ‘the thin line between entertainment and cruelty’ in the age of Trump.