The LRB Podcast

Weekly conversations, and occasional readings, drawn from the pages of the LRB, with hosts Thomas Jones, Adam Shatz and Joanne O'Leary, and including the ongoing 'Close Readings' series. Produced by Anthony Wilks.

A Covid Update

Rupert Beale and Thomas Jones, 17 May 2022

17 May 2022 · 35mins

Rupert Beale returns to the podcast to talk to Tom about the current state of SARS-CoV-2 in the UK. 

Women on the Brink

Azadeh Moaveni and Thomas Jones, 17 May 2022

11 May 2022 · 40mins

Azadeh Moaveni talks to Tom about the situation on the Polish border, where women and children fleeing Ukraine face numerous dangers, including kidnapping, trafficking and forced labour. 

Mix Tapes and Flash Cubes

Andrew O’Hagan and Thomas Jones, 17 May 2022

19 April 2022 · 37mins

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Tom about the power of defunct objects, from the life-enhancing gadgets of his childhood to Seamus Heaney’s fax machine, and the role lost things play in fiction.

What the Welsh got right

Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite and Thomas Jones, 17 May 2022

5 April 2022 · 42mins

Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite talks to Tom about how events in the 1960s, including the Aberfan disaster and a shift in strategy by the Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru, helped pave the way for devolution in Wales, where the Labour-led administration now has one of the most progressive policy agendas in the world.

Weapons of War

Tom Stevenson and Thomas Jones, 17 May 2022

29 March 2022 · 48mins

Tom Stevenson talks to Thomas Jones about the situation in Ukraine, the effectiveness of some of the weapons in use, from anti-tank missiles to economic sanctions, and the risk of nuclear escalation.

Putin's Mistake

James Meek and Thomas Jones, 17 May 2022

1 March 2022 · 51mins

James Meek talks to Tom about the events leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, from the fall of Yanukovych to the wars in the Donbas and Nagorno-Karabakh, and considers what may happen next.

The Special Forces Fantasy

Laleh Khalili and Thomas Jones, 17 May 2022

24 February 2022 · 41mins

Laleh Khalili talks to Tom about the mythology of covert military operatives, through romance novels, self-help books and, more recently, the business guru, in the form of retired US army general Stanley McChrystal, who earns millions writing books and advising boards on how to inject warlike thinking into their business plans.

The Climate Colossus

Geoff Mann and James Butler, 17 May 2022

15 February 2022 · 53mins

Geoff Mann talks to James Butler about the economic models developed by William Nordhaus and others, widely used by governments around the world as a tool to tackle climate change.

Morocco's Secret Prisons

Jeremy Harding and Thomas Jones, 17 May 2022

8 February 2022 · 45mins

Jeremy Harding talks to Tom about the long and resilient reign of King Hassan II of Morocco, and its repressive measures, as described in a new book by Aziz BineBine, who suffered 18 years of brutal detention in Tazmamart, a secret prison. 

John McGahern's Letters

Colm Tóibín and Thomas Jones, 17 May 2022

1 February 2022 · 43mins

Colm Tóibín talks to Tom about the life and work of the novelist John McGahern through his recently published correspondence, which includes letters to Tóibín. They discuss his family, his banned work, his style, and his unusually honest opinions of other writers.

Anti-Vax Sentiments

Rivka Galchen and Thomas Jones, 17 May 2022

25 January 2022 · 33mins

Rivka Galchen talks to Tom about two recent books on the history of vaccine opposition and reluctance, from smallpox to covid, including the role of 'Big Supplement' and the effectiveness of mandates.

11 January 2022 · 1hr 08mins

In the second guest episode from a new podcast series, Myself With Others, host Adam Shatz talks to novelist, memoirist and poet James Lasdun.

4 January 2022 · 1hr 12mins

In the first of three guest episodes from a new podcast, Myself With Others, hosted by Adam Shatz, writer and critic Margo Jefferson talks about her childhood in Chicago, her early experiences in radical theatre at Brandeis University, her relationship to the feminist and Black Power movements, her emergence as a writer, and her battles with melancholia.