Archive | January, 2009

De profundis

I’ve begun producing a podcast for Blackwell Bookshop Online, which you can find here. In the first podcast, I talk to Philip Hoare about his book on the whale, Leviathan (so I suppose in a sense a literal podcast). The book, which was one of my favourite non-fiction titles of 2008, explores both the author’s […]

Continue Reading · 31 January 2009 · history and politics, literature, podcasts, science and philosophy

Greece in flames

Click here to listen to the podcast I recorded earlier this month for Le Monde diplomatique with Valia Kaimaki of the Eleftherotypia newspaper. In it we talk about the mass uprising of Greece’s youth following the death on 6 December of Athenian teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos at the hands of the Greek police. As she explains, […]

Continue Reading · 19 January 2009 · history and politics, podcasts

21. In Pushkin’s library

“Pushkin died romantically, famously in a duel in 1837. He’s often thought of as the founding father of modern Russian literature, which makes him sound rather dusty and old-fashioned, but in fact he’s a great innovator and experimenter…” “His career is very important in the history of Russian letters because he is perhaps the first […]

Continue Reading · 16 January 2009 · literature, podcasts

20. “Grub first, ethics later”

The first Podularity podcast of 2009 is an interview with polymath Raymond Tallis about his most recent book, Hunger, which appears in the Art of Living series from Acumen Publishing. The Times has described Tallis as “the Lennox Lewis of the intellectual world – a formidable heavyweight” and, as you might expect from such a […]

Continue Reading · 8 January 2009 · food and drink, history and politics, podcasts, science and philosophy

For those of you who haven’t given up drinking for January…

Here’s a link to the Faber podcast I did just before Christmas with Kathleen Burk and Michael Bywater about their book, Is this Bottle Corked?, in which they explore the “secret life of wine”. Listen to it and not only will you discover how to tell with confidence when a bottle is corked, you’ll also […]

Continue Reading · 7 January 2009 · food and drink, podcasts