Archive | September, 2010

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on Henry Mayhew

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst introduces a Victorian classic, Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor, a work of journalism he has called “the greatest Victorian novel never written”. Interviewed in his rooms at Magdalen College, Oxford, he explains why this book is still well worth reading today.

Continue Reading · 23 September, 2010 · history and politics, literature, video

Francis Spufford on Red Plenty

A short interview in which Francis Spufford, author of The Child that Books Built and Backroom Boys, discusses his latest book, Red Plenty: “Strange as it may seem, the grey, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairytale. It was built on the 20th-century magic called ‘the planned economy’, which was going to gush forth an […]

Continue Reading · 19 September, 2010 · history and politics, podcasts, video

Le Monde diplomatique podcast – Vicken Cheterian

In this month’s podcast for Le Monde diplomatique, I talk to Geneva-based journalist and political analyst Vicken Cheterian about recent events in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan. We talk about inter-ethnic violence between Kyrgyz and Uzbek peoples, the stance of Kyrgyzstan’s neighbours, Russia and Uzbekistan, and the role which Cheterian believes the West should […]

Continue Reading · 8 September, 2010 · podcasts

Alex Callinicos on Bonfire of Illusions

Continue Reading · 5 September, 2010 · economics, history and politics, video

Hilary Mantel interview revisited

“Revisited” because this is something of a first for Podularity: a transcript of an interview which I conducted earlier this year with Booker prize-winner Hilary Mantel. If this feature proves popular, we’ll be doing more of these in the course of the autumn. And if you would prefer to listen to the interview rather than […]

Continue Reading · 3 September, 2010 · historical fiction, history and politics, podcasts