Archive | September, 2011

Roger Luckhurst on Dracula

Roger Luckhurst of Birkbeck talks to me about the enduring appeal of Dracula and I ask him: “It’s all about sex, isn’t it?”

Continue Reading · 22 September 2011 · literature, video

The Oxford Textbook of Medicine

Earlier this year, just before Oxford University Press’s flagship medical title, the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, went online for the first time, I met all three editors of the book and interviewed them about it. The book attempts no less than a full digest of the current state of medical knowledge, and is therefore a […]

Continue Reading · 15 September 2011 · medicine, podcasts

Is that a fish in your ear?

Last week I interviewed David Bellos about his new book on translation, Is That a Fish in Your Ear? (Penguin Books) and he drew my attention to this wonderfully creative and witty animation produced by Matt Young and Alan Trotter. David explained that the film was unscripted; the filmmakers simply chose a section of their […]

Continue Reading · 11 September 2011 · language, video

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on Becoming Dickens

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst’s biography of the first three decades of Dickens’ life is published by Harvard University Press next month. It’s a terrifically readable, refreshing look at his life story which rescues Dickens from a sense of inevitability, that the only fate reserved for him was to become the greatest novelist of his day. From the […]

Continue Reading · 10 September 2011 · literature, podcasts

Martin Kemp – Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon

Next month, renowned art historian Martin Kemp publishes Christ to Coke, a richly ilustrated exploration of how eleven images, from the face to Christ to the Coke bottle, have become icons. Along the way, he also investigates the stories of the cross, the Mona Lisa, the double helix and Che Guevara, inter al. 1. When […]

Continue Reading · 8 September 2011 · art and music, history and politics, podcasts

Le Monde diplomatique podcast – The Rise of Europe’s Far Right

“If they [far-right parties] can actually get their act together and leave specific ideological questions behind them, they can form a bloc in the European Union, get access to public money, and take advantage of a growing anti-elite and growing anti-European Union sentiment that’s felt by vast sections of European populaces.” – K. Biswas In […]

Continue Reading · 5 September 2011 · history and politics, podcasts

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary: A Short History

The Concise Oxford English Dictionary: a short history from George Miller on Vimeo.

Continue Reading · 2 September 2011 · podcasts

Polity podcasts: Sylvia Walby – The Future of Feminism

Sylvia Walby is Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Gender Relations at Lancaster University. Her publications include Theorizing Patriarchy, Globalization and Inequalities, and Gender Transformations. I interviewed her recently about her latest book, The Future of Feminism, described by a reviewer as “[a] balanced and thoughtful assessment of the changes feminism has wrought and […]

Continue Reading · 2 September 2011 · history and politics, podcasts

Polity podcasts: John Urry – Climate Change and Society

John Urry is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. His many publications include Sociology Beyond Society and After the Car. I met him recently in Lancaster to talk to him about his latest book, Climate Change and Society, which explores the significance of human behaviour for understanding the causes and impacts of changing climates […]

Continue Reading · 1 September 2011 · podcasts, social sciences