Season 6 Podcasts

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John Cleese Meets Iain McGilchrist – On Consciousness, Culture, and Creativity

John Cleese meets preeminent neuroscientist Iain McGilchrist to explore the science of human consciousness and creativity.

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Minnie Driver – Managing Expectations

As one of our most loved actors, Minnie Driver has spent her life mostly telling other people’s stories. Until now.

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Owen Jones Meets Michael Lewis – The Fifth Risk

‘I read Michael Lewis for the same reasons I watch Tiger Woods. I’ll never play like that. But it’s good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like’ – Malcolm Gladwell

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Robin Ince Meets Neal Stephenson – Termination Shock

‘Sometimes when you’re reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn’t just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only one.’ – TIME magazine

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Eliot Higgins – We Are Bellingcat

“Taking on the Kremlin from his couch . . . Eliot Higgins and Bellingcat are fighting Vladimir Putin and his ilk, using little more than computers and smartphones.” (Foreign Policy)

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The Metaverse – Hype or Hyperreality?

Take a trip into the Metaverse in the latest episode of Found in Conversation, the monthly ideas show we co-produce with Pictet.

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Ann Patchett – These Precious Days

‘I don’t think that there’s a book of hers that I haven’t put down at the end and been haunted by for weeks after’ (Gillian Anderson).

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Robin Ince Meets Richard Dawkins

“My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence… That’s never far from my thoughts, that sense of amazement.” – Richard Dawkins

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Ed Miliband – How to Fix Our World

A better world is possible; the solutions are out there. We can all make a difference. We just need to know where to look – and have the courage to think big.

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Dispatches from Afghanistan

What does the future hold for the people of Afghanistan in the wake of America’s withdrawal and the Taliban’s return to power?

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Matthew Green – A Journey Through the Shadowlands

From Old Winchelsea to Skara Brae, Matthew Green transports us to Britain’s shadowlands – the once thriving towns and cities that are now lost to time and memory.

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Julia Samuel – Every Family Has a Story

What predicts family breakdown? Why do our families drive us mad? What is it the enables some families to thrive despite enormous adversity, when others fragment?

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Philip Oltermann – The Stasi Poetry Circle

The Guardian’s Berlin bureau chief reveals the strange but true story of the book club that tried to win the Cold War through lyrical verse.

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Simon Sebag-Montefiore and Luke Harding – The History of the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Prizewinning historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and former Guardian Moscow bureau chief Luke Harding look at the deep history behind the headlines.

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Max Porter – Why Art Should Challenge Us

The genre-defying author joins us to explore his lifelong obsession with Francis Bacon, the undefinable magic of language, and pushing readers outside their comfort zones.

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Alan Moore and B. Catling – The Power of Imagination

The comics legend and Oxford sculptor turned literary novelist come together to explore humanity’s greatest superpower: imagination.

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Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina – #CookForUkraine

Join us for a special episode in support of #CookForUkraine, a campaign organised by the food writers Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina to support children and families affected by the war.

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Paul Craddock – The Surprising History of Organ Transplants

We think of transplant surgery as one of the medical wonders of the modern world. But the true history of transplants is more ancient, and far stranger, than we could ever imagine.

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Suzanne Simard – Finding the Mother Tree

World-leading scientist of plant communication and intelligence Suzanne Simard reveals how she discovered the secrets of the forest.

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Jon Ronson and Brian Klaas – On Psychopaths and Power

Why do bad people disproportionately rise to power? Do broken systems produce authoritarian leaders, and if so – what can we do about it?

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Salena Godden Meets Yrsa Daley-Ward – How To Know Yourself

Shot to fame in her early twenties as model and actor, Yrsa Daley-Ward quickly established a reputation as a poet and storyteller of rare honesty, vulnerability, and emotional power.

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Jameela Jamil and Michael Schur – How to Be Perfect

Jameela Jamil and Michael Schur join us to explore the question of their hit series The Good Place: how can we live a more ethical life?

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Adam Rutherford – The Troubling History of Eugenics

Eugenics remains one of the most destructive ideas of the 20th century. Today, politicians and scientists alike threaten to build on the legacy of this dangerous ideology.

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William Dalrymple and Sathnam Sanghera – British Imperialism in India

A story of powerful empires, covert political machinations and bloody resistance, Sathnam Sanghera and William Dalrymple join us with the history of the world’s first corporate power.

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Fi Glover and Jane Garvey – Did I Say That Out Loud?

At a time of constant anxiety and uncertainty, BBC radio legends Fi Glover and Jane Garvey joined us on stage in London to tell us that they haven’t got a clue what’s going on either.

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John Preston – The Rise and Fall of Robert Maxwell

Media moghul Robert Maxwell was a war hero who embodied Britain’s post-war boom: but within days of mysterious death, he was already reviled as the embodiment of greed and corruption. What went so wrong?

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Claire Fuller – Unsettled Ground

Claire Fuller, author of the Costa Novel Award 2021 winner Unsettled Ground, explores folk music, memory, and the surreal everyday in this week’s episode of the How To Academy Podcast.  

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Marcus du Sautoy Meets Steven Pinker – Why Rationality Matters

In the twenty-first century, humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding – and at the same time appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that discovered vaccines for Covid-19 in less than a year produce so much fake news, quack cures and conspiracy theorising?

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Bexy Cameron – How to Escape a Cult

Filmmaker Bexy Cameron was born into the Children of God, one of the world’s most notorious cults. She joins us with the story of her upbringing and escape.