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Books Podcast: reconciling guilt and patriotism in post-war Germany

13 November 2018 17:56

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Nora Krug about her remarkable graphic work Heimat – in which this…

Spectator competition winners: 21st-century Gothic short stories

11 November 2018 9:30

The spark for the latest challenge — to write a short story in the Gothic style with a topical twist…

Books Podcast: Geoff Dyer’s love for Where Eagles Dare

7 November 2018 16:55

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Geoff Dyer, one of our most wayward and wittiest writers, about his…

Life & Arts Podcast: Heather Mac Donald on how race and gender pandering corrupts universities

6 November 2018 10:25

This week on the Spectator USA Life & Arts podcast, I’m casting the pod with Heather Mac Donald. A scholar…

Spectator competition winners: a life in sixteen lines

4 November 2018 9:30

The latest challenge, to supply a short verse biography of a well-known figure from history, produced a commendable entry in…

Books Podcast: a fresh look at Jeeves and Wooster with Ben Schott

1 November 2018 14:56

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Ben Schott. The author of Schott’s Miscellany, Ben’s literary productions have taken…

In a tech-obsessed world, only Generation X can fight back

29 October 2018 14:30

This week on the Spectator USA Life ’n’ Arts podcast, I’m casting the pod with Matthew Hennessey. He’s an editor…

Don’t believe the critics. If you like Queen’s music, see the Queen film

27 October 2018 17:25

When it was released as a single, Bohemian Rhapsody was slated by the critics – yet went on to be…

Spectator competition winners: Let’s get demotivated!

27 October 2018 9:00

For the latest competition you were invited to supply a demotivational poem. This was your opportunity to come up with…

Books Podcast: how genes can predict your life

24 October 2018 16:39

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to the behavioural geneticist Robert Plomin about his new book Blueprint: How DNA…

Identity politics and the rise of American anti-comedy

24 October 2018 12:59

Amy Schumer won’t be appearing in any Super Bowl ads this year. Not because she’s just announced she’s pregnant (mazel…

Life ‘n’ Arts Podcast: History and Ism’s with David Pryce-Jones

22 October 2018 11:04

In this week’s Spectator USA Life ’n’ Arts podcast, I’m casting the pod with David Pryce-Jones. Novelist, correspondent, historian, editor…

Spectator competition winners: When I grow up I want to be…

21 October 2018 9:30

The performance poet Megan Beech was so incensed by the abuse heaped by Twitter trolls on her idol Mary Beard…

Books Podcast: detective work with Sara Paretsky

18 October 2018 14:43

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to the incomparable Sara Paretsky about her latest V. I. Warshawski novel Shell…

Banksy’s stunt wasn’t even original – and why we should support ads on Sydney Opera House

16 October 2018 12:11

It was announced last week that the woman who bought Banksy’s ‘Girl With Balloon’ will be going through with the…

Spectator competition winners: These are a few of their favourite things (snowflakes’, vice chancellors’, premier league footballers’…)

14 October 2018 14:17

The idea for the latest challenge, to provide a spoof version of the song ‘My Favourite Things’ for the constituency/demographic…

Books Podcast: Andrew Roberts on Churchill

12 October 2018 13:03

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking — this time in front of a live audience at Daunt Books —…

Books Podcast: when did politics become so emotional?

4 October 2018 15:26

In this week’s books podcast, I’m joined by the political scientist William Davies to talk about his new book Nervous…

Spectator competition winners: Dante’s holiday from hell

30 September 2018 9:53

The seed of the latest assignment — to provide a tale of travel misery on behalf of a well-known voyager…

Books Podcast: Paddy Leigh-Fermor’s adventures

27 September 2018 17:01

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Adam Sisman about More Dashing — his new selection from the remarkable…

Life ‘n’ Arts Podcast: Knight of the Living Philosophers

25 September 2018 16:20

In this week’s Spectator USA Life ‘n’ Arts podcast, I’m casting the pod with Sir Roger Scruton, the knight of…

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Review: Fahrenheit 11/9

25 September 2018 12:17

This article was originally published on Spectator USA. Fahrenheit 11/9 is a cheap burger of a film. Michael Moore wedges a…

Let’s hear it for the ladies who paint

25 September 2018 12:06

The works of female painters were consistently undervalued by auction houses – but that’s all changing

Spectator competition winners: Ode to a rowing machine

22 September 2018 10:00

The most recent challenge was to submit an ode to a piece of sporting equipment. There is a long and…

Books Podcast: icons and god(s) with Neil MacGregor

20 September 2018 12:26

In this week’s books podcast, I talk to the former head honcho of the National Gallery and British Museum, Neil…