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Spectator competition winners: an alternative to ‘Auld Lang Syne’

6 January 2019 9:30

Your new year’s challenge was to supply an anthem to usher in 2019, starting with the first line of ‘Auld…

The Green Room, Spectator USA’s Life & Arts podcast: Anarchy and Empire with Robert Kaplan

4 January 2019 10:06

This week, I’m casting the pod with author and foreign policy analyst Robert Kaplan. At the end of the Cold…

Books Podcast: Ed Vulliamy – how music helps me report from the frontline

2 January 2019 20:19

In this week’s books podcast we’re going to the wars. My guest is Ed Vulliamy, the veteran war correspondent who…

Spectator competition winners: politically correct Christmas carols

23 December 2018 9:30

The festive challenge was to submit a politically correct Christmas carol. One of Donald Trump’s election pledges was to end…

Books Podcast: conversing with Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick

19 December 2018 12:40

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Chris Kraus — author of the semi-autobiographical cult novel I Love Dick…

The Green Room podcast: Auctions, sculptures, and horse flesh – the best art exhibitions in 2018

18 December 2018 15:35

This week, I’m casting the pod with a congeries of crack art critics from The New Criterion: James Panero, Benjamin…

The Books Podcast: why runners up are more interesting than those who come first

12 December 2018 8:10

In this week’s books podcast I talk to the great trivia expert Mark Mason about his new The Book of…

The Green Room, Spectator USA’s Life & Arts podcast: The Greek way of death

11 December 2018 17:29

As the old year dies, our thoughts turn to what happens next. What better time, then, to cast a seasonally…

Spectator competition winners: ‘The mother of all horrors, what a comp’ (or Shakespearean characters hiding in sonnets)

9 December 2018 9:30

This fiendishly difficult challenge, to submit a sonnet with the name of a Shakespearean character hidden in each line, pulled…

Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks: Our final interview

7 December 2018 16:27

RIP Pete Shelley. I would suggest three minutes silence, but Buzzcocks would have said it all in 2 minutes and…

Reggae was sexist and homophobic – Unesco ‘safeguarding’ it is ludicrous and conservative

5 December 2018 18:18

Until last week I believed that Unesco – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation – existed solely to…

Books Podcast: presidential lessons from Lincoln to Trump, with Doris Kearns Goodwin

5 December 2018 13:12

In this week’s books podcast, I’m speaking to the Pulitzer-prizewinning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about her new book Leadership: Lessons…

The Green Room: Spectator USA’s Life & Arts podcast: Talking blues with Chris Thomas King

4 December 2018 18:22

This week on the Green Room, I’m talking the blues with Grammy-winning blues artist Chris Thomas King. Earlier this week,…

Spectator competition winners: misguided love poems

2 December 2018 9:30

You seemed to embrace the latest challenge – to supply seriously misguided love poems – especially wholeheartedly, and I admired…

Books Podcast: Lee Child on Reacher, revenge, and writing without a plan

28 November 2018 15:33

“I wondered what would happen if you made Goliath the hero…” In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to the…

The Green Room Podcast from Spectator USA: What do we get? Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks

27 November 2018 17:15

Two poets named Shelley have graced the English language. One was Percy, and the other is Pete. Just as an…

Spectator competition winners: the beautiful poetry of Donald Trump

24 November 2018 9:30

For this week’s challenge you were invited to submit poems by Donald Trump. The Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump, which…

The Green Room podcast from Spectator USA: What a Performance!

22 November 2018 16:32

‘You’re a comical looking geezer. You’ll look funny when you’re fifty,’ Chas the gangster says to Turner the rock star…

The Books Podcast: geopolitics, the new Silk Roads, and the falcon-shaped airport in Turkmenistan

21 November 2018 17:04

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Oxford’s Professor of Global History Peter Frankopan about his follow-up to his…

Spectator competition winners: Franz Kafka goes phishing

18 November 2018 9:30

The latest challenge was to submit a scam letter ghostwritten by a well-known author, living or dead. Falling for a…