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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…

‘The Green Room’ Podcast from Spectator USA: the virtue of nationalism, with philosopher Yoram Hazony

16 November 2018 11:50

‘Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism,’ French president Emmanuel Macron said at last weekend’s Armistice Day ceremonies. ‘Nationalism is…

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…