The Penguin Podcast

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Sinopse

An intimate fortnightly conversation with authors and the objects that inspired their books. #PenguinPodcast

Episódios

  • Noam Chomsky with Nihal Arthanayake

    Noam Chomsky with Nihal Arthanayake

    27/05/2020 Duração: 25min

    Considered the Founder of Modern Linguistics and voted the World’s Top Public Intellectual, Noam joins Nihal to discuss his prescient 2017 book ‘Optimism Over Despair’, which has just been made into an audiobook. It takes the form of a series of interviews, addressing many issues still relevant today. Noam imparts his wisdom to Nihal (down the line from Arizona) about topics ranging from US politics to the climate crisis and also reveals one of the things he realises that he got wrong in his past #PenguinPodcast   ‘Optimism Over Despair’ is available to buy here - https://apple.co/2zamyKd And will be available as an audiobook from June 4th - https://adbl.co/3fidtyW   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Curtis Sittenfeld with Nihal Arthanayake

    Curtis Sittenfeld with Nihal Arthanayake

    20/05/2020 Duração: 30min

    American author Curtis Sittenfeld joins Nihal to discuss her latest book ‘Rodham’ which explores what would have happened if Hillary hadn’t married Bill Clinton.  Curtis chats to Nihal (down the line from Minnesota) about how she went viral (it involves wearing a wedding dress in lockdown) and objects that inspire her including a special birthday card and a Margaret Atwood wooden badge. #PenguinPodcast  ‘Rodham’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/2ZgucgE / https://adbl.co/3c3BLe3   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Brian Greene with Nihal Arthanayake

    Brian Greene with Nihal Arthanayake

    13/05/2020 Duração: 35min

    World renowned physicist Brian Greene joins Nihal to discuss his latest book ‘Until The End of Time’ – which provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed. Brian speaks to Nihal from his cabin in the Catskills (upstate New York) on why a piano piece by his father, and a First Edition of the ‘Myth of Sisyphus’ by Albert Camus inspire his work. #Penguin Podcast  ‘Until The End of Time – Mind, Matter and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/2WTdL70/ https://adbl.co/2xwhxdV   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • David Harewood with Nihal Arthanayake

    David Harewood with Nihal Arthanayake

    06/05/2020 Duração: 33min

    Actor David Harewood joins Nihal to discuss narrating the Penguin classic ‘The War Of The Worlds’ by H.G. Wells.   David has played major roles such as the CIA’s David Estes in Homeland and Captain Poison in Blood Diamond.   David tells Nihal about the challenges (and fun) he had narrating ‘The War Of The Worlds’ and discusses the objects which have inspired his work, including YouTube (for accents) and a ties (for auditions). #Penguin Podcast   ‘The War of the Worlds’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/2V7yOSw / https://adbl.co/3deksal    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Mark Gatiss with Nihal Arthanayake

    Mark Gatiss with Nihal Arthanayake

    29/04/2020 Duração: 27min

    Actor, comedian, and author Mark Gatiss joins Nihal Arthanayake to discuss narrating the brand new audiobook of Bram Stokers’ ‘Dracula’ and the BBC Radio dramatisation of M.R. James’ ‘Ghost Stories’. Mark has written and acted in the likes of Dr. Who, Sherlock and Dracula and is part of the team who created The League of Gentlemen. His chosen inspirational objects include fossils and an easel #PenguinPodcast‘The M. R. James BBC Radio Collection’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/34hyJ2O  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • George Monbiot with Nihal Arthanayake

    George Monbiot with Nihal Arthanayake

    22/04/2020 Duração: 32min

    Are you missing the outdoors? Rewild your inner life with George Monbiot as he discusses Feral – the now-classic book that launched the rewilding movement. A respected environmental campaigner, investigative journalist and self-confessed professional troublemaker, George has won the UN Global 500 award for outstanding environmental achievement, collaborated with Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg, and been celebrated for his “dazzling command of science and relentless faith in people” (Naomi Klein). He chats to Nihal about why he actually dislikes objects - and how he’s stirred into action by items he finds problematic such as flamethrowers and fences. #PenguinPodcast‘Feral’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/2yKKp2B  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Denise Mina with Katy Brand

    Denise Mina with Katy Brand

    08/04/2020 Duração: 33min

    Denise Mina’s latest novel ‘Conviction’ was selected by Reese Witherspoon’s book club and won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2019. She chats to Katy about her sources of inspiration, why she adores podcasts and what it’s like to be part of a group labelled ‘Tartan Noir’. Her inspirational objects include her writing desk and a very special pencil #PenguinPodcast ‘Conviction’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/2JClWhK For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Bernardine Evaristo with Nihal Arthanayake

    Bernardine Evaristo with Nihal Arthanayake

    25/03/2020 Duração: 33min

    Bernardine won the Booker prize last year with her novel ‘Girl, Woman, Other’, one of Barack Obama’s top books of 2019 and hailed 'book of the decade' by The Sunday Times and The Guardian. Bernardine brings objects into the studio that have inspired her creatively, including a song from Hamilton the musical and a photo of her paternal grandmother (who she dedicates every single book to) #PenguinPodcast To buy the audiobook:https://apple.co/2UBqkmv For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Anne Enright with Nihal Arthanayake

    Anne Enright with Nihal Arthanayake

    11/03/2020 Duração: 31min

    Booker prize winner, Anne Enright chats to Nihal about her new novel ‘Actress’ - the story of a legendary theatre star seen through the eyes of her daughter. Anne, who was the first Laureate for Irish fiction, tells Nihal how she sometimes spends hours and hours choosing the right word for her novels (and other times it just flows). Anne's objects of inspiration include a photo of Carrie Fisher and a magazine piece where Joan Crawford describes her best dinner party (everything has vodka added). #PenguinPodcast                              For the audiobook of ‘Actress’ by Anne Enright: http://bit.ly/PPAnne For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • William Gibson with Nihal Arthanayake

    William Gibson with Nihal Arthanayake

    26/02/2020 Duração: 27min

    William Gibson, author of the seminal speculative fiction novel 'Neuromancer', chats to Nihal about why his work has never predicted the future, why punk was the last pre-digital counterculture and on spending the afternoon with Mick Jagger (who is a huge fan of his work). His chosen inspiring objects include a pair of AI glasses which are a character is his new novel 'Agency'. #PenguinPodcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Andrew Hunter Murray with Katy Brand

    Andrew Hunter Murray with Katy Brand

    12/02/2020 Duração: 36min

    Andrew Hunter Murray, writer for the BBC’s QI programme and co-host of the hugely successful ‘No Such Thing as a Fish’ podcast, chats to Katy Brand about his new thriller set in 2059.Used to researching unusual facts and writing comedy, Andrew explains what it was like writing fiction set in the near future. He brings objects to the studio that have inspired him including an iceberg (not the real thing) and a stuffed dog (which currently resides at Slough station). #PenguinPodcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Sophie Aldred with Katy Brand

    Sophie Aldred with Katy Brand

    29/01/2020 Duração: 32min

    The 13th Doctor meets classic Doctor Who companion Ace, in a novel written by Sophie Aldred (who played Ace alongside Sylvester McCoy in the BBC TV series). Sophie joins Katy in the studio to talk about writing 'Dr Who: A Childhood's End' and brings with her objects that inspired her including the famous bomber jacket that she wore in the TV series. Sophie reveals how she was cast in the role of Ace originally, what it was like filming the episodes and on meeting the current Dr. Who, Jodie Whittaker, in person. #PenguinPodcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • RJ Palacio with Nihal Arthanayake

    RJ Palacio with Nihal Arthanayake

    15/01/2020 Duração: 32min

    ‘Wonder’ has sold well over 15 million copies and was made into a major feature film starring Julia Roberts. Its author RJ Palacio has written and illustrated a new graphic novel ‘White Bird’ that sees a ‘Wonder’ character explore his family history. RJ brings a list of objects into the studio that have inspired her including a wooden bird and a sketchbook and also talks about the craft behind creating her graphic novel. #PenguinPodcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Paul McCartney with Nihal Arthanayake

    Paul McCartney with Nihal Arthanayake

    18/12/2019 Duração: 32min

    Sir Paul McCartney talks about his new children’s book ‘Hey Grandude’. In a special Christmas edition, the rock superstar tells Nihal about persuading John Lennon to believe in himself, the one famous person that even he feels nervous around and how being a grandad inspires him. #PenguinPodcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Jonathan Safran Foer with Katy Brand

    Jonathan Safran Foer with Katy Brand

    04/12/2019 Duração: 31min

    Jonathan Safran Foer is the American author of bestselling novels ‘Everything is Illuminated’ and ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’. His books have been made into major feature films starring the likes of Tom Hanks, with his latest work 'We are The Weather’ looking at what we can do about the climate crisis on a personal level. Jonathan tells Katy about the objects that inspire his writing, including a collection of framed blank sheets of paper from other famous authors. #PenguinPodcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Madness frontman Suggs with Nihal Arthanayake

    Madness frontman Suggs with Nihal Arthanayake

    20/11/2019 Duração: 35min

    Suggs chats to Nihal about Madness' new book 'Before We Was We', which charts the very funny and moving story of the band's early days. Madness, who've been together for 40 years, have played on top of Buckingham Palace, at the 2012 Olympics and had 17 UK top ten hits. Suggs brings in objects that tell the story of the band including a Prince Buster record, a pub sign and a plaster cast of some teeth #PenguinPodcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Philip Pullman LIVE with Sophie Dahl

    Philip Pullman LIVE with Sophie Dahl

    05/11/2019 Duração: 33min

    ‘His Dark Materials’ author Philip Pullman, talks to Sophie Dahl live from the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. Philip has a new novel in The Book of Dust trilogy entitled ‘The Secret Commonwealth’, which continues the story of his protagonist Lyra, now aged 20. Philip brings objects that have inspired him including a ‘real’ alethiometer and he also reads an extract from his new book #PenguinPodcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Jacqueline Wilson with Katy Brand

    Jacqueline Wilson with Katy Brand

    23/10/2019 Duração: 36min

    Jacqueline Wilson has a new Tracey Beaker book: ‘We Are the Beaker Girls’. The former children’s laureate, who has sold over 40 million books, talks to Katy Brand about how she gets inspired, bringing objects into the studio that help her create including a pair of swimming goggles and a trains timetable. #PenguinPodcast  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Emma Kennedy with Katy Brand

    Emma Kennedy with Katy Brand

    09/10/2019 Duração: 35min

    Emma Kennedy, author, actress and TV writer talks to Katy Brand about her new book ‘The Things We Left Unsaid’. Emma’s previous books include ‘The Tent, The Bucket and Me’ which was adapted into The Kennedys for the BBC. She has also written children’s books and worked with the good and the great of British comedy (including Katy - so expect lots of laughter). Emma brought in objects that have inspired her including a tin of buttons and a discarded wedding bouquet #PenguinPodcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • Rory Sutherland with Katy Brand

    Rory Sutherland with Katy Brand

    25/09/2019 Duração: 34min
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