The LRB Podcast
The Woman Who Interviewed Hitler
In 1939, Dorothy Thompson was on the cover of Time, the ‘First Lady of American journalism’ and a major celebrity. By 1945, she’d been widely dismissed as a crank.
Deborah Friedell joins Tom to discuss Thompson’s enormous influence in interwar America, and her idiosyncratic mix of prescience and short-sightedness.
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How to Plot an Abortion
Expanding on her recent Winter Lecture, Clair Wills talks to Tom about the stories people tell about abortions – stories conditioned by tradition, coerced by the courts, compelled by politics and shared in solidarity. They discuss some of the radical reframings and reimaginings of abortion in art, literature and private life.Find further reading, including the lecture, on the episode page: lrb.me/clairwillspodWatch the lecture on YouTube: lrb.me/abortionplotSubscribe to Close Readings: lrb.me/closereadings
Climate, Politics and Procreation: Jade Sasser
In the final episode of this series on climate chaos and reproductive justice, Meehan Crist speaks to the feminist scholar Jade Sasser. Jade discusses how advocates for population control harness the language of social justice, her students’ highly personal responses to climate change, and the ways scholarship on climate anxiety has neglected questions of race.Find further reading on the episode page: lrb.me/jadesasserpodRead the lecture that inspired this series: lrb.me/meehancristlectureSubscribe to Close Readings: lrb.me/closereadings
The Reaction Economy
William Davies talks to Tom about his recent LRB Winter Lecture, looking at why reactions – facial expressions, gestures or emojis – have become the main currency of the digital public sphere. Ubiquitous surveillance and smartphones have made the spontaneous reaction a thing to be cultivated, collected and stored. How did we come to endow reaction with such significance, and what might an escape from the reaction economy look like?Watch the lecture here: https://youtu.be/bNCYo_mEzfQSign up to our Close Readings podcast subscription: https://lrb.me/closereadingspodGet in touch with the podcasts team: email@example.com