biography podcasts

#99 - Storytelling Tips Pt. 3: How to Write a Better Biography

Most artist biographies are terrible. They sound more like a collection of achievements or include details that no...

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Edison vs. Tesla II (Nikola Tesla)

Our battle of the ages really kicks off as we do our first deep dive into the main contenders.  This week, the The...

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Becoming Beauvoir with Kate Kirkpatrick

Simone de Beauvoir was an existentialist philosopher who laid the foundation for the modern feminist movement. We sat...

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Her Final Summer Was It

I got to see the Emily Dickinson biopic “A Quiet Passion” this week. I can recommend it with a warning: this is not a...

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Guantánamo Diary: Riz Ahmed reads an extract – podcast

Our series of readings from Mohamedou Ould Slahi's account of his internment in Cuba continues as he recalls the...

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Guantánamo Diary: Clarke Peters reads an extract – podcast

Mohamedou Ould Slahi describes his traumatic journey from Iraq to Cuba in the latest of our extracts from his...

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Guantánamo Diary: Brian Eno reads an extract – podcast

Our series of extracts from Mohamedou Ould Slahi's account of his ongoing internment continues as he reviews the...

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Guantánamo Diary: Shami Chakrabarti reads an extract – podcast

Mohamedou Ould Slahi charts the routines of the guards at Camp Echo, in our latest extract from his Guantánamo Diary,...

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Guantánamo Diary: Stephen Fry reads an extract – podcast

In the latest of our extracts from his Guantánamo Diary, read by Stephen Fry, Mohamedou Ould Slahi remembers a guard...

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Guantánamo Diary: Elif Shafak reads an extract – podcast

Mohamedou Ould Slahi describes a 2002 interrogation in the latest of our extracts from his Guantánamo Diary, read by...

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Death in Belgravia

Rosemary Hill on the life and disappearance of Lord Lucan.

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Penelope Fitzgerald

Jenny Turner on Penelope Fitzgerald

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Mailer’s Last Punch

Andrew O’Hagan remembers Norman Mailer.

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Marilyn Monroe

Jacqueline Rose celebrates Marilyn Monroe.

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Morrissey: vain or glorious? – books podcast

John Crace digests Morrissey's Autobiography down to just 600 words, while Will Woodward and Caspar Llewellyn Smith...

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Here Come the Boys

lex Clark celebrates a vintage year for literary prizes, interviewing the winning authors of the Man Booker Prize for...

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Gold and Black Biography: Dave Schellhase

On Gold and Black Biography, we go indepth with former Purdue All-American Dave Schellhase, the first Boilermaker in...

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Jeremy Hutchinson talks to Alan Rusbridger – books podcast

The Guardian's former editor, Alan Rusbridger, crosses swords over liberty, censorship and privacy with the doyen of...

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