Highlights

12th November 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

Ai Weiwei – Human Rights in the Age of COVID-19
In conversation with Rana Mitter and Sophie Richardson

The artist and activist returns to How To Academy to reveal an insider’s perspective on the militarised Wuhan lockdown and its wider implications.

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16th November 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

How to Invest To Save The Planet
Alice Ross in conversation with Paul van Zyl

Your money, and how you invest it, could help solve the global climate crisis. The FT’s Alice Ross is here to tell you everything.

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30th October 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - BST

An Evening With David Bailey
In Conversation With Tim Marlow

David Bailey revolutionised fashion photography in Swinging London. Funny, outspoken, brutally honest and ferociously talented, he quickly became as famous as his subjects.

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28th October 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

How to Talk to Robots – A Girl’s Guide To A Future Dominated by AI
Tabitha Goldstaub in conversation with Sinead Bovell

It’s time to demystify the daunting, male-dominated world of artificial Intelligence. Tabitha Goldstaub is here to make sure AI works for us.

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4th November 2020

Online

Alicia Garza: The Purpose of Power

Hear how the co-creator of the Black Lives Matter Global Network responded to the message that Black lives are of less value.

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Featured Events

Free Online

Time 100 Talks: Angeline Jolie and Vanessa Nakate
Angelina Jolie

Concerned about her country’s rising temperatures, Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, 23, spent months protesting alone outside the gates of Parliament in Kampala....

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23rd October 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - BST

The Ten Equations That Rule The World – And How You Can Use Them Too
David Sumpter

Is there a secret formula for improving your life? For making something a viral hit? For deciding how long to stick with your current Netflix series, job, or even relationship?...

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26th October 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

An Evening with Claudia Rankine

MacArthur Fellow and Yale Professor Claudia Rankine asks: how can we best approach one another across our differences?...

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26th October 2020 - 7:00 pm

Online - GMT

In conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson
Nesrine Malik

Isabel Wilkerson will talk to the Guardian’s Nesrine Malik about her book, Caste: The Lies that Divide Us....

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27th October 2020 - 7:00 pm

Online - GMT

Bob Woodward: The Trump Presidency

Bob Woodward will talk about Rage, his revelatory book about the Trump presidency....

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28th October 2020 - 6:00 pm

Online - BST

John Bolton on Donald Trump and The White House
With Emily Maitlis

How does Bolton rate Trump’s chances of re-election? What kind of second term president will he be if he wins?...

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28th October 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

How to Talk to Robots – A Girl’s Guide To A Future Dominated by AI
Tabitha Goldstaub in conversation with Sinead Bovell

It’s time to demystify the daunting, male-dominated world of artificial Intelligence. Tabitha Goldstaub is here to make sure AI works for us....

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29th October 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

A Night In With Nigella Lawson

Fane Online presents an evening with the internationally renowned, bestselling cook, author and broadcaster....

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29th October 2020 - 7:00 pm

Free Online - GMT

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister
Jung Chang

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear the extraordinary author of Wild Swans in conversation as we celebrate her epic new book....

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30th October 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - BST

An Evening With David Bailey
In Conversation With Tim Marlow

David Bailey revolutionised fashion photography in Swinging London. Funny, outspoken, brutally honest and ferociously talented, he quickly became as famous as his subjects....

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31st October 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

Rupert Everett – A Life in Film
In conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Weaving tales of wild times from the 1960s to the present, including the ten-year quest to film Oscar Wilde’s last days, Rupert Everett joins us for a soulful reflection on his life to date....

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1st November 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

Bananarama – The Inside Story
Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward in conversation with Hannah MacInnes

Join us for a story of music, fame and friendship with the duo behind the band that galvanised an entire generation: the World Record breaking Bananarama....

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4th November 2020

Online

Alicia Garza: The Purpose of Power

Hear how the co-creator of the Black Lives Matter Global Network responded to the message that Black lives are of less value....

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5th November 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online- GMT

Antony Gormley Meets Carlo Rovelli

For beloved scientist Carlo Rovelli and renowned sculptor Antony Gormley, all culture is one; science, art and philosophy are in continuous dialogue, each nourished by the other....

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5th November 2020 - 7:00 pm

Online - GMT

Christopher Nolan in conversation with Tom Shone

Join us for a special livestreamed event with award-winning filmmaker Christopher Nolan and film critic Tom Shone....

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6th November 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

What Is Life?
Sir Paul Nurse In Conversation With David Malone

The Nobel laureate and preeminent scientist joins us with ‘a nearly perfect guide to the wonder and complexity of existence’ (Bill Bryson)....

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7th November 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

Yanis Varoufakis Meets Owen Jones

The global crisis of COVID-19 presents an opportunity for a radical rethink of Britain as we know it. Join two icons of the Left as they imagine a future for progressive politics....

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10th November 2020 - 3:00 pm

Online - GMT

How To Fix Your Work Culture and Fall Back In Love With Your Job
Bruce Daisley

The former VP of Twitter, host of the chart-topping Eat Sleep Work Repeat podcast, and internationally bestselling author of The Joy of Work joins us for a masterclass in fixing your working life....

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12th November 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

Ai Weiwei – Human Rights in the Age of COVID-19
In conversation with Rana Mitter and Sophie Richardson

The artist and activist returns to How To Academy to reveal an insider’s perspective on the militarised Wuhan lockdown and its wider implications....

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16th November 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

How to Invest To Save The Planet
Alice Ross in conversation with Paul van Zyl

Your money, and how you invest it, could help solve the global climate crisis. The FT’s Alice Ross is here to tell you everything....

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17th November 2020 - 7:00 pm

Online - ET

No Time Like the Future—An Optimist Considers Mortality
Michael J. Fox in conversation with JD Heyman

His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”...

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18th November 2020 - 6:00 pm

Free Online - GMT

The Earth Convention- Consumers – Fast Fashion, Manufacturing and Plastics
Lucy Siegle, Steve Evans, Dieter Helm and Miatta Fahnbulleh

The third event in The Earth Convention series from 5x15 and Rathbones is all about consumers & manufacturing - our consumption patterns & the supply chains that feed them....

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19th November 2020 - 7:00 pm

Online - GMT

Richard Dawkins on the Meaning of Life
In Conversation with Hannah MacInnes

From The Selfish Gene to The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins has done more than any other scientist to promote and celebrate the origins of life on Earth....

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1st December 2020 - 6:00 pm

Online - GMT

An evening with Prue Leith
In conversation with Sam Leith

Join renowned chef and Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith as she chats about her career in food with her niece, pastry chef Peta Leith, and her nephew Sam Leith, The Spectator’s literary editor....

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International Highlights

UPDATE

As all talks are currently online only, we are incorporating Unmissable talks organised outside the UK in the UK section so you don’t have to look in two sections. When live talks start to happen again we will revert to UK and International....

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Museums and Galleries

Curator Chats Series: The Significance of African Americans in Sports
With Dr. Damion L. Thomas

Damion Thomas discusses experiences that sparked his interest in researching the history of African Americans in sports, and some of his favorite objects in our Sports: Leveling the Playing Field exhibition.

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Free Online

New Solutions to Plastic Pollution
Live talk with David de Rothschild

Hosted by leading environmental change advocate, NHM Ambassador and founder of the Voice for Nature Foundation David de Rothschild, the panel will discuss their unique takes on how to tackle plastic pollution, encouraging us all to become advocates for the planet.

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Free Online

Marking Time: Indigenous Art from the NGV
National Gallery of Victoria

Marking Time: Indigenous Art from the NGV looks at the persistence of images, signs or text painted or drawn on a range of surfaces in Indigenous Australia, from ancient times until now.

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Free Online

I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa
National Museum of African Art

Taking its name from a 1970’s feminist anthem, I Am… Contemporary Women Artists of Africa draws upon a selection of artworks by women artists from the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art’s permanent collection to reveal a more contemporary feminism that recognizes the contributions of women to

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Free Online

Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall
National Museum of American History

The museum marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with a display featuring objects from its collections that put the history of that memorable event within a larger and longer experience of being gay.

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Free Online

Contemporary Muslim Fashions
Smithsonian Design Museum

The exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities and, in so doing, have drawn attention to the variations and nuances of their daily lives.

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Free Online

Vikings at British Museum
Bettany Hughes and Michael Wood

Bettany Hughes and Michael Wood present a tour around the BP exhibition Vikings: life and legend. Discover the world of these warriors, seafarers and conquerors, and come face to face with the largest Viking warship ever discovered.

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Free Online

The Museum of the World
The British Museum

For the first time ever, discover objects from the British Museum’s collection from prehistory to the present using the most advanced WebGL (Web Graphics Library) technology available.

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Theatre, Opera and Concerts

Free Online

Barbican Centre Concerts
Various Artists

Each Sunday and Thursday (from 22 March) Barbican Centre will be streaming a concert from our archive on our YouTube channel....

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Free Online

Berliner Philharmoniker
Various Artists

Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall presents a variety of free concerts in the upcoming weeks and months....

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Festival Highlights

4th December 2020

Online - BST

How to Change the World 2020
How To Academy

How To Academy’s flagship conference brings together the inspirational individuals and organisations forging a better future for our planet. From technology to architecture, social innovation to green energy, you’ll meet the men and women making the world of tomorrow....

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Unmissable Long Reads

Trump Said QAnon ‘Fights’ Pedophilia. But The Group Has Made It Harder To Protect Kids.
Kaleigh Rogers

It’s hard to argue against a phrase like “save the children.” Which, presumably, is why QAnon uses it as a hashtag.

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How to Spot a Military Impostor
Rachel Monroe

The detectives who investigate fake stories of military service use many tools, including shame.

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Why Facebook Can’t Fix Itself
Andrew Marantz

The platform is overrun with hate speech and disinformation. Does it actually want to solve the problem?

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We Must Save Democracy From Conspiracies
Sacha Baron Cohen

A few times in my career, I have genuinely feared for my life.

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Inside the Lincoln Project’s War Room
Paige Williams

Progressives are wary of the conservative group hammering the President, but its founders say they’re fighting for all Americans.

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The Unraveling of America
Wade Davis

Anthropologist Wade Davis on how COVID-19 signals the end of the American era.

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A Museum Puts Its Fakes on Show
Catherine Hickley

A German institution found that many of its Russian avant-garde paintings weren’t genuine. A new exhibition puts those works front and center, despite protests from the gallery that sold some of the works.

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I, the Dog, Will Give You a Tour of My House!
Broti Gupta

Hello! I have never met you and now you are my best friend and I love you so much! I am the dog and I would love to give you a tour of my home.

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The Elusive Peril of Space Junk
Raffi Khatchadourian

Millions of human artifacts circle the Earth. Can we clean them up before they cause a disaster?

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The Fight Against Words That Sound Like, but Are Not, Slurs
Conor Friedersdorf

Colleges are torn apart when faculty are punished and publicly vilified for accidentally giving offense.

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Unmissable Podcasts

Israel Story – Ep. 1: Faking It
Mishy Harman and Ira Glass

From our relationship with Ira Glass to priceless antiquities all the way to coveted sick passes – Israeli stories that are anything but real. In our very first episode, the Israel Story team delves into the realm of fakes, forgeries, and mimicry. Three stories, from different periods and places, of people pretending to to be something they are not....

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The Portal
Eric Weinstein

The Portal is an exploration into discovery, including conversations with thought leaders....

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Revisionist Revisited: A Good Walk Spoiled
Malcolm Gladwell

Golfers everywhere love to hate this episode. Since its debut in Season 2, the subject of golf ignites Malcolm's Twitter feed like no other. Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood....

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Normal People, The How To: Academy, The Ultimate Top 100 Classical Music Hits and the Virtual Great Wall of China
Lockdown Culture With Ed Vaizey by Country and Town House

Our Culture Editor Ed Vaizey is finally taking to the airwaves, recording from his bedroom, to give you his tips for staying in touch with all things cultural, highbrow, lowbrow and everything in between....

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How to Fail: Mo Gawdat on how to cope with anxiety in a time of Coronavirus
How To Fail With Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day and Mo Gawdat, the former Chief Business Officer for Google [X], talk about how to handle negative thoughts, how to practise gratitude and the concept of 'committed acceptance', working out what you can actively do to make life better....

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Donna Tartt and Rick Stroud
Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas

A rare interview with novelist Donna Tartt, author of The Secret History and The Goldfinch, with writer, producer, and friend Rick Stroud, in which they talk about writing, art and adventure....

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How To Academy Podcast

Meet the global thought leaders visiting London's How To Academy to share ideas for changing our selves, communities, and the world....

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The Origins Podcast

The Origins Podcast, hosted by Lawrence M. Krauss features in-depth conversations with some of the most interesting people in the world about the issues that impact all of us in the 21st century....

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Talking Politics

Professor David Runciman and his colleagues in the University of Cambridge Politics department bring their considerable erudition to bear on the critical issues of the present....

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Free Thinking

The BBC's unashamedly highbrow arts and ideas magazine, with conversation and debate at the intersection of politics, culture, and cutting edge academic research....

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99% Invisible

Why did Freud choose a couch rather than a chair? Where do fortune cookies come from? Take a deep dive into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world....

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The Daily

Ready by 6 a.m. five days a week, this podcast distills the biggest stories from The New York Times into a single, essential, 20 minute listen....

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Reasons to be Cheerful

The former Labour leader Ed Milliband and radio host Geoff Lloyd meet the world's smartest thinkers....

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This American Life

No directory of Unmissable Podcasts would be complete without the original and the best that public radio has to offer: Ira Glass's world-renowned documentary series, This American Life....

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Global GoalsCast

Global GoalsCast is a podcast that inspires and empowers listeners to make the world a better place by sharing the stories individuals, companies, and organisations that are advancing and achieving a more sustainable world....

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