Highlights

7th June 2022 - 7:00 pm

Live and Online - BST

Michael Lewis – Live on Stage in London
In Conversation With Sam Knight

Michael Lewis  joins live in London to explore a life and career as one of America’s most important storytellers.

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18th May 2022 - 7:30 pm

Online - ET

Fashion Icons: Tory Burch in Conversation with Fern Mallis

Did you know that Tory Burch launched her billion-dollar global Fashion brand from her kitchen table?

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19th May 2022 - 7:00 pm

Online - BST

Have We Got News For You
Oliver Bullough, Rana Ayyub, Ed Miliband, Gideon Rachman, and Amelia Gentleman

The British Library and 5×15- together we’ll be exploring the news with those who shape it, write it and are the news!

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31st May 2022 - 6:30 pm

Online - BST

Amia Srinivasan and Lisa Taddeo on The Right to Sex

Join 5×15 to hear philosopher Amia Srinivasan, bestselling author of The Right to Sex, in conversation with the author of Three Women, Lisa Taddeo.

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26th May 2022 - 7:00 pm

Online - BST

Daniel Kahneman on Making Intelligent Decisions in a Chaotic World
With Olivier Sibony, Cass Sunstein, and Ritula Shah

Together they will argue that the key to creating successful organisations lies in reducing ‘noise’, defined as unwanted variability in human judgment.

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Featured Events

23rd May 2022 - 7:00 pm

Online - BST

May 5×15: with Luke Harding and The Secret Barrister
Lea Ypi, William Atkins, and Sam Knight

Join us in May as we explore the law, the meaning of freedom, the limits of reason & gain unrivalled insight into current events in Ukraine...

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26th May 2022 - 7:00 pm

Online - BST

Daniel Kahneman on Making Intelligent Decisions in a Chaotic World
With Olivier Sibony, Cass Sunstein, and Ritula Shah

Together they will argue that the key to creating successful organisations lies in reducing ‘noise’, defined as unwanted variability in human judgment....

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26th May 2022 - 7:30 pm

Online - BST

Simu Liu: We Were Dreamers

Spend an evening with the star of Marvel's first ever Asian superhero movie, Simu Liu, as he traces his path from his humble upbringing in China to the bright lights of Hollywood....

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31st May 2022 - 6:00 pm

Online - BST

Race, Reproduction and the Dangers of Eugenics
Adam Rutherford and Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Join us on May 31 when Rutherford and Perkins-Valdez will draw on the themes of their new books and discuss the dark history of eugenics....

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31st May 2022 - 6:30 pm

Online - BST

Amia Srinivasan and Lisa Taddeo on The Right to Sex

Join 5x15 to hear philosopher Amia Srinivasan, bestselling author of The Right to Sex, in conversation with the author of Three Women, Lisa Taddeo....

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1st June 2022 - 6:30 pm

Online - BST

A Night in With Holly Black

Join New York Times bestselling YA and Children’s author Holly Black to mark the publication of her debut dark adult fantasy novel, Book Of Night....

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7th June 2022 - 7:00 pm

Live and Online - BST

Michael Lewis – Live on Stage in London
In Conversation With Sam Knight

Michael Lewis  joins live in London to explore a life and career as one of America’s most important storytellers....

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14th June 2022 - 8:00 pm

Online - PST

An Evening with with Annie Leibovitz

Join us for an evening with one of the most influential photographers of our time, for an exclusive event to mark the publication of Wonderland from Phaidon...

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20th July 2022 - 7:30 pm

Cadogan Hall, London

An Evening with David Sedaris

David Sedaris, the humorist, bestselling author and star of Radio 4 series Meet David Sedaris, returns to Cadogan Hall for two nights this July....

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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

April 9 - July 31

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael
National Gallery London

With loans from the Louvre, National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Prado Museum, Uffizi Museum and the Vatican Museum this is an unprecedented opportunity to see the breadth of Raphael’s skill, creativity, and ingenuity.

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Royal Academy, London

Whistler’s Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan

Joanna Hiffernan’s relationship with Whistler ran deeper than artist and muse. In this rich exhibition we explore her life and role as a friend, model, lover and collaborator.

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Royal Academy, London

Francis Bacon: Man and Beast

Explore Francis Bacon’s profound and moving paintings, where the line between human and animal is constantly blurred, reminding us that our primal instincts lie just below the surface.

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The Courtald

Van Gogh. Self-Portraits

Van Gogh. Self-Portraits will bring together around half of the self-portraits Van Gogh created during his short years as a painter.

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Online

How Botticelli Revolutionised Portraits
Art history in 10 minutes with the National Gallery

Associate Curator Laura Llewellyn discusses ‘Portrait of a Young Man’ by Sandro Botticelli, and explores how he revolutionised portraits.

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Power and the Palette: How women artists painted a revolution
The London Library

Katy Hessel of The Great Women Artists Instagram and Podcast speaks to Rebecca Birrell and Jennifer Higgie about their most recent books, both of which investigate women artists throughout history whose self-portraits and still life paintings were inherently, often implicitly, political.

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Katy Hessel explores the work of Nina Hamnett and Lisa Brice
Charleston Trust

Curator, writer and founder of @thegreatwomenartists Instagram account, Katy Hessel, takes a tour of our current exhibitions. Sharing her favourite works in the show, Katy explores the connections between the two artists working a century apart. ‘Nina Hamnett’ and ‘Lisa Brice’ are open until 31

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Theatre, Opera and Concerts

27 April - 23 October

Much Ado About Nothing
The Globe Theatre

This summer, a new production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing brings a riotous garden party to the Globe Theatre....

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Festival Highlights

26 May - 5 June

Hay Festival 2022
Stephen Fry, David Olusoga, Deborah Levy, Mariana Mazzucato, George Monbiot, and more

Hay Festival is one of the worlds’ leading art and literature festivals, bringing readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in events live and online....

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4th August 2022

Wilderness Festival 2022

Wilderness is a four-day, boutique, multi-arts and music festival, set amidst the idyllic Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. With an eclectic line-up, spanning Music and the Arts, exquisite Feasting and Dining experiences, Talks and Debates, it’s safe to say Wilderness is your perfect weekend escape....

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7th October 2022

Kardamyli, Greece

The Kardamyli Festival 2022
William Dalrymple, David Owen, Bettany Hughes, Peter Frankopan, Anne Applebaum and more

This will be an unmissable chance to learn about all things Greek -history, myth and music- as well as discuss the issues preoccupying our world....

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November 11 - 14

Summit Palm Desert
Esther Perel, Wade Davis, Bjarke Ingels, Mark Hyman, and More

The desert is a place of stillness, perspective and connection. For the first time in Summit history, we are using this surreal and special landscape as the canvas for an unprecedented experience. We invite you to join us in a mind-expanding, immersive Summit where we will gather, share, expand, grow and play together....

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Unmissable Long Reads

Transforming Trees Into Skyscrapers
Rebecca Mead

In Scandinavia, ecologically minded architects are building towers with pillars of pine and spruce.

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How Barnes & Noble Went From Villain to Hero
Elizabeth A. Harris

To independent booksellers, the enormous chain was once a threat. Now it’s vital to their survival. And it’s doing well.

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How Elizabeth Loftus Changed the Meaning of Memory
Rachel Aviv

The psychologist taught us that what we remember is not fixed, but her work testifying for defendants like Harvey Weinstein collides with our traumatized moment.

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The True Crime-Obsessed Philanthropists Paying to Catch Killers
Kashmir Hill

When the police can’t afford to solve cold cases using DNA databases, deep-pocketed donors can.

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How an Ivy League School Turned Against a Student
Rachel Aviv

Mackenzie Fierceton was championed as a former foster youth who had overcome an abusive childhood and won a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Then the University of Pennsylvania accused her of lying.

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The Archeology of War
Andrey Kurkov

What will be the legacy of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

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Stan the T. rex found! World’s most expensive fossil finds home in a new museum
Michael Greshko

Mystery shrouded the dinosaur’s future after an anonymous buyer paid $31.8 million in 2020. Now Abu Dhabi confirms a new museum will house the prized skeleton.

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Should Leopards Be Paid for Their Spots?
Rebecca Mead

Style-setters from Egyptian princesses to Jackie Kennedy to Debbie Harry have embraced leopard prints. Proponents of a “species royalty” want designers to pay to help save endangered big cats.

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How Putin’s Oligarchs Bought London
Patrick Radden Keefe

From banking to boarding schools, the British establishment has long been at their service, discretion guaranteed.

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The Monumental Success of Simone Leigh
Calvin Tomkins

Recognition for the American sculptor, who is representing the U.S. at the Venice Biennale, may have come late but it seems foreordained.

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Unmissable Podcasts

Frame of Mind
The Met

Hear practical tips and all kinds of personal stories from artists and activists, a meditation teacher and museum staff, a barber and a nurse, and others about how art supports their wellbeing....

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Agree to Disagree: Leaving Afghanistan
Intelligence Squared Podcast

Those who say “yes” argue that the world is a decidedly different place than it was in 2001, that the mission was never to nation-build, and that continued presence prolonged the violence and distracted energies and resources away from more pressing global challenges, particularly on those centered on China....

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Africa’s Oldest Burial
The Science Hour

Maria Martinon-Torres and a team from Kenya and Germany used techniques from paleontology and forensic science to reveal his story from the fragile remains....

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Humor Us
Hidden Brain

The average four-year-old child laughs 300 times a day. By contrast, it takes more than two months for the average 40-year-old adult to laugh that many times. This week, we talk with behavioral scientist Jennifer Aaker of Stanford University about why so many of us fall off a “humor cliff” as we become adults....

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Elizabeth Gilbert Meets Julia Cameron – The Path to Higher Creativity
How To Academy Podcast

Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way has inspired millions to realise their passions – including Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. Coming together for this podcast, they show us the path to a creatively-fulfilling life....

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Dr Gabor Maté on Why We Are All Addicts
Feel Better Live More

In conversation with Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Dr Gabor Mate talks about how we now live in a culture that doesn’t meet our human needs....

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Derren Brown – How To Be a Little Happier

Learn how to think differently and overcome anxiety in a difficult world with the legendary star of stage and screen....

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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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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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Katrine Marcal and Caroline Criado Perez – Mother of Invention
How To Academy Podcast

For too long we have underestimated the consequences of sexism in our economy. In conversation with Caroline Criado Perez, Katrine Marçal sets the record straight and shows how, in a time of crisis, the ingenuity and intelligence of women is that very thing that can save us....

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Penguin Perspectives
Penguin Podcast

Penguin Perspectives is a collection of essays by twenty Penguin authors, written as a direct response to the Covid-19 crisis. These authors have recorded their essays from their homes during lockdown, and these recordings are collected together here...

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