Highlights

30th November 2021 - 7:15 pm

Emmanuel Centre, London

Pandora Sykes Meets Emily Ratajkowski
Live on Stage in London

What does it mean to be a woman today? Pandora Sykes meets model and activist Emily Ratajkowski for an investigation into feminism, sexuality and power.

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25th November 2021 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

Arwa Mahdawi – Lessons from Women in Power
In Conversation With Pippa Malmgren

From Jacinda Arden to AOC, Angela Merkel to Alicia Garza, what can women in power teach us all about leadership?

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1st December 2021 - 7:30 pm

Online - ET

Gary Shteyngart: Our Country Friends

Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story) presents Our Country Friends—his new novel about love, friendship, family, and betrayal.

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23rd November 2021 - 6:45 pm

Live and Online - GMT

John Cleese Meets Iain McGilchrist – Live on Stage in London
On Imagination, the Mind, and the Future of Culture

Join us for an unmissable meeting of art and science as the comedy legend and preeminent neuroscientist celebrate the power of human imagination.

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1st December 2021 - 7:00 pm

Online - ET

Bestselling Author & Experimental Psychologist Steven Pinker on Rationality with Brian Greene

Rationality — What is it? Why does it seem scarce? Why does it matter?

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Featured Events

30th November 2021 - 7:15 pm

Emmanuel Centre, London

Pandora Sykes Meets Emily Ratajkowski
Live on Stage in London

What does it mean to be a woman today? Pandora Sykes meets model and activist Emily Ratajkowski for an investigation into feminism, sexuality and power....

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1st December 2021 - 2:30 pm

Online - ET

Adam Gopnik on Molière

Adam Gopnik delivers a three-session online seminar coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Moliere’s birth and the publication of Richard Wilbur’s translations of his plays by the Library of America....

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1st December 2021 - 7:00 pm

Online - ET

Bestselling Author & Experimental Psychologist Steven Pinker on Rationality with Brian Greene

Rationality — What is it? Why does it seem scarce? Why does it matter?...

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1st December 2021 - 7:30 pm

Online - ET

Gary Shteyngart: Our Country Friends

Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story) presents Our Country Friends—his new novel about love, friendship, family, and betrayal....

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2nd December 2021 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

An Evening with Ann Patchett
In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

‘I don’t think that there’s a book of hers that I haven’t put down at the end and been haunted by for weeks after’ (Gillian Anderson)....

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2nd December 2021 - 7:30 pm

Online - ET

Jonathan Franzen: Crossroads

Jonathan Franzen returns with a much-anticipated new novel, Crossroads, a sweeping look at the country’s shifting culture as told through the experiences of a Midwestern family in crisis one winter’s day in the early 1970s....

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6th December 2021 - 6:45 pm

Live and Online - GMT

Fi Glover and Jane Garvey – Live on Stage in London
Did I Say That Out Loud?

At a time of constant uncertainty, join us live in London to hear the wisdom of two women who haven’t got a clue what’s going on either....

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7th December 2021 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

Charlotte Higgins Retells the Greek Myths
In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

Join the award-winning author for spellbinding tales of love and desire, adventure and magic, destructive gods and helpless humans....

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8th December 2021 - 8:00 pm

Online - GMT

Margaret Atwood in conversation with Bruce Miller

Join Margaret Atwood in conversation with The Handmaid's Tale showrunner and executive producer, Bruce Miller....

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8th December 2021 - 7:00 pm

Online - ET

Mothers, Fathers, and Others: Essays
Siri Hustvedt in conversation with Danielle Spencer

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes award-winning novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt....

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9th December 2021 - 7:30 pm

Online - ET

Wildland: Evan Osnos in Conversation with Gen. David H. Petraeus

Join National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker writer Evan Osnos on the troubled state of 21st-century America — and his new book, Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury....

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10th December 2021 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

Blood and Bronze – The British Empire and the Sack of Benin
David Olusoga Meets Paddy Docherty

David Olusoga and Paddy Docherty reveal the history of Britain’s conquest of the Kingdom of Benin and the plunder of its fabled Bronzes....

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13th December 2021 - 6:00 pm

Online - GMT

The Rothschild Women: Natalie Livingstone on The Untold Story of the World’s Most Famous Dynasty
In Conversation With Catherine Ostler

The story of the family who rose from the Frankfurt ghetto to achieve incomparable wealth and power is a familiar one. Yet many of the Rothschilds, the women, remain virtually unknown – until now....

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14th December 2021 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

An Evening With Elif Shafak – The Island of Missing Trees
In Conversation With Matthew Stadlen

Join the prizewinning, bestselling author for a rich, magical tale of belonging and identity, memory and amnesia, destruction and renewal....

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15th December 2021 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

A Night in with James Martin

Join one of the UK’s favourite TV chef, James Martin, as he talks about his favourite and most well-loved ingredient, BUTTER; the subject of his latest cookbook....

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16th December 2021 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

Sathnam Sanghera Meets William Dalrymple
The Rise and Fall of the East India Company

A story of powerful empires, covert political machinations and bloody resistance, Sathnam Sanghera and William Dalrymple join us with the history of the world’s first corporate power....

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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

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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Gerhard Richter | Patti Smith, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
The Gagosian

The Gagosian Premieres celebrates “Gerhard Richter: Cage Paintings” with a musical performance and reading by Patti Smith, new choreography created and performed by Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener in response to the artist’s work, and commentaries by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Richard Calvocoressi.

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Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk | Hikihaku Woven Obi
Victoria and Albert Museum

For over ten generations, Yamaguchi Genbei’s family have been creating exquisitely crafted obi. We visited the workshops of Kondaya Genbei in Kyoto, Japan, to find out about the inspiration and creative process behind the designs and learn more about the technique from Genbei himself.

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Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty – Curator Tour
Barbican

Barbican Curator Eleanor Nairne takes us on a tour of her highlights from Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty.

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Curators’ tour of Nero: The man behind the myth
British Museum's Thorsten Opper and Francesca Bologna

Exhibition curators, Thorsten Opper and Francesca Bologna, takes us on an in-depth tour of the latest exhibition at the British Museum – Nero: The man behind the myth.

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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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Theatre, Opera and Concerts

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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Online

Phantom Of The Opera at the Royal Albert Hall-25th Anniversary Celebration

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, Cameron Mackintosh produced a unique, spectacular staging of the musical on a scale which had never been seen before....

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Festival Highlights

Unmissable Long Reads

Pompeii Still Has Buried Secrets
Rebecca Mead

The first major excavations in decades shed light on how ordinary citizens shopped and snacked—and where slaves slept.

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Sophie Calle and the Art of Leaving a Trace
Lili Owen Rowlands

The French artist has attained celebrity—and attracted controversy—by pursuing the objects of her obsession. What is she really after?

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The Elephant Who Could Be a Person
Jill Lepore

The most important animal-rights case of the 21st century revolves around an unlikely subject.

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How Your Family Tree Could Catch a Killer
Raffi Khatchadourian

Genetic genealogists like CeCe Moore are cracking cold cases and transforming policing. As DNA analysis redefines ancestry and anonymity, what knowledge should we be permitted to unlock?

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How the Week Organizes and Tyrannizes Our Lives
Jill Lepore

From work schedules to TV seasons to baseball games, the seven-day cycle has long ordered American society. Will we ever get rid of it?

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The Emily Ratajkowski You’ll Never See
Andrea Long Chu

With her new book, the model tries to escape the oppressions of the male gaze. So our writer is keeping some of her secrets.

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Early Civilizations Had It All Figured Out
Gideon Lewis-Kraus

A contrarian account of our prehistory argues that cities once flourished without rulers and rules—and still could.

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Energy, and How to Get It
Nick Paumgarten

All of us know people who have more energy than we do, but the science of the phenomenon is just coming into view.

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The Accidental Wine Educator
Eric Asimov

Over the last 50 years, America has become the world’s leading wine consumer. Kevin Zraly has had a lot to do with that.

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When a Witness Recants
Jennifer Gonnerman

At fourteen, Ron Bishop helped convict three innocent boys of murder. They’ve all lived with the consequences.

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Unmissable Podcasts

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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