Highlights

16th December 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

An Evening With Deborah Frances-White
In conversation with Hannah MacInnes

The award-winning author, comedian and host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast joins How To Academy.

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29th November 2020 - 8:30 pm

Free Online - GMT

Elton John and Arsène Wenger in conversation

The long-awaited autobiography from one of the most influential figures in world football.

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9th December 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

How to Survive Falling Into a Black Hole
Janna Levin

What would happen if you fall into a black hole? Columbia Professor Janna Levin takes us inside one of the universe’s greatest mysteries.

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3rd December 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

Sebastião Salgado in conversation with Alan Riding

In 1973, Sebastião Salgado abandoned a promising career as an economist to pursue photojournalism. Today, he is universally celebrated as the world’s greatest living photographer.

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10th December 2020 - 7:00 pm

Online - GMT

Marina Hyde and John Crace: A year in Westminster

Join Guardian columnist Marina Hyde and parliamentary sketch writer John Crace as they look back at a political year like no other.

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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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27th November 2020 - 4:00 pm

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Helen Macdonald and James Rebanks talk to Andy Fryers

It’s a book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make the world around us....

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28th November 2020 - 2:30 pm

Free Online - GMT

William Boyd talks to Francine Stock

From one of Britain's best loved writers comes an exhilarating, tender novel that asks the vital questions: what makes life worth living? And what do you do if you find it isn't?...

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29th November 2020 - 5:30 pm

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Gary Numan talks to Dylan Jones

From humble beginnings in Middlesex, where money was scarce but dreams were encouraged, to the award-winning godfather of electronica, Gary Numan has seen it all....

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29th November 2020 - 7:00 pm

Online - GMT

For One Knight Only
Sir Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Kenneth Branagh hosts a quatrain of theatrical Dames and Knights of the realm for an evening of intimate chat, with you as the guests....

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29th November 2020 - 7:00 pm

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Dawn French talks to Miranda Sawyer

Because of You is about mothers and daughters, love and loss, mistakes and regrets and the family bonds that make us who we are....

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29th November 2020 - 8:30 pm

Free Online - GMT

Elton John and Arsène Wenger in conversation

The long-awaited autobiography from one of the most influential figures in world football....

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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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3rd December 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

Sebastião Salgado in conversation with Alan Riding

In 1973, Sebastião Salgado abandoned a promising career as an economist to pursue photojournalism. Today, he is universally celebrated as the world’s greatest living photographer....

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7th December 2020 - 6:00 pm

Free Online - GMT

5×15 and Groundswell on the story of soil
David Montgomery, Tim Spector, Gabe Brown, John Cherry, and Joanna Bowen

Climate, water, food and health. The world is facing incredibly complex problems - but what if a simple solution was lying right in the ground beneath our feet?...

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7th December 2020 - 7:00 pm

Online - EST

The Passion Economy—How to Thrive in the Twenty-First Century
Adam Davidson

Join Adam Davidson, award-winning New Yorker staff writer and co-creator of NPR’s Planet Money, for an eye-opening master class on how to thrive in the new 21st century economy....

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7th December 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

The Infinite Leader – a Blueprint For Modern Business Leadership
Chris Lewis and Pippa Malmgren in conversation with Matthew Stadlen

Why have female-led Governments had better responses to Covid-19? Why is the turnover of CEOs at an all-time high? Chris Lewis and Pippa Malmgren share their insights into the failures, and future, of modern day leadership....

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9th December 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

How to Survive Falling Into a Black Hole
Janna Levin

What would happen if you fall into a black hole? Columbia Professor Janna Levin takes us inside one of the universe’s greatest mysteries....

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10th December 2020 - 7:00 pm

Online - GMT

Marina Hyde and John Crace: A year in Westminster

Join Guardian columnist Marina Hyde and parliamentary sketch writer John Crace as they look back at a political year like no other....

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11th December 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

An Evening With Jesse Jackson
In Conversation with David Masciotra

For over forty years, Jesse Jackson has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement in the United States for peace, civil rights, gender equality and economic and social justice....

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15th December 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

More Than a Woman
Caitlin Moran in conversation with Hannah MacInnes

Why is there no such thing as “mum bod”? Can feminists have Botox? What are men really thinking? Join the groundbreaking columnist and author as she presents a manifesto for middle age....

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16th December 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

An Evening With Deborah Frances-White
In conversation with Hannah MacInnes

The award-winning author, comedian and host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast joins How To Academy....

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18th December 2020 - 6:30 pm

Online - GMT

The Body Keeps the Score – How To Heal Trauma
Dr Bessel van der Kolk in conversation with Benjamin Fry

Traumatic experiences leave their imprint on the body as well as the mind....

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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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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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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

The Losses We Share
Meghan Markle

Perhaps the path to healing begins with three simple words: Are you OK?

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I’m Not Yet Ready to Abandon the Possibility of America
Barack Obama

The Atlantic is pleased to offer, below, an adapted and updated excerpt from former President Barack Obama’s new memoir, A Promised Land.

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Remote Work Is Killing the Hidden Trillion-Dollar Office Economy
Steve LeVine

From airlines to Starbucks, a massive part of our economy hinges on white-collar workers returning to the office.

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How a C.I.A. Coverup Targeted a Whistle-blower
Ronan Farrow

When a Justice Department lawyer exposed the agency’s secret role in drug cases, leadership in the intelligence community retaliated.

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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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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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