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LRB Conversations

Various discussions on topics and writers drawn from the pages of the LRB.

Reopening the NHS

Sonia Gandhi, Rupert Beale and Thomas Jones, 27 May 2020

26 May 2020 · 30mins

Sonia Gandhi and Rupert Beale, scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, talk to Thomas Jones about the ways Covid-19 can affect the nervous system, the steps required to reopen the NHS after lockdown, the state of testing, and reasons for optimism about a vaccine.

Semi-Recumbent in Bournemouth

Andrew O’Hagan and Thomas Jones, 27 May 2020

19 May 2020 · 36mins

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Thomas Jones about the friendship between Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James, and the time they spent together in Bournemouth.

The Theory Truce

Michael Wood and Adam Shatz, 27 May 2020

12 May 2020 · 56mins

Michael Wood talks to Adam Shatz about critical theory, its origins, developments and various diversions, and where it stands today.

This Bad Business

Colm Tóibín and Thomas Jones, 26 May 2020

5 May 2020 · 31mins

Colm Tóibín talks to Thomas Jones about the breakdown of Elizabeth Hardwick’s marriage to Robert Lowell, and its literary consequences.

The Idea of the Island

Mary Wellesley and Joanna Biggs, 26 May 2020

28 April 2020 · 17mins

Mary Wellesley talks to Joanna Biggs about islands, blessed and not so blessed, from Homer to the Fyre Festival.

Beauvoir and Me

Joanna Biggs and Thomas Jones, 26 May 2020

21 April 2020 · 42mins

Joanna Biggs talks to Thomas Jones about the life of Simone de Beauvoir.

On the Ward

Lana Spawls and Thomas Jones, 26 May 2020

14 April 2020 · 27mins

Lana Spawls talks to Thomas Jones about working on a paediatric ward during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the ways hospitals have changed in response to the virus.

In the Lab

Rupert Beale and Thomas Jones, 26 May 2020

6 April 2020 · 33mins

Rupert Beale talks again to Thomas Jones about his work at the Francis Crick Institute, where he's helping to develop a testing lab for Covid-19. He talks about the challenges of creating a scalable testing process, explains why an antibody test could be hard to develop, and finds some reasons to be hopeful.

Four Hundred Years of Quarantine

Erin Maglaque and Thomas Jones, 26 May 2020

30 March 2020 · 38mins

Erin Maglaque talks to Thomas Jones about the lockdown imposed by the city of Florence in January 1631 in response to a plague outbreak, the similarities with our current situation, and the differences.

Wash Your Hands, Again

Rupert Beale and Thomas Jones, 26 May 2020

13 March 2020 · 41mins

Following his piece for the LRB about Covid-19, Rupert Beale talks to Thomas Jones about what the novel coronavirus is, how well countries are dealing with it, and what hopes there are for stopping the contagion.

The LRB at 40: On London

Rosemary Hill and Iain Sinclair, 26 May 2020

29 October 2019 · 1hr 18mins

Rosemary Hill and Iain Sinclair talk to Sam Kinchin-Smith about London, as part our 40th anniversary event series.

The LRB at 40: Women in Fiction

Nell Dunn, Tessa Hadley and Joanna Biggs, 26 May 2020

17 October 2019 · 53mins

Nell Dunn and Tessa Hadley talk to Joanna Biggs about fictional representations of women’s everyday lives, as part of our 40th anniversary event series.

The LRB at 40: The Crisis of Liberalism

Katrina Forrester and William Davies, 26 May 2020

16 October 2019 · 1hr 06mins

Katrina Forrester and William Davies discuss political crisis, and in particular the crisis of liberalism, as part of our 40th anniversary event series.

The State of Dress

Mary-Kay Wilmers, Rosemary Hill, Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe, 26 May 2020

2 October 2019 · 58mins

Mary-Kay Wilmers and Rosemary Hill join Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe to talk about the state of our clothes.