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The Penguin Podcast

Penguin Books UK

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The Penguin Podcast

The Penguin Podcast

Penguin Books UK

215
Followers
321
Plays
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Conversations with some our of leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work. #PenguinPodcast

Latest Episodes

Noam Chomsky with Nihal Arthanayake

Considered the Founder of Modern Linguistics andvoted the World’s Top Public Intellectual, Noam joins Nihal to discuss his prescient 2017 book ‘Optimism Over Despair’, which has just been made into an audiobook. It takes the form of a series of interviews, addressing many issues still relevant today. Noam imparts his wisdom to Nihal (down the line from Arizona) about topics ranging from US politics to the climate crisis and also reveals one of the things he realises that he got wrong in his past #PenguinPodcast ‘Optimism Over Despair’ is available to buy here - https://apple.co/2zamyKd And will be available as an audiobook from June 4th-https://adbl.co/3fidtyW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25 MIN2 d ago
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Noam Chomsky with Nihal Arthanayake

Curtis Sittenfeld with Nihal Arthanayake

American author Curtis Sittenfeld joins Nihal to discuss her latest book ‘Rodham’ which explores what would have happened if Hillary hadn’t married Bill Clinton. Curtis chats to Nihal (down the line from Minnesota) about how she went viral (it involves wearing a wedding dress in lockdown) and objects that inspire her including a special birthday card and a Margaret Atwood wooden badge. #PenguinPodcast ‘Rodham’ is available to buy as an audiobook now -https://apple.co/2ZgucgE/https://adbl.co/3c3BLe3 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30 MIN1 w ago
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Curtis Sittenfeld with Nihal Arthanayake

Brian Greene with Nihal Arthanayake

World renowned physicist Brian Greene joins Nihal to discuss his latest book ‘UntilTheEnd of Time’–which provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed.Brian speaks to Nihal from his cabin in the Catskills (upstate New York) on why a piano piece by his father, and a First Edition of the ‘Myth of Sisyphus’ by AlbertCamus inspire his work. #PenguinPodcast ‘UntilTheEnd of Time – Mind, Matter and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe’is available to buy as an audiobook now -https://apple.co/2WTdL70/https://adbl.co/2xwhxdV See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35 MIN2 w ago
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Brian Greene with Nihal Arthanayake

David Harewood with Nihal Arthanayake

Actor David Harewood joins Nihalto discuss narrating the Penguin classic ‘The WarOfThe Worlds’ by H.G. Wells. David has played major roles such as the CIA’s David Estes in Homeland and Captain Poison in Blood Diamond. David tells Nihal about the challenges (and fun) he had narrating ‘The WarOfThe Worlds’ and discusses the objects which have inspired his work, including YouTube (for accents) and a ties (for auditions). #Penguin Podcast ‘TheWar of the Worlds’is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/2V7yOSw/https://adbl.co/3deksal See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32 MIN3 w ago
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David Harewood with Nihal Arthanayake

Mark Gatiss with Nihal Arthanayake

Actor, comedian, and author Mark Gatiss joins Nihal Arthanayake to discuss narrating the brand new audiobook of Bram Stokers’ ‘Dracula’ and the BBC Radio dramatisation of M.R. James’ ‘Ghost Stories’. Mark has written and acted in the likes of Dr. Who, Sherlock and Dracula and is part of the team who created The League of Gentlemen.His chosen inspirational objects include fossils and an easel #PenguinPodcast ‘ The M. R. James BBC Radio Collection’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/34hyJ2O See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 MINAPR 29
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Mark Gatiss with Nihal Arthanayake

George Monbiot with Nihal Arthanayake

Are you missing the outdoors? Rewild your inner life with George Monbiot as he discussesFeral– the now-classic book that launched the rewilding movement. A respected environmental campaigner, investigative journalist and self-confessed professional troublemaker, George has won the UN Global 500 award for outstanding environmental achievement, collaborated with Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg, and been celebrated for his “dazzling command of science and relentless faith in people” (Naomi Klein). He chats to Nihal about why he actually dislikes objects - and how he’s stirred into action by items he finds problematic such as flamethrowers and fences.#PenguinPodcast ‘Feral’ is available to buy as an audiobook now -https://apple.co/2yKKp2B See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32 MINAPR 22
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George Monbiot with Nihal Arthanayake

Denise Mina with Katy Brand

Denise Mina’s latest novel ‘Conviction’ was selected by Reese Witherspoon’s book club and won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2019. She chats to Katy about her sources of inspiration, why she adores podcasts and what it’s like to be part of a group labelled ‘Tartan Noir’. Her inspirational objects include her writing desk and a very special pencil #PenguinPodcast ‘Conviction’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/2JClWhK See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33 MINAPR 8
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Denise Mina with Katy Brand

Bernardine Evaristo with Nihal Arthanayake

Bernardine won the Booker prize last year with her novel ‘Girl, Woman, Other’, one of Barack Obama’s top books of 2019 and hailed 'book of the decade' by The Sunday Times and The Guardian. Bernardine brings objects into the studio that have inspired her creatively, including a song from Hamilton the musical and a photo of her paternal grandmother (who she dedicates every single book to) #PenguinPodcast To buy the audiobook: https://apple.co/2UBqkmv See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33 MINMAR 25
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Bernardine Evaristo with Nihal Arthanayake

Anne Enright with Nihal Arthanayake

Booker prize winner, Anne Enright chats to Nihal about her new novel ‘Actress’ - the story of a legendary theatre star seen through the eyes of her daughter. Anne, who was the first Laureate for Irish fiction, tells Nihal how she sometimes spends hours and hours choosing the right word for her novels (and other times it just flows). Anne's objects of inspiration include a photo of Carrie Fisher and a magazine piece where Joan Crawford describes her best dinner party (everything has vodka added). #PenguinPodcast For the audiobook of ‘Actress’ by Anne Enright: http://bit.ly/PPAnne See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31 MINMAR 11
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Anne Enright with Nihal Arthanayake

William Gibson with Nihal Arthanayake

EWilliam Gibson, author of the seminal speculative fiction novel 'Neuromancer', chats to Nihal about why his work has never predicted the future, why punk was the last pre-digital counterculture and on spending the afternoon with Mick Jagger (who is a huge fan of his work). His chosen inspiring objects include a pair of AI glasses which are a character is his new novel 'Agency'. #PenguinPodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 MINFEB 26
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William Gibson with Nihal Arthanayake

Latest Episodes

Noam Chomsky with Nihal Arthanayake

Considered the Founder of Modern Linguistics andvoted the World’s Top Public Intellectual, Noam joins Nihal to discuss his prescient 2017 book ‘Optimism Over Despair’, which has just been made into an audiobook. It takes the form of a series of interviews, addressing many issues still relevant today. Noam imparts his wisdom to Nihal (down the line from Arizona) about topics ranging from US politics to the climate crisis and also reveals one of the things he realises that he got wrong in his past #PenguinPodcast ‘Optimism Over Despair’ is available to buy here - https://apple.co/2zamyKd And will be available as an audiobook from June 4th-https://adbl.co/3fidtyW See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Noam Chomsky with Nihal Arthanayake

Curtis Sittenfeld with Nihal Arthanayake

American author Curtis Sittenfeld joins Nihal to discuss her latest book ‘Rodham’ which explores what would have happened if Hillary hadn’t married Bill Clinton. Curtis chats to Nihal (down the line from Minnesota) about how she went viral (it involves wearing a wedding dress in lockdown) and objects that inspire her including a special birthday card and a Margaret Atwood wooden badge. #PenguinPodcast ‘Rodham’ is available to buy as an audiobook now -https://apple.co/2ZgucgE/https://adbl.co/3c3BLe3 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Curtis Sittenfeld with Nihal Arthanayake

Brian Greene with Nihal Arthanayake

World renowned physicist Brian Greene joins Nihal to discuss his latest book ‘UntilTheEnd of Time’–which provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed.Brian speaks to Nihal from his cabin in the Catskills (upstate New York) on why a piano piece by his father, and a First Edition of the ‘Myth of Sisyphus’ by AlbertCamus inspire his work. #PenguinPodcast ‘UntilTheEnd of Time – Mind, Matter and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe’is available to buy as an audiobook now -https://apple.co/2WTdL70/https://adbl.co/2xwhxdV See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Brian Greene with Nihal Arthanayake

David Harewood with Nihal Arthanayake

Actor David Harewood joins Nihalto discuss narrating the Penguin classic ‘The WarOfThe Worlds’ by H.G. Wells. David has played major roles such as the CIA’s David Estes in Homeland and Captain Poison in Blood Diamond. David tells Nihal about the challenges (and fun) he had narrating ‘The WarOfThe Worlds’ and discusses the objects which have inspired his work, including YouTube (for accents) and a ties (for auditions). #Penguin Podcast ‘TheWar of the Worlds’is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/2V7yOSw/https://adbl.co/3deksal See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32 MIN3 w ago
Comments
David Harewood with Nihal Arthanayake

Mark Gatiss with Nihal Arthanayake

Actor, comedian, and author Mark Gatiss joins Nihal Arthanayake to discuss narrating the brand new audiobook of Bram Stokers’ ‘Dracula’ and the BBC Radio dramatisation of M.R. James’ ‘Ghost Stories’. Mark has written and acted in the likes of Dr. Who, Sherlock and Dracula and is part of the team who created The League of Gentlemen.His chosen inspirational objects include fossils and an easel #PenguinPodcast ‘ The M. R. James BBC Radio Collection’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/34hyJ2O See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 MINAPR 29
Comments
Mark Gatiss with Nihal Arthanayake

George Monbiot with Nihal Arthanayake

Are you missing the outdoors? Rewild your inner life with George Monbiot as he discussesFeral– the now-classic book that launched the rewilding movement. A respected environmental campaigner, investigative journalist and self-confessed professional troublemaker, George has won the UN Global 500 award for outstanding environmental achievement, collaborated with Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg, and been celebrated for his “dazzling command of science and relentless faith in people” (Naomi Klein). He chats to Nihal about why he actually dislikes objects - and how he’s stirred into action by items he finds problematic such as flamethrowers and fences.#PenguinPodcast ‘Feral’ is available to buy as an audiobook now -https://apple.co/2yKKp2B See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32 MINAPR 22
Comments
George Monbiot with Nihal Arthanayake

Denise Mina with Katy Brand

Denise Mina’s latest novel ‘Conviction’ was selected by Reese Witherspoon’s book club and won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2019. She chats to Katy about her sources of inspiration, why she adores podcasts and what it’s like to be part of a group labelled ‘Tartan Noir’. Her inspirational objects include her writing desk and a very special pencil #PenguinPodcast ‘Conviction’ is available to buy as an audiobook now - https://apple.co/2JClWhK See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33 MINAPR 8
Comments
Denise Mina with Katy Brand

Bernardine Evaristo with Nihal Arthanayake

Bernardine won the Booker prize last year with her novel ‘Girl, Woman, Other’, one of Barack Obama’s top books of 2019 and hailed 'book of the decade' by The Sunday Times and The Guardian. Bernardine brings objects into the studio that have inspired her creatively, including a song from Hamilton the musical and a photo of her paternal grandmother (who she dedicates every single book to) #PenguinPodcast To buy the audiobook: https://apple.co/2UBqkmv See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33 MINMAR 25
Comments
Bernardine Evaristo with Nihal Arthanayake

Anne Enright with Nihal Arthanayake

Booker prize winner, Anne Enright chats to Nihal about her new novel ‘Actress’ - the story of a legendary theatre star seen through the eyes of her daughter. Anne, who was the first Laureate for Irish fiction, tells Nihal how she sometimes spends hours and hours choosing the right word for her novels (and other times it just flows). Anne's objects of inspiration include a photo of Carrie Fisher and a magazine piece where Joan Crawford describes her best dinner party (everything has vodka added). #PenguinPodcast For the audiobook of ‘Actress’ by Anne Enright: http://bit.ly/PPAnne See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31 MINMAR 11
Comments
Anne Enright with Nihal Arthanayake

William Gibson with Nihal Arthanayake

EWilliam Gibson, author of the seminal speculative fiction novel 'Neuromancer', chats to Nihal about why his work has never predicted the future, why punk was the last pre-digital counterculture and on spending the afternoon with Mick Jagger (who is a huge fan of his work). His chosen inspiring objects include a pair of AI glasses which are a character is his new novel 'Agency'. #PenguinPodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27 MINFEB 26
Comments
William Gibson with Nihal Arthanayake
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