The Penguin Podcast
By Penguin Books UK
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Richard E Grant invites authors, comedians, musicians, historians, actors, business leaders, philosophers and fellow actors to join him at the Penguin studios with five objects that inspired and shaped the writing of their latest book. The objects they bring to the conversation act as a diving board for Richard to delve deep into the author’s world to fully understand the origins of their story, the experiences that influenced its development and the vision for translating the story into an audiobook, excerpts of which are heard throughout the episode. Every podcast is unique as our authors shape the conversation through the objects they select to illustrate the creative process. The themes of the book provide the inspiration for wider cultural discussions.
||Richard E Grant with Kate Atkinson||Kate Atkinson brings an antique silver hare, a Halifax Bomber and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to the Penguin Studio to talk about her latest book ‘A God In Ruins’ with host Richard E Grant. The topics of conversation include the long-term effects of war on veterans, The Queen, how we age and the power of classical music to evoke an emotional response in us all. #PenguinPodcast||15 7 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Penguin Podcast: 2014 Highlights. feat Hannah Tointon, Emma Healey and Richard Branson||This has been a hugely exciting and busy year for us penguins, and we wanted to share with you our favourite moments from 2014. We have had prize-winning and record-breaking books, from Richard Flanagan to Youtube sensation Zoella, fantastic new releases from much-loved authors, as well as a whole host of wonderful debuts. We think we’ve got something for everyone, and hope you’ve enjoyed our literary adventures as much as we have!||23 12 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Funny People feat. Kevin Bridges, Dave Gorman and Nick Hornby||The days are shorter, temperatures have dropped indicating that Winter has well and truly arrived. But we don’t think there’s any reason to think things have turned bleak. Christmas is right around the corner, so we’re going to lift everyone’s spirits as the countdown begins with our funniest books of the year.||8 12 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Penguin Podcast: Memory feat. Colm Toibin, Jeremy Paxman and Fiona Shaw||This week on the Penguin Podcast we’ll be exploring how we remember information, things that have happened and even poetry through memory.||12 11 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Penguin Podcast: Mother Nature feat. Will Self, Naomi Klein and Clare Balding||Today we are thinking about the planet that we call home - from the perils of its great oceans, and the impact of our own way of life on the planet, to enjoying the simple pleasures of walking.||27 10 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Extra-Terrestrial Reads Books feat Alex Scarrow, Rick Yancey and Samuel Anderson||The sci-fi genre is filled with stories that look beyond our home on earth to other planets and galaxies which may, or may not, exist. As a race, we’ve developed an obsession with the idea that there are other living species out there, who want to take over our planet; why we haven’t decided they might be friendly is perhaps a reflection on us. Anyway, extra-terrestrial terror is a theme in hundreds of books, old and new.||19 9 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Back to School feat. Stephen Fry, Toby Young and Steven Butler||This week we've gone back to school where the new headmaster of the School of Penguin, Stephen Fry, welcomes us before handing us over to a range of authors and books that look at school life. From Toby Young and Miranda Thomas' guide to the UK school curriculum to life in a Dublin boarding school; maths prodigies to class clowns; a guide on how to tell whether your teacher is a vampire to Steven Butler prank calling his old headmaster Jeremy Strong. Yes, school is the foundation of all our learning and the key to our future... but it should be fun too!||5 9 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Art and Design feat. Grayson Perry, Lauren Child and Petra Börner||This episode we’re focusing on the topic of art. After all, Penguin has always had an upstanding reputation for brilliant, cutting edge book cover design and it’s something we take very seriously. We have some fantastic interviews and clips lined up with arty people from Art Directors to video animators to critics to popular British artists.||15 8 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Writing the First World War feat. Jeremy Paxman, Robert Graves and Pat Barker||Today marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and we wanted to share the stories we’ve come to know and love by our authors, about this momentous occasion in history. From accounts by soldiers who lived in the trenches to fictional novels recreating the lives of people during that time, we’ll take you back a hundred years to give you a snapshot of those four long years at war.||4 8 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Penguin Journeys feat. Clare Balding, Gruff Rhys and a Roald Dahl short story||This summer we're hitting the road with #penguinjourneys, and the Penguin Podcast is coming along for the ride. The wonderful Clare Balding, author of My Animals and Other Family and new book Walking Home (out this autumn), introduces this jet-setting episode.||23 7 2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Underdogs feat. Malcolm Gladwell, Matthew Frank and Elizabeth Fremantle||This episode of the Penguin Podcast focuses on one of literature’s favourite characters - the underdog. What is our fascination with the downtrodden character? Why do writers enjoy exploring things from their perspective? Is there a part of us that identifies with them? Is it because it makes it all the sweeter when things work out for them?||20 6 2014||Free||View In iTunes|