Lend Me Your Ears | A Podcast About Shakespeare and Modern Politics
By Slate Magazine
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Readers and audiences have turned to Shakespeare’s greatest plays for their insights into power and performance, sex and religion, demagoguery and populism. Every month, Slate’s Isaac Butler takes listeners deep into a different play to find out what Shakespeare has to say about politics in our troubled age. This podcast is made possible by Slate Plus members, who will get full-length bonus episodes. Find out more at slate.com/shakespeare.
||4: Measure for Measure||Why it’s still difficult to reckon with the ethics of Shakespeare’s darkest comedy.||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||3: King Lear||What happens your country is run by an aging narcissist who may not be entirely stable?||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||2: Richard II||Which is the more legitimate king—the one chosen by God or the one chosen by the people?||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1.5: Reading Julius Caesar in Modern Context||An excerpt from the Slate Plus bonus episode.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1: Julius Caesar||Why was Shakespeare so fascinated by the fall of the Roman Republic?||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Real Shakespeare scholarship
This is a pretty incredible show. It takes a Shakespeare play, talks about its political themes, situates then in the politics of today and Shakespeare’s day, and includes performances of speeches as well as analysis of them. It’s the humanities at its bests, and it’s a high production narrative show! Slate is getting into some seriously heady territory!
PLEASE extend the series!
I need more Shakespeare in my podcast feed!!