The LSE Review of Books podcasts aim to give listeners the opportunity to hear prolific authors and academics discussing the ideas behind their latest books. Scroll down to browse and listen to episodes, or subscribe via iTunes, RSS feed, or on Soundcloud.

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Our podcasts have received the attention of the British Universities Film and Video Council – we were featured in their March 2013 magazine. We have also been voted #1 UK Academic Podcast in the European Podcast Awards. Across all our episodes we have received over 50,000 listens from around the world.

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LSERBinBrazil

Special three-part series: LSE Review of Books in Brazil

Episode 1: Rio in transition

This podcast features Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, and architectural adviser to the London 2012 Olympics; Washington Farjado, Adviser on Urban Affairs to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro; Dame Tessa Jowell, MP and former UK Minister for the Olympics; Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogota; Amanda Burden, Director of the New York City Department of Planning; and many others.

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Episode 2: Favela Life: From Drug Gangs to Drum Beats 

Sandra Jovchelovitch, Director of the Social and Cultural Psychology Programme at the LSE, and researcher Jacqueline Priego-Hernandez, speak about their new book: Underground Sociabilities: Identity, culture and resistance in Rio’s favelas. Paul Heritage, Professor of Drama and Performance at Queen Mary College in London, also talks about art in the city’s periphery at a circus school in central Rio. Other guests include: Silvia Ramos,  Public Security expert in Rio and Celso Athayde, founder of CUFA (Central Unicas das Favelas) and more.

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Episode 3: Politics and Economics in Brazil – Coming soon!

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Architecture and Design: Framing the urban experience

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David Kohn, architect and co-designer of A Room for London, discusses how design can influence the way we experience everything from time to the urban experience.

Fran Tonkiss, LSE Reader in Sociology and Director of the LSE Cities Programme, talks about her latest book Cities by Design on the social life of urban form and why ‘the devil gets all the best designs’.

Hyun Bang Shin, LSE Associate Professor in Geography and Urban Studies, talks about reading Marx under South Korea’s strict national security laws and how this has influenced his own work on urban displacement.

Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Other Contributors: David Kohn, Fran Tonkiss, Hyun Bang Shin. Music and sound came courtesy of the following users at  freesound.org: Corsica_S (Argon Sky Multisample), Klankbeeld (Riverside and (traffic horns city nervous busy); inchadney (seagulls); Synth pad (ambient pad); The Working Bamboo (Piano ambient); Bosk 1 (wind houling); Stomachache (New Year 2012); Leady (War Noise REV); Fonogeno (police sirens); Suonho (crystal airlines). From The FreeMusicArchive.org: Dumbo Gets Mad (Radical Leap), Podington Bear (Sneaker Chase); Sunsearcher (Latin Rhythm); and Telegraphy (Grey Matter). Photo collage:matt_e (Seoul city skyline) from Flickr.com. Published 3 December 2013.

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Behind Economics and Finance: Prisoners’ Dilemmas and Payday Loans

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Mary Morgan, LSE Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics, speaks to us about her book The World in the Model: How Economists Work and Think and how the once prose-heavy discipline founded by Adam Smith has been transformed by maths and modelling.

Carl Packman, author of Loan Sharks: The Rise and Rise of Payday Lending, discusses the exponential growth of the payday lending industry in the UK.

Director of LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance,  Professor John van Reenen, thinks back to his early career and identifies the books that shaped his thinking about the economic world.

Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Other Contributors: Mary Morgan, Carl Packman, John van Reenen, Joel Suss. Music and sound came courtesy of the following users at  freesound.org: wim (London underground train arriving 6 and 13), Foop (Edithouse); and The FreeMusicArchive.org: Dumbo Gets Mad (Radical Leap), Podington Bear (Dark Matter, Light in Branches, Pink Blossoms, Light Touch), Deltason (Groundloop). Collage photo: Photo: Payday Loan (Thomas Hawk) and Prisoner’s Dilemma Guila.Forsythe via Flickr. Published 17th July 2013.

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China: Home and Away

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We take a walk through London’s Chinatown with Rosemary Sales and Xia Lin, researchers at Middlesex University, to discuss identities in the area and meanings of home for Chinese immigrants.

John Gittings, Research Associate at SOAS, talks about China’s early peace philosophers and the importance of engaging the country in diplomacy.

Ting Xu, Research Fellow at LSE’s Economic History department, speaks about growing up in China in the wake of the Cultural Revolution and how her parents’ boundless passion for books was a source of inspiration.

Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Other Contributors: Rosemary Sales, Xia Lin, Perry Fung, John Gittings,Ting Xu. Music and sound came courtesy of the following users at freesound.org: bebeto (Intro music); Harri (Hypno1 and Hypno5); and Harp (Pryght-one); and the following user from the FreeMusicArchive.org: Jiony (Not Found_Invisible). Published 19th December 2012.

podcastinteractiveLSERB Podcast Interactive: Explore Chinatown with our interactive map: Each blue map pin features slideshows, original content, or podcast excerpts, marking a notable place unearthing the complexities behind the area’s diasporic identities and practices.

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Democracy and Its Discontents

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Professor of Politics at Sheffield University, Matthew Flinders, talks about his new book Defending Politics: Why Democracy Matters in the 21st Century, and argues that the problem with politics is not politicians themselves but the public’s understanding of the processes involved.

LSE’s Armine Ishkanian speaks about her book Democracy Building and Civil Society in Post-Soviet Armenia and how civil society and democratisation projects need a firm grounding in a country’s grassroots in order to successfully aid its transition to democracy.

George Lawson, Professor of International Relations at the LSE and an expert in democratisation and revolutions, tells us about the role the anti-apartheid movement had in sparking his early interest in international relations. We also catch-up with LSE Bees to talk about the wonders of hive behaviour.

Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Presented by Amy Mollett. Other Contributors: Cheryl Brumley, Matthew Flinders, Armine Ishkanian, Elisa de Denaro Vieira, George Lawson, LSE Bees. Music and sound came courtesy of the following users at freesound.org: bebeto (Intro music); Harri (Hypno1 and Hypno5); and Harp (Pryght-one). Published 27th September 2012.

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London 2012 Olympics: What happens when global meets local?

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Ricky Burdett, Architectural Advisor to the 2012 Olympic Games and Professor at LSE Cities, talks about the primacy of Olympic legacy and the regeneration of East London.

Author of Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project, Iain Sinclair, takes us on a tour of London Fields in Hackney, a host borough for the Olympic Games, to talk through what he sees as the negative acceleration of change brought about by the Olympic project.

Dr. Suzi Hall, urban ethnographer and lecturer from LSE Cities, leafs through the beautiful architecture books that inspired her interests in the design of cities and urban multiculture.

Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Other Contributors: Cheryl Brumley, Ricky Burdett, Iain Sinclair, Suzi Hall. Music and sound came courtesy of the following users at freesound.org: bebeto (Intro music); Harri (Hypno1 and Hypno5) ERH (Swell pad); Tube mash-up: acclivity (mind the gap and stand clear),wim (London underground train arriving 6 and 13), Jerry F (tube train interior), ERH (underground announcement). Published 27th July 2012.

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Marxism and the Left

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In this special episode we visit the Marxism 2012 Festival in London’s Bloomsbury to hear the latest from Marxist thinkers and activists. Professor of European Studies at King’s College London, Alex Callinicos, speaks about austerity and how Karl Marx’s theories have found increasing relevance in today’s recession-weary world.

We then take a look at the leftist movements across the Atlantic with Eli Zaretsky, Professor of History at The New School for Social Research in New York. He talks to us about his latest book Why America Needs a Left, the rise of the Tea Party and how President Obama failed his left-leaning supporters.

Presented by Amy Mollett and Cheryl Brumley. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Music courtesy of Harri at freesound.org for his song Hypno5 as well as Thee Faction for their song “Ready”. Published 19th July 2012.

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Gender and Feminism

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Senior archivist at the Wellcome Library, Lesley Hall, talks to us about her book on the early 20th century reproductive rights campaigner Stella Browne and how her activism influences today’s feminist movements.

Melanie Williams, Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, tells us how film and gender studies make natural companions.

We also hear from LSE Centennial Professor Mary Evans on the books that inspired her into social theory and gender studies and why Scandinavian crime novels make for an exciting escape from the quiet academic life.

Presented by Amy Mollett and Cheryl Brumley. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Music and sound came courtesy of the following users at freesound.org: bebeto (Intro music); nemo-day-a-dalus (projector); and harri (inspiration series intro); Riceballofdoom on YouTube (Toronto Slut Walk chant); Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com for his song Hand Trolley. Published 26th June 2012.

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Language

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Professor Dan Everett, linguistic anthropologist and author of Language: The Cultural Tool, tells us how a language spoken by a tribe living deep in the Amazon jungle poses a direct challenge to the widely-held view that language is inherent.

Prize-winning poet Philip Gross talks to us about his father’s loss of language and reads from his collections Deep Field and The Water Table.

As part of our academic inspiration series we speak to LSE economist and Bloomberg TV broadcaster Linda Yueh about the books that inspired her into economics.

Presented by Amy Mollett and Cheryl Brumley. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Music and sound courtesy of the following users at Freesound.org: bebeto (Intro music); reinsamba (Nightbirds – Amazon); Corsica_S (Museum atrium); mystiscool (stream); and eric5335 (meadow ambience). Published 8th May 2012.

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