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The Senator for Minnesota, former Democratic presidential candidate, and author of "Antitrust" talks to Anne McElvoy about whether America's mega-companies should be broken up. Also, will the Apple v Epic Games case increase competition and were Facebook’s Oversight Board right to uphold the suspension of Trump’s account. And are female politicians…
 
Danny Huston joins me to talk about directing and starring in The Last Photograph - the man born on a film set also shares precious family and personal movie memories, such as the day he fell in love with Ava Gardner. I look at the Oscar results, talk Paddington vs Kane and recommend a new show about Tupac. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/priv…
 
In 2004 Tammy Duckworth was shot down by Iraqi insurgents while she was serving in the army and lost both legs in the attack. As America withdraws troops from Afghanistan, Anne McElvoy asks the Illinois senator about the legacy of America's interventions abroad and whether President Biden is making the right decision. The first Thai-American woman …
 
Film maker Lisa Rovner switches us on to Sisters with Transistors, her doc about the pioneering but forgotten women of early electronic music. Lisa faces the SAGFL Ten questions with answers including Chungking Express and Desperately Seeking Susan. I make some bold Oscar predictions and recommend an all-Oscar Three To See. Music by Lee Rosevere. S…
 
How does the best-known veteran of foreign policy view the great global standoff today? Henry Kissinger is a titan of US politics — as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor in the Nixon and Ford administrations he brokered detente with the Soviet Union and orchestrated a breakthrough presidential visit to China in 1972. Incumbents have s…
 
How do you reinvent a city? The mayor of Miami is on a mission to turn his city into the world’s foremost tech and financial hub. Anne McElvoy explores whether he can tempt entrepreneurs and investors away from Silicon Valley and Wall Street and how he will improve the lives of Miamians. Mayor Suarez talks about his ambitions in the Republican Part…
 
What can a travel writer learn from staying at home? Anne McElvoy asks the prolific travel author Paul Theroux about the virtues of being homebound during the pandemic. The author of "Under the Wave at Waimea" reveals that his friend and one-time foe V.S. Naipaul inspired a character in his new book about big-wave surfing in Hawaii. Also, verbal fe…
 
Rising star Olivia Cooke tells us about her multi- nominated new film Sound of Metal, rocking out with Riz Ahmed and how Phantom Thread changed her life; doc makers Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin piece together the life and music of Tina Turner for their triumphant portrait Tina and recommend the doc Collective; I pay a belated visit to The Forty Year O…
 
How important is truth in historical TV drama? Anne McElvoy asks the Oscar-winning screenwriter about the difference between journalistic accuracy and artistic truth, how he uses that tension in his latest film "The Trial of the Chicago 7" and why he loves courtroom dramas. The creator of "The West Wing" also explains why that series still captivat…
 
We delve into the worlds of Terry Gilliam, Sherlock Holmes and George Segal. Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe discuss their beautiful 'making of' doc He Dreams of Giants, about Gilliam's final tilt at Don Quixote; starring as Holmes in Netflix's The Irregulars, Henry Lloyd-Hughes talks Tom Thumb and Les Miserables; and my Three to See is dedicated to clas…
 
Is it time for diversity quotas? Ursula Burns, the first black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company, tells The Economist’s editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes why she thinks businesses will not diversify without quotas. The former CEO of Xerox also argues that business leaders have the edge over presidents when it comes to closing the skills gap an…
 
Record numbers of women are considering leaving the workforce due to the pressures of the pandemic. How can successful women help their successors through the glass ceiling? Host Anne McElvoy talks to Joanna Coles, CEO of Northern Star Investments and former chief content officer of Hearst magazines, and Melora Hardin, star of “The Bold Type” and “…
 
Kidulthood creator and Bullet Proof star Noel Clarke joins me to sift the diverse BAFTA noms and celebrate his inspirations from Pulp Fiction to Octavia Spencer. Reviews include Judas and The Black Messiah and there’s a peak at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in LA. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out info…
 
During the pandemic, how can we better parent our children? Psychotherapist and writer Philippa Perry talks to Anne McElvoy about the mental-health consequences for the 1.6 billion students kept out of school during the pandemic. Plus, why the idea of quality time is a “cop-out” and feeling sad is part of being human. Please subscribe to The Econom…
 
Fresh from her triumph at the Golden Globes, the producer of Pixar masterpiece Soul, Dana Murray, is my guest, telling how she reached the top rungs of the animation powerhouse and the films that inspired her. Plus, I recommend Mexico's I'm No Longer Here and tender punk memoir Poly Styrene: I Am Cliche. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy…
 
What can artificial intelligence reveal about what it means to be human? Host Anne McElvoy asks the Nobel prize-winning author of "The Remains of the Day” about his new book, "Klara and the Sun", in which he argues that people's relationship to machines will eventually change the way they think of themselves as individuals. But does he think only h…
 
How should President Joe Biden deal with President Vladimir Putin? At a point of “acute confrontation” between America and Russia, Fiona Hill, former official at the US National Security Council and expert on Russia, tells Anne McElvoy how post-Trump relations might look. Also, why Russian opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny is like Harry Potter— …
 
Jazz legend Branford Marsalis talks about his score for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, composing for the late Chadwick Boseman, working with Spkie Lee and his life watching movies. Plus I have news of a thrilling new doc about Brazilian great Pele, a tribute to Jean Claude Carrière and the new Black Panther. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy …
 
When will the electric car rule the road? Herbert Diess, the chief executive of Germany's Volkswagen Group, talks to Anne McElvoy and Simon Wright, The Economist’s Industry editor, about its plans to switch from the internal-combustion engine to electrification. More than a dozen countries have set a date for when they will prohibit sales of fossil…
 
What next for the euro area? Christine Lagarde, the president of the European Central Bank and the former head of the IMF tells The Economist's editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, why the continent needs more fiscal support in coming years, why she isn't worried about inflation, and why climate change matters for monetary policy. China is alread…
 
The man who plays Malcolm X in One Night in Miami is my guest: Kingsley Ben-Adir takes us through his movie loves and film memories and I look at The Capote Tapes and the Golden Globe nominations. 21 Grams (12.42) The Usual Suspects (15.12) In America (18.20) Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
What does American history tell us about politics now? Anne McElvoy asks the professor at Boston College and author of the popular newsletter "Letters from an American". Using the sweep of history since the civil war, she brings a long view to febrile US politics and explains why she thinks the GOP is like a car driven into a deep ditch. Also her p…
 
I've given the show a title tweak for the new season. We are now called Seen Any Good Films Lately? It's what I get asked all the time and I found that my guests just come alive when talking about their movie loves, past and present…I ask them what they’re up to and what they’re watching and I run down a few of the films I've seen and to look out f…
 
In the first show of the new season there’s a title tweak and a brilliant guest: Stacy Martin is first up on Seen Any Good Films Lately? She discusses her roles in British sci-fi Archive and in the stylish and creepy TV series The Serpent, about hippie killer Charles Sobhraj. Stacy talks about her status in both French and English cinema and her fi…
 
A year ago the Chinese city of 11 million people cut itself off to contain the spread of a deadly virus. Hao Wu, the director of "76 Days" a documentary about the Wuhan lockdown, talks to Anne McElvoy about the first casualties, life under quarantine and the personal impact of covid-19. Why did Hao Wu avoid politics in the film and why has he been …
 
Can President Biden revive bipartisanship in America? Anne McElvoy asks the widow of Republican Senator John McCain and member of the Biden-Harris transition advisory council if Joe Biden can achieve his hopes of ‘unity’ in a divided America. After the violence at the Senate on the 6th of January, does the GOP still represent Mrs. McCain’s values a…
 
As Wikipedia turns 20, we ask its founder Jimmy Wales how “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit” really works. Also, as creator of another tech giant, does he reckon social media is still a force for good? And were some major platforms right to ban President Trump from communicating on them? He also confides his homeschooling tips. Please sub…
 
After the shocking scenes in Washington DC this week, we ask war historian Margaret MacMillan if violence is an inevitable part of civilisation. Professor MacMillan, author of 'War: How conflict shaped us', reflects on whether the invasion of the Capitol qualifies as a coup. And she unravels the mystery of why we fight, from ancient times to the 21…
 
Was the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre earlier denied roles because of her skin colour? She tells host, Anne McElvoy, how dance saved her from a difficult childhood and about her first performance in a classic Christmas production. And, which ballets would she remove from the repertoire? Please subscribe to The Economis…
 
Anne McElvoy asks the former German ambassador to the US, Wolfgang Ischinger, if America can still be relied upon as a “protective uncle” and how it should deal with China. And, who will succeed Chancellor Merkel in 2021? Anne talks to German cabinet minister Jens Spahn, one of a proposed 'dream team' of candidates in the upcoming party leadership …
 
Diane Lane brings Hollywood glamour and watches A Clockwork Orange; German musician Nils Frahm on Jacques Tati and in concert; I run down my Top Tens of 2020 in Film and TV. Diane Lane: Downton Abbey (09:30) A Clockwork Orange (12.13) Nils Frahm: Mon Oncle (30.21) Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
How stable is the West? Professor Joseph Henrich, chair of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, says that even successful societies can implode. He tells Anne McElvoy that the economically dominant Western identity, evolving from the “psychologically peculiar” minds of the population, could look very different in the future. Please sub…
 
Two faces of Christmas- gorgeous singing star Katherine Jenkins shares talks about her new film career, her favourite carols and Hamilton; punk director Julien Temple goes a few rounds with Shane MacGowan and dives into the romance of Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante. Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
The actor, best known for playing Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, talks about directing his first feature film on caring for his parents who suffered from dementia. Anne McElvoy asks him why he prefers cinema to home-streaming and whether he believes people will return to the big screen after the pandemic. And, how controversy around Holl…
 
Jonathan Coe discusses why he based his new novel around a Billy Wilder shoot, his admiration for Elizabeth Moss and and a date to see Bill Forsyth’s Housekeeping; actor Craig Fairbrass flexes his talent in new film Muscle and talks Lee Marvin, Helen Mirren and handling Hollywood. Jonathan Coe: The Invisble Man (12.41) The Crown (13.06) Craig Fairb…
 
The British chef, author and host of television show “Cook, Eat, Repeat”, tells Anne McElvoy how to become a better cook. They talk about how our relationship with food is changing in the pandemic. Nigella explains the therapeutic nature of cooking and her culinary relationship with her mother. Also, what would she prepare for the new President Bid…
 
Oscar nominee and Lord of the Rings hero Viggo Mortensen talks about his directing debut Falling and seeing Lawrence of Arabia with his Mum (he liked the camels); Ashley Madekwe discusses her role in tough British film County Lines, meeting Mary J Blige and not returning her Return To Oz video. Viggo Mortensen: A Special Day (13.33) Lawrence of Ara…
 
The West End and Broadway producer says visiting closed theatres during the lockdown brought her to tears. Now that an effective vaccine is on the horizon, Anne McElvoy asks Friedman what it will take for theatre curtains to rise again. And, after the pandemic how much does it cost to restart a hit show like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Pleas…
 
Mangrove star Shaun Parkes talks Small Axe, working with Steve McQueen and loving Baraka; director James Erskine riffs on Billie Holiday, Betty Blue and Liverpool FC’s title win. Shaun Parkes: Gomorrah (36.52) The Leftovers (37.14) Baraka (38.40) James Erskine: Unorthodox (08.48) Minari (09.14) Three Colours (12.07) Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast…
 
Nicknamed “the kingmaker”, the South Carolina congressman and civil-rights activist set Joe Biden on his path to the White House. But the narrowness of Mr Biden's victory shook Democratic confidence. Anne McElvoy asks one of the most senior Democrats in Congress whether the president-elect can heal America. Did slogans like “defund the police” cost…
 
This Is England star Thomas Turgoose reveals how he got his career back on track and how Stephen Graham inspires him; photographer Gered Mankowitz remembers snapping Jimi Hendrix and queuing for movies in Leicester Square. Thomas Turgoose: Kingdom 10.53 Race Across The World 11.52 Line of Duty 12.21 Gered Mankowitz: White Riot (28.42) Moscow Noir (…
 
President Trump is on course to lose his re-election bid albeit with the second-highest number of votes ever recorded. Anne McElvoy asks Jennifer Horn, founder of the Lincoln Project, a conservative coalition that campaigned against the president, why Trumpism proved so attractive to swathes of America. Beyond the presidency, which forces are the w…
 
Whether Trump wins or loses the election, what next for the Republicans? The President’s former national security adviser lays out his vision of a Reagan-style future party, where Donald Trump is “a crazy uncle tweeting from the basement”. Also, what advice would Mr Bolton give a newly elected Joe Biden, who he calls “a man of character”. See acast…
 
Broadcaster and film maker Jonny Owen talks about making his football history doc The Three Kings on Bill Shankly, Matt Busby and Jock Stein plus his love of Mad Men, Jimmy Stewart and watching Line of Duty with his Missus (yes, she’s Vicky McClure). Cobra Kai (11.41) Mad Men (20.16) Quadrophenia (26.11) Music by Lee Rosevere. See acast.com/privacy…
 
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