A special live episode of the podcast featuring Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan, Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne and Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly. They joined Hugh Linehan and Fiach Kelly to discuss the relationship between their three parties, and more.
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The Monocle team discuss the outlook for Italy as its election approaches, find out what went wrong for Justin Trudeau during his trip to India, highlight which qualities make a good mayor and ask whether the UK really needs plastic straws.
Ian Sample delves into a preliminary study of US embassy staff said to have been targeted by an energy source in Cuba. With no unifying explanation, what do scientists think happened?
LARB Radio was live at The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA this past Sunday at the Book Release Party for author Tom DeRoche’s and illustrator Daniel Gonzalez’s 21st century recasting of Mark Twain’s American Classic: The Ballad of Huck and Miguel. Co-hosts Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher facilitated the main event, a free flowing discussion with Tom and Manuel that captivated the overflow crowd with reflections on a book that, much like the original, illuminates many of the central concerns and crises of contemporary American society. Tom and Manuel explain the project’s evolution: why Huck’s companion Jim, a runaway slave, became Miguel an undocumented migrant; the Mississippi became the LA River; and how Los Angeles, with its limitless diversity and underappreciated nature, plays a staring role accentuated by Daniel’s gorgeous prints. Once again, the searing social critique resonates because our hearts are drawn in by the battered-but-unbroken adolescent who finds on the river an older role model, something unavailable to him in “proper” society, in the person of a fellow outcast, Miguel – a human connection, as with Jim, all-but-forbidden by white America.
Also, Dan Lopez drops by to share his Olympic Fever, by recommending a book that the Winter Games inspired him to read: Barbara Demick’s study of life in the world’s most closed and mysterious country, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea.