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Author: London Review of Books

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The State of… is a new monthly podcast from the London Review of Books which aims to take the temperature of our contemporary culture, assessing the condition of the arts, politics and society. On each episode LRB editors Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe will be joined by two guests trying to understand a little better the state of our times.

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Mary-Kay Wilmers, editor of the LRB, and Rosemary Hill join Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe to talk about the state of our clothes. Anne Hollander once wrote in the LRB that 'clothes exist to remind the self of the body, and to create a worldly body for each person', and our guests use this as a starting point to discuss how we try to use clothes to reveal and conceal things about ourselves.Mentioned in this episode:Anne Hollander on Kafka's clothes: Carter on the latest thing: Hill on 'Frock Consciousness': collections, back issues, covers and other LRB merchandise on the LRB Store: up to our newsletter: For information regarding your data privacy, visit
The Nation

The Nation


William Davies and Lorna Finlayson join Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe to discuss the state of the nation - the UK - in the age of Brexit. Spoiler: there are no predictions here! Instead, they talk about the trouble they have identifying with their own side, how the issue of Europe came to represent the UK's growing internal divisions, and whether we should be excited or terrified by seeing our democratic system put through its paces. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
The Internet

The Internet


Patricia Lockwood and John Lanchester join hosts Joanna Biggs and Tom Crewe to assess the state of the internet, including podcasts, porn, Twitter, Facebook and their first memories of being online. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
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Tiago Santos

Tom sounds odd. Maybe he is too close to the mic?

Apr 4th
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