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Writers & Company


Writers & Company

Host Eleanor Wachtel explores the lives, thoughts and works of remarkable writers from around the world. Writers and Company

Updated: Sundays
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120 bathrooms short

Find out why a 35-storey condo doesn’t have any bathrooms.

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How the American right lost its way

Conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes talks about what it's like to take on Trump supporters.

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The birth of videos games

Rewind takes a look at the birth of a multi-billion dollar industry.

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Taking food from kids who can't pay

A school cafeteria worker quits after she's ordered to enforce the school's new policy of taking hot meals away from kids whose parents haven't paid up.

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Colson Whitehead Podcast

What if the Underground Railroad really was a network of secret trains that brought runaway slaves to freedom? That's the premise of Colson Whitehead's acclaimed novel, "The Underground Railroad." He speaks with Eleanor about blending fact and fiction.

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Karan Mahajan Podcast

On the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, Eleanor speaks with novelist Karan Mahajan about his powerful book, "The Association of Small Bombs." Centered around a bomb attack in a New Delhi market, the novel explores grief, politics and terrorism.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:07]

Nuala O'Faolain Podcast

A look back at Eleanor's onstage interview with Irish writer Nuala O'Faolain in Victoria in 2003. Best known for her stunningly honest memoir "Are You Somebody", O'Faolain is as candid and as comical as ever in this hilarious conversation.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:09]

Gordon Lish & Eric Newby

From 1991, Eleanor speaks with two unique voices: one of the most influential men in American fiction - editor, writer and teacher, Gordon Lish. Also, the witty, entertaining English travel writer, Eric Newby.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:37]

Ryszard Kapuscinski Interview

From the archives, a look back at the extraordinary, international Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski. He chronicled 20th century war and revolution - and survived four death sentences. Eleanor spoke with the master of literary reportage in 1994.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:51:27]

Tim O'Brien Interview

From 1995, an intimate interview with novelist Tim O'Brien. Described as "the best American writer of his generation," O'Brien writes powerful books about the Vietnam War - drawing from his own experience as a young soldier in 1969.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:48:54]

Moacyr Scliar Interview

From Brazil, the magical world of Moacyr Scliar - author of more than 60 books, including "Max and the Cats" and "The Centaur in the Garden". In 2004, Eleanor spoke with the writer and physician about fantasy, identity, and Brazil's Jewish diaspora.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:08]

Grace Paley & Adrienne Rich

From the archives, two unique American voices. From 1993, Eleanor speaks with a master of the short story -- writer and activist, Grace Paley. And from 1994, the influential poet and essayist, Adrienne Rich.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:38]

Chinua Achebe Interview

From the Writers & Company archives, Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. A look back at the inspiring writer, thinker and politician -- and the father of the African novel in English. Eleanor spoke with the author of "Things Fall Apart" in 1994.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:05]

William Trevor Interview

A master of the short story and the novel, Irish writer William Trevor. In this interview from 1994, Eleanor speaks with the celebrated author about his autobiographical collection, "Excursions in the Real World."

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[mp3 file: runs 00:51:51]

Alice Munro Interview

In celebration of Alice Munro's 85th birthday, a rare conversation with Canada’s first winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. In this interview from 2004, Eleanor speaks with Munro about her Giller Prize-winning collection of short stories, "Runaway."

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:46]

Jenny Diski Interview

A look back at Eleanor's conversation with English writer Jenny Diski in 2005. The author of "Skating to Antarctica" and "Stranger on a Train" died in April at the age of 68.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:53:48]

Memoir Panel

This week - the art of the memoir. What to tell? Who to implicate? And how to deal with the consequences. Eleanor speaks with American memoir writers Vivian Gornick and Kathryn Harrison, and England's Ferdinand Mount.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:53:42]

Don DeLillo Interview

Eleanor speaks with American novelist Don DeLillo. The award-winning author of 'White Noise,' 'Underworld' and 'Libra' has a new book called 'Zero K.' Set in a secret cryonic freezing facility, the novel explores themes of science, religion and mortality.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:50:57]

Jonathan Lee Interview

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with English novelist Jonathan Lee about his new book, 'High Dive.' The novel reimagines the 1984 assassination attempt of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, known as "the Brighton bombing."

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:15]

Julian Barnes Podcast

Eleanor speaks with England's Julian Barnes on stage at the Bluma Appel Salon in Toronto. The Booker prize-winning novelist, essayist and art critic talks about his latest book, 'The Noise of Time' - about beloved Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:53:37]

Tracy K. Smith Interview

Eleanor speaks with the Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Tracy K. Smith about her memoir, 'Ordinary Light' - named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times. Tracy K. talks to Eleanor about race, faith, and the elegiac power of poetry.

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Alan Bennett Podcast (encore 1995)

​From 1995, Eleanor speaks with English writer and national treasure, Alan Bennett. Bennett is known for his wit, his award-winning plays, and most recently, his screenplay adaptation of his book and play "The Lady in the Van," starring Maggie Smith.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:16]

Edna O'Brien Podcast

From London, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Irish writer Edna O'Brien about her new novel, 'The Little Red Chairs.' In this candid interview, the 85-year-old author explores the themes of pain, loss and love that have preoccupied her work and life.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:34]

Anne Carson Interview

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Canadian poet, essayist, Greek and Latin scholar, and librettist, Anne Carson - on stage at Montreal's Blue Metropolis Festival.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:15]

Alina Bronsky & Zafer Senocak Podcast

To wrap up the special series "At the Centre of Europe: A Changing Germany", Eleanor talks with novelist Alina Bronsky, from the former Soviet Union; and Turkish-German poet and essayist, Zafer Senocak.

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Navid Kermani

From Cologne, the novelist, essayist and Islam scholar, Navid Kermani - one of Germany's most important writers and thinkers. He talks to Eleanor about Islam, current political and cultural issues in Germany, and his passion for the music of Neil Young.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:51:10]

Reinhard Kleist Podcast

From Berlin, more in the series 'At the Centre of Europe: A Changing Germany' with award-winning comic book artist Reinhard Kleist. Known for his graphic biographies, Kleist talks to Eleanor about tackling complex characters through striking artistry.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:50:42]

Margarethe von Trotta Podcast

From Munich, to launch Writers & Company's special four-part series on Germany, Eleanor Wachtel speaks with filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta about the historical, political and personal stories that have inspired her work.

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'The Face' Panel Podcast

Eleanor speaks with three writers - Chris Abani, Tash Aw and Ruth Ozeki - about how our faces affect questions of identity and belonging.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:58:59]

John Updike Podcast

From the Writers & Company archives, Eleanor speaks with one of America's most successful, most elegant, and most accomplished writers – John Updike, a rare conversation.

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