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Podcast dedicated to quick hits & deep cuts on Housewives, gay pop iconography & NYC culture. Host Jess Rothschild invites fellow culture vultures to go deep on topics including Real Housewives, The Real World, Madonna, Britney, Mariah, etc. Guests include Rosie O'Donnell, Rachel Dratch, Gina Gershon, Isaac Mizrahi, Kara DioGuardi, Margaret Cho, Judy Gold, Dave Holmes, Carson Kressley, Jackie Warner, Brian Moylan and cast members from Bravo and The Real World.
 
Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcasts every Tuesday and Friday.
 
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Foreign policy and national security expert Fiona Hill is a go-to voice in Washington for understanding the longstanding tensions between the US and Russia. Her latest book, There Is Nothing For You Here, is part memoir, part reflection on how factors ranging from deindustrialisation to disenfranchisement over the course of decades have left a swat…
 
Dr Christian Busch has spent his career studying chance, serendipity, and how to maximise opportunity. He is director of the Center for Global Affairs' Global Economy Program at New York University and his new book, Connect the Dots, analyses the art and science of creating good luck. He joins journalist Rosamund Urwin to talk about it. Learn more …
 
Did you know our friend Stefan from MLVC (the Madonna podcast) spent the summer working as a background actor for And Just Like That!? Well, Stefan is here and ready to SPILL on... the scenes he filmed, experiencing Che Diaz in the wild, Cynthia Nixon’s wig, the erasure of Chris Noth/Big’s flashback scenes, 14-hour days, being directed by Michael P…
 
As the new film, Munich – The Edge of War, hits Netflix screens starring Jeremy Irons as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain negotiating on the brink of World War Two in 1938, we revisit an archive debate discussing that pivotal moment in history. Journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum is joined by a collection of celebr…
 
In this previously unreleased episode, Jamie welcomes good friend of the pod Piper Sample and founder of Radical Aliveness Ann Bradney for a roundtable discussion of HBO's The Vow, Starz's Seduced and their combined exploration of the NXIVM cult led by Keith Raniere. The episode kicks off with the question, "How do intelligent, successful people li…
 
Roopa Farooki is a doctor, author and creative-writing lecturer, whose new book, Everything Is True, tells the story of her first 40 days treating patients during the pandemic in the UK. She speaks with paediatrician and broadcaster Dr Guddi Singh about the reality of working in medicine during a global health crisis and the challenges of capturing…
 
Natalie Livingstone’s recently published book, The Women of Rothschild, tells the lesser known stories of the women who have played pivotal roles in one of the world’s most storied family dynasties throughout history. She joins journalist, author and former Editor-in-Chief of Tatler, Catherine Ostler, to discuss the book and its protagonists, who r…
 
Jess welcomes TWO of the stars of the groundbreaking Showtime series Queer as Folk: Peter Paige & Scott Lowell (aka: Emmett Honeycutt & Ted Schmidt)!! We discuss the infamous Larry King interview where they were grilled on their sexuality, how QAF changed the way sex & sexuality was depicted on cable, why The L Word was able to break into the mains…
 
Zillah Byng-Thorne is CEO of Future, the UK’s biggest magazine publishing group. With a stable of over 160 titles across print and online including recent acquisitions such as Wallpaper and The Week, Future is a truly multifaceted business and its CEO has also returned the group to record profits in recent years. She talks to Jeremy Leslie, Creativ…
 
Whether we call it Facebook or the recently coined Meta, the Silicon Valley tech giant founded by Mark Zuckerberg has rarely been out of the headlines since its inception over a decade ago and rarely have those headlines been good news. From Cambridge Analytica to the United States Capitol attack, the company's utopian ideals of connecting up socie…
 
Lea Ypi grew up in Albania during the 1980s and 1990s, the last Stalinist outpost in Europe. Almost impossible to visit and nearly impossible to leave, during that era it was a place of queuing and scarcity, political executions and secret police. But to Ypi, it was home. People were equal, neighbours helped each other, and children were expected t…
 
In today's highly polarised political landscape, Liberalism, somewhere in the middle, often comes under attack from both right and left. Joshua L Cherniss is Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University and his new book, Liberalism in Dark Times, looks at why moderate, centre-ground voices are having to think smarter and talk louder t…
 
Olivia Yallop is a strategist, creative and trend analyser, whose new book Break the Internet lifts the lid on how the influencer economy works. She speaks with Carl Miller, Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos about her approach to creating the book, which included visiting a VIP influencer party with a million…
 
Ever wonder how a professional interior designer would feel about the furniture, lighting and other questionable choices of our Housewives? Jess welcomes Dale Saylor, NYC interior designer and owner of Hollymount Design, for expert critiques on the many homes of Bethenny, Bluestone Manor, Gizelle Bryant’s house of horrors, Carole’s apartment reno, …
 
Verdi created some of the most beloved operas of all time. Wagner’s music is in an altogether more intellectual sphere. Back in 2013, Stephen Fry hosted a debate featuring cultural critic and author Norman Lebrecht, novelist and critic Philip Hensher and conductor Paul Wynne Griffiths, plus opera singers Dušica Bijeli and John Tomlinson, to decide …
 
2022 looks set to be another seismic year. A new Covid-19 variant threatens to prolong the pandemic. A diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics looks likely to escalate tensions with China. And time is running out to ’keep 1.5 alive’, in spite of the commitments made at COP26. Martin Wolf is chief economics commentator at the Financial Tim…
 
In their recent book, Poles Apart, behavioural scientist Alex Chesterfield, public affairs specialist Laura Osborne and political advisor Ali Goldsworthy look at what factors drive society apart and what can help bring it back together. Economist and broadcaster Linda Yueh hosts a wide-ranging discussion with the authors exploring not only the cult…
 
Bravo's "Work Out" star Jackie Warner returns for her third appearance! For the first time, Jackie discusses her ambien-induced car accident that led to her arrest at gunpoint by the LAPD. Jackie reveals how the incident ended her career in Hollywood and led to her weight gain and her ultimate move from LA. Jackie also talks Sex and the City, how s…
 
Damian Bradfield is a tech leader who as co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of WeTransfer steers an essential tool for creatives plus the site's burgeoning culture brand WePresent, too. He joins journalist Rosamund Urwin to discuss the company's journey and also talk through the Ideas Report: WeTransfer's annual survey of the global creative ind…
 
Jane Austen created the definitive picture of Georgian England. No writer matches Austen’s sensitive ear for the hypocrisy and irony lurking beneath the genteel conversation. That’s the argument of the Janeites, but to the aficionados of Emily Brontë they are the misguided worshippers of a circumscribed mind. In Wuthering Heights, Brontë dispensed …
 
Gloria Estefan is one of the most successful singers ever. With more than 120 million records sold worldwide, three Grammy Awards, and a career spanning four decades, she has helped make Latin-flavoured pop music an international success. Estefan is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of …
 
Happy holidays! Jamie celebrates the end of the year by inviting friend of the pod Piper Sample to unpack all the surreal goings-on of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. It's a season where it feels like the bulk of the drama is in everything that's not being said - including Lisa Barlow's intentions in bringing Cameron onto the show, why Heath…
 
Though no laughing matter, the extremes of the Donald Trump presidency made comedians' jobs a little trickier: was the reality more absurd than satire created around it? In 2020 we invited celebrated comedy writer and producer Armando Iannucci, Labour MP Jess Phillips, and satirist and impressionist Jan Ravens, to discuss the issue. The event was c…
 
Jess is joined by L Word historians and co-hosts of “You Might Know Her From,” Damian Bellino and Anne Rodeman to finally let loose on And Just Like That and BOY do we have feelings. We discuss Jess’ run-in with SATC exec producer/writer Michael Patrick King the very morning of this recording, the Kim Cattrall / SJP fall-out, Willie Garson’s death,…
 
Michael Lewis is one of the most successful non-fiction authors alive. In a series of titles that have sold 9 million copies worldwide, he has lifted the lid on the biggest business stories of our times, enthralling readers with his knack for humanising complex subjects and giving them the page-turning urgency of the best thrillers. Liar’s Poker is…
 
Nearly four centuries after his death, no writer has matched William Shakespeare’s influence across drama, theatre and poetry but a few have come close. John Milton, say his fans, works on an altogether different, higher plane. In Paradise Lost – one of the most significant poems ever written in English – Milton moved beyond the literary to address…
 
We hear from a panel of historians, authors and broadcasters – Hallie Rubenhold, Natalie Livingstone, Dan Jones and chair Saul David – about how women's stories and female historians have been marginalised throughout history. The conversation, recorded at The Cliveden Literary Festival, also discusses how historians today can help redress the imbal…
 
Jess is finally joined by our showbiz glamour muse... star of stage, screen and radio... Ms. Sandra Bernhard! Sandy reflects on her iconic Letterman appearances, her friendship with Madonna, playing Nancy on Roseanne and crafting her one-woman shows. Sandra also shares about her relationship with her girlfriend Sara of 20 years, ultimately not havi…
 
Satya Nadella is one of the world’s most inspirational business leaders; as much a humanist as a technologist and executive. In September 2017, he came to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss his personal journey from a childhood in India to becoming Chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corporation with journalist and author Kamal Ahmed. Learn more a…
 
We compare the works of two of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age: Rembrandt and Vermeer. Making the case for Rembrandt van Rijn in this debate was historian, author and broadcaster Simon Schama. For Schama, Rembrandt's works are raw humanity personified with formal beauty being the least of the painter's concerns. Novelist Tracy Chevali…
 
Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University and author of two seminal recent books on the shifting geopolitics of the world: The Silk Roads and its follow-up, The New Silk Roads. He speaks to fellow historian and writer Simon Sebag Montefiore at the Cliveden Literary Festival about how we may be currently witnessing the end …
 
Former governor of the Bank of England Lord King, global economist Dr Dambisa Moyo and businessman Ian Livingstone join Senior Editor at the Economist Anne McElvoy to map out a road to economic recovery after the pandemic. Following UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's warning of a new 'tidal wave' of Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks in the UK and b…
 
Jess is joined by writer/comedian and star of SiriusXM’s Smith Sisters Live, Mariah Smith! Mariah Smith rose to internet prominence with her insanely popular blog Keeping Up with the (Kardashian) Kontinuity Errors and worked as a producer for Watch What Happens Live. We discuss highlights of her WWHL era, interning at SNL, Bethenny’s failed Bravo n…
 
This week, we’re going back to 2017, with our debate "It's time to bring Russia in from the cold: Rapprochement is in the West's best interests". For this major event, Intelligence Squared put together a stellar line-up. Making the case for rapprochement with Russia was Vladimir Pozner, one of Russia’s best known television journalists and a former…
 
Journalist and author Janine di Giovanni's over the past 30 years has seen her report from the frontlines of some of the most complex and turbulent stories of our times, including the siege of Sarajevo and both the Srebrenica and Rwandan genocides. Her new book, The Vanishing, focuses on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, who have suffere…
 
The subject of genetic inheritance provokes passionate debate but behavioural geneticist Kathryn Paige Harden believes both sides are getting it wrong. It’s possible, she argues, to reclaim the science of genetics while avoiding the trap of categorising traits as superior or inferior. Drawing from her new book, The Genetic Lottery, Harden shares he…
 
Andrew Chen is a specialist in growing tech businesses and for his new book, The Cold Start Problem, he has spoken to the founders of companies such as LinkedIn, Zoom, Uber, Dropbox, Tinder and Airbnb, to learn how startups can maximise their potential. Andrew has spent a career working with tech companies and tech investors, plus he's also a proli…
 
We are joined by a RHONY OG and cabaret royalty — Countess Luann! We get into everything, including how production on Ultimate Girls Trip differed from a typical season, Eboni leaking info about the Ramona investigation to the press and fans still clamoring for Alex McCord. Luann also entertains the idea casting a lesbian or trans housewife for RHO…
 
Autonomy, dignity and compassion. We wish to experience these things in our lives, so why shouldn’t we experience them in our deaths? That’s the argument made by those who support a change in the law to legalise assisted dying in the UK. People who are suffering intractably, they claim, but who are too ill to self-administer life-ending medication …
 
It’s been almost 50 years since Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel laureate for literature, last published a novel. Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People on Earth is, his fellow writers agree, worth the wait. He joins Dr Louisa Egbunike, Associate Professor in African Literature at Durham University, to discuss its his lat…
 
Jamie welcomes Taria S. Faison, host of the popular What Else is Going On? podcast, to deep dive Candiace Dillard and her polarizing effect on both her fellow cast members as well as the audience at large. They navigate Real Housewives of Potomac topics both current and historical, including the real reasons why Candiace was so bothered by Ashley's…
 
Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party came to power in 2014, India has seen an increase in Hindu nationalism and a rise in hostility towards the Muslim minority population. Politician and writer Shashi Tharoor believes the country is at a crossroads. His recently published book, The Struggle for India’s Soul, looks at the political d…
 
Kate Bingham is the former Chair of the UK Vaccine Taskforce and she's also a shrewd business mind, having been a successful venture capitalist in sectors such as biotech for the past 30 years. She recently spoke with Jessica Pulay at the Cliveden Literary Festival to discuss how business acumen played its part in managing a team of experts from se…
 
Jess welcomes the best butch in showbiz — comedian, jazz singer & Orange is the New Black’s “Big Boo” — Lea DeLaria! Lea discusses her big break performing as the first openly gay comic on TV in America (on Arsenio), working with Goldie Hawn on The First Wives Club and how her life changed within 24 hours of Netflix dropping the first season of Ora…
 
What now for the world? Governments have reached a climate deal which gets us closer to holding temperatures rises to 1.5C. But a last-ditch effort from India and China to water down pledges to phase out coal has led some to consider COP26 a failure. Yes, COP26 could have achieved more but is this agreement one that could potentially be seen as a s…
 
Huma Abedin was Hillary Clinton’s most trusted aide and adviser for many years. Her recently published book, Both/And, reveals the details of that relationship as well as reflecting on the very public breakdown of her marriage to disgraced former congressman and convicted sex offender Anthony Weiner. She speaks to journalist Razia Iqbal about her l…
 
We go to movies that make us cry, scream or gag we poke at sores, eat spicy foods and run marathons. Some of us even seek out discomfort and humiliation for sexual gratification. Most of these activities are painful yet many of us find pleasure within them and Professor Paul Bloom of Yale University's recent book, The Sweet Spot, seeks to suss out …
 
Jess is joined by writer/comedian Melody Kamali to recover from the whiplash of the Jen Shah arrest spectacular on Salt Lake City and the Ultimate Girls Trip binge on Peacock. We also discuss Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well,” Melody’s experience interviewing for a producer job on Love & Hip Hop, Love Life on HBO Max, the new lesbian reality show Tampa…
 
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