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Alain Elkann Interviews podcasts are an unprecedented window into the minds of some of the most well-known and -respected figures of the last twenty-five years. Alain Elkann has mastered the art of the interview, approaching the task as somewhere between snapping a photograph and writing a short story. With a background in novels and journalism, and having published over twenty books translated across ten languages, Alain infuses his interviews with innovation, allowing them to flow freely and organically. A small selection, to which we will gradually add, are presented here as podcasts for the first time.

Alain Elkann Interviews podcasts are an unprecedented window into the minds of some of the most well-known and -respected figures of the last twenty-five years. Alain Elkann has mastered the art of the interview, approaching the task as somewhere between snapping a photograph and writing a short story. With a background in novels and journalism, and having published over twenty books translated across ten languages, Alain infuses his interviews with innovation, allowing them to flow freely and organically. A small selection, to which we will gradually add, are presented here as podcasts for the first time.
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Alain Elkann Interviews podcasts are an unprecedented window into the minds of some of the most well-known and -respected figures of the last twenty-five years. Alain Elkann has mastered the art of the interview, approaching the task as somewhere between snapping a photograph and writing a short story. With a background in novels and journalism, and having published over twenty books translated across ten languages, Alain infuses his interviews with innovation, allowing them to flow freely and organically. A small selection, to which we will gradually add, are presented here as podcasts for the first time.

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Andre Balazs - 25 - Alain Elkann Interviews

8/18/2019
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THE INSPIRATION OF HOSPITALITY. André Balazs and his father co-founded a biotechnology company called Biomatrix in 1988. André started to invest in properties a few years before their successful sale of Biomatrix in 2000, and he now owns and manages a string of high-end hotels. Most are located in historic buildings that he has renovated, including the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles, The Mercer in New York and the Chiltern Firehouse in London.

Duration:01:05:35

Todd Longstaffe Gowan - 24 - Alain Elkann Interviews

8/11/2019
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A LAYERED APPROACH TO LANDSCAPE. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award winning landscape designer TODD LONGSTAFFE-GOWAN brings to his garden design a sense of the complexities of our relation to the past that is informed by his training and experience as an architect, landscape architect, cultural geographer and historian.

Duration:01:07:28

Anthony d’Offay - 23 - Alain Elkann Interviews

8/4/2019
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The interview with the distinguished art dealer and philanthropist ANTHONY D'OFFAY takes place in his elegant first-floor office on London’s Dering Street, a historic wood-paneled room where he works with his young assistant. Downstairs is Postcard Teas, a shop selling exquisite rare varieties of teas, which is run by Anthony’s son Timothy and his Japanese wife Asako. At Anthony’s request, a pot of delicious caffeine-free Chinese tea is bought up for us to drink during the interview.

Duration:00:33:06

Peter Mandelson - 22 - Alain Elkann Interviews

7/30/2019
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MATTERS OF IMPORTANCE. Peter Mandelson on Brexit lies, Boris Johnson, the weak & ineffective response of Jeremy Corbyn, anti-Semitism, Northern Ireland, and the EU.

Duration:00:36:14

Almine Ruiz-Picasso - 21 - Alain Elkann Interviews

7/28/2019
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Almine Ruiz-Picasso owns the Almine Rech Gallery in Paris, Brussels, London and New York. She is married to Bernard Picasso and she has four children.

Duration:00:33:22

Alvaro Barrington - 20 - Alain Elkann Interviews

7/21/2019
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In ARTISTS I STEAL FROM the 36-year-old artist Alvaro Barrington and Julia Peyton-Jones, the very well appreciated contemporary art curator, bring together works by 49 artists who influence Alvaro’s work. The exhibition is at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in London from 5 June to 9 August 2019.

Duration:00:33:35

Lionel Barber - 19 - Alain Elkann Interviews

7/13/2019
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LIONEL BARBER is the Editor of the Financial Times (FT). Since his appointment in 2005, Lionel Barber has helped to transform the Financial Times into a multi-channel global news organization, and during Barber’s editorship, the FT has won many international awards for its journalism.

Duration:00:34:39

David Linley - 18 - Alain Elkann Interviews

7/7/2019
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DAVID SNOWDON is Honorary Chairman, Christie’s EMERI (Europe, Middle East, Russia and India). He is a craftsman who founded the bespoke design, furniture and cabinetry firm LINLEY. His father Antony Armstrong-Jones became the 1st Earl of Snowdon after he married Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, and David was styled as Viscount Linley. When his father died in 2017 David Linley became the 2nd Earl of Snowdon.

Duration:00:40:30

Jennifer Clement - 17 - Alain Elkann Interviews

6/29/2019
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WE DEFEND INCREDIBLY BRAVE WRITERS WHO RISK EVERYTHING FOR THE TRUTH. Jennifer Clement is an American-Mexican author whose novels have been translated into 30 languages. In 2015 she was elected the first woman President of PEN International (PEN stands for Poets, Essayists, Novelists), a worldwide association of writers founded in London in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere.

Duration:00:56:32

Toni Morrison - 16 - Alain Elkann Interviews

6/22/2019
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The great Toni Morrison. Born in 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize in Literature winning novelist, an editor, and a teacher. Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988, and Toni Morrison’s novels are known for their epic themes, exquisite language and the richly detailed African-American characters who are central to their narratives. Toni Morrison lives in a sun-filled house by the Hudson River. On a Saturday afternoon Victoire Bourgois and I took a ride 45...

Duration:00:31:28

Marianne Faithfull - 15 - Alain Elkann Interviews

6/15/2019
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FOLLOWING THE GYPSY FAERIE QUEENE. My interview with MARIANNE FAITHFULL took place in her flat on the Boulevard du Montparnasse in Paris on a lovely autumn day in 2018.

Duration:00:13:04

Paddy McKillen - 14 - Alain Elkann Interviews

6/9/2019
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REINVENTING LONDON’S LEGENDARY LUXURY HOSPITALITY. International entrepreneur Paddy McKillen has a passion for the hospitality business and property development. In 2004 he was part of a group that bought four of London’s 5-star hotels: Claridge’s, The Berkeley, The Connaught and The Savoy.

Duration:01:07:59

Zaha Hadid - 13 - Alain Elkann Interviews

6/1/2019
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The following interview with the architect Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) took place in the Royal Academicians’ Room in the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy of Arts in London’s Mayfair. The invited audience was generously welcomed by Charles Saumarez Smith, then the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy.

Duration:00:53:52

Tadao Ando - 12 - Alain Elkann Interviews

5/25/2019
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CONNECTING HUMANS AND NATURE. I interviewed the eminent Japanese architect Tadao Ando at Château La Coste, the beautiful hotel and vineyard located near Aix-en-Provence, where Ando was opening a show of his drawings in the art centre that he built in 2011. Afterwards, Ando was going on to Paris, as he is restoring and rebuilding the Bourse de Commerce building to become a museum that houses the Pinault Collection.

Duration:00:36:19

Julian Fellowes - 11 - Alain Elkann Interviews

5/18/2019
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Julian Fellowes is an English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter, known for the screenplay for the film Gosford Park and as the creator, writer and executive producer of the multiple award-winning television series Downton Abbey. In this 2015 interview, he discusses the characters he develops for Downton Abbey and the sometimes surprising way in which his public responds to them.

Duration:00:54:33

Simon Sebag Montefiore - 10 - Alain Elkann Interviews

5/11/2019
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Dr. Montefiore is a historian of Russia and the Middle East. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has been awarded the Literary Prize Lupicaia del Terriccio 2017 for his book ‘The Romanovs: 1613-1918’. He is the author of ‘Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair’, ‘Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar’, ‘Young Stalin’ and ‘Jerusalem: The Biography’. Also a novelist, he completed his Moscow trilogy in June 2017 with the publication of ‘Red Sky at Noon’.

Duration:00:45:46

Suzy Menkes - 09 - Alain Elkann Interviews

5/5/2019
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Suzy Menkes is a leading British journalist and fashion critic. Formerly the fashion editor for the International Herald Tribune at the time of this interview she had been International Fashion Editor for 19 editions of Vogue online.

Duration:00:53:06

David Adjaye - 08 - Alain Elkann Interviews

4/28/2019
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The leading architect David Adjaye OBE set up his first office in 1994, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. Adjaye Associates now has four international offices, with projects throughout the world. He is the John C. Portman Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard University and designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Duration:00:29:46

Hanif Kureishi - 07 - Alain Elkann Interviews

4/13/2019
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Hanif Kureishi is the author of novels such as ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ and ‘Intimacy’, story collections, plays and screenplays. ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ was made into a BBC TV series with a soundtrack by David Bowie. ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’, a story about a gay Pakistani-British boy growing up in 1980’s London, won the New York Film Critics Best Screenplay Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay. ‘Intimacy’ was loosely adapted in the controversial movie Intimacy that...

Duration:00:36:16

Timothy Snyder - 06 - Alain Elkann Interviews

4/5/2019
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Most recent of the many books the leading American historian and public intellectual Timothy Snyder has written is THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM: RUSSIA, EUROPE, AMERICA. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. He speaks five and reads ten European languages.

Duration:00:30:15