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The Words on Sally Field

10/30/2018
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This week's episode of The Words Podcast is dedicated to the Hollywood legend, Sally Field. For over five decades Sally has captivated television and film audiences. Her shelves are laden with awards, among them two Oscars, three Emmys and two Golden Globes. She is successful, popular and immensely talented. Sally has been directed by many of the world’s greatest film-makers including Steven Spielberg, Martin Ritt and Chris Columbus. She has played alongside acting legends such as Kirk...

Duration:00:22:59

The Words on Epic Journeys

9/24/2018
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Chris Bonington, Robin Knox-Johnston, Alice Morrison and Jonathan Gornall join us to discuss their tales of adventure, courage and death-defying endurance. We’re devoting this programme to Epic Journeys. And we don’t use the word ‘epic’ lightly: you’ll hear about Mount Everest and Timbuktu, cycling, sailing, running and climbing at the lowest - and highest - temperatures on Earth. This week's guests are some of the world’s greatest living, breathing, true-life adventurers and travel writers....

Duration:00:41:05

The Words on Art and Literature

8/23/2018
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Melvyn Bragg, Elizabeth Day, Stephen Fry, Simon Oldfield and Eliza Bonham Carter feature in an episode dedicated to art and literature. In this programme, we explore how the interaction between art and literature both enhances and reflects our lives. We’ve told stories and created art since human civilisation began. Art and literature can touch us deeply, galvanise us into action, elicit big ideas and, sometimes, horrific acts. Our studio guests in this programme are very special: they have...

Duration:00:41:08

The Words on Audiobooks

6/16/2018
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Downton Abbey star Catherine Steadman joins us for a special episode on the power of Audiobooks as the nation celebrates Love Audio Week. The actor and author talks us through the process of writing and narrating her spectacular new thriller, Something in the Water. Meanwhile, audio expert and publisher Fionnuala Barrett joins us to discuss the medium, the genres, what works and what doesn't when it comes to the spoken word. And if you're still deciding what Audiobook to listen to next,...

Duration:00:38:10

The Words on Family

6/4/2018
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Santa Montefiore, Stephen McGann, Catherine Isaac and Juliet Ashton join The Words podcast to discuss the secrets, lies, chaos and comforts of family life. The Temptation of Gracie is Santa Montefiore's thrilling new book, which spans five generations and follows an English grandmother on a mission to reconnect with her 'secretive past' in Tuscany – much to her family’s surprise. She'll be joining the panel to discuss the importance of family in her writing and life. Listen: Santa discusses...

Duration:00:42:27

The Words on Mental Health

5/2/2018
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England cricketer Graeme Fowler joins Poorna Bell, Will Williams and Susan Elliot Wright for a frank and illuminating discussion about stress, depression, suicide and stigma ahead of Mental Health Awareness week. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and 1 in 3 adults will experience a serious mental health problem at some point in their life. Despite high profile advocates such as Prince William raising awareness about the importance of...

Duration:00:34:39

The Words on Mental Health

5/2/2018
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England cricketer Graeme Fowler joins Poorna Bell, Will Williams and Susan Elliot Wright for a frank and illuminating discussion about stress, depression, suicide and stigma ahead of Mental Health Awareness week. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and 1 in 3 adults will experience a serious mental health problem at some point in their life. Despite high profile advocates such as Prince William raising awareness about the importance of...

Duration:00:32:36

The Words on Poetry

3/28/2018
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Benjamin Zephaniah, Ben Holden, Rupi Kaur and Rachel Spence explore the transformative power of poetry in this episode of The Words. And to top that off, bestselling poet Rupi Kaur will read a poem taken from her latest book, the sun and her flowers. In a time of great divide and uncertainty, more and more people are turning to poetry to find comfort. More than a million poetry books were sold last year in the UK alone, the highest number on record. Gone are the days when the poetry canon...

Duration:00:32:36

The Words on Crime

2/14/2018
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Chris Carter, Louise Candlish, Lisa Cutts and Andrew Wilson join Craig Robertson and Rosie Goldsmith for an investigation into the art of writing thrillers. The crime fiction genre used to be just that, fiction, and its authors mainly inventors; today the genre reflects real-life crime and its authors resemble real detectives. Detective Constable Lisa Cutts, criminologist Chris Carter and crime scene journalist Craig Robertson tell Rosie Goldsmith why the best thriller writers share an...

Duration:00:30:53

The Words on Sexism

1/19/2018
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We're joined by Sarah Vaughan, Anne Helen Petersen and Laura Bates to discuss the pervasive culture of sexism in society in the first episode of The Words podcast. Sarah Vaughan explores power, privilege and the question of consent in her topical new novel, Anatomy of a Scandal. Find out more about Sarah >> Anne Helen Petersen, meanwhile, is a BuzzFeed columnist whose brash and brilliant book of essays, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, explores the magnetism of women who break boundaries and...

Duration:00:31:25