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Spectator Out Loud

Each week, three of the Spectator’s writers read their magazine articles out loud.

Each week, three of the Spectator’s writers read their magazine articles out loud.

Spectator Out Loud

Kate Andrews, Igor Toronyi-Lalic and Ivo Dawnay

This week: Kate Andrews on the NHS and the celebrations that marked its 75th birthday (01:05), Igor Toronyi-Lalic is in Marseille watching with interest as the riots happen around him (06:57) and Ivo Dawnay describes how being related to Boris is cramping his style oversees (11:13). Produced and presented by Linden Kemkaran. 

Play 17 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Isabel Hardman, Paul Wood and Alexandra Shulman

This week: Isabel Hardman examines our curious obsession with glucose monitoring gadgets (01:03), Paul Wood wonders what exactly went on between Putin and Prigozhin (07:11), and Alexandra Shulman shares the contents of her weekly diary (12:15). Produced and presented by Linden Kemkaran.

Play 18 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Matt Ridley, Martin Newland & Mary Wakefield

This week: Matt Ridley reveals the identity of the Chinese scientists in the lab linked to Covid, Martin Newland makes the moral case for becoming a foster carer, and Mary Wakefield has a plan for her old age to rid the world of drones. Produced by Linden Kemkaran

Play 22 mins

Spectator Out Loud

James Heale, Paul Wood and Hermione Eyre

This week: James Heale takes us through the runners and riders for the conservative nomination for mayor of London (1:00), Paul Wood discusses how Saudi Arabia is trying to buy the world (06:02), and Hermione Eyre reads her arts lead on the woman who pioneered colour photography (12:51).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson. 

Play 21 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Michela Wrong, Emily Rhodes and Cindy Yu

This week: Michela Wrong asks whether anywhere is safe for Kagame’s critics (00:58), Emily Rhodes charts the rise of fake libraries (07:54), and Cindy Yu reviews a new exhibition at the British Museum on China’s hidden century (15:25).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson. 

Play 21 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Spectator Out Loud: Lionel Shriver, Ian Williams & Matthew Dennison

This week: Lionel Shriver argues that we should rise up in our road rage (00:52), Ian Williams discusses the crackdown on China’s stand-up comics (09:42) and Matthew Dennison explains why we shouldn’t cancel Beatrix Potter (16:33). Produced by Seb Charleton & Natasha Feroze

Play 23 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Niru Ratnam, Gus Carter and Graeme Thomson

This week: Niru Ratnam argues that teachers are putting principles before children (00:59), Gus Carter discusses the curious business of fertility (08:14), and Graeme Thomson reviews Beyonce at Murrayfield Stadium (14:24).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson. 

Play 20 mins

Spectator Out Loud

J. Meirion Thomas, Tom Goodenough and Adam Sweeting

This week: J. Meirion Thomas tells us about the story of the politician, the street trader and the foiled kidney transplant plot (00:57), Tom Goodenough discusses the blurred lines between sport and entertainment (08:30) and Adam Sweeting reads his interview with documentary-maker Nick Broomfield about the forgotten Rolling Stone (13:42). 

Play 23 mins

Spectator Out Loud

William Moore, Katy Balls, Dan Hitchens and Ysenda Maxtone Graham

This week: William Moore recalls the 1953 coronation with those that were there (01:02), Katy Balls reads her politics column (10:13), Dan Hitchens discusses the art of coronation (16:20) and Ysenda Maxtone Graham reads her review of The Seaside by Madeleine Bunting (25:20).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 31 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Spectator Out Loud: Mary Wakefield, Jenny McCartney & Robert Gore-Langton

This week: Mary Wakefield explains why the NHS is broken; Jenny McCartney on the unproductive ‘productivity gurus’ and Robert Gore-Langton on Richard Burton’s botched Hamlet.  Produced by Natasha Feroze.

Play 21 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Sam Leith, Lionel Shriver and Angus Colwell

This week: Sam Leith explains how he’s been keeping up friendships by playing online scrabble (00:55), Lionel Shriver questions Nike and Bud Light’s recent marketing strategy (06:52) and Angus Colwell reads his review of the V&A Dundee’s tartan exhibition (15:24).

Play 23 mins

Spectator Out Loud

James Heale, Mary Wakefield and Gus Carter

This week: James Heale says the gloves are off as Labour campaigning takes a bitter turn (00:54), Mary Wakefield worries that she’s raising a snowflake (17:47), and Gus Carter tells us about the colourful history of the green man (31:34).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson. 

Play 15 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Spectator Out Loud: Svitlana Morenets, Owen Matthews and Ysenda Maxtone Graham

On this week’s Spectator Out Loud, Svitlana Morenets talks about how the lines between patriotism and profiteering are being blurred in Ukraine; Owen Matthews interviews Leonid Volkov, Alexei Navalny’s chief of staff; and Ysenda Maxtone Graham calls for help from a 15-minute city. Produced by Oscar Edmondson and Cindy Yu.

Play 20 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Katy Balls, Lisa Haseldine and Graeme Thomson

This week: Katy Balls discusses why Humza Yousaf is the Union’s best hope (01:00), Lisa Haseldine reads her interview with former Georgian defence minister David Kezerashvili (07:00), and Graeme Thomson asks whether supergroups are really that super (13:54).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 20 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Ian Williams, Kara Kennedy and Oscar Edmondson

This week: Ian Williams asks how China will cope with the rise of AI chatbots (00:56), Kara Kennedy recounts her upbringing in the Welsh ‘murder capital’ of Pontypridd (08:11), and Oscar Edmondson makes the case for the BBC World Service (13:38).  Presented by Natasha Feroze. 

Play 20 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Cindy Yu, Leah McLaren and Hannah Tomes

This week: Cindy Yu discusses Britain’s invisible East Asians (00:51), Leah McLaren discloses the truth about single motherhood (06:02), and Hannah Tomes reads her notes on dining alone (12:08).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson. 

Play 15 mins

Spectator Out Loud

James Heale, Cosmo Landesman and Miranda Morrison

This week: James Heale asks whether the cabinet secretary Simon Case can carry on (01:00), Cosmo Landesman tells the story of when a man – and his axe – came to visit his home in London (05:03), and Miranda Morrison warns against the damaging obsession with STEM in secondary schools (11:10).  Produced and presented by

Play 18 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Max Jeffery, Emily Rhodes and Daisy Dunn

This week: Max Jeffery reads his letter from Abu Dhabi where he visited the International Defence Exhibition (00:56), Emily Rhodes discusses the tyranny of World Book Day (05:59), and Daisy Dunn tells us about the mysterious world of the Minoans (10:22).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 19 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Isabel Hardman, Christopher Howse and Lucy Dunn

This week: Isabel Hardman asks whether politics and religion can mix (00:58), Christopher Howse discusses the transformative power of folk costume (08:06), and Lucy Dunn reads her notes on meal deals (19:18). 

Play 23 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Anshel Pfeffer, Laura Gascoigne and Simon Barnes

This week: Anshel Pfeffer discusses Bibi’s recent misstep (00:54), Laura Gascoigne reads her arts lead on Vermeer’s women (06:54), and Simon Barnes examines the cultural life of orcas (14:32).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson. 

Play 19 mins

Spectator Out Loud

James Heale, Hannah Moore and Matthew Wilson

This week: James Heale reads his interview with Lee Anderson MP (00:54), Hannah Moore writes in defence of amateur sleuths (05:33), and Matthew Wilson discusses the rehabilitation of the rose (09:54).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson. 

Play 18 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Svitlana Morenets, Rana Mitter and Mia Levitin

This week: Svitlana Morenets explains why Ukraine won’t accept compromise in any form (00:56), Rana Mitter details Japan’s plans for an anti-China coalition (05:43), and Mia Levitin reads her review of Muppets in Moscow by Natasha Lance Rogoff (13:17).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 20 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Matthew Parris, Lionel Shriver and Gus Carter

On this week’s episode, Matthew Parris wonders what ‘winning’ in Ukraine really means (00:52), Lionel Shriver says she’s fighting her own war against words (08:43), and Gus Carter wonders whether it’s a good idea to reintroduce Bison into Britain (18:28).

Play 24 mins

Spectator Out Loud

With Richard Madeley, Daniel Johnson and Melinda Hughes

This week: Richard Madeley reads his diary in the magazine, including recollections of his Sunday lunch with George Michael (00:58). Also, Daniel Johnson shares a touching tribute to his late father Paul Johnson (05:36) and Melinda Hughes asks why BBC Radio 3 is dumbing down (12:28).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson. 

Play 17 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Lionel Shriver, Theo Hobson and John Maier

This week: Lionel Shriver asks whether we are kidding ourselves over Ukraine (00:56), Theo Hobson discusses Martin Luther King and the demise of liberal Protestantism (09:28), and John Maier reads his review of Quentin Tarantino’s new book Cinema Speculation (18:11). Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 25 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Stuart Ritchie, Mary Wakefield and Toby Young

This week: Stuart Ritchie asks whether we should worry about declining sperm counts (0:29). Mary Wakefield wants to end the term ‘making memories’. (9:00), and Toby Young shares his disastrous Airbnb winter break (15:10). Produced and presented by Natasha Feroze.

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Spectator Out Loud

Owen Matthews, Christopher Howse and Olivia Potts

On this episode, Owen Matthews examines the original sin of Russia’s exiled media (00:44), Christopher Howse says Handel’s Messiah is as much a Christmas tradition as a pantomime (09:08), and Olivia Potts gives her recipe for boiled fruit cake (18:01). Get the full recipe to Olivia’s boiled fruit cake here: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/a-last-minute-alternative-to-christmas-cake-boiled-fruit-cake/

Play 23 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Jenny McCartney, Chloë Ashby and Ysenda Maxtone Graham

This week: Jenny McCartney says don’t expect a united Ireland any time soon (00:57), Chloë Ashby reads her review of Con/Artist the memoir of notorious art forger Tony Tetro (07:57), and Ysenda Maxtone Graham tells us the etiquette of canapés (14:55).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson. 

Play 18 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Spectator Out Loud: Jade McGlynn, Lucy Dunn and Graeme Thomson

On this week’s episode, Jade McGlynn reads her article on the Russian mothers and wives turning against Putin, because of their sons and husbands missing in the war (00:55). Lucy Dunn, a former junior doctor, asks whether pharmacists aren’t part of the solution to the crisis in the NHS (09:45). And Graeme Thompson reads his

Play 20 mins

Spectator Out Loud

James Heale, Lionel Shriver and Tanjil Rashid

This week: James Heale reads his interview with former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice (00:50), Lionel Shriver asks what’s the price of fairness (05:38), and Tanjil Rashid reflects on the BBC at 100 (14:01). Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.  

Play 23 mins