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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

Spectator Out Loud: Paul Wood, Mary Wakefield and Melissa Kite

This week: Paul Wood writes about meeting Syria’s underground drug lords (0:30) Mary Wakefield warns us of the perils of psychoactive drug therapy (10:30) and Melissa Kite defends her friend who has been excluded from AA (17:13).

Play 22 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Isabel Hardman, Matthew Parris, Graeme Thomson and Caroline Moore

This week: Isabel Hardman asks how Ed Miliband is the power behind Kier Starmer’s Labour (00:57), Matthew Parris says we’ve lost interest in our dependencies (05:03), Graeme Thomson mourns the loss of the B-side (11:57), and Caroline Moore reads her Notes on... war memorials (16:51).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 21 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Mark Galeotti, Katja Hoyer and Tanya Gold

This week: Mark Galeotti tells us why Ukraine has become a weapons testing ground (00:53), Katja Hoyer discusses Germany’s extreme monarchists (09:12), and Tanya Gold reads her Notes on … espressos (15:24).  Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson. 

Play 19 mins

Spectator Out Loud

With Mary Wakefield, James Ball and Christopher Howse

This week on Spectator Out Loud: Mary Wakefield tells us about her frustrating experience trying to give blood (00:49), James Ball says that it may be the beginning of the end for Mark Zuckerberg (07:04), and Christopher Howse reads his Notes on… signatures (16:44). Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 22 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Harriet Sergeant, Lionel Shriver, Martin Vander Weyer and Philip Patrick

This week: Harriet Sergeant writes about why ethnicity matters in sexual abuse cases (0:30), Lionel Shriver takes aim at the American university students failing their exams, (8:06), Martin Vander Weyer looks at the latest forecasts for housing prices (17:01), and Philip Patrick thinks Japanese food is overrated (25:19). Produced and presented by Natasha Feroze.

Play 30 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Kate Andrews, Anthony Whitehead and Michael Simmons

This week: Kate Andrews laments how Truss is hurting the free-market cause (00:51), Anthony Whitehead explains the ‘arrogance’ of the latest environmental activist movement the Tyre Extinguishers (06:42) and Michael Simmons reads his notes on barcodes (12:54). Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 16 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Jenny McCartney, Dan Hitchens and Gus Carter

This week on Spectator Out Loud, Jenny McCartney argues that tomorrow belongs to Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland. What could this mean for reunification (00:55)? Then, Dan Hitchens asks why Oxford killed a much loved catholic college (11:44) before Gus Carter reads his notes on the tabletop game Warhammer (20:12). Produced and presented by Oscar

Play 24 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Oliver Basciano, Mary Wakefield and Fiona Mountford

This week on Spectator Out Loud, Oliver Basciano warns that we should brace ourselves for a coup in Brazil (00:53). Then, is three – or more – a crowd? Mary Wakefield discuses this in her Spectator column (08:41), before Fiona Mountford tells us about the sad demise of church pews (14:55). Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 20 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Owen Matthews, Cindy Yu and Alicia Healey

This week on Spectator Out Loud, Owen Matthews evaluates Russia’s ultra-nationalist threat (00:55), Cindy Yu reviews Perhat Tarsun’s The Backstreets (12:36) and ex-royal ladies maid Alicia Healey tells us why a handbag was the Queen’s secret weapon (15:22). Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 19 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Melanie McDonagh, Katy Balls and Nigel Richardson

This week on Spectator Out Loud: after the sad passing of our longest reigning monarch, the great Queen Elizabeth II, Melanie McDonagh reads her poignant piece on how Britain, as a nation, will be lesser without her (01:09). Then, turning to politics, Katy Balls gives us an update on how Liz Truss is shaking up

Play 15 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Keiron Pim, Miranda Morrison and Cosmo Landesman

This week on Spectator Out Loud: Keiron Pim discusses what young Ukrainians can learn from the works of Joseph Roth (01:00), Miranda Morrison reflects on her decision to quit her job as a teacher (11:26), and Cosmo Landesman asks whether successful writers can be friends with less successful ones (19:39). Produced and presented by Oscar

Play 24 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Svitlana Morenets, Cindy Yu and John Connolly

This week on Spectator Out Loud, Svitlana Morenets discusses the changes to the syllabus in Ukraine and the difficult decisions parents are having to make over whether to send their children back to school (00:59). Cindy Yu argues that she would be the perfect communist shill (07:45), and John Connolly tells us why cow attacks

Play 18 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Katy Balls, Toby Young and Mark Palmer

On this episode of Spectator Out Loud, Katy Balls discusses the challenges facing prospective PM Liz Truss (00:52). Toby Young shares why he is defending a pro-Putin apologist (06:45) and Mark Palmer reads his notes on hand luggage (11:29). Produced and presented by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 15 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Freddy Gray, Mary Killen and Jonathan Miller

Freddy Gray questions Biden’s supposed ‘hot streak’ (00:55), Mary Killen warns that a neighbourly feud is worse than a hosepipe ban (07:19) and Jonathan Miller talks about France’s sexual civil war (11:43).

Play 21 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Katy Balls, Rachel Johnson and Neil Clark

On this week’s episode: Katy Balls has written about what foreign policy would look like under a Liz Truss government (0:34). Rachel Johnson young boys and men can learn from the Lioness’s victory (06:50) and Neil Clark writes about Jim Corbett’s tiger hunting stories (12.34). Presented and produced by Natasha Feroze.

Play 21 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Sam Leith, Kate Andrews & Toby Young

On this week’s episode: Sam Leith looks at what TikTok and tech have done to our memories (0:34). Kate Andrews is in two minds about Trussonomics (06:50) and Toby Young tells us about a holiday to Iceland with teenage sons (12.34). Presented and produced by Natasha Feroze.

Play 17 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Hamish Badenoch, Martin Vander Weyer, Aidan Hartley and Douglas Murray

On this episode of Spectator Out Loud, Hamish Badenoch says he’s married to his political hero. (00:32) Martin Vander Weyer asks whether we should fire the boss of Heathrow. (05:57) Aidan Hartley looks at why country music is so popular in Africa. (14:14) Douglas Murray wonders if the Tory party has a future. (22:03)

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Mary Wakefield, Leo McKinstry and Melanie McDonagh

On this week’s episode: Leo McKinstry on the worrying rise of apostrophe laws (0:31). Mary Wakefield on why we should resist Stonewall’s gospel (07:02) and Melanie McDonagh on the lost art of letterheads (13.33).Presented and produced by Natasha Feroze.

Play 17 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Spectator Out Loud: Kate Andrews, Sean Thomas and Toby Young

On this week’s episode: Kate Andrews on why Rishi quit (0:26). Sean Thomas on Russian émigrés who hate the war but will fight for Russia (08:32) and Toby Young on his appreciation for the other Toby Young (13.13). Presented and produced by Natasha Feroze.

Play 16 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Douglas Murray, Katja Hoyer and Lara Prendergast

On this week’s episode: Douglas Murray on Hispanic Conservatives in US politics (0:26). Katja Hoyer on East German sentiment towards Russia (08:32) and Lara Predergast on the rise of the sex bore (13.13). Presented by Natasha Feroze.Produced by Oscar Edmondson.

Play 20 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Mary Wakefield, John R. MacArthur and Daisy Dunn

On this week’s episode: Mary Wakefield asks why no one’s mentioning the cult Tom Cruise belongs to (00:54), John R. MacArthur asks if Macron should be scared by an ascendant Jean-Luc Mélenchon (06:58), and Daisy Dunn orients herself after listening to the Gucci Podcast (17:57).

Play 24 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Katy Balls, John Connolly and Gus Carter

On this week’s episode: Katy Balls reads her article on the cadets gunning for the Tory leadership. (00:52) John Connolly reads his investigation into the new warehouse ghettos where Britain is sending migrants. (06:36) Gus Carter reads his piece on why he’s not getting invited to any dinner parties. (12:05) Presented by Angus Colwell. Produced

Play 17 mins

Spectator Out Loud

Spectator Out Loud: Robert Hardman, Meirion Thomas and Sarah Ditum

On this week’s episode, Robert Hardman reads his cover article on the quiet radicalism of Queen Elizabeth II (00:50); J. Meirion Thomas reads his article on the ‘total triage’ system that is leaving patients unable to see their GPs; and Sarah Ditum reads her review of Sandra Newman’s new novel, The Men. Presented by Angus

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Spectator Out Loud

Douglas Murray, Lionel Shriver, Julian Glover and James Bartholomew

On this week’s episode, Douglas Murray says the world is becoming claustrophobic, (00:55) Lionel Shriver struggles to get through South African airport security, (08:29) Julian Glover maps out the countryside battle lines, (16:52) and James Bartholomew buys a tank. (22:13) Produced by Angus Colwell Entries for this year’s Innovator Awards, sponsored by Investec, are now

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Spectator Out Loud

Katy Balls, James Heale and Melissa Kite

On this week’s episode, we’ll hear from Katy Balls on Boris Johnson’s plans to divide and conquer (0.33).After that, James Heale on the broadcast battle obsessing British media (6.20).And to finish, Melissa Kite on the politics of horse muck (11.16).Produced by Natasha FerozeEntries for this year’s Innovator Awards, sponsored by Investec, are now open. To

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Spectator Out Loud

Michael Simmons, C.J. Farrington and Aidan Hartley

On this week’s episode, we’ll hear from Michael Simmons on some of the most ridiculous Covid fines. (00:52) After, C.J. Farrington on the light and darkness of Russian culture. (04:10) And, to finish, Aidan Hartley on the return of the buffalo. (11:07) Produced and Presented by Sam Holmes Entries for this year’s Innovator Awards, sponsored

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Spectator Out Loud

Melissa Kite, Mary Wakefield and James Heale

On this week’s episode, we’ll hear from Melissa Kite on the ambitions of Ben Wallace. (00:48) After, Mary Wakefield on our misplaced faith in forensics. (09:35) And, to finish, and James Heale on Eton’s great ‘awokening’. (16:33) Produced and Presented by Sam Holmes Entries for this year’s Innovator Awards, sponsored by Investec, are now open.

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James Bartholomew, Freddy Gray and Kate Andrews

On this week’s episode, we’ll hear from James Bartholomew on how taking in a Ukrainian refugee has improved his social clout. (00:50) After, Freddy Gray on the Republican fight against Disney. (06:27) And, to finish, Kate Andrews on overcoming her arachnophobia. (13:46) Entries for this year’s Innovator Awards, sponsored by Investec, are now open. To

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Spectator Out Loud

Jonathan Miller, Cindy Yu and Laura Freeman

On this week’s episode, Jonathan Miller says that whoever wins France’s election on Sunday, the country is going to the dogs. (01:00) After, Cindy Yu says that China’s online censors are struggling to suppress critics of the Shanghai lockdown. (07:47) And, to finish, Laura Freeman reviews a Walt Disney exhibition at the Wallace Collection. (12:06)

Play 21 mins

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Mark Drew, Luke Coppen and Edward Behrens

On this episode: Mark Drew explains how Putin weaponised the Russian Orthodox church (00:49); Luke Coppen says the war in Ukraine has revitalised Poland’s Catholic church (08:17); and Edward Behrens reads his notes on violets. (17:27)

Play 21 mins