The Green Room

  • Simon Nye on ‘The Durrells of Corfu'

    Dominic Green talks to Simon Nye, who adapted the memoir-novels of Gerald Durrell into the television series ‘The Durrells of Corfu’.&nbs […]

  • The Unnamable Present with Roberto Calasso

    We all know we’re modern, but how many of us can say why? Dominic Green's guest on 'The Green Room' this week, Italian writer Roberto Calasso, is a peerless explorer of what he calls the modern 'revolution in the human brain’, and of the ghostly endurance of the old gods. His latest book, The Unnamable Present ( , is the ninth in a kaleidoscopic series. Presented by Dominic Green. […]

  • Martin Luther King's troubling legacy

    Historian David Garrow on the de-classified FBI files on Martin Luther King.&nbs […]

  • Art Tavana on 'cancel culture'

    On this week’s Green Room podcast, Art Tavana and Dominic Green discuss the making and unmaking of Laura Loomer, a 25 year old video journalist who made unsavory comments about Islam, and what her modern morality tale says about media, politics and the way we live. Tavana feels that Loomer’s sanity and safety are in the balance, in part because she cannot escape her notoriety, but Loomer insists that she is going nowhere: 'I’m here forever. I’m here to stay.’ Presented by Dominic Green. […]

  • Among the Civilizationists with Daniel Pipes

    Daniel Pipes, Dominic's guest in The Green Room this week, is an historian, the president of the Middle East Forum, and an analyst of Islam in Europe. They talk about how Europe got to where it is, what’s going on now among the new nationalist parties in Europe, and what might happen next. Presented by Dominic Green. […]

  • Anarchy and Empire with Robert Kaplan

    In this fascinating podcast, Dominic Green talks to author and foreign policy analyst Robert Kaplan. They look back at ‘The Coming Anarchy’ after a quarter of a century, and trace the ambitions and disasters of the last three decades of American empire, from the early Nineties to the War on Terror and the retreat of the Obama and Trump years. If you listen carefully, you can hear the clink of coffee cups on saucer. If you listen even more carefully, you’ll hear a reminder of Kipling’s ‘Recessional’, with its warning that all empires must dissolve: ‘Lest we forget.’ Listen and learn. […]

  • Auctions, sculptures, and horse flesh: The best of art exhibitions in 2018

    Dominic talks to the team of crack art critics from The New Criterion: James Panero, Benjamin Riley and Andrew Shea in this review of the best art exhibitions of the year. In between high brow chats on Michelangelo and Sir Alfred Munnings, the panel brings the energy of the New Criterion Christmas party, raging next door, with them. Is Panero coughing because he has TB, or was it induced by the prospect of the Boston MFA’s Toulouse-Lautrec show? Who was in and who was out in the major museums this year? And is Andy Shea really caught using his cellphone in the middle of a podcast? […]

  • The Greek way of death

    As the old year dies, our thoughts turn to what happens next. What better time, then, to cast a seasonally morbid, deeply philosophical, and curiously uplifting pod about what happens in the Ancient Greek afterlife? The Getty Villa’s new exhibition, Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife is all about this and Dominic Green talks to David Saunders, Associate Curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in California. […]

  • Talking blues with Chris Thomas King

    This week on the Green Room, Dominic talks the blues, the blacks and the whites with Grammy-winning blues artist Chris Thomas King. Earlier this week, King wrote for Spectator USA a scathing criticism of the policies of the Grammys’ Blues category. King is an African American from Louisiana. He is the son of a blues musician, and grew up in his father’s juke joint. He was one of the last blues musicians to be ‘discovered’ by anthropologists from the North. He has won two Grammy awards, in 2001 for the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, in which he starred as a blues singer who has sold his soul to the devil, and in 2002 in the category of Best Historical Album, for his tribute to Charley Patton, Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues. Yet he now finds his latest album, Hotel Voodoo, ineligible for Grammy nomination as a blues artist. So why won't the Blues Grammy recognise African American artists? Presented by Dominic Green. […]

  • What do we get? Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks

    Dominic Green talks to Pete Shelley about experimenting with punk, performing live, and the power of music. […]

  • What a Performance! Mick Jagger and method acting with Jay Glennie

    Dominic Green talks to cinema historian Jay Glennie, author of a definitive account of the legendary and still alarming making of Performance, a legendary 1970 release starring Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, and James Fox. […]

  • The virtues of nationalism, with philosopher Yoram Hazony

    Is nationalism, in Emmanuel Macron’s words, an ancient and modern cause of the ‘old demons’ of history? Or, as Yoram Hazony argues in his latest book, The Virtue of Nationalism, is the nation state the best way to preserve law and liberty? Presented by Dominic Green. […]

  • Heather Mac Donald on how race and gender pandering corrupt the university

    In this episode, Dominic Green talks to Heather Mac Donald, a scholar at the Manhattan Institute. She is the author of The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture, a scathing and accurate critique of just about everything that’s gone wrong with American higher education. When she was invited to speak at Claremont McKenna College in California, student groups organised on Facebook to “shut down” the “notorious white supremacist racist Heather Mac Donald.” When she got to campus, she was moved directly to what would otherwise be called a “safe space” for her own protection. With a police escort, and more than two hundred black-clad protestors banging on the windows, she had to livestream her speech from a vacant room. […]

  • Rallying Generation X with Matthew Hennessey

    Our guest this week is Matthew Hennessey. He’s an editor at the Wall Street Journal, and also the author of Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from the Millennials (Encounter Books). It’s a fascinating read: part-political obituary of a generation that, squeezed between two larger cohorts, the Boomers and the Millennials, may have missed its historical cue; part-rallying cry because, as Matthew explains in our midlife crisis of a conversation, it’s not over yet. ‘It’s zero hour. Don’t just stand there. Bust a move.’ Presented by Dominic Green. […]

  • History and -isms with David Pryce-Jones

    In this week’s Spectator USA Life ’n’ Arts podcast, Dominic talks to David Pryce-Jones. Novelist, correspondent, historian, editor at National Review and, most recently, author of the autobiography and family history Fault Lines, Pryce-Jones has the longest association with the Spectator of any Life ’n’ Arts podcaster yet. In 1963, Pryce-Jones began his literary journey to the status of national treasure on both sides of the Pond by becoming books’ editor of our London mothership. ‘I think the common theme in everything that I’ve done, really, is: what makes people believe the extraordinary things they do believe?’ Presented by Dominic Green. […]

  • Alicia Stallings on Hesiod

    Dominic Green talks to the poet Alicia Stallings […]

  • Conversing with Chilly Gonzales

    Grammy-winning Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales joins the latest episode of Life 'n' Arts with Dominic Green, the Life and Arts Editor of Spectator USA. […]

  • Fiction and philosophy with Roger Scruton

    Dominic Green talks to Roger Scruton. […]

  • In conversation with Jamie Kirchick

    Dominic Green talks to Jamie Kirchick on what's gone wrong in the American university. […]

  • Marshall Scholarships: The unsung element of the Special Relationship

    Dominic Green is joined by Nell Breyer, Executive Director of the Association of Marshall Scholars, to talk about the United States and Great Britain in the age of Donald Trump, and the Marshall Scholarships, an unsung element of the postwar architecture of Atlantic security. Presented by Dominic Green, Culture Editor of Spectator USA. […]