Catharine Arnold

Catharine Arnold discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Catharine Arnold is a popular historian and television presenter specialising in dark themes. Her most recent book is Pandemic 1918, the Story of the Deadliest Influenza in History. Her other books include the acclaimed London Quartet. These include: Necropolis: London and its Dead, ‘entertainment of the most garish and exquisite kind,’ Peter Ackroyd, The Times. The Independent also rated Necropolis one of its Top Ten History Books in 2010. Her first novel, Lost Time, won a Betty Trask award.

1. Daisies

2. Masha by Mara Kay

3. Bilgewater by Jane Gardam

4. George Barker’s poetry

5. Ronald Frame

6. It’s Never Too Late

Robin Baker

Robin Baker discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Robin is head curator of the BFI National Archive – one of the world’s largest and most important collections of film and television – where he leads the team responsible for developing and interpreting the national collection. He has written and directed two short films and wrote the play Elephant and Castle for BBC Radio 4, starring Rory Kinnear and Olivia Colman. Robin has been attacked by cobras on two occasions.

Follow Robin on Twitter @robinalexbaker and on Instagram @robinbakerbfi

1. Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead

2. Cretan pottery and

3. Kanchenjungha

4. Geraldene Holt’s Cakes

5. Early colour films

6. Spring 1938/Easter Sunday and

Jessica Nordell

Jessica Nordell discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Jessica Nordell is a science and culture journalist whose writing has appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, the New Republic, and many other publications. A former writer for public radio and producer for American Public Media, she graduated from Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The End of Bias: A Beginning is her first book.

1. Notes on a Foreign Country by Suzy Hansen

2. Somewhere in the Unknown World by Kao Kalia Yang

3. Black Dog of Fate by Peter Balakian

4. Amaud Jamaul Johnson

5. The skills to navigate difficult emotions

6. The fact that biased behaviour and organisations can change

Edafe Onerhime

Edafe Onerhime discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Edafe Onerhime is a specialist in making an impact with data. Her motto: Data + Design + Culture. She lives in Glasgow with her wife and cat. She works as an Executive Director – Data Architecture Governance Lead at JP Morgan Chase. She believes in opening doors and building longer tables, not walls. She can be found asking questions like: How does data shape and is shaped by our culture and beliefs? How does this affect the data products and technologies that we use every day? Can we decolonise data or is it simply holding up a mirror to our real selves?

1. Africanfuturism

2. Meaning of names

3. Associations of the colour red

4. Short hair

5. Found family

6. Patterns

200th episode: Anthony Horowitz

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For the 200th episode, Anthony Horowitz discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK – and is unique for working across so many media. Anthony is a born polymath; juggling writing books, TV series, films, plays and journalism.  Anthony has written over 50 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which is estimated to have sold 21 million copies worldwide.

Anthony is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels The House of Silk and Moriarty. He was commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write continuation novels for James Bond with Trigger Mortis and Forever and A Day, published in 2015 and 2018 respectively.  A third novel in the series is to be published in 2022.

Anthony’s award-winning novel Magpie Murders was released in October 2016 to critical acclaim and has just been filmed with Lesley Manville in the lead role. The sequel – Moonflower Murders – is optioned to follow. His new series featuring Detective Hawthorne and a sidekick called Anthony Horowitz has three books so far: The Word is Murder, The Sentence is Death and A Line to Kill. Anthony has just started work on a fourth: Close to Death.

Anthony is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series including Midsomer Murders and he is the writer and creator of award-winning drama series Foyle’s War, which was the Winner of the Lew Grade Audience award for BAFTA.

1. Paul Spooner

2. Miliaris Taverna

3. The novels of Ian Fleming

4. Ollantaytambo

5. Special Operations Executive

6. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T

David Mills

Comedian David Mills discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Award-winning comic David Mills is known for his sharp and hilarious take on contemporary culture and politics. His signature razor wit has been seen onstage in New York, LA, San Francisco, London and across the UK. He has opened for comedy icons Margaret Cho, Scott Capurro and Ed Byrne.  As an actor, he appeared in Florence Foster Jenkins with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, Patrick Melrose with Benedict Cumberbatch and Mandy with Diane Morgan. ‘David Mills is headed for the big time. Most definitely one to watch.’ Time Out

Follow David on Twitter and Instagram @DavidMillsDept 

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1. Goldsmiths’ Fair

2. Say Amen Somebody

Features Highway To Heaven by The O’Neal Twins

3. Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

4. Train to Busan

5. Ain’t Misbehavin’

6. Conspirituality podcast

Tim Harford

Economist Tim Harford discusses six things which he thinks should be better known.

Tim Harford is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is author of How To Make the World Add Up, The Data DetectiveMessy, and the million-selling The Undercover Economist. Tim is a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of BBC Radio’s More or LessHow To Vaccinate The World, and Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy, as well as the podcast Cautionary Tales. Tim has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House. He is an associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Tim was made an OBE for services to improving economic understanding in the New Year honours of 2019.

1. Bill Phillips

2. In A Silent Way

3. Fermi problems

4. Dragon Warriors

5. The versatility of paper

6. Lyonnesse by Jack Vance

Jon Glover

Actor and impressionist Jon Glover discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Jon Glover most recently appeared in the play Maggie and Ted, written by Michael McManus, about Ted Heath and Margaret Thatcher, providing forty voices, including Michael Heseltine, who attended one of the performances. He was previously a presenter on Playschool, impressionist on Radio 4’s Weekending and ITV’s Spitting Image, and portrayed Mr Cholmondeley Warner on Harry Enfield’s television series. He lives in Surrey with four Burmese cats and an endlessly patient wife.

1. Maggie and Ted

2. The Yacobean Building by Alaa al Aswany

3. Wodehouse’s World War Two broadcasts

4. The Schlumpf Collection

5. Montreuil Sur Mer

6. Classic radio comedy

Hilma Wolitzer

Hilma Wolitzer discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Hilma Wolitzer is a recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and a Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. She has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, New York University, Columbia University, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her first published story appeared when she was thirty-six, and her first novel eight years later. Her many stories and novels have drawn critical praise for illuminating the dark interiors of the American home. She lives in New York City. Her latest collection of short stories is Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket.

1. Bharati Mukherjee

2. Stanley Elkin

3. Agha Shahid Ali

4. Mary Lou Williams

5. Dr Rick Hodes

6. The Little Fugitive

Ananyo Bhattacharya

Ananyo Bhattacharya discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Ananyo Bhattacharya is a science writer who has worked at the Economist and Nature. Before journalism, he was a medical researcher at the Burnham Institute in San Diego, California. He holds a degree in physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in protein crystallography from Imperial College London. His new book is a biography of John von Neumann, The Man from the Future. You can follow him on Twitter.

Bubbling under: Giovanni Bottesini’s Elegy no. 1 for Double Bass and Piano

  1. John von Neumann
  2. Klara Dan
  3. The Apu Trilogy
  4. Hans Fallada
  5. Ursula Le Guin
  6. Epistemology vs ontology

 His story Expectancy Theory was published by Nature in 2010.