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Shakespeare Unlimited podcast

Shakespeare Unlimited podcast

William Shakespeare and his works are woven throughout our global culture, from theater, music, and films to new scholarship, education, amazing discoveries, and more. In our Shakespeare Unlimited podcast, Shakespeare opens a window into topics ranging from the American West, to the real history of Elizabethan street fighting, to interviews with Shakespearean stars. As you’ll hear, he turns up in surprising places, too—including outer space. Join us for a “no limits” tour of the connections between Shakespeare, his works, and our world.

Second Chances, Shakespeare, and Freud, with Adam Phillips and Stephen Greenblatt
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Second Chances, Shakespeare, and Freud, with Adam Phillips and Stephen Greenblatt

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Lots of Shakespeare’s characters long for second chances. That desire is also at the heart of Freudian psychotherapy, Stephen Greenblatt and Adam Phillips tell us.

Mary Zimmerman on Adapting Ovid and Directing Shakespeare
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Mary Zimmerman on Adapting Ovid and Directing Shakespeare

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Theater-maker Mary Zimmerman joins us on our podcast to talk about creating her award-winning adaptation of Metamorphoses.

Dame Judi Dench and Brendan O'Hea on Seven Decades of Shakespeare
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Dame Judi Dench and Brendan O'Hea on Seven Decades of Shakespeare

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Judi Dench and Brendan O’Hea talk about Dench’s experiences playing Ophelia, Gertrude, Lady Macbeth and Titania. Plus, parrots, Polonius, dirty words, hijinks with Sir Ian McKellen, and more.

Shakespeare and the Enviroment, with Todd Andrew Borlik
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Shakespeare and the Enviroment, with Todd Andrew Borlik

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Todd Andrew Borlik’s book explores the ways that the ecological concerns of Jacobean England appear in Shakespeare’s plays.

Ramie Targoff on Shakespeare's Sisters
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Ramie Targoff on Shakespeare's Sisters

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Ramie Targoff explores the lives and works of Mary Sidney, Aemelia Lanyer, Anne Clifford, and Elizabeth Cary in her new book, Shakespeare’s Sisters: How Women Wrote the Renaissance.

Michelle Ephraim on Discovering Shakespeare and Reevaluating The Merchant of Venice
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Michelle Ephraim on Discovering Shakespeare and Reevaluating The Merchant of Venice

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Michelle Ephraim’s memoir Green World refracts The Merchant of Venice through the changing dynamics of her own family, as her Holocaust-survivor parents age and she becomes a mother herself.

Eddie Izzard on Performing Hamlet Solo
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Eddie Izzard on Performing Hamlet Solo

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Legendary comedian and actor Eddie Izzard tells us about her one-actor performance of Hamlet.

Shakespeare and Disgust, with Bradley J. Irish
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Shakespeare and Disgust, with Bradley J. Irish

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Bradley J. Irish explains why disgust is one of the key thematic emotions in Shakespeare’s works.

Rita Dove on Shakespeare and Her Poem of Welcome for the Folger
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Rita Dove on Shakespeare and Her Poem of Welcome for the Folger

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Poet Rita Dove tells us about how she wrote her poem of welcome for the Folger’s west garden. Plus, we discuss how she discovered Shakespeare… and the snack that goes best with each of his plays.

Julia Fox and John Guy on Their New Biography of Anne Boleyn
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Julia Fox and John Guy on Their New Biography of Anne Boleyn

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Biographers Julia Fox and John Guy on the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn.

David and Ben Crystal Share Shakespeare Quotations for Everyday Life
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David and Ben Crystal Share Shakespeare Quotations for Everyday Life

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Ben and David Crystal’s new book offers daily Shakespeare quotes you can apply to your everyday existence.

What Happened to the Princes in the Tower, with Philippa Langley
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What Happened to the Princes in the Tower, with Philippa Langley

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Philippa Langley’s new book explores evidence that Richard III was framed for the murder of his nephews.

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