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Great Lives
Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
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4.3 stars from 1,524 ratings
Great Lives
Delightfully diverse.
LLBelle100 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/11/21
I listened to the biography of the late, great Austrian actress, Hedy Lamarr, as told by Suzy Klein. I consider it biographical malpractice that she left out the very significant fact that Hedy was born Hedwig Kiesler, to a Jewish family! Her first husband was an arms merchant, Friedrich Mandl....Read full review »
Geoplanter via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/12/21
Julian of Norwich
Matthew, or the producer or researcher..... Please ask Dr Joanina Ramirez to talk about the Anchorite mystic Julian of Norwich, about whom she has written.. I believe she was the first woman in England to write a book, and her teachings are relevant today, as she lived her whole life during...Read full review »
old feminist via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/08/21
Recent Episodes
"Step one: invite notable guest. Step two: get them to talk about someone else." After nearly 500 episodes, Great Lives feels like a stable series, but there have been surprises along the way. From Bernard Manning on Mother Theresa to Timmy Mallett on Richard the Lionheart, there's a tradition...
Published 06/03/21
Edward III should be much better known, Rosie tells Matthew Parris. He not only won great battles like Crecy in 1346. He also championed the flourishing of Perpendicular architecture; he understood the "branding" of England, and introduced the flag of St George; and he was ahead of his time in...
Published 05/25/21
Actor, comedian and Author Ben Miller discusses the colourful, complicated and uncompromising life of William Hazlitt. Born in 1778 William Hazlitt is considered one of the greatest critics and essayists in the history of the English language, but for centuries, his life and works were lost in...
Published 05/18/21
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