Lend Me Your Ears | A Podcast About Shakespeare and Modern Politics

7 EpisodesProduced by Slate Magazine

Readers and audiences have turned to Shakespeare’s greatest plays for their insights into power and performance, sex and religion, demagoguery and populism. Every month, Slate’s Isaac Butler takes listeners deep into a different play to find out what Shakespeare has to say about politics in our trou… read more

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6: Coriolanus

October 9th, 2018

In this sixth and final episode of Lend Me Your Ears, host Isaac Butler talks to the Public Shakespeare Initiative’s Michael Sexton, Villanova …

5: Othello

September 11th, 2018

Othello isn’t just a play about race, toxic masculinity, and the nature of identity—it’s a play that has influenced our own views on race throughout …

4: Measure for Measure

August 14th, 2018

Five hundred years before #MeToo, Shakespeare wrote his darkest comedy, a story of religion, sexual coercion, and the nature of justice.

In this fourth episode of Lend Me Your Ears, host Isaac Butler talks to theater …

3: King Lear

July 10th, 2018

If a nation can be thought of as a family, what happens when the family running the nation falls apart? At the exact moment that King James I wanted to unite England and Scotland, Shakespeare answered this question with …

2: Richard II

June 12th, 2018

Richard II is God’s anointed representative on Earth, but by the end of the play that bears his name, he’s dead and his cousin sits on his throne. This is the story of how Shakespeare used English history to ask …

1.5: Reading Julius Caesar in Modern Context

May 22nd, 2018

Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Lend Me Your Ears every month. Here, we offer a preview of the Julius Caesar extra, in which Isaac Butler,

1: Julius Caesar

May 8th, 2018

Lend Me Your Ears is a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac …
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