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The Start

The Guardian

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The Start

The Start

The Guardian

24
Followers
7
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​The Start is a podcast about artistic beginnings, as told by great artists of our time. Focusing on one piece, they share how these early moments of creativity shaped them, the influence it had on their subsequent work, and what the piece now means to them in retrospect

Latest Episodes

Innermost: episode 1 of a new series

The Guardian has launched a new series called Innermost that we think you will like. Each week, callers will tell Leah Green what’s going on behind closed doors. In the first episode, we hear how an uncle’s funeral and meals with an emotionally distant brother help James and Jess think about their families in new and unexpected ways. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to hear the rest of the series

16 MIN2 w ago
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Innermost: episode 1 of a new series

Mark Guiliana on the album that sounds like innocence – The Start podcast

EThe drummer and composer talks about Locked in a Basement, the album he recorded with his band Heernt, before facing the pressures of adulthood

18 MIN2018 MAR 29
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Mark Guiliana on the album that sounds like innocence – The Start podcast

Shirin Neshat on the video art that reconnected her with Iran - The Start podcast

EThe visual artist reveals how her installation Turbulent built a community among the Iranian diaspora in New York, and expressed her feelings for her homeland

18 MIN2018 MAR 22
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Shirin Neshat on the video art that reconnected her with Iran - The Start podcast

Will Self on the cartoon strip that set him on the road to writing – The Start podcast

EThe novelist and journalist shares how living a life of austerity inspired his first professional work, Slump

19 MIN2018 MAR 15
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Will Self on the cartoon strip that set him on the road to writing – The Start podcast

Peaches on the song that defined her new sound – The Start podcast

EThe electronic musician relates how a breakup, a new keyboard and a hunger for feminist rock’n’roll led to her signature track Lovertits and album The Teaches of Peaches

16 MIN2018 MAR 8
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Peaches on the song that defined her new sound – The Start podcast

Lemn Sissay on the 'radical' poem born of heartbreak – The Start podcast

EThe poet shares the story behind Invisible Kisses, a poem that impressed on him the true value of family

21 MIN2018 MAR 1
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Lemn Sissay on the 'radical' poem born of heartbreak – The Start podcast

Abi Morgan on the play fuelled by fury - The Start podcast

EThe playwright and screenwriter reveals how a fascination with tyrants and their wives compelled her to write Splendour

16 MIN2018 FEB 22
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Abi Morgan on the play fuelled by fury - The Start podcast

Ai Weiwei on the project that awoke his political voice – The Start podcast

The artist and activist tells how investigating schoolchildren’s deaths in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008 spawned his mammoth installation, Remembering

17 MIN2018 FEB 15
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Ai Weiwei on the project that awoke his political voice – The Start podcast

Ann Hirsch on the art project that invaded her private life – The Start podcast

EThe internet artist recalls how her groundbreaking YouTube project Scandalishious allowed for self-reflection, but also invited the scrutiny of a watchful audience

20 MIN2018 FEB 8
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Ann Hirsch on the art project that invaded her private life – The Start podcast

Damien Hirst on the break-in that changed his art – The Start podcast

EIn the second episode of our new culture podcast about artistic beginnings, Damien Hirst reveals how his neighbour – a compulsive hoarder – triggered a creative explosion that set him on the road to success

21 MIN2018 FEB 1
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Damien Hirst on the break-in that changed his art – The Start podcast

Latest Episodes

Innermost: episode 1 of a new series

The Guardian has launched a new series called Innermost that we think you will like. Each week, callers will tell Leah Green what’s going on behind closed doors. In the first episode, we hear how an uncle’s funeral and meals with an emotionally distant brother help James and Jess think about their families in new and unexpected ways. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to hear the rest of the series

16 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Innermost: episode 1 of a new series

Mark Guiliana on the album that sounds like innocence – The Start podcast

EThe drummer and composer talks about Locked in a Basement, the album he recorded with his band Heernt, before facing the pressures of adulthood

18 MIN2018 MAR 29
Comments
Mark Guiliana on the album that sounds like innocence – The Start podcast

Shirin Neshat on the video art that reconnected her with Iran - The Start podcast

EThe visual artist reveals how her installation Turbulent built a community among the Iranian diaspora in New York, and expressed her feelings for her homeland

18 MIN2018 MAR 22
Comments
Shirin Neshat on the video art that reconnected her with Iran - The Start podcast

Will Self on the cartoon strip that set him on the road to writing – The Start podcast

EThe novelist and journalist shares how living a life of austerity inspired his first professional work, Slump

19 MIN2018 MAR 15
Comments
Will Self on the cartoon strip that set him on the road to writing – The Start podcast

Peaches on the song that defined her new sound – The Start podcast

EThe electronic musician relates how a breakup, a new keyboard and a hunger for feminist rock’n’roll led to her signature track Lovertits and album The Teaches of Peaches

16 MIN2018 MAR 8
Comments
Peaches on the song that defined her new sound – The Start podcast

Lemn Sissay on the 'radical' poem born of heartbreak – The Start podcast

EThe poet shares the story behind Invisible Kisses, a poem that impressed on him the true value of family

21 MIN2018 MAR 1
Comments
Lemn Sissay on the 'radical' poem born of heartbreak – The Start podcast

Abi Morgan on the play fuelled by fury - The Start podcast

EThe playwright and screenwriter reveals how a fascination with tyrants and their wives compelled her to write Splendour

16 MIN2018 FEB 22
Comments
Abi Morgan on the play fuelled by fury - The Start podcast

Ai Weiwei on the project that awoke his political voice – The Start podcast

The artist and activist tells how investigating schoolchildren’s deaths in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008 spawned his mammoth installation, Remembering

17 MIN2018 FEB 15
Comments
Ai Weiwei on the project that awoke his political voice – The Start podcast

Ann Hirsch on the art project that invaded her private life – The Start podcast

EThe internet artist recalls how her groundbreaking YouTube project Scandalishious allowed for self-reflection, but also invited the scrutiny of a watchful audience

20 MIN2018 FEB 8
Comments
Ann Hirsch on the art project that invaded her private life – The Start podcast

Damien Hirst on the break-in that changed his art – The Start podcast

EIn the second episode of our new culture podcast about artistic beginnings, Damien Hirst reveals how his neighbour – a compulsive hoarder – triggered a creative explosion that set him on the road to success

21 MIN2018 FEB 1
Comments
Damien Hirst on the break-in that changed his art – The Start podcast
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