Little Atoms

Little Atoms

Little Atoms is a weekly show featuring the worlds of science, journalism, politics, religion, academia, human rights and the arts in conversation. Produced and presented by Neil Denny. It's broadcast every Wednesday from 11:00 GMT on Resonance 104.4 FM.

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2019-08-22 22:49
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2019-08-19 23:01
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19.08.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 600 - Laura Cumming's On Chapel Sands

It's the 600th Little Atoms! and Neil welcomes Laura Cumming back to the show. Laura Cumming has been chief art critic of the Observer since 1999. Her book, The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez, was Book of the Week on Radio 4, Wall Street Journa...
12.08.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 599 - Claire McGlasson's The Rapture

Claire McGlasson is a journalist who works for ITV News and enjoys the variety of life on the road with a TV camera. She lives in Cambridgeshire. The Rapture is her debut novel. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
5.08.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 598 - Lee Jackson's Palaces of Pleasure

Lee Jackson is a Victorian enthusiast, creator of the popular online resource on the social history of Victorian London,, and currently working on a PhD entitled 'Dickensland'. His book Dirty Old London was described by The Time...
29.07.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 597 - Namwali Serpell's The Old Drift

Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for women writers in 2011 and was selected for the Africa 39, a 2014 Hay Festival project to identify the bes...
22.07.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 596 - Caroline Crampton's The Way To The Sea

Caroline Crampton is a writer and editor who contributes regularly to the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday and the New Humanist. She has appeared as a broadcaster on Newsnight, Sky News and BBC Radio 4. Her first book is The Way to The Sea: The Forgotten H...
18.07.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms Live at Idler Festival w. Josh Cohen

Recorded live at the Idler Festival 2019 at Fenton House, Hampstead. Josh Cohen is a psychoanalyst in private practice, and Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. He is the author of numerous books and articles on moder...
15.07.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 595 - Carolina Setterwall's Let's Hope For The Best

Carolina Setterwall was born in 1978 in Sala, Sweden. She studied Media and Communication in Uppsala, Stockholm and London and has worked within the music and publishing industries as an editor and writer. Setterwall lives in Stockholm with her son. Le...
8.07.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 594 - Angela Saini's Superior

Angela Saini is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Observer, New Scientist, Wired, New Humanist among others, and she regularly presents science programmes on BBC radio. She has won award...

Little Atoms 593 - Keith Kahn-Harris' Strange Hate

Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and writer. He is a senior lecturer at Leo Baeck College, associate lecturer at Birkbeck College, and associate fellow of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research where he runs the European Jewish Research Archive. Hi...
1.07.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 592 - Anna Sherman's The Bells of Old Tokyo

Anna Sherman was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She studied Greek and Latin at Wellesley College and Oxford before moving to Tokyo in 2001. The Bells of Old Tokyo is her first book. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
24.06.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 591 - Richard King's The Lark Ascending

Richard King is the author of the acclaimed How Soon Is Now?, which was named Sunday Times Music Book of the Year, and Original Rockers. His writing has appeared in the Observer, Vice, Guardian, Caught by the River and many other publications. He was c...
17.06.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 590 - Wayetu Moore's She Would Be King

Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York's John Jay College and lives in Brooklyn. She Would Be ...
10.06.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 589 - Nathaniel Rich's Losing Earth

Nathaniel Rich is the author of the novels Odds Against Tomorrow and The Mayor’s Tongue. His short fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and VICE, among other publications. He is a writer at large for The New York Times Ma...
6.06.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 588 - Pete Brown's Pie Fidelity

Pete Brown is a British author, journalist, blogger and broadcaster specialising in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer and cider. His broad, fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery...
3.06.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 587 - Joanne Ramos' The Farm

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a BA from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she wrote for the Economist as a st...
27.05.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 586 - Hamid Ismailov's The Devils' Dance

Born in 1954 in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan, Hamid Ismailov is an Uzbek journalist and writer who was forced to flee Uzbekistan in 1992 due to what the state dubbed `unacceptable democratic tendencies'. He came to the United Kingdom, where he took a job with th...
23.05.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 585 - Andrea Lawlor's Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Andrea Lawlor lives in Western Massachusetts and teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College. Lawlor is a fiction editor for Fence and the author of a chapbook, Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016). Paul Takes The Form of A Mortal Girl is their de...
20.05.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 584 - Season Butler's Cygnet

Season Butler is a writer, artist and dramaturg born in Washington, DC. Through her work, she explores her interest in identity and otherness, the opportunities and traps of hindsight and hope, and what it means to look forward to an increasingly wily ...
16.05.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 583 - Dan Richards' Outpost

Dan Richards is the co-author of Holloway (with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood) and the author of The Beechwood Airship Interviews and Climbing Days. He has written for the Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Caught by the River, Monocle and the Quietus....
13.05.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 582 - Natalie Haynes' A Thousand Ships

Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The Children of Jocasta and The Amber Fury, which was shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year award, and a non-fiction book about Ancient History, The Ancient Guide to Modern ...
9.05.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 581 - Iain Reid's Foe

Iain Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction. His internationally bestselling debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, has been published in more than twenty countries. Oscar-winner Charlie Kaufman is writin...
6.05.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 580 - Bret Easton Ellis' White

Bret Easton Ellis is the author of several novels, including Imperial Bedrooms, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, American Psycho, Glamorama and Lunar Park, and a collection of stories, The Informers. Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction, Ame...

Little Atoms 579 - Bev Thomas' A Good Enough Mother

Bev Thomas was a clinical psychologist in the NHS for many years. She currently works as an organizational consultant in mental health and other services. A Good Enough Mother is her debut novel.
29.04.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 578 - Jarett Kobek's Only Americans Burn in Hell

Jarett Kobek is a Turkish-American writer living in California. His novella ATTA, a psychedelic biography of the 9/11 bomber Mohamed Atta, was an unexplained bestseller in parts of Canada. His first novel, I Hate the Internet, was a bestseller everywhe...
25.04.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 577 - Isabella Hammad's The Parisian

Isabella Hammad was born in London. She won the 2018 Plimpton Prize for Fiction for her story 'Mr. Can’aan'. Her writing has appeared in Conjunctions and the Paris Review. The Parisian is her first novel.
22.04.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 576 - Will Ashon's Chamber Music

Will Ashon is the author of Strange Labyrinth (Granta, 2017) and two novels. He previously ran BIG DADA records where his artists included Roots Manuva, MF DOOM, Kate Tempest and Diplo. Will's latest book is Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang (in 36 Piec...
18.04.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 575 - Temi Oh's Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

Temi Oh graduated from King‚Äôs College London in 2015 with a BSci in Neuroscience. While at KCL, Temi founded and ran a book-club called ‚ÄúNeuroscience-fiction‚ÄĚ, where she led discussions about science-fiction books which focus on the brain. In 2016, she...
15.04.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 574 - Steve Brusatte's The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Steve Brusatte is a palaeontologist on the faculty of the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He grew up in the Midwestern United States and has a BS in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago, MSc in Palaeobio...
11.04.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 573 - A K Benjamin's Let Me Not Be Mad

A K Benjamin is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, specialising in diagnostics and acute rehab. Previously he was a screenwriter, spent two years as a contemplative monk and has worked at a number of NGOs, with homeless addicts, with gangs and with children...
8.04.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 572 - Hanna Jameson's The Last

Hanna Jameson wrote her first book at the age of seventeen. Paul Rees of Q Magazine described her as writing like 'an angel on speed'. She has worked for the NHS and travelled the USA, Japan and Europe, developing a particular interest in the US, which...
4.04.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 571 - Adam Foulds' Dream Sequence

Adam Foulds most recent books are In the Wolf's Mouth; The Quickening Maze, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Encore Award and the European Union Prize for Literature; and The Broken Word, which won the Costa Poetry Award and ...
1.04.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 570 - Damian Barr's You Will Be Safe Here

Damian Barr is an award-winning writer and columnist. Maggie & Me, his memoir about coming of age and coming out in Thatcher's Britain, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and Sunday Times Memoir of the Year, and won the Paddy Power Political Books ...

Little Atoms 569 Jan Carson's The Fire Starters

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by short story collection, Children's Children, and a flash fiction anthology Postca...
26.03.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 568 - Luke Turner's Out of the Woods

Luke Turner is a writer and editor based in London. He co-founded the influential music website The Quietus where he runs a regular podcast and radio show. He has contributed to the Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Vice, NME, Q Mojo, Monocle, Nowness an...
22.03.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 567 - Lewis Dartnell's Origins

Lewis Dartnell is a Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster. He has won several awards for his science writing, and contributes to the Guardian, the Times and the New Scientist. He has also written for television and appeare...
19.03.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 566 - Yara Rodrigues Fowler's Stubborn Archivist

Yara Rodrigues Fowler grew up in a Brazilian-English household in London, where she still lives. She has a BA in English from Oxford and an MA in Comparative Literature at UCL. Yara is a trustee of Latin American Women's Aid, the only refuge run for an...

Little Atoms 565 - Ken Hollings' The Space Oracle

Ken Hollings is a writer, broadcaster, cultural theorist and lecturer based in London. He is the author of the books Destroy All Monsters, Welcome To Mars, and The Bright Labyrinth. His work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies throu...
12.03.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 564 - Fatima Bhutto's The Runaways

Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1982. She grew up in Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of four previous books, most recently the highly acclaimed The Shadow of the Crescent Moon which was longlisted in 2014 for the Bailey's Women's...
8.03.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 563 - Max Porter's Lanny

Max Porter is the author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, which has been translated into twenty languages worldwide, and been made into a stage play starring Cillian Murphy. His latest book is Lanny, the story of a young boy, an elderly artist, and...
5.03.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 562 - John Lanchester's The Wall

John Lanchester was born in Hamburg in 1962. He has worked as a football reporter, obituary writer, book editor, restaurant critic, and deputy editor of the London Review of Books, where he is a contributing editor. He is a regular contributor to the N...
1.03.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 561 - Ece Temelkuran's How To Lose A Country

Ece Temelkuran is an award-winning Turkish novelist and commentator. Her journalism has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and Frankfurter Allgemeine, and her novels include Women Who Blow On Knots and The Time of Mute Swans. Her...
26.02.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 560 - Dr Julia Shaw's Making Evil

Dr Julia Shaw is a scientist in the Department of Psychology at University College London (UCL). Her academic work, teaching and role as an expert witness have focused on different ways of understanding criminal behaviour. Dr Shaw has consulted as an e...
19.02.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 559 - Deborah Lipstadt's Antisemitism Here And Now

Deborah Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her books include The Eichmann Trial, Denial: holocaust history on trial (a National Jewish Book Award-winner), Denying the Holocaust: the growing a...
12.02.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 558 - Kristen Ghodsee's Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Kristen R. Ghodsee was travelling in Europe, and spent the summer of 1990 witnessing first-hand the initial hope and euphoria that followed the sudden and unexpected collapse of state socialism in the former Eastern B...
5.02.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 557 - Georgina Harding's Land of the Living

Georgina Harding is the author of three previous novels: The Solitude of Thomas Cave, The Spy Game and, most recently, Painter of Silence, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. Her first book was a word of non-fiction, In Another...
29.01.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 556 - Simon Garfield's In Miniature

Simon Garfield is the author of seventeen acclaimed books of non-fiction including Timekeepers, A Notable Woman (as editor), To the Letter, On the Map, Just My Type and Mauve. His study of AIDS in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham...
22.01.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 555 - Alexander Chee's How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh. He is a contributing editor at the New Republic, an editor at large at Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at the Los Angeles Times. His work has ...
15.01.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 554 - Adam Weymouth's Kings of the Yukon

Adam Weymouth's work has been published by a wide variety of outlets including the Guardian, the Atlantic and the New Internationalist. His interest in the relationship between humans and the world around them has led him to write on issues of climate ...
8.01.2019 Little Atoms

Little Atoms 553 - Thea Lim's An Ocean of Minutes

Thea Lim’s novel An Ocean of Minutes is out now from Quercus/Hachette in the UK, Viking/Penguin Random House in Canada, and Touchstone Books/Simon & Schuster in the US. Her writing has been published by the Paris Review, the Guardian, Salon, the Na...
1.01.2019 Little Atoms

From The Archive - Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation

To see in the New Year, here's a repeat of our Interview with Ottessa Moshfegh from August. Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. She i...