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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

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Comfort Eating with Grace Dent: episode one of a new podcast

Jul 1 • 39:46
Have you ever wondered what famous people actually eat? In our new podcast, Guardian restaurant critic Grace Dent does just that, asking well-known guests to lift the lid on the food they turn to when they’re at home alone – and what comfort foods have seen them through their lives. In the first episode, screenwriter Russell T Davies tells Grace about his childhood in Swan...

Reverberate: episode 1 of our new series

Feb 8 • 25:34
The Guardian has launched a new series called Reverberate that we think you’ll like. Each week, Chris Michael will explore incredible stories from around the world about when music shook history. In the first episode, we hear from Kashy Keegan, an unknown singer-songwriter in a sleepy English town who became the voice of Hong Kong’s nascent pro-democracy movement. Subscrib...

Innermost: another episode of our new series

Aug 3 • 20:21

Innermost: episode 1 of a new series

Jun 25 • 16:34
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 podcast...

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

Mar 29 • 18:28

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

Mar 22 • 18:57

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

Mar 15 • 19:04

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

Mar 8 • 16:35

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

Mar 1 • 21:58

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

Feb 22 • 16:53

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