Radio Browser

Radio Browser is the podcast accompanying the world's most admired daily newsletter. Every day, The Browser recommends five outstanding pieces of writing to surprise and delight, hand picked by our editors Robert Cottrell and Caroline Crampton.

Radio Browser expands upon those pieces, interviewing the authors of the articles we've featured for an in-depth, fascinating look at what goes on behind the writing. Radio Browser is hosted by Nontsi Mapoma and Lindelani Mbatha, and produced by Nontsi Mapoma.


The Hatboro Blues with Shawn McCreesh

Inspired by his piece “The Hatboro Blues”, Shawn McCreesh joins Lindelani and Nontsi to share his experience on growing up in an American town during the opioid epidemic.

"The Hatboro Blues" was originally published in the Autumn issue of Liberties Journal. The piece is not currently online but if you are interested in reading it, please email

Grinding Teeth with Madeleine Watts

Inspired by her essay “The Year of Grinding Teeth”, Madeleine Watts joins Lindelani and Nontsi to discuss her experience with bruxism and the shared anxiety that came with 2020.

The Moral Philosphy Of Giving with Peter Singer

Hosts Lindelani and Nontsi discuss the moral ethics of giving with the philosopher Peter Singer focusing on the implications of the ethical code on people living in lower income countries.

Read more: The Life You Can Save

On Running And Escapism with Larissa Pham

Inspired by her essay “On Running”, Larissa Pham joins Lindelani and Nontsi to discuss the psychological effects, and meditative properties of running.

Reading more: Pop Song by Larissa Pham

Joys And Sorrows with Robert Cottrell

Inspired by Emily Franklin’s thought-provoking piece “The Requirement of Adequacy”; Lindelani, Nontsi and Robert discuss restrictions to personal freedom, the bitter-sweet reality of parenting and coping with the dangers of life.

Malls In The Phillippines with Diana Martinez

The view that malls are simply structures of commerce is challenged in this conversation between Nontsi, Lindelani and Diana Martinez. The article that inspired this conversation posits that malls in the Philippines are infrastructural, and also explores the emotional and psychological experience of going to a mall in the Philippines.

The article that inspired this episode is titled An Archipelago of Interiors: The Philippine Supermall as Infrastructure of Diaspora and is written by Diana Martinez.

Understanding Artemisia Gentileschi with Helen Lewis

Nontsi and Lindelani chat with Helen Lewis about "how the feminist passion for Artemisia Gentileschi’s life story risks overwhelming her artistic talent." Inspired by Helen's piece titled “Isn’t She Good—For a Woman?

Reading material mentioned in the conversation:

Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights by Helen Lewis

The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work by Germaine Greer

Understanding Disability with Joanne Limburg

Nontsi and Lindelani chat with Joanne Limburg about her personal journey with disability and the impact it has had on her family, social and professional life. Inspired by Joanne’s piece titled “Am I disabled?

Reading material mentioned in the conversation:

Disability Visibility by Alice Wong

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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