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Ariel Levy2017011920170120 (R4)

In the week of the Presidential inauguration Robert McCrum talks to great writers about making the transition from Obama to Trump. In a series of wide-ranging interviews he asks Marilynne Robinson, Richard Ford, Malcolm Gladwell and others how they will write about the New America. Today it's the turn of the feminist New Yorker writer Ariel Levy to express her views on the President elect and what he will mean for America

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Feminist New Yorker writer Ariel Levy expresses her views on the president elect.

Lionel Shriver20170121

All this week Robert McCrum has been talking to great American writers such as Richard Ford, Marilynne Robinson and Walter Mosley. Lionel Shriver's latest novel The Mandibles features a new America where there really is a wall between Mexico and the USA. She talks to Robert McCrum about how she will write a new America under President Trump.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Malcolm Gladwell2017011720170118 (R4)

Robert McCrum talks to Malcolm Gladwell about President Trump and writing the new America.

American writers talk to Robert McCrum about the transition from Obama to Trump. 2/5. Malcolm Gladwell: Robert McCrum talks to the author of cult bestseller The Tipping Point.

Marilynne Robinson2017011620170117 (R4)

Robert McCrum talks to Marilynne Robinson about writing the New America.

All this week Robert McCrum's talking to six great writers about how they will make the transition from Obama to Trump including Richard Ford, Walter Mosley, Ariel Levy, Lionel Shriver and Malcolm Gladwell. First up is double Pulitzer prize winning author of Home and Gilead, Marilynne Robinson. She is one of outgoing President Obama's favourite writers, and she talked to Robert about making sense of her country in 2017 and how the arrival of President Trump will shape her work.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Richard Ford2017012020170121 (R4)

Robert McCrum talks to eminent writers, including Marilynne Robinson and Malcolm Gladwell, about making the transition from Obama to Trump. Today he talks to Richard Ford whose novels include The Sportswriter, Independence Day and the Lay of the Land. Ford's characters are often middle class white men living in traditional Republican worlds. It's a demographic that helped put Trump in the White House.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Robert McCrum talks to author Richard Ford about the US and Donald Trump.

Walter Mosley2017011820170119 (R4)

Robert McCrum talks to Walter Mosley about making the transition from Obama to Trump.

In the week of the Presidential inauguration Robert McCrum talks to great writers about making the transition from Obama to Trump. In a series of wide-ranging interviews he asks Marilynne Robinson, Richard Ford, Malcolm Gladwell and others how they will write about the New America. Today he meets the black American crime writer Walter Mosley who grew up during a time of social unrest in the Watts area of Los Angeles in the 1960s. How does he assess the new President of the United States and what does he make of the issues to do with race that have dominated Obama's final years in office?

Producer: Maggie Ayre.