The TLS Podcast

The recipe for superstardom

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"When future historians study these troubled times, they will marvel at the relentless rise of sea levels, strongman politics and Kardashians." So says Irina Dumitrescu, who joins us to discuss the phenomenon of celebrity, from Sarah Bernhardt to the Kardashian-Jenners; Rafia Zakaria on the murder of the Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch, aka "How I'm looking?" girl; Lamorna Ash on 'Bait', a new film about a timeless clash between them and us, set in a small Cornish fishing village The Drama of Celebrity by Sharon Marcus Kardashian Kulture: How celebrities changed life in the 21st century by Ellis Cashmore Tweenhood: Femininity and celebrity in tween popular culture by Melanie Kennedy A Woman Like Her: The short life of Qandeel Baloch by Sanam Maher Bait by Mark Jenkin, in various cinemas  For information regarding your data privacy, visit