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Fintan O’Toole

Fintan O'Toole is an Irish columnist, literary editor, writer, journalist, drama critic for The Irish Times, and author of the book, The Politics of Pain.


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For the Love of Scandal
On The Gist, treason and bribery. In the interview, Irish writer and critic Fintan O’Toole talks to Mike about Brexit, the nationalist wave sweeping England, and country’s future without the European Union. His book The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism is out now. In the Spiel, scandals and apologies.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
What Brexit’s Really About
It’s been three years since British voters chose to leave the European Union, though negotiations on how that will work drag on. But you have to look much further back than the 2016 vote to understand how Brexit came to be. Fintan O’Toole, a writer for The Irish Times, The Guardian and The New York Review of Books, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the English worldview after the empire collapsed and why that’s key to the fractured policies of today. His new book is called “The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism.”
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Feb 16th, 1958
Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
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1 hour, 23 minutes