Interviews

1962

*Bamber Gascoigne, ‘Freedom of Speech’, in The Four Freedoms, no. 1, ATV, 1962: revised version of IB's draft of replies in Ted Honderich (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (Oxford, 1995: Oxford University Press), s.v. ‘Liberty’

1964

*Alexander Kendrick, ‘The Oxford Way’, CBS television (USA), 1 February 1964

1965

*Julian Budden, ‘The Concert Interval’, Network 3, 4 July 1965 (no recording or transcript survives?)

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr, Oral History Interview on Kennedy for the John F. Kennedy Library, 12 April 1965; edited and shortened version published in New York Review of Books, 22 October 1998, 31–7, as ‘On JFK’

1966

Henry Brandon, ‘A Philosopher Looks at the Future’, in Conversations with Henry Brandon (London, 1966: Deutsch), 11–39; unauthorised repr., ‘My Hopes and Fears’, Sunday Times, 6 November 1966, 41–2

*Derek Cooper, ‘New Oxford College’, on appointment as President of new Wolfson College, Oxford, Home Service, 30 June 1966

1972

*John Amis, ‘Stravinsky Died a Year Ago’, Radio 3, 6 April 1972

*Graham Martin, ‘Roots of Romanticism’, Radio 4, 16 October 1972

1974

K. L. Poll, ‘Een liberale moralist’, NRC Handelsblad, 9 April 1974, Cultural Supplement, 3

*Man of Action, Radio 3, 12 October 1974

*John Vaizey, ‘Equality, Liberty and Variety’, Radio 3, 19 June 1974

1975

*Peter Jay, ‘Politics’, London Weekend Television, 31 August 1975

1976

Martine de Courcel, ‘Malraux, the Russians of the thirties, and many other things, or Is the Parthian language really lost?’, in Martine de Courcel (ed.), Malraux: Life and Work (London, 1976: Weidenfeld and Nicolson); repr. in Partisan Review 43 (1976), 384–93

*Alan Ryan, ‘Reconsidering John Stuart Mill, 2 Mill: The Manifold’, Radio 3, 6 October 1976

1978

P.G., ‘Cosmopolitan Friend of Israel’ (Jacob Talmon), Jerusalem Post, 14 April 1978, ??

Bryan Magee, ‘An Introduction to Philosophy’, BBC2 Television, 19 January 1978; published as ‘Sir Isaiah Berlin on Men of Ideas and Children’s Puzzles’, Listener, 26 January 1978, 111–13, and as ‘An Introduction to Philosophy: Dialogue with Isaiah Berlin’ in Bryan Magee (ed.), Men of Ideas: Some Creators of Contemporary Philosophy (London, 1978: BBC), 1–27

Carl Rudbeck, ‘Historielöshet är barbari’, Svenska dagbladet, Sunday, 5 November 1978, Kultur, 8–9

*Anne Theroux (?), on Russian Thinkers, BBC World Service, 7 January 1978 (no recording or transcript survives?)

1979

Frans Boenders, ‘Wijsbegeerte, geschiedenis en vrijheid’ (Philosophy, history and freedom), on Russian Thinkers and Concepts and Categories, in Sprekend gedacht (Thinking out loud) (Bussum, 1980: Het Wereldvenster), 171–90 (broadcast on Belgian Radio, February 1979)

Miriam Gross, ‘Art for Liberation's Sake’, Observer, 5 August 1979, 35

*Vernon Sproxton, ‘Reinhold Niebuhr: A Timeless Prophet’, Radio 4, 18 March 1979

*?, ‘Sir Isaiah Berlin at 70’, ‘External CTF (Magazines)’, ?June 1979 (no recording or transcript survives?)

1980

*Edwin Mullins, ‘Personal Impressions’, on his book of that title, Kaleidoscope, Radio 4, 4 November 1980

1981

Alex Hamilton, Guardian, 17 February 1981, 9

*Bernard Levin, ‘The Levin Interview’, BBC2 Television, 23 May 1981

1982

*Michael Berkeley, ‘Stravinsky: Man of Masks’, Radio 3, 6 June 1982

1983

Enrique Krauze, ‘Isaiah Berlin and Our Liberal Predicaments’, Partisan Review 50 (1983), no. 1, 7–28; trans. Spanish

Kathy Field Stephen, Christian Science Monitor, 8 April 1983, B2 (more of a profile with quotes)

1984

Didier Eribon, Le Nouvel Observateur, ? November 1984

Jean-Jacques Lafaye, ‘Le penseur d’Oxford’, Magazine Littéraire, November 1984, 58–61

Eli Shaltiel, ‘An Englishman as an Englishman, a Jew as a Jew’ (part of the series ‘Small Stories about Great People’), Koteret rashit [Main Headline, a weekly Israeli magazine published between 1982 and 1988], 26 April 1984, 31–3, 45

Vigne, Eric, Libération, 19 November 1984, 35

1985

Allegra Mostyn-Owen and Hugo Dixon, Isis, 17 May 1985, 8–9

1986

Raymond Carr (trans. Carlos Dardé), ‘Isaiah Berlin: Contra la corriente’, Revista de Occidente no. 66 (November 1986), 103–39

Jeremy Tarsh and Jonathan Wolfson, ‘On Israel, Zionism and the Jews’, Jewish Chronicle, 18 April 1986, 31 (reprinted without permission from Windmill, the magazine of the Oxford University Israel Society, no. 1, Hilary Term 1986)

1987

Yael Tamir-Rafaeli, ‘Israel Must be a Liberal Democracy’, Israeli Democracy, February 1987, 10–14

1988

Antonio Alférez, ‘El zahorí de la historia’, Diario 16, 20 February 1988, 4–5

1989

*John Drummond, ‘An Evening with Sir Isaiah Berlin’, Radio 3, 6 June 1989

Lev Alekseevich Shilov, interview on Boris Pasternak, Albany, London, 1989; broadcast on Russian radio?

Vsevolod Georgievich Shishkovsky (London correspondent of Russian State TV and Radio), Headington House, Oxford, April 1989, interview on Anna Akhmatova (principally) and Boris Pasternak; excerpts broadcast on Russian TV

Guy Sorman, ‘Nous ne savons pas où est le port, il faut donc continuer à naviguer’, Les vrais penseurs de notre temps (Paris, 1989: Fayard); trans. German

1990

Joseph Brodsky and Anatoly Naiman, ‘, Russkaya Mysl', 6 April 1990, v

Rochelle Furstenberg, ‘Reflections of a Zionist Don’, Jerusalem Report, October 1990, 50–1

Marco Marzano, ‘Liberta' non puo' essere soltanto una scatola vuota’, Avanti!, 19 September 1990, ?–11

Mikhail Meilakh, Russkaya mysl', 22 June 1990, 12–13

Dileep Padgaonkar, ‘Against the Current’, Times of India, 5 July 1990, 8

1991

Suzanne Cassidy, ‘ “I think I hear them talk” ’, New York Times, Book Review section, 24 March 1991, 30

*John Drummond, Radio 3, 23 December 1991

Ramin Jahanbegloo, Isaiah Berlin en toutes libertés: entretiens avec Isaiah Berlin, trans. Gérard Lorimy (Paris, 1991: Éditions du Félin); repr. in its original English form as Ramin Jahanbegloo, Conversations with Isaiah Berlin (London, 1992: Peter Halban; New York, 1992: Scribner’s; London, 1993: Phoenix; 2nd ed., London, 2007: Halban); excerpted in Jewish Quarterly 38 no. 3 (Autumn 1991), 15–26, Jewish Chronicle, 7 February 1992, Literary Supplement, ii, Guardian, 7 March 1992, 23, and (as ‘Philosophy and Life: An Interview’) New York Review of Books, 28 May 1992, 46–54; trans. Chinese (both scripts), German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish (complete and in part, by different translators)

Nathan Gardels, ‘The Ingathering Storm of Nationalism: The Return of the Volksgeist’, New Perspectives Quarterly 8 no. 4 (Fall 1991), 4–10; repr. as ‘Two Concepts of Nationalism’ in New York Review of Books, 21 November 1991, 19–23 (corrections 5 December 1991, 58); repr. as ‘Return of the Volksgeist: Nationalism, Good and Bad’ in Nathan Gardels (ed.), At Century's End: Great Minds Reflect on Our Times (La Jolla, 1995: ALTI Publishing; Dublin, 1997: Wolfhound Press); trans. Catalan, Chinese, Dutch (in part), German, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish

Lars Roar Langslet, ‘Mennesket lever i kraft av ideologiene’, Aftenposten, 18 January 1991, 40 (in ‘Kultur Magasinet’ section); repr. in Minerva, 2008 no. 3 (March), 68–73

Françoise Sorbier, ‘Sir Isaiah Berlin, esprit hardi’, in Oxford, 1919–1939 (Paris, May 1991: Éditions Autrement, Série Mémoires no. 8)

The Editors, Pauline 210 no. 540 [1991], 2–3

1992

*Michael Ignatieff, ‘The Late Show’, BBC2 Television, 5 February 1992

Juan Cruz, Babelia (supplement to El Pais) no. 30, 9 May 1992, 13–15; extract in Corriere della Sera, 19 July 1992, 5

Salvador Giner, Claves de razón práctica no. 22 (May 1992), 44–7

*Sue Lawley, ‘Desert Island Discs’, Radio 4, 19 April 1992

Steven Lukes, ‘Isaiah Berlin: Tra la filosofia e la storia delle idee’ [Between Philosophy and the History of Ideas], Iride 8 (January-April 1992), 82–136; extract in Il Sole 24 Ore, 12 July 1993, 32, with article by Armando Massarenti; repr. in Isaiah Berlin, Tra la filosofia e la storia delle idee: intervista autobiografica, ed. Steven Lukes (Florence, 1994: Ponte alle Grazie), together with other material; extract in La Repubblica, 26 March 1994, ‘Cultura’ section, first page; part of English original published in Prospect, October 1997, 46–53 (an extract from this version appeared as ‘The wisest man in Britain’, Sunday Telegraph, 21 September 1997, Review, 1–2, 4; trans. German); whole English original published as ‘Isaiah Berlin in Conversation with Steven Lukes’ in Salmagundi no. 120 (Fall 1998), 52–134; extract trans. Polish in Przeglad polityczny 54 (2002), 124–32

*Bryan Magee, ‘Nationalism’, Radio 3, 19 February 1992

1993

Casey, Jean, ‘At Home with the Great Philosophers’, Guardian, 1 April 1993, 2–3

‘Fragebogen’, Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin, 22 January 1993, 27: the questionnaire twice completed by Marcel Proust is completed by Berlin

Stephan Sattler, ‘Was ist mit Paris los?’, Focus, 23 August 1993, 68–70

*Susanna Simons, Classic FM interview, 4 March 1993

1994

Edgardo Bartoli, ‘Il legno storto di sir Isaiah’, La Repubblica, 28 October 1994, 38–9

Anders Björnsson, ‘Varför skall vi tala om Hamann’, Svenska Dagbladet, 17 January 1994, 19

Sidney Brichto, ‘Words and Music’, Jewish Chronicle, 10 June 1994, 26

Giancarlo Bosetti, ‘Siamo titti vittime del Romanticismo tedesco: ora vi spiego perché’, Reset, April 1984 (Italian translation from English original)

Silvia Guzzetti, ‘L’Occidente tra Hitler e Marx’, Avvenire, 22 October 1994, ‘Terzapagina’, 17

Beata Polanowska-Sygulska, ‘Nil Desperandum’, Odra 34 no. 6 (June 1994), 12–17 (Polish translation from English original); repr. in ead., Oblicza liberalizmu: Isaiah Berlin, John Gray, Steven Lukes, Joseph Raz w rozmowie z Beatą Polanowską-Sygulską [Visages of Liberalism: Isaiah Berlin, John Gray, Steven Lukes, Joseph Raz in Conversation with Beata Polanowska-Sygulska] (Kraków, 2003: Księgarnia Akademicka), 29–39; repr. in ead., Rozmowy z oksfordzkimi filozofami [Conversations with Oxford Philosophers] (Kraków, 2011: Księgarnia Akademicka), 43–54; English original published in Salmagundi nos 146–7 (Spring/Summer 2005), 170–183, and UD

Beata Polanowska-Sygulska, ‘Nie chcę zbyt uładzonego świata’ [I don’t want the universe to be too tidy], Znak 46 no. 10 (October 1994), 114–21 (Polish translation from English original); repr. in ead., Oblicza liberalizmu: Isaiah Berlin, John Gray, Steven Lukes, Joseph Raz w rozmowie z Beatą Polanowską-Sygulską [Visages of Liberalism: Isaiah Berlin, John Gray, Steven Lukes, Joseph Raz in Conversation with Beata Polanowska-Sygulska] (Kraków, 2003: Księgarnia Akademicka), 17–27; repr. in ead., Rozmowy z oksfordzkimi filozofami [Conversations with Oxford Philosophers] (Kraków, 2011: Księgarnia Akademicka), 55–66; English original published in Salmagundi nos 146–7 (Spring–Summer 2005), 170–83 (as ‘Hottentots and Phobias: A Conversation with Sir Isaiah Berlin’), and in UD

Igor Shaitanov, ‘[To be a liberal means to live and let live]’, Obshchaya Gazeta, 22–8 April 1994, 9

1995

Quentin Letts in ‘Peterborough’ column, Daily Telegraph, 18 July 1995, ? (not really an interview, but cites remarks by IB on Stephen Spender)

Adam Michnik, ‘Dobrzy ludzie buduja gilotyne’ (‘Good people are putting up a guillotine’), Gazeta Wyborcza, 12–13 August 1995, Gazeta Swiateczna [the weekend supplement], 10–12; trans. Italian (‘E la gente perbene a erigere le ghigliottine’, MicroMega, Almanacco di filosofia 1996, 107–20, trans. Mauro Martini), Romanian (‘Oamenii buni construiesc ghilotina’, Lettre internationale no. 73 [Spring 2010], 81–7)

Gaia Servadio, ‘Berlin: “Il secolo affoga nella noia”’, Corriere della Sera, 1 May 1995, 27

1996

Michael Berkeley, ‘Private Passions’, Radio 3, 3 February 1996; Romulus [the magazine of Wolfson College, Oxford], [June] 2006, 5–8

Anna Howard, in Death: Breaking the Taboo, interviews by Anna Howard (Evesham, 1996: Arthur James), 30–7; repr. in part as ‘Why I do not regret lying to my father about death’, The Times, 19 July 1996, 16

Valentina Polukhina, 13 June 1996, London (on Joseph Brodsky): Znamya, November 1996, 130–3, in id., ‘Iosif Brodsky: trudy i dni’, ibid., 126–50

Michael Wright, ‘The Rites and Wrongs of Spring’, Daily Telegraph, 3 August 1996, A3

1997

Franziska Augstein, ‘Ich war ein russischer Jude’, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 19 July 1997, no page number

Nicholas Dawidoff, June 1997, Athenaeum: ‘Shura and Shaya: An Afternoon with Sir Isaiah Berlin’, The American Scholar 67 no. 2 (1998), 101–4

Enrico Palandri, Panta no. 15 (1997), 64–73

1999

Dabney, Lewis M., ‘Isaiah Berlin on Edmund Wilson’, Wilson Quarterly 23 no. 1 (Winter 1999), 38–49

2000

Igor Shaitanov, ‘Russkoe intervyu Isaii Berlina’, Voprosy literatury, September–October 2000, 127–67 (discusses and reproduces in an improved text his 1998 interview)

2000

Beata Polanowska-Sygulska, ‘ “Przypuscmy, ze telefon zamienia sie w kota ...”: o wolnosci, filozofii jezyka i o zyciu w komunizmie’ [‘Supposing a telephone changes into a cat ...’: on liberty, on philosophy of language and on life under Communism], Przeglad Polityczny no. 79/80 (2006), 113–19 (extracts from UD); repr. in ead., Rozmowy z oksfordzkimi filozofami [Conversations with Oxford Philosophers] (Krakow, 2011: Księgarnia Akademicka), 19–41

2009

John Merson, ‘A Conversation with Isaiah Berlin [in 1974]’, ABC Radio National website

2013

Michael Ignatieff, extracts from interviews, in 2nd ed. of The Hedgehog and the Fox

The interviewer’s name is given first in each entry. A number of other items might be included: the line between interviews and conversations is not easy to draw.

The catalogue includes some broadcast items that were not subsequently published. These are  asterisked.