Listen above to the first half of a major two-part interview with Leonard Cohen by John MacKenna, first broadcast on the 5th September 1988 on RTÉ Radio 1.

 How the Heart Approaches What it Yearns offers a remarkable insight to Cohen's life and work - in the first programme, subtitled Isaac to Joan of Arc, Cohen discusses his interest in and attitude to heroic figures in history. 

Watch The Songs of Leonard Cohen with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on RTÉ One on April 25th at 10.30 pm.