Fareed Zakaria on Our Revolutionary Moment

The Gray Area with Sean Illing | 15 April 2024 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Fareed Zakaria about his book Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present. Suggests that we are living through one of the most revolutionary periods in human history and argues that the convergence of AI and the global backlash against liberal democracy are upending political orders around the world. Discusses how this period relates to history’s most impactful revolutions, both political and technological.

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Ben Rothenberg on Naomi Osaka

Asian Review of Books | 7 March 2024 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ben Rothenberg about his book Naomi Osaka: Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice. Backgrounds the life of the tennis phenomenon and discusses her headline-making advocacy for racial justice and mental health, and the challenges of a life in the international spotlight.

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David Friedman – The Machinery of Freedom

Ideas Having Sex | 4 March 2024 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Friedman about his book The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism. Delves into libertarian anarchism, explaining how many of the functions we assume we need from the government can be privately contracted.

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Andrew Roberts on Conflict: The Evolution of War from 1945 to Ukraine

Uncommon Knowledge | 2 April 2024 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his book Conflict: The Evolution of War from 1945 to Ukraine, co-authored with David Petraeus. Discusses the differences in the way nations and allied forces prosecuted wars in the 20C versus today; his strong support for Israel in the current conflict in Gaza both in the media and in the House of Lords; and why Ridley Scott (the director of the recent film biography of Napoleon) is wrong when he says that historians are not to be trusted because “they weren’t there” when they describe historical events.

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Annie Jacobsen: Nuclear War

The Book Club | 3 April 2024 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Annie Jacobsen about her book Nuclear War: A Scenario. Discusses the meticulously sourced reporting about the effects of nuclear weapons and the structures and policies that govern them behind her book that details a realistic scenario for nuclear war.

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Colin Elliott on Pox Romana: The Plague That Shook the Roman World

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 19 March 2024 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Colin Elliott about his book Pox Romana: The Plague That Shook the Roman World. Argues that the Antonine plague was both the cause and effect of Rome’s downward trajectory toward decline and fall. Backgrounds Rome’s multiple economic, social, and environmental susceptibilities; recounts the history of the outbreak through the experiences of physician, victim, and political operator; and explores postpandemic crises.

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What Evolutionary Biology Can Teach Us About Diet, Exercise, and Staying Alive

Plain English with Derek Thompson | 2 April 2024 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Lieberman about his book Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding. Discusses what the science of ancient humans and the lifestyle of hunter-gatherers teachs us about how to be healthy today; the mismatch between our evolutionary adaptedness and modern lifestyles, and why exercise is the ultimate miracle drug.

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Jonathan Haidt – The Hidden Dangers Of Social Media On Mental Health

Modern Wisdom | 4 April 2024 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Haidt about his book The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness. Discusses the role of social media and helicopter parenting in the declining mental health of children.

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