Was Marco Polo a ‘Sexpat’?

Chinese Whispers | 15 April 2024 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jeremiah Jenne about his book review Marco Polo: Travel Writer? Fraud? Sexpat? Discusses The Travels of Marco Polo; how much Europeans observe when they go to China and the reliability of their accounts, understood and told through the perspective of the outsider; how Marco Polo’s portrayal of China moulded the western mindset on the country in the centuries since, and even today; and what it says about 13C China that a trio of Venetian merchants could make it to the heart of the Mongol empire.

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Reporting From the Frontlines of the Culture Wars

The Michael Shermer Show | 14 May 2024 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nellie Bowles about her book Morning After the Revolution: Dispatches from the Wrong Side of History. Discusses what it’s like to work at The New York Times; what it’s like to found a new media company; same-sex marriage; Liberalism versus Progressivism; the Black Lives Matter, #metoo, and transgender movements; Patrisse Khan-Cullors; White privilege; somatic abolitionism; anti-racism; cancel culture; and more.

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Happily Ever After? Love and Marriage in Austen’s Era

History Extra | 14 February 2024 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rory Muir about her book Love and Marriage in the Age of Jane Austen. Discusses the reality of love and marriage in the age of Jane Austen, from engagements and elopements to going on honeymoon with your mother-in-law.

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Bryan Caplan – The Economics of Housing Abundance

The Joe Walker Podcast | 13 May 2024 | 1h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Caplan about his book Build, Baby, Build: The Science and Ethics of Housing Regulation. Backgrounds the evidence that regulation causes low property supply and high prices. Advocates radical deregulation to free up the supply of new property, with consequent improvements to equality, economic growth, homelessness, fertility rates, and more.

See also The Curious Task interview with Caplan about Build, Baby, Build.

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Living with the Constitution (with A.J. Jacobs)

EconTalk | 6 May 2024 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with A.J. Jacobs about his book The Year of Living Constitutionally: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Constitution’s Original Meaning. Discusses his year living in line with the US Constitution; the original conceptions of the most cherished amendments; the office of the President, and the Supreme Court; how one can be an originalist and still believe in gender equity; his family’s experience writing its own constitution; and explains why his research made him more optimistic about the future of American democracy.

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Roanne van Voorst – The Scary Future Of Robot Sex & Artificial Love

Modern Wisdom | 11 May 2024 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Roanne van Voorst about her book Six in a Bed: The Future of Love – from Sex Dolls and Avatars to Polyamory. Discusses sex robots and what the future of sex work may look like, whether polyamory is going to become more popular, why young people aren’t having as much sex as they used to, what it’s like to go to a sex doll brothel, what a better definition of love is, what it’s like to be in a virtual relationship and more.

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Giving Dutch History Its Due with Jonathan Scott

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 19 April 2024 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Scott about his book How the Old World Ended: The Anglo-Dutch-American Revolution 1500–1800. Discusses the pivotal role the Netherlands played in the development of the modern world, how the Netherlands’ geography played a crucial role in its rise to dominance in the 17th century, why that power eventually shifted to favour England, and how the Anglo-Dutch influence has permeated throughout history.

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