Antony Beevor: Arnhem

Spectator Books | 17 May 2018 | 0h 44m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sir Antony Beevor about his book “Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944.” Describes the military failure and the personalities involved along with insights on the experience for the ordinary men and women involved. Includes a telling comparison of the way the Dutch and French treated women who had fraternised with Germans.

The Fall of Rome, and the End of Civilization

Context with Brad Harris | 12 December 2018 | 0h 53m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Ward-Perkins, author of “The Fall of Rome, and the End of Civilization.” Interesting discussion of the evidence from pottery, coinage, livestock size and pollution that living standards collapsed with the fall of Rome and the consequent loss of economic and social complexity.

Searching for Hobbits

Time to Eat the Dogs | 17 November 2018 | 0h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Paige Madison about her work at the Liang Bua cave in Indonesia, where she studies the new hominid species Homo floresiensis, as well as the team of researchers who have worked at the cave for years, sometimes for generations.

Rise and Kill First, An Interview With Ronen Bergman

Stratfor Podcast | 9 Mach 2018 | 0h 23m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Ronen Bergman, author of “Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations.” Includes stories from the history of the Mossad, Shin Bet and the Israel Defense Forces and evaluates the moral justification and effectiveness of Israel’s targeted killing programmes.

Darwin Comes to Town

Quirks & Quarks | 26 October 2018 | 0h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Menno Schilthuizen about his book “Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution.” Backgrounds examples of very rapid evolution as animals and plants adapt rapidly to expanding cities.

Ten things girls need most

RNZ: It Takes A Village | 5 April 2017 | 0h 25m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with psychologist, parent educator and writer Steve Biddulph about his book “10 Things Girls Need Most.” Argues that girlhood has become more lonely, pressured and unkind at the same time that adults are less available to support their daughters.

Claude Shannon and Information Theory

Hidden Forces | 11 June 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Jimmy Soni, author of “A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age.” Provides an accessible introduction to the key ideas in information theory, packaged into the story of Shannon’s life.

Andrea Wulf – The Invention of Nature

Channel History Hit | 26 February 2017 | 1h 10m | Listen Later 
Speech by Andrea Wulf about the ideas and adventures of scientist Alexander von Humboldt, the subject of her book “The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science”, which won the 2015 Costa and Royal Society Prize.