Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow

In Our Time | 19 September 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how, in September 1812, Napoleon captured Moscow and waited a month for the Russians to meet him, to surrender and why, to his dismay, no-one came. Soon his triumph was revealed as a great defeat; winter was coming, supplies were low; he ordered his Grande Armée of six hundred thousand to retreat and, by the time he crossed back over the border, desertion, disease, capture, Cossacks and cold had reduced that to twenty thousand. Napoleon had shown his weakness; his Prussian allies changed sides and, within eighteen months they, the Russians and Austrians had captured Paris and the Emperor was exiled to Elba.

David Deppner on Leadership, Confidence, and Humility

EconTalk | 2 September 2019 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Can a great leader or manager be humble in public? Or is exuding confidence, even when it may not be merited, a key part of leadership? David Deppner and Russ Roberts discuss how best for a leader to balance the need for humility and honesty with their followers’ need to be inspired by a confident leader.

World War Two: The Economic Battle

The Documentary | 22 September 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Duncan Weldon on the importance of economic factors in the Second World War. Interesting perspectives throughout. For example, the contrast between Britain having more manpower available due to importing food versus Germany deploying more manpower to food production than its armed forces.

Niall Ferguson on Kissinger the Idealist

Uncommon Knowledge | 8 October 2015 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Niall Ferguson on his book Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist about the first half of Henry Kissinger’s life. Traces his development and influences from life as a young boy in Germany, intellectual celebrity at Harvard and finally as an adviser to both Nelson Rockefeller and John Kennedy, before becoming a national security adviser to Richard Nixon in 1968.

Malcolm Gladwell on Talking to Strangers

Revisionist History | 19 September 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Malcolm Gladwell discusses his book, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know. Examines Gladwell’s theory that prejudging people we don’t know can lead to dangerous consequences. Through well-known cases like the Bernie Madoff scandal, the Amanda Knox trial, the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse trial, and the racially charged arrest and death of Sandra Bland, Gladwell explains his belief that many of us unconsciously invite conflict and misunderstanding into our lives.

Sex and Socialism with Kristen Ghodsee

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 10 February 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kristen Ghodsee about her book Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence. Explores the evidence that people have better sex under socialism and why. Also discusses why young people are having less sex and the Soviet approach to gender equality.

Andre Agassi, Tennis Legend, Author of Open

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books | 10 April 2018 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andre Agassi speaking candidly about his tennis career, fatherhood, pushing through pain, writing to make sense of his life, changing education, addressing dyslexia, and finding true meaning through his philanthropic work. Draws from his book Open.

If Then: The Case For The Vape

Slate Daily Feed | 11 September 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jacob Grier about his book The Rediscovery of Tobacco: Smoking, Vaping, and the Creative Destruction of the Cigarette. A nicely balanced evaluation of the pros and cons of vaping, along with some interesting history about the tobacco industry.