The Second Reich

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 18 January 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katja Hoyer about her book Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871–1918. Discusses the events (and Bismark’s machinations) leading up to the proclamation of King Wilhelm I of Prussia as Emperor of the German Empire in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in 1871.

Avi Loeb on Taking Aliens Seriously

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 25 January 2021 | 1h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Avi Loeb about his book Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond. Discusses the possible existence of technologically advanced extraterrestrial civilizations; the need to take seriously the possibility that the recent interstellar interloper Oumuamua might be a spaceship; the attitude we should have towards more dramatic ideas; and the nature of science.

Francis Fukuyama on Political Development and Political Decay

In Pursuit of Development | 19 January 2021 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Francis Fukuyama on the dysfunction in U.S. politics, state-building, democracy and development, populism and institutional decay in the United States. Draws on his books Political Order and Political Decay, The End of History and the Last Man, and Identity.

When a Murderer Stole My Identity

Outlook | 15 January 2018 | 0h 23m | Listen Later
When the writer Michael Finkel discovered that an accused murderer, Christian Longo, had been impersonating him, he got in touch to find out why. An unusual relationship developed between the two which led Finkel to face the biggest ethical dilemma of his life. As detailed in the movie and the book True Story.

Searching for Freedom After the Holocaust

History Extra | 19 January 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rosie Whitehouse about her book The People on the Beach: Journeys to Freedom After the Holocaust. Describes the story of a group of Holocaust survivors who sailed from Italy to Palestine in 1946, taking on the might of the Royal Navy in the process. Explains why, after being liberated, they did not feel safe in Europe.

The Road to Somewhere, with David Goodhart

AfterWords | 31 March 2020 | 0h 30m | Listen Later
Interview with David Goodhart about his book The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics. Argues that the rise of populism is due to the marginalisation of people who identify as being from somewhere, as opposed to cosmopolitan anywheres, advantaged by their education.

How Much Do We Really Care About Children?

Freakonomics Radio | 14 January 2021 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores child car seats as an example of a counter-productive policy intended to benefit children. Covers the downturn in fertility implied by COVID-19 economic downturn and the demographic challenges that implies; the reduction in fertility attributable to child car seat regulation; and the questionable benefits of child car seats.

What Would Orwell Be Without Nineteen Eighty-Four?

The Book Club | 31 January 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Podcast marking the moment that George Orwell comes out of copyright. D. J. Taylor (author of On Nineteen Eighty-Four and Orwell: The Life) and Dorian Lynskey (author of The Ministry of Truth) discuss how Orwell speaks to us now, and how his reputation has weathered. Was he secretly a conservative? Was he a McCarthyite snitch? How would he be remembered had he died before writing Nineteen Eighty-Four? And does ‘Orwellian’ mean anything much at all?