How the Persians Were Written Out of History

History Extra | 8 June 2022 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones about his book Persians: The Age of The Great Kings. Argues that Eurocentric depictions of the “barbarous” Persians have obscured the achievements of one of the ancient world’s great civilisations.

Brad DeLong on Slouching Towards Utopia

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 5 September 2022 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Brad DeLong about his book Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century. Discusses the competing political and economic systems that dominated the “long 20th century” from 1870 to 2010, and how we managed to create such enormous wealth and still be left with such intractable problems.

Thomas Penn: The Brothers York

The Book Club | 30 October 2022 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Thomas Penn about his book The Brothers York: An English Tragedy. Tells the story of three brothers – Edward IV; George, Duke of Clarence; and Richard III. Argues that the ‘Wars of the Roses’ weren’t determined by a struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster so much as by the catastrophic white-on-white conflict that caused the House of York to implode.

Marian Tupy & Gale Pooley on Superabundance

The Michael Shermer Show | 30 August 2022 | 1h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Marian Tupy and Gale Pooley about their book Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet. Discusses the evidence that resource abundance increases faster than population – with the average human being creating more value than they consume.

100 Years of British Political Nightmares

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 21 August 2022 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Phil Tinline about his book The Death of Consensus: 100 Years of British Political Nightmares. Reviews 100 years of political crises to argue that politics is transformed through fear. Discusses how the Great Depression’s spectres of fascism, bombing and mass unemployment forced politicians to think the unthinkable and paved the way for post-war Britain. Explains how Thatcher’s road to victory was made possible by a decade of nightmares.

Blindness, Neuroplasticity, and the Origins of Concepts

Many Minds | 17 August 2022 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Marina Bedny about her research on the way that blindness shapes our brains. Discusses how people who have been blind since birth nonetheless develop rich, sophisticated understandings of the visual world; how the visual cortex in blind folks gets repurposed for non-visual functions, like language; that blind people often outperform sighted people in certain kinds of tasks; and more.

Nona Willis Aronowitz on Bad Sex

Longform | 31 August 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nona Willis Aronowitz about her book Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution. Discusses her personal quest for erotic enlightenment; the social history of the sexual revolution, especially with regard to female desire; and her mother, Ellen Willis, who was an early radical pro-sex feminist.

Matt Stoller – Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy

New Books in Economics | 3 August 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matt Stoller about his book Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy. Traces the development and then unwinding of protections against concentrated financial power in the United States, arguing that concentrated financial power leads to populism and authoritarianism.