Virginia Postrel on Textiles and the Fabric of Civilization

EconTalk | 16 November 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Virginia Postrel about her book The Fabric of Civilization and How Textiles Made the World. Tells the fascinating story behind the clothes we wear and everything that goes into producing them throughout history. The history of textiles, Postrel argues, is a good way of understanding the history of the world.

John Kampfner on Why the Germans Do it Better

The Bunker | 28 September 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Kampfner about his book Why the Germans Do it Better. Discusses the German political miracle, Merkel, relations with the UK, and why Germany is so much better than the UK at industry, political debate and social cohesion.

Food Myths with Food Historian Rachel Laudan

Future of Agriculture | 20 June 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rachel Laudan, the author of Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History. Discusses how traditional foods came to be considered traditional, notwithstanding their recent and geographically distant origins, the criticality of food processing to feeding us all, the long history of fast food, the importance of separating processed food from “bad food” and what she believes we should consider to be “good food.”

Empire of Deception with Dean Jobb

The Can’t Make This Up History Podcast | 5 February 2019 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dean Jobb about his book Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation. Discusses a largely forgotten con artist Leo Koretz whose investment scheme puts Charles Ponzi to shame. Covers the economic atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties that made Chicago ripe for the picking, how Koretz built an imaginary investment empire that made himself and his early investors fantastically wealthy, and how even the most carefully built house of cards eventually falls down.

The White Ship: A Medieval Royal Tragedy

History Extra | 4 November 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Spencer about his book The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream. Discusses the White Ship disaster, which drowned the heir to the English throne, triggering a succession crisis and the subsequent civil war known as the Anarchy.

Cecilia Heyes on Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking

Brain Science with Ginger Campbell | 28 February 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cecilia Heyes about her book Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking. Explores the evidence that several cognitive skills that appear to be unique to humans are learned from other people rather than being inherited genetically as is often assumed. Considers the implications if language is a cognitive gadget rather than a cognitive instinct.

Jacob Goldstein on Money

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 22 September 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jacob Goldstein about his book Money: The True Story of a Made Up Thing. Discusses why money is fiction and fundamentally social, the origins of coins and paper money, Genghis Khan’s grandson inventing inflation, Blaise Pascal’s role in the formulation of insurance, how artificial light explains monetary progress, the gold standard’s undoing, the rise of digital money, and more.

Dan Yergin on The New Map

Inside the ICE House | 8 October 2020 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Danel Yergin about his book The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations. Discusses the effects on geopolitics of the changing forces in the world of energy: climate change, the pandemic, and especially, the shale revolution, which has transformed the American economy by ending the era of energy shortage.