The Siege of Paris 1870–71

In Our Time | 16 January 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian war and the social unrest that followed, as the French capital was cut off from the rest of the country and food was scarce. When the French government surrendered Paris to the Prussians, power gravitated to the National Guard in the city and to radical socialists, and a Commune established in March 1871 with the red flag replacing the trilcoleur. The French government sent in the army and, after bloody fighting, the Communards were defeated by the end of May 1871.

Adam Minter on Secondhand

EconTalk | 13 January 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Minter about his book Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale. Explores the strange and fascinating world of secondhand stuff – the downsizing that the elderly do when they move to smaller quarters, the unseen side of Goodwill Industries, and the global market for rags.

Daniel Hannan on the late Sir Roger Scruton

Quillette Podcast | 13 January 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Sir Roger Scruton has died at 75 (NY Times obituary). Interview with Daniel Hannan, the Conservative Member of the European Parliament for South East England, about his lifelong friendship with the Conservative philosopher.

The Right Way to Form New Habits

HBR IdeaCast | 31 December 2019 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Clear about his book Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. Concrete advice on building habits to improve every day, compounding to meaningful improvement.

The Geoengineering Question

The Ezra Klein Show | 19 December 2019 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jane Flegal discussing the technology and anthropology of geoengineering. Covers the state of the technology, its advantages and disadvantages, and issues with its governance.

Adam Tooze on Nazi Ideology and the German War Economy

Politics Theory Other | 25 June 2018 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Tooze about his book The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy. Discusses the entwinement of Nazi ideology and economics, the explanation for the apparent irrationality of German military strategy, the comparative backwardness of the German economy in the pre-war period, and the question of 1930s parallels in the post-financial crash era.

Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future

a16z | 2 January 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Kevin Kelly and Marc Andreessen discuss the evolution of technology, key trends, and why they’re optimistic about the future. Lots of insightful perspectives on technology.

Vikings: A History of the Northmen

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 22 December 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Wayne Bartlett about his book Vikings: A History of the Northmen, which surveys the impact of the Vikings on the World from Newfoundland to Central Asia.