Patricia Fara on Newton, Scientific Progress, and the Benefits of Unhistoric Acts

Conversations with Tyler | 24 February 2021 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Patricia Fara about her book Life After Gravity: Isaac Newton’s London Career. Discusses why Newton left Cambridge to run The Royal Mint, why he was so productive during the Great Plague, why the “Scientific Revolution” should be understood as a gradual process, what the Antikythera device tells us about science in the ancient world, the influence of Erasmus Darwin on his grandson, sex-segregated schooling, the reasons she considers Madame Lavoisier to be the greatest female science illustrator, and more.

Jeff Immelt Knows He Let You Down

Freakonomics Radio | 18 February 2021 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jeff Immelt about his book Hot Seat: What I Learned Leading a Great American Company. Discusses his time as CEO of GE, formerly the most valuable company in the world, now selling off body parts to survive.

The Black Count: Interview with Writer Tom Reiss

The Marc Steiner Show | 5 July 2017 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tom Reiss about his book The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. Discusses General Alex Dumas, a hero of the French Revolution, who was born to a Black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti). He was the father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, who used his father’s larger-than-life feats as inspiration for such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.

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.

Amy Stanley on Stranger in the Shogun’s City

New Books Network | 12 November 2020 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Amy Stanley about her biography Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World. Discusses the life of Tsuneno, from growing up in a rural community through her escape to the city of Edo, where she lives in the final decades of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Also covers the historical setting and how Tsuneno’s life tells us more about life, especially the life of women, during this period of Japanese history.

Putin’s People with Catherine Belton

Intelligence Squared | 7 July 2020 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Belton about her book Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West. Argues that the techniques of front companies, money laundering and links with illegal business and organised crime that he practised working for the KGB in East Germany are the same techniques he uses today to concentrate his power and interfere in Western countries.

Rana el Kaliouby on Girl Decoded and the Human Side of AI

Elevate with Robert Glazer | 21 January 2020 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rana el Kaliouby about her book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology. Discusses growing up in Egypt and Kuwait, studying at the world’s top educational institutions, her work developing artificial intelligence that understands human emotions, AI ethics, and more.

Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton

History Extra | 22 December 2020 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ron Chernow about his book Alexander Hamilton. Discusses the extraordinary life of the American Founding Father and the hip-hop musical that was inspired by the book.