Huygens: Europe’s Greatest Scientist

Not Just the Tudors | 1 December 2022 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hugh Aldersey-Williams about his book Dutch Light: Christiaan Huygens and the Making of Science in Europe. Discusses the life and work of Christiaan Huygens, who made contributions to astronomy, mathematics, physics and timekeeping.

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Patrick Radden Keefe – True Stories of Killers, Grifters, and Crooks

How To Academy | 12 August 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Patrick Radden Keefe about his book Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks. Discusses his reporting on the drug lord Chapo Guzman, the Harvard-educated neurobiologist turned mass shooter Amy Bishop, the anti-death-penalty lawyer representing the worst of the worst, and more. Includes an update on recent events with the Sackler family and their role in the opioid crisis – the subject of his previous book.

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Birdwatching: How Four Prisoners of War Survived Captivity

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 3 January 2023 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Derek Niemann about his book Birds in a Cage. Tells the story of four Second World War British POWs who overcame the trials and tribulations of internment through a shared passion for birdwatching. Discusses why this obsession helped them survive the POW camps, and how it drove them to become giants of post-war British wildlife conservation.

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The Rise and Reach of Janet Yellen

Bloomberg Businessweek | 29 September 2022 | 0h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Owen Ullmann about his book Empathy Economics: Janet Yellen’s Remarkable Rise to Power and Her Drive to Spread Prosperity to All. Emphasises her commitment to putting those on the bottom half of the economic ladder at the centre of economic policy.

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Alexander the Great’s Extraordinary Childhood

History Extra | 23 December 2022 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alex Rowson about his book The Young Alexander: The Making of Alexander the Great. Discuss how Alexander was shaped by the plotting and bloodletting that marred his youth with political assassinations, a dysfunctional relationship with his father, and the best martial training money could buy.

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The Napoleon of Fleet Street

History Extra | 27 September 2022 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his book The Chief: The Life of Lord Northcliffe. Discusses his biography of Lord Northcliffe, the early 20th-century press baron who dominated the British media and had the power to bring down prime ministers. revealing how Northcliffe forged his media empire and helped Britain triumph in the First World War, while also discussing his many flaws and turbulent private life.

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Jon Hilsenrath on Janet Yellen

Take Back Retirement | 30 November 2022 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jon Hilsenrath about his book Yellen: The Trailblazing Economist Who Navigated an Era of Upheaval. Discusses the life and work of Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve, her involvement in dealing with the global financial crisis and covid, her relationship with her husband, and lessons from her life on how women can break through the glass ceiling.

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James Cantor – The World of Unusual Sexual Orientations

Modern Wisdom | 10 November 2022 | 1h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with James Cantor about psychology and the neuroscience of sex. Discusses his work researching some of the world’s most interesting and unusual sexual desires and the problems caused by our reluctance to allow people the help they need.

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