Sir Ranulph Fiennes on Shackleton

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 26 September 2021 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ranulph Fiennes about his biography of Shackleton. Describes the incredible journey Shackleton and his men made to save themselves after the loss of their ship the Endurance to the Antarctic ice. Also discusses Fiennes’ life of exploration and what it takes to plan and execute a successful mission in the most extreme environment on Earth.

John of Gaunt: Prince Without a Throne

History Extra| 20 September 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Helen Carr about her book The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster. Discusses the life of John of Gaunt: his upbringing with the Black Prince, the Peasants’ Revolt, his relationship with Richard II, his attempts to capture the Castilian throne, and more.

Escaping the Berlin Wall

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 13 August 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Helena Merriman about her book Tunnel 29: The True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall. Tells the story of a group who tunnelled into the eastern part of Berlin to rescue friends and relatives. The endeavour was funded and documented by an NBC film crew.

Nicholas Wapshott on Samuelson and Friedman

EconTalk | 16 August 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Nicholas Wapshott about his book Samuelson Friedman: The Battle Over the Free Market. Milton Friedman and Paul Samuelson were two of the most influential economists of the last century. They competed for professional acclaim and had very different policy visions. The conversation includes their differences over the work of Keynes, their rivalry in their columns at Newsweek, and a discussion of their intellectual and policy legacies.

Dr Waheed Arian

Full Disclosure with James O’Brien | 28 June 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later
Interview with Waheed Arian about his book In the Wars: A Doctor’s Story of Conflict, Survival and Saving Lives. Describes the arc of his life, from growing up in Afghanistan, fleeing at age 15, arriving in Britain on a false passport, being imprisoned in a young offender institution, to becoming a Cambridge qualified doctor supplying war-torn countries with medical help.

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Sailing by the Stars: The Pioneering Voyages of David Lewis

The Forum | 12 August 2021 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Describes the life of David Lewis, who undertook many sailing voyages to prove that ancient seafaring methods were still valuable. His research helped revive ancient Polynesian navigation methods.

How Abe Reshaped Japan

ChinaTalk | 26 July 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Tobias Harris about his book The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan. Discusses the dramatic rise, fall, and rise again to power of Abe Shinzo; how he reshaped governance in Japan through bureaucratic reform; and how he managed relations with the US and China.

Andrew Sullivan on Braving New Intellectual Journeys

Conversations with Tyler | 11 August 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Sullivan about his book Out on a Limb: Selected Writing, 1989–2021. Discusses the role of the AIDs epidemic in achieving marriage equality, why public intellectuals often lack courage, how being a gay man helps him access perspectives he otherwise wouldn’t, how drugs influence his ideas, why he’s a passionate defender of SATs and IQ tests, what Niall Ferguson and Boris Johnson were like as fellow undergraduates, what Americans get wrong about British politics, why so few people share his admiration for Margaret Thatcher, whether wokeism has a positive influence globally, and more.