Andrew Roberts on Churchill and the Craft of Biography

EconTalk | 26 August 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about the life of Winston Churchill and the art of biography. How did Churchill deal with the mistakes he inevitably made in a long career? Was he prescient or just the right man in the right place at the right time? Was he an alcoholic? Did he suffer from depression? Drawing on his biography of Churchill, Andrew Roberts answers these and other questions in this wide-ranging conversation that includes a discussion of the mechanics of writing a 1000 page book on a man who has had over 1000 biographies written about him already.

Elizabeth Gilbert on Life and Love

How to Academy | 19 August 2019 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Elizabeth Gilbert exploring her life story and thoughts on genius and creativity, sex and adventure, wonder and fear. Draws on her books Eat, Pray, Love, Committed, Big Magic and City of Girls.

Russ Roberts

Y Combinator | 7 August 2019 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Russ Roberts. Includes why he started EconTalk, key economic concepts for company founders, Adam Smith, and the emotional aspects of founding a company.

England’s Galileo: the Life and Discoveries of Thomas Harriot

Late Night Live – with Phillip Adams ABC RN | 17 July 2019 | 0h 24m | Listen Later
Interview with Robyn Arianrhod about her book Thomas Harriot: A Life in Science, which resurrects Thomas Harriot’s reputation and acknowledges his place in the canon of scientific luminaries.

James Dyson

How I Built This with Guy Raz | 22 July 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Backgrounds the inspiration, process and persistence behind Sir James Dyson’s invention of a bagless vacuum cleaner. Bundled with lessons for inventors and entrepreneurs.

William Hazelgrove on Wright Brothers, Wrong Story

Thecuriousmanspodcast | 19 March 2019 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with William Hazelgrove about his book Wright Brothers, Wrong Story: How Wilbur Wright Solved the Problem of Manned Flight. Discusses the evidence from archival material that it was Wilbur, rather than Orville and Wilbur, that was the mastermind behind the first powered flight.

Oleg Gordievsky: the Double Agent Who Changed the Cold War

Spectator Books | 17 July 2019 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben MacIntyre about his book The Spy and the Traitor about double-agent Oleg Gordievsky. Discusses his rise, downfall, and daring escape from Moscow — and how he lives now and what he thinks of the situation between Russia and the West these days.

The Scared Child Inside Every Leader

Without Fail | 8 July 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Jerry Colonna was a high-flying venture capitalist in New York City at the height of the dot-com boom. He looked like the picture of success—but as time wore on, he felt more and more like a fraud. And when the boom went bust, it all began to unravel for him. Discusses that struggle, and how it led him to his current life as one of the most in-demand executive coaches. Context for Colonna’s book Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up.