Was Marco Polo a ‘Sexpat’?

Chinese Whispers | 15 April 2024 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jeremiah Jenne about his book review Marco Polo: Travel Writer? Fraud? Sexpat? Discusses The Travels of Marco Polo; how much Europeans observe when they go to China and the reliability of their accounts, understood and told through the perspective of the outsider; how Marco Polo’s portrayal of China moulded the western mindset on the country in the centuries since, and even today; and what it says about 13C China that a trio of Venetian merchants could make it to the heart of the Mongol empire.

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Happily Ever After? Love and Marriage in Austen’s Era

History Extra | 14 February 2024 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rory Muir about her book Love and Marriage in the Age of Jane Austen. Discusses the reality of love and marriage in the age of Jane Austen, from engagements and elopements to going on honeymoon with your mother-in-law.

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Burmese Days by George Orwell

The Great Books | 2 April 2024 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Paul Theroux about George Orwell’s book Burmese Days. Discusses Orwell’s experiences and influences in Burma that contributed to the novel. Draws from Theroux’s research for his novel, Burma Sahib: A Novel, based on Orwell’s early life in Burma.

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Heroes of Progress with Alexander Hammond

Free The Economy | 18 April 2024 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alexander Hammond about his book Heroes of Progress: 65 People Who Changed the World. Discusses the men and women who improved life for millions of their fellow human beings, from Johannes Gutenberg and James Madison to Frederick Douglass and Norman Borlaug. Touches on venture capitalists fighting red tape, challenges to electric vehicle adoption, Americans sleeping on the job, a possible vaccine for chlamydia, and political bias at National Public Radio.

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Hampton Sides on Capt. Cook’s Final Voyage

Fresh Air | 3 April 2024 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts
Interview with Hampton Sides about his book The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact, and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook. Discusses Cook’s final voyage, the attempt to find a Northwest Passage, returning Mai to Tahiti after his sojourn in London, Cook’s character and approach to dealing with indigenous people, his death in Hawaii, and his complex and controversial legacy today.

See also the Big Ideas episode How Should We Remember Captain Cook?

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Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler on Are You Prepared for the Storm of Love Making?

C-SPAN Bookshelf | 19 March 2024 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler about their book Are You Prepared for the Storm of Love Making?: Letters of Love and Lust from the White House. Discusses the love lives of US presidents, as seen through the letters they wrote, illuminating a side of their personality often obscured by their public persona.

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Ben Rothenberg on Naomi Osaka

Asian Review of Books | 7 March 2024 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ben Rothenberg about his book Naomi Osaka: Her Journey to Finding Her Power and Her Voice. Backgrounds the life of the tennis phenomenon and discusses her headline-making advocacy for racial justice and mental health, and the challenges of a life in the international spotlight.

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