Stephen Kotkin on Solzhenitsyn

EconTalk | 14 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian and author Stephen Kotkin about the historical significance of the life and work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Also has insights on Russia, Stalin and the role of culture in politics.

Diana Wichtel – Driving to Treblinka

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 29 September 2017 | 0h 47m | Listen Later 
Interview with Diana Wichtel about her book “Driving to Treblinka”, about her father, a Polish Jew who miraculously survived the Holocaust, but who disappeared from her life when she moved with her mother and siblings from Vancouver to New Zealand.

George Soros: FT Person of the Year 2018

FT Big Read | 21 December 2018 | 0h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Profiles George Soros and explains the thinking behind the FT’s selection of the billionaire philanthropist and liberal standard-bearer as its Person of the Year.

Tara Westover on “Educated”

Reader’s Corner | 17 August 2018 | 0h 37m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tara Westover about her memoir “Educated.” Tells the story of growing up home-schooled in a violent, anti-government, fundamentalist Mormon family. She escaped via self-education, ultimately earning a PhD at Cambridge. Valuable perspectives on managing relationships.

Claude Shannon and Information Theory

Hidden Forces | 11 June 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Jimmy Soni, author of “A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age.” Provides an accessible introduction to the key ideas in information theory, packaged into the story of Shannon’s life.

Andrea Wulf – The Invention of Nature

Channel History Hit | 26 February 2017 | 1h 10m | Listen Later 
Speech by Andrea Wulf about the ideas and adventures of scientist Alexander von Humboldt, the subject of her book “The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science”, which won the 2015 Costa and Royal Society Prize.

Napoleon

Start the Week | 20 October 2014 | 0h 41m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discusses Napoleon’s impact during his lifetime, in France and across Europe and how much of this remains today. Andrew Roberts examines the man in his new biography, Jenny Uglow explores living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815, Sudhir Hazareesingh looks at his legend, while musicologist Gavin Plumley focuses on Schubert in Vienna in the aftermath of Napoleon.

Melvyn Bragg on William Tyndale

Spectator Books | 16 November 2017 | 0h 27m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Melvyn Bragg about his book “William Tyndale: A Very Brief History.” Delves into the story of Tyndale’s translation of the Bible into English and the influence this had on the English language.