The Son King, with Madawi Al-Rasheed

AfterWords | 10 February 2021 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Madawi Al-Rasheed about her book The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia. Backgrounds the rise to power of Muhammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and discusses the ruthless repression and dangerous contradictions at the heart of the Saudi regime.

Jack Weatherford – Genghis Khan Revisited

dunc tank | 30 November 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jack Weatherford about his book Genghis Khan: The Making of the Modern World. Argues that Genghis Khan has been slandered by history and made contributions that, despite his flaws, are valuable and still felt in present-day society.

If you enjoy this you might also like Razib Khan’s recent Substack writings on the Eurasian steppe.

Confessions of a Brain Surgeon

Big Ideas | 31 March 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Henry Marsh about his life and experiences as a brain surgeon. Draws on his books Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery and Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon.

Toby Musgrave – The Multifarious Mr Banks

Talk Radio Europe | 22 March 2020 | 0h 18m | Listen Later
Interview with Toby Musgrave about his book The Multifarious Mr. Banks: From Botany Bay to Kew, The Natural Historian Who Shaped the World. Argues that Banks, the botanist on James Cook’s first circumnavigation, and the longest-serving president of the Royal Society, was a leading figure of the English Enlightenment.

Who is the Real George Soros?

Vox Conversations | 1 April 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Emily Tamkin about her book The Influence of Soros: Politics, Power, and the Struggle for an Open Society. Discusses the life and legacy of George Soros, unpacking the meaning of the smear campaign against him, and the inherent contradictions of a wealthy man trying to use his influence to make societies more democratic.

Walter Isaacson on CRISPR, Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

The Tim Ferriss Show | 4 March 2021 | 1h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Walter Isaacson about his book The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. Backgrounds CRISPR, tells the story of its development, and discusses the future for genetic technology.

Shipwrecked in the Arctic: a 16th-Century Survival Story

History Extra | 1 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrea Pitzer about her book Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World. Recounts the Arctic ordeal of Dutch explorer William Barents and his crew. In 1597, they set sail in a bid to find a North-East passage to China, but spent nine months fighting off ravenous polar bears, extreme cold and a seemingly endless winter after becoming stranded in the ice.

Patricia Fara on Newton, Scientific Progress, and the Benefits of Unhistoric Acts

Conversations with Tyler | 24 February 2021 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Patricia Fara about her book Life After Gravity: Isaac Newton’s London Career. Discusses why Newton left Cambridge to run The Royal Mint, why he was so productive during the Great Plague, why the “Scientific Revolution” should be understood as a gradual process, what the Antikythera device tells us about science in the ancient world, the influence of Erasmus Darwin on his grandson, sex-segregated schooling, the reasons she considers Madame Lavoisier to be the greatest female science illustrator, and more.