Len Mlodinow – The Life of Stephen Hawking

How to Academy | 23 November 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Leonard Mlodinow about his book Stephen Hawking: A Memoir of Friendship and Physics. Backgrounds his work co-writing A Briefer History of Time and The Grand Design with Hawking. Discusses Hawking’s work, philosophy, daily life and struggles, compassion, and humour.

How WeWork Did NotWork

All Of It | 21 October 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later
Interview with Reeves Wiedeman about his book Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork. Discusses the inside story of the once $47 billion start-up, its 2019 bankruptcy, and its founder’s subsequent fall from grace.

Robert Fisk: Reporting from the Frontline

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 22 May 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later
Robert Fisk has died at 74 (Independent obituary). In this 2020 interview, he looks back over his life, work, and controversies reporting for 40 years on Middle East conflict.

Henry III: Inside the Mind of a Medieval King

History Extra | 17 June 2020 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Carpenter about his book Henry III: The Rise to Power and Personal Rule, 1207-1258. Explains how we know more about Henry III’s inner mind than any other English king of the period and describes how Henry’s reign witnessed civil war, the ongoing fallout from Magna Carta, and amazing building projects.

The Real Great Escape with Commander Steve Foster

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 3 September 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steve Foster relating an extraordinary Second World War escape story. Moving tale of two unlikely friends escaping a Nazi war camp, audaciously travelling across Europe, even visiting a Munich beer hall, before reaching the Swiss border. Subsequently became the book The Soldier Who Came Back.

Invest Like the Best on Acquired

Acquired | 7 October 2020 | 1h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Patrick O’Shaughnessy of the Invest Like the Best podcast. Back story on the podcast along with the history of O’Shaughnessy Asset Management, how he went from philosophy major, to quant researcher, to developing software to sell OSAM’s technology to other wealth managers, to early-stage investing.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams: The Making of Science in Europe

The Book Club | 7 October 2020 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Hugh Aldersey-Williams about his book Dutch Light: Christaan Huygens and the Making of Science in Europe. Discusses the life and work of Christiaan Huygens. Argues that this half-forgotten figure was the most important scientist between Galileo and Newton. Describes his advances in optics, geometry, probability, mathematics, astronomy – as well as the invention of the pendulum clock and the discovery of the rings of Saturn – against the backdrop of a turbulent post-Reformation Europe and the beginnings of an international scientific community.


In Our Time | 17 September 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Pericles (495–429BC), the statesman who dominated the politics of Athens for thirty years, the so-called Age of Pericles, when the city’s cultural life flowered, its democracy strengthened as its empire grew, and the Acropolis was adorned with the Parthenon. In 431 BC he gave a funeral oration for those Athenians who had already died in the new war with Sparta which has been celebrated as one of the greatest speeches of all time, yet within two years he was dead from a plague made worse by Athenians crowding into their city to avoid attacks. Thucydides, the historian, knew him and was in awe of him, yet few shared that view until the nineteenth century, when they found much in Pericles to praise, an example for the Victorian age.