Mike Duncan on the Marquis de Lafayette

Tides of History | 26 August 2021 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mike Duncan about his book Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution. Discusses Lafayette’s life and role in the American, French, Haitian, and South American revolutions.

The Decline and Rise of Democracy with David Stasavage

Charter Cities Podcast | 26 July 2021 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Stasavage about his book The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today. Discusses the role of geography and technology in the emergence of democracy, the factors that influence the strength of a city’s fiscal position, the importance of having collective governance before bureaucracy, and more.

Censorship: Waging War on Free Speech

History Extra | 18 August 2021 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Eric Berkowitz about his book Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News. Discusses the inglorious history of censorship – from the first Chinese emperor to Henry VIII – and explains why he believes that attempts to silence others never work.

The Economics of Vaccines – Dr. Flavio Toxvaed

At The Margin | 11 May 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Flavio Toxvaed about the economics of vaccines. Applies the tools of economics to draw insights about encouraging vaccine uptake and social distancing; rationales for public intervention; prioritising immunisations; vaccine nationalism; and how to manage vaccine IP.

“Price Gouging” in Emergencies

Rationally Speaking | 19 August 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with first Raymond Niles and then Amihai Glazer discussing the merits, or otherwise, of price gouging – when prices rise in an emergency.

On the same topic, see also Michael Munger on Free Markets.

How Abe Reshaped Japan

ChinaTalk | 26 July 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Tobias Harris about his book The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan. Discusses the dramatic rise, fall, and rise again to power of Abe Shinzo; how he reshaped governance in Japan through bureaucratic reform; and how he managed relations with the US and China.

Science in the Time of Cancel Culture

Analysis | 12 July 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Michael Muthukrishna speaks to a range of experts to assess the impact of modern social justice movements on scientific research and development. Discusses whether fear of personal or professional harm is strengthening conformism or eviscerating robust intellectual debate; whether open-mindedness on controversial issues can really exist in the scientific community; and whether rigorous public assessment of scientific findings helps to achieve better, more equitable and socially just outcomes.

Andrew Sullivan on Braving New Intellectual Journeys

Conversations with Tyler | 11 August 2021 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Sullivan about his book Out on a Limb: Selected Writing, 1989–2021. Discusses the role of the AIDs epidemic in achieving marriage equality, why public intellectuals often lack courage, how being a gay man helps him access perspectives he otherwise wouldn’t, how drugs influence his ideas, why he’s a passionate defender of SATs and IQ tests, what Niall Ferguson and Boris Johnson were like as fellow undergraduates, what Americans get wrong about British politics, why so few people share his admiration for Margaret Thatcher, whether wokeism has a positive influence globally, and more.