Chasing the Dragon: Fentanyl, China, and the Opioid Crisis

ChinaEconTalk | 23 October 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben Westhoff, author of Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic. Describes his investigation of the industry developing and manufacturing recreational drugs in China for export to the West.

The Cat: In from the Wild

The Forum | 17 October 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the history of domesticated cats, which are thought to have started living alongside humans more than 9000 years ago. Cats probably domesticated themselves, entering the homes of early arable farmers in the Fertile Crescent to control the rodent population. Since then, they’ve been worshipped, vilified and revered by various societies around the world.

The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher with Charles Moore

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 20 October 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Moore about his authorised biography Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume Three: Herself Alone. Uses privileged access to records and civil servants to make sense of the varying narratives told about her life.

Hitler’s War with Anglo-America

History Extra | 2 September 2019 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brendan Simms about his biography of Hitler: A Global Biography. Argues that the Nazi dictator’s main preoccupation was rivalry with Britain and America, rather than the Soviet Union.

Melinda Gates – How to Empower Women

How To Academy | 7 October 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Melinda Gates discussing ideas from her book The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. Shares stories and lessons learned from her work finding solutions for people with the most urgent needs. Compelling on the importance of empowering women.

Foreign Aid and Growth with William Easterly

The Neoliberal Podcast | 13 September 2019 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with William Easterly on the ineffectiveness of foreign aid. Discusses why foreign aid has often failed to deliver on promises, how poor countries really develop, and the links between political liberalism and economic growth. Draws on ideas from his books The Elusive Quest for Growth, The Tyranny of Experts, and The White Man’s Burden.

Max Hastings on the Dambusters

History Extra | 19 September 2019 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Max Hastings about his book Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943. A retake on a familiar story. Hastings argues that while the airmen were brave and Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb was innovative, that the disruption to the Nazi war effort was temporary rather than crippling. Arthur Harris, the head of Bomber Command, opposed the attack, received much of the public credit, and failed to capitalise by attacking the repair operation.

The Rise of the East India Company with William Dalrymple

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 26 September 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with William Dalrymple about his book The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire. Discusses the rise of the East India Company, from the decline of the Mughals to alliance with powerful Indian bankers, as well as weighing in on some of the most important questions which have dogged the role of the British in India for generations.