The Making of Modern Japan

The Forum | 8 September 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
From the mid-19th century, Japan transformed itself from feudal state to economic powerhouse at breakneck speed. The rebel samurai who seized power in 1868 removed an entire ruling elite, introduced national conscription and compulsory education, building a brand new society. Unpacks the origins of this transformation, and examines how it led to imperial expansion and the subsequent atrocities of World War II.

Clausewitz and On War

In Our Time | 17 May 2012 | 0h 42m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss “On War,” a treatise on the theory and practice of warfare written by the Prussian soldier and intellectual Carl von Clausewitz. Informed by Clausewitz’s experience in the Napoleonic wars, the work looks not just at the practicalities of warfare, but offers a subtle philosophical analysis of the nature of war and its relationship with politics. Its influence is felt today not just on the battlefield but also in politics and business.

Has the West Lost It? Can Asia Save It?

Long Now: Seminars About Long-term Thinking | 24 April 2018 | 1h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Kishore Mahbubani (former Singapore Ambassador to UN and President of the UN Security Council) on the ideas in his book “Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation.” Argues that global power is shifting from the West to the Rest—from Europe and North America to Asia and Africa. Suggests changes required in the West and the Rest to manage the shift gracefully for long-term stability.

Blacklisted In China

Planet Money | 26 October 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Describes China’s experiment developing a social credit score, which expands beyond financial credit to such things as work and traffic behaviours in order to help people trust each other more. Low scores effectively blacklist you from society.

The Potato

The Food Programme | 23 April 2017 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The story of how potatoes changed the world, their diversity of flavours, and how they might shape our food future. With the cook and food writer Anna Jones, Charles C. Mann – author of “1493 – How Europe’s Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology and Life on Earth”, and the potato revolutionary and agronomist Alan Wilson.

James Belich – The Black Death

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 9 March 2018 | 0h 25m | Listen Later 
Interview with historian James Belich about his book, “The Prospect of Global History”, which argues that the Black Death, beginning in the 1340s, fuelled wider European control and influence across the globe.

Why Bill Gates is Worried

The Ezra Klein Show | 15 October 2018 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Bill Gates about his foundation’s latest annual report which suggests that progress in the fight against poverty and disease may be about to stall. Discusses the geographic and political forces that have held African development back, whether economic growth brings political freedom, the risks posed by artificial intelligence, and how we should weigh future human lives and current animal suffering.

Andrew Roberts on Winston Churchill

Podcast | 11 October 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his new biography on Winston Churchill, which draws on newly available archival material. Covers Churchill’s belief that he was ‘walking with destiny’, his prophecies of European disaster in the 1930s, as well as his drinking habits, the racist charges against him, and his singular ability to deliver some of the most memorable speeches of the 20th century.