John Hawks: A Year in Paleoanthropology

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 13 January 2023 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with John Hawks discussing the commitment of paleoanthropologists investigating cave systems; the finding that small-brained Homo naledi used fire deep in caves and the implications of that for hominin evolution; the profusion of human lineages discovered in Southeast Asia over the last few years; and the possibilities for ancient DNA and ancient protein analysis.

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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita – The Invention of Power

Ideas Having Sex | 7 November 2022 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita about his book The Invention of Power: Popes, Kings, and the Birth of the West. Discusses his novel explanation for Western exceptionalism – that the 1122 Concordat of Worms, between churches and nation-states, incentivized economic growth, facilitated secularization, and improved the lot of the citizenry, all of which set European countries on a course for prosperity.

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Frank Dikötter on the History of China After Mao

Democracy Paradox | 11 October 2022 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Frank Dikötter about his book China After Mao: The Rise of a Superpower. Backgrounds the efforts of the Chinese Communist Party to maintain its grip on power and argues that China’s economic progress is almost entirely due to it joining the WTO, with China having undertaken little in the way of economic reform.

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Birdwatching: How Four Prisoners of War Survived Captivity

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 3 January 2023 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Derek Niemann about his book Birds in a Cage. Tells the story of four Second World War British POWs who overcame the trials and tribulations of internment through a shared passion for birdwatching. Discusses why this obsession helped them survive the POW camps, and how it drove them to become giants of post-war British wildlife conservation.

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Andrea McDowell, We the Miners: Self-Government in the California Gold Rush

History of California Podcast | 24 October 2022 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrea McDowell about her book We the Miners: Self-Government in the California Gold Rush. Discusses self-government in the 19C California gold rush using the parliamentary procedure now known as Robert’s Rules of Order. The miners adopted law codes, decided property disputes, and held criminal trials, even after the State of California established the official court system.

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Frank Dikötter on Mao’s Great Famine

EconTalk | 6 August 2018 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Frank Dikötter about his book Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958–1962. Chronicles the strategies Mao and the Chinese leadership implemented to increase grain and steel production in the late 1950s leading to a collapse in agricultural output and the deaths of millions by starvation.

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Demography: A Window Into History feat. Paul Morland

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 3 January 2023 | 1h 23m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Paul Morland discussing how economics and cultural values affect fertility in a society, population size & productivity, the political attitudes to demography, the relationship between demography and power, and what sort of future current trends may bring. Draws from his books The Human Tide and Tomorrow’s People.

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Ahmet T. Kuru on Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment

New Books in Economics | 25 March 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Ahmet T. Kuru about his book Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison. Traces the evolution of the state in Muslim countries, laying bare the roots of modern-day, illiberal, authoritarian or autocratic states that are characterized by some form of often rent-driven state capitalism and frequently expansionary in their effort to ensure regime survival and increase rents.

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