Hadley Freeman on a 20th-Century Family History

History Extra | 9 March 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Hadley Freeman about her book House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family. Tells the story of how she uncovered the history of her family’s course through some of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century.

Peter Zeihan – Dis-United Nations

Invest Like the Best | 10 March 2020 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Zeihan about his book the Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World. Uses a geographical lens to understand the world. Discusses two ways of ruling the world, the coming American disinterest in global affairs, and which countries are poised to do well in the future. Explores military and non-military technologies, political changes, and up and coming alliances like that between the United States and Mexico.

Christina Lamb: Our Bodies Their Battlefield

The Book Club | 4 March 2020 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Christina Lamb about her book Our Bodies Their Battlefield: What War Does To Women. Describes the past and present of rape as a weapon of war, from the fates of Yazidi and Rohingya woman at the hands of IS and the Burmese military to the German victims of the Red Army and the Disappeared of the Argentinian Junta. Discusses why rape as a weapon of war is so little reported or discussed, let alone prosecuted, how it happens, what it means – and why it’s seemingly on the increase even as wealthy western liberals congratulate themselves on the success of the #metoo movement.

The Bomb

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 18 February 2020 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Fred Kaplan about his book The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War. Discusses the history of nuclear deterrence, U.S. first-strike policy, preventive war, limited nuclear war, tactical vs. strategic weapons, the details of command and control, and other topics.

Time Bomb: Apollo 13

13 Minutes to the Moon | 9 February 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
The first episode of a second series from the makers of 13 Minutes to the Moon, this time about the Apollo 13 mission. Gripping account of why Nasa’s third bid to land on the Moon was flawed from the start.

Floating Coast

Time to Eat the Dogs | 25 February 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bathsheba Demuth about her book Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait. Discusses the history and exploration of the Bering Strait, from the early 1800s to the present day.

West Africa before the Europeans

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 16 February 2020 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Toby Green about his book A Fistful of Shells, which surveys the history of West Africa and West-Central Africa before the slave trade, and the effect the arrival of Europeans had on those societies. Explains how integrated the region was into the global economy, the impact of the slave trade on West Africa itself and how it turned the ruling elites against their populations which they now saw as fodder for slave traders.

Battle of the Teutoburg Forest

In Our Time | 13 February 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great Roman military disaster of 9 AD when Germanic tribes under Arminius ambushed and destroyed three legions under Varus. The defeat ended Roman expansion east of the Rhine. Victory changed the development of the Germanic peoples, both in the centuries that followed and in the nineteenth century when Arminius, by then known as Herman, became a rallying point for German nationalism.