The Marshall Plan and the Cold War

History Extra | 15 March 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Benn Steil, author of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War. Explains the background to the 1947 US aid initiative to Europe, how it helped shape relations between the USA and USSR, and its impact on the European recovery after the Second World War.

Why Worry about Global Population Decline?

Deep Dish on Global Affairs | 28 March 2019 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson about their book Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline. Argues the world is in for a shock as global population peaks and then declines this century, reshaping everything from economic growth and immigration to government spending. Discuss why it’s happening and how nations can prepare for this radical shift.

Violet Moller on The Map of Knowledge

New Books Network | 31 July 2019 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Violet Moller about her book The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found. Discusses the tenuous transmission of books from the ancient world to the modern, via Alexandria, Syria, Constantinople, Baghdad and Renaissance Venice.

Andrew Roberts on Churchill and the Craft of Biography

EconTalk | 26 August 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about the life of Winston Churchill and the art of biography. How did Churchill deal with the mistakes he inevitably made in a long career? Was he prescient or just the right man in the right place at the right time? Was he an alcoholic? Did he suffer from depression? Drawing on his biography of Churchill, Andrew Roberts answers these and other questions in this wide-ranging conversation that includes a discussion of the mechanics of writing a 1000 page book on a man who has had over 1000 biographies written about him already.

Reform and Opening with Soviet Characteristics: Russian Perspectives on China’s Rise

ChinaEconTalk | 15 August 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Miller, a specialist on Russian politics, economics, and foreign policy. Compares and contrasts the Soviet and Chinese economic and political reform programs in the 1970s and 80s. Draws lessons for the future of Chinese politics and the ongoing Sino-Russian relationship.

Masha Gessen on the Ins and Outs of Russia

Conversations with Tyler | 15 August 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Masha Gessen who has dedicated her career to writing and reporting about Russian society from both within and outside her native country. Covers why Soviet mathematics was so good, Putin, the intensity of Russian friendship, strong Russian women, Russian politics, and more.

Prisoner Dilemmas

History Extra | 8 August 2019 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Harry Potter, author of Shades of the Prison House: A History of Incarceration in the British Isles. Explores the twists and turns in the history of the British penal system.

Anton Howes on Innovation, Invention, and Britain’s Industrial Revolution

Economics Detective Radio | 3 May 2017 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with historian of innovation Anton Howes about observations from his dataset of >1,000 British innovators during the Industrial Revolution. Innovation appears to be a mindset, spread between interconnected people developing technologies in industries outside their areas of expertise.