Richard Thompson Ford on Dress Codes

The World in Time / Lapham’s Quarterly | 19 March 2021 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Thompson Ford about his book Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History. Explores the history of dress codes from the middle ages to the present and discusses the resulting insights about ourselves and our society.

The Rare Metals War

Big Ideas | 9 June 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Guillaume Pitron about his book The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies. Backgrounds the dependence of clean energy, digital technologies, and electric cars on rare metals and the problems with how these metals are mined, processed and traded. Discusses the economic and geopolitical impacts resulting from China’s dominance of the rare metals industry.

Edward Slingerland – Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

The Dissenter | 31 May 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Edward Slingerland about his book Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization. Discusses alcohol consumption during our evolutionary history; compares alcohol to other intoxicants; its social benefits, considering that humans are communal, creative and cultural; the role it might have played in the development of the arts, and in religious rituals; the negative and positive effects of alcohol; the evolutionary mismatches we face with distilled liquors and drinking in isolation; alternatives to alcohol, and how best to expose young people to alcohol.

Why Are We Living Longer Than Our Ancestors?

History Extra | 29 May 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Johnson about his book Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer (and BBC Four series co-presented with David Olusoga). Chronicles the revolution in medicine and innovations in science and public health that have led to huge increases in life expectancy since 1900.

Joanne Meyerowitz on A War on Global Poverty

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 27 May 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Joanne Meyerowitz about her book A War on Global Poverty: The Lost Promise of Redistribution and the Rise of Microcredit. Discusses the evolution of antipoverty programmes, from the decline of modernization programmes, to the rise of microcredit, and focus on women as the deserving poor.

Gagarin and the Lost Moon

The Documentary | 22 May 2021 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
On 12 April 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became an explorer like none other before him, going faster and further than any human in history, into what had always been the impenetrable and infinite unknown. Raised in poverty during World War Two, the one-time foundry worker and a citizen of the Soviet Union became the first human to fly above the Earth. Tells the story of how 27-year-old Yuri Gagarin came to launch a new chapter in the history of exploration and follows the cosmonaut’s one hour flight around the Earth.

Jim O’Shaughnessy – Surviving The Great Reshuffle

Modern Wisdom | 27 May 2021 | 1h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jim O’Shaughnessy. Argues that time, space and geography are collapsing. The richest people on the planet are no longer in charge of labour or buildings, they’re symbol manipulators. The skillsets we need today are completely different to what was needed 50 years ago, let alone 500. Discusses why 2020 was the best thing to happen to talented people in the developing world, the danger of grade inflation in top-flight universities, Rory Sutherland, Isaac Newton, and more.

The Peasants’ Revolt: Who Were the Rebels of 1381?

History Extra | 28 April 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adrian Bell and Helen Lacey about their research on the Peasant’s Revolt, which has used big data methods to uncover that far from being an ill-disciplined explosion of rage, it was organised with military precision, with key players being non-peasant returnees from the warring in France.