Shipwrecked at the End of the World

Constant Wonder | 17 July 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later
Interview with Joan Druett about her book Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the World. Explores the drivers of the divergent outcomes of two crews shipwrecked on opposite ends of the same island south of New Zealand in the late 19th century. One group fared well and all survived – whereas the other group largely perished.

The Western Front: A Cauldron of Innovation

History Extra | 10 March 2021 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Nick Lloyd about his book The Western Front: A History of the Great War, 1914-1918. Argues that the Western Front in World War I was a cauldron of innovation and an epic struggle against the odds, shaped by transformative military and technological advancements.

The Entire History of Russia in One Hour

Angry Planet | 29 July 2020 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mark Galeotti about his book A Short History of Russia, from Pagans to Putin. Reviews the history of Russia, considering how external forces have shaped Russia and noting how it repeatedly rewrites its past to steer its present and future.

Sean Roberts – The War on the Uyghurs

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 24 March 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with The War on the Uyghursabout his book The War on the Uyghurs: China’s Internal Campaign against a Muslim Minority. Explains how China is using the US-led global war on terror to erase and replace Uyghur culture and persecute this ethnic minority in what has become the largest program of mass detention and surveillance in the world.

The British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan

Modern War Institute | 3 March 2021 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Simon Akam about his book The Changing of the Guard: The British Army Since 9/11. Discusses the British Army’s experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, its relationships with the US military, and leadership failures. Argues for an honest conversation about those wars, the army’s performance in them, and the relationship between the UK military and the British people.

David Ricardo

In Our Time | 25 March 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of David Ricardo (1772 -1823). At a time when nations preferred to be self-sufficient, to produce all their own food and manufacture their own goods, and to find markets for export rather than import, Ricardo argued for free trade even with rivals for the benefit of all. He contended that existing economic policy unduly favoured landlords above all others and needed to change, and that nations would be less likely to go to war with their trading partners if they were more reliant on each other.

Michela Wrong: Do Not Disturb

The Book Club | 24 March 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michela Wrong about her book Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad. While Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame has basked in the approval of Western donors, Michela Wrong argues, his burnished image conceals a history of sadism, repression and violent tyranny. Discusses what our goodies-and-baddies account of Rwanda’s genocide missed, and why it urgently needs correcting.

Shipwrecked in the Arctic: a 16th-Century Survival Story

History Extra | 1 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrea Pitzer about her book Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World. Recounts the Arctic ordeal of Dutch explorer William Barents and his crew. In 1597, they set sail in a bid to find a North-East passage to China, but spent nine months fighting off ravenous polar bears, extreme cold and a seemingly endless winter after becoming stranded in the ice.