The Real Great Escape with Commander Steve Foster

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 3 September 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steve Foster relating an extraordinary Second World War escape story. Moving tale of two unlikely friends escaping a Nazi war camp, audaciously travelling across Europe, even visiting a Munich beer hall, before reaching the Swiss border. Subsequently became the book The Soldier Who Came Back.

Anne Applebaum on the Twilight of Democracy

EconTalk | 12 October 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Applebaum about her book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism. Discusses the rise of populist and nationalist movements and their appeal even when they begin to erode or destroy democracy.

The Dispossession of Native Americans

History Extra | 13 October 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Claudio Saunt about his book Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory. Tells the story of the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of Native Americans from their lands by the US government in the mid-19th century.

Rebecca Wragg Sykes on The Neanderthals

Travels Through Time | 1 September 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rebecca Wragg Sykes about her book Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art. In three scenes describes interglacial age known as the Eemian: the catastrophic flood that separated Britain from the rest of Europe 123k years ago; the weird and wonderful animals that populated the continent at the time; and how the Neanderthals lived, worked and loved in this warm woodland environment.


In Our Time | 17 September 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Pericles (495–429BC), the statesman who dominated the politics of Athens for thirty years, the so-called Age of Pericles, when the city’s cultural life flowered, its democracy strengthened as its empire grew, and the Acropolis was adorned with the Parthenon. In 431 BC he gave a funeral oration for those Athenians who had already died in the new war with Sparta which has been celebrated as one of the greatest speeches of all time, yet within two years he was dead from a plague made worse by Athenians crowding into their city to avoid attacks. Thucydides, the historian, knew him and was in awe of him, yet few shared that view until the nineteenth century, when they found much in Pericles to praise, an example for the Victorian age.

Edward the Confessor

History Extra | 26 August 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tom Licence about his book Edward the Confessor: Last of the Royal Blood. Discusses the life and times of the pre-conquest ruler of England, King Edward the Confessor. Weighs the evidence for whether Edward promised the Kingdom to William the Conqueror.

Greger Larson on How People Domesticated Animals

Tides of History | 17 September 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Greger Larson about the application of genetic science to build a more nuanced view of the domestication of animals. Discusses the evidence that animal domestication was much less of a human-directed process than commonly supposed.

Zach Vertin – A Rope from the Sky

Press Conference USA | 1 March 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Zach Vertin about his book A Rope from the Sky: The Making and Unmaking of the World’s Newest State. Discusses the forces driving the creation of South Sudan and its subsequent collapse into civil war – drawing lessons for US foreign policy.