From Beijing to Cairo: Peter Hessler and the Craft of Foreign Correspondence

ChinaEconTalk | 7 June 2019 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Hessler comparing his time as a foreign correspondent in China and Egypt. Discusses the society, politics, and culture of these two dynamic nations; and considers the similarities and differences in the ways the Chinese and Egyptian people make sense of their respective places in the world based on their rich historical and cultural legacies. Also reflects on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, contrasting it with the 2013 mass protests and eventual coup d’état in Cairo.

A New View of D-Day

History Extra | 6 June 2019 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Holland, author of Normandy ‘44: D-Day and the Battle for France, revisiting the events of 6 June 1944 and challenging myths that have grown up around the Allied landings and the battle for Normandy.

100 Years After Versailles

Carnegie Council Audio | 14 May 2019 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Just weeks after the armistice the victors of the Great War set out to negotiate the terms of the peace – and to rewrite the rules of international relations. A century later, we live in a world shaped by the Treaty of Versailles. Delves into the complex situation on the ground at the time and the Treaty’s legacy today, from Europe and the U.S. to Asia and the Middle East.

Busting the Myth That Depression Doesn’t Affect People in Poor Countries

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 13 May 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Backgrounds the work of Vikram Patel finding cost-effective ways to treat mental illness in poor countries.

Jared Diamond on Countries in Crisis

History Extra | 16 May 2019 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jared Diamond about Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. Uses ideas from psychology to explore how a selection of countries have coped with historical crises.

Philip Zelikow on Suez Deconstructed

New Books in History | 25 January 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Philip Zelikow, co-author of Suez Deconstructed: An Interactive Study in Crisis, War, and Peacemaking. Analyses the Suez crisis, considering the perspectives of the countries and leaders involved.

Tim Cope – On the Trail of Genghis Khan

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 3 November 2017 | 0h 42m | Listen Later
Interview with Tim Cope about his three-and-a-half year horseback ride across the Eurasian steppe from Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine, to Hungary. The trip was detailed in his book On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads and an award-winning film series.

The Hardscrabble Business of Chinese Manufacturing in Africa

HBR IdeaCast | 7 November 2017 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Irene Yuan Sun, author of The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa. Explains why so many Chinese entrepreneurs are setting up factories in Africa. Describes what it’s like inside these factories, who works there, what they’re making – and how this emerging manufacturing sector is industrializing Africa.