Immigration: Comparing this Wave with the Past

FT Alphachat | 22 March 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discussion with Leah Boustan of Princeton and Maggie Peters of UCLA comparing recent US immigration with its history. Rates of assimilation are similar, as measured by the rate of immigrant families adopting “American” names. But globalisation means that American companies no longer lobby in favour of immigration, preferring to access cheap labour by outsourcing offshore.

Churchill’s Navy

History Extra | 14 March 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matthew Seligmann, author of Rum, Sodomy, Prayers, and the Lash Revisited: Winston Churchill and Social Reform in the Royal Navy, 1900-1915. Discusses the changes made by Winston Churchill to the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the First World War – ranging from pay and conditions to discipline and the treatment of homosexuals.

Peter Zeihan – The Future of Geopolitics

Invest Like the Best | 5 March 2019 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan about the ideas in his books The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower. Argues that global trade will break down as the US withdraws from its role as global policeman.

Edward Watts on the End of the Roman Republic

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 11 March 2019 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Edward Watts, author of Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny. Describes the history of how the largely democratic Roman Republic transitioned to autocracy. Highlights the role of populist politicians setting aside long-standing conventions.

Applied Perspective: A Conversation with Niall Ferguson

Context with Brad Harris | 7 March 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with historian Niall Ferguson about his efforts to ensure that policymakers and the public better understand how to apply historical lessons to current issues. Discusses the changing politics of academia, the growing challenge of interpreting history productively, the problem of judging the past by the moral standards of the present, and more.

The Greatest Human Journey

The Insight | 20 September 2018 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the expansion of Polynesian people across the Pacific, exploring the sometimes contradictory evidence from language, archaeology, foods and genetics about where they came from.

Bart van Es on The Cut Out Girl

History Extra | 25 February 2019 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bart van Es, author of The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found, the 2018 Costa Book of the Year. Tells the story of his family taking in a young Jewish girl in The Netherlands during the Second World War and the complex legacy of the traumatic war years for those involved.

Irish Questions

Analysis | 25 February 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Edward Stourton sets out the long history of Irish political, social, cultural and economic issues influencing and shaping UK politics. Covers the Acts of Union in 1800, the Catholic Emancipation in the 1820s, the 1840s Irish potato famine, Catholic clerical education, the campaign for Home Rule leading ultimately to the War of Irish Independence in the twentieth century and the bloody establishment of the Irish Free State, as well as the Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Considers what lessons these episodes may hold for today’s Westminster politicians and how to imagine the Anglo-Irish future.