Context with Brad Harris | 12 December 2018 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Ward-Perkins, author of “The Fall of Rome, and the End of Civilization.” Interesting discussion of the evidence from pottery, coinage, livestock size and pollution that living standards collapsed with the fall of Rome and the consequent loss of economic and social complexity.
Stratfor Podcast | 9 Mach 2018 | 0h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ronen Bergman, author of “Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations.” Includes stories from the history of the Mossad, Shin Bet and the Israel Defense Forces and evaluates the moral justification and effectiveness of Israel’s targeted killing programmes.
Channel History Hit | 26 February 2017 | 1h 10m | Listen Later
Speech by Andrea Wulf about the ideas and adventures of scientist Alexander von Humboldt, the subject of her book “The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science”, which won the 2015 Costa and Royal Society Prize.
Spectator Books | 21 September 2017 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Applebaum, author of “Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine”, which marshalls the evidence that the 1930s famine in Ukraine was intentional.
Social Science Bites | 3 December 2018 | 0h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Robinson, co-author of “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.” Considers and refutes traditional explanations for the inequality between rich and poor countries. Makes the case for inclusive institutions being critical to creating economic success.
Start the Week | 20 October 2014 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses Napoleon’s impact during his lifetime, in France and across Europe and how much of this remains today. Andrew Roberts examines the man in his new biography, Jenny Uglow explores living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815, Sudhir Hazareesingh looks at his legend, while musicologist Gavin Plumley focuses on Schubert in Vienna in the aftermath of Napoleon.
The Seen and the Unseen | 22 January 2018 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Shruti Rajagopalan, who applies an economist’s perspective to understanding the persistence of caste in India. Frames caste as a problem of economic freedom, perpetuated by a cultural focus on villages, ameliorated by faster urbanisation.
Spectator Books | 16 November 2017 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Melvyn Bragg about his book “William Tyndale: A Very Brief History.” Delves into the story of Tyndale’s translation of the Bible into English and the influence this had on the English language.