The Spartans: Ancient Greece’s Fighting Machine

The Forum | 25 July 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Backgrounds Spartan society and the peculiar utopia it tried to create. It was admired for its stability, frugality, and the unusual social and sexual freedom of its women. But Sparta was also famous for its brutality towards its huge slave population, its authoritarian rule, and its policy of racial purity and eugenics that would eventually prove its undoing.

Oleg Gordievsky: the Double Agent Who Changed the Cold War

Spectator Books | 17 July 2019 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben MacIntyre about his book The Spy and the Traitor about double-agent Oleg Gordievsky. Discusses his rise, downfall, and daring escape from Moscow — and how he lives now and what he thinks of the situation between Russia and the West these days.

The Battle of Trafalgar

History Extra | 11 July 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sam Willis about the dramatic 1805 British victory against French and Spanish fleets. Challenges misconceptions about the role of Nelson and the importance of the battle in the war against Napoleon.

David Henderson on the German Economic Miracle

Economics Detective Radio | 21 October 2017 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Henderson setting out the critical role of currency reforms, the elimination of price controls, and reduced marginal tax rates to the post-war German economic miracle. Downplays the role of the Marshall Plan. Lots of interesting anecdotes. Finishes with background on the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics.

What Teeth Can Tell Us About People in Roman and Early Medieval Wessex

The Arch and Anth Podcast | 28 June 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katie Faillace about her work in dental anthropology. Measuring non-metric traits of archaeological teeth allows her to infer the relatedness of different populations in Wessex between the Roman and early medieval periods.

Hitchens on Orwell

EconTalk | 17 August 2009 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with the late Christopher Hitchens about George Orwell. Drawing on his book Why Orwell Matters, Hitchens talks about Orwell’s opposition to imperialism, fascism, and Stalinism, his moral courage, and his devotion to language. Along the way, Hitchens makes the case for why Orwell matters.

Appeasement and the Road to World War II

History Extra | 24 June 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tim Bouverie discussing his book Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War. Explores the failed diplomacy that led to World War II and the Nazi domination of Europe.

The Inca

In Our Time | 13 June 2019 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how the people of Cusco, in modern Peru, established an empire along the Andes down to the Pacific under their supreme leader Pachacuti. Before him, their control grew slowly from C13th and was at its peak after him when Pizarro arrived with his Conquistadors and captured their empire for Spain in 1533.