John Hawks on the Deep Human Past

Tides of History | 27 August 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Hawks about paleoanthropology, archaic humans, genomics, and whether the concept of different human species even makes sense. We differ from each other genetically by one base pair in one thousand; to Neanderthals by 1.5 base pairs in a thousand; and to chimpanzees by 20 base pairs in a thousand.

Dr Walter Scheidel – The Great Leveler

Science Salon | 11 June 2017 | 0h 57m | Listen Later
Interview with Walter Scheidel about his book The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century. Traces the global history of inequality, showing that inequality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return.

Land Wars: China’s Agrarian Revolution

ChinaTalk | 26 August 2020 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brian Demare about his book Land Wars: The Story of China’s Agrarian Revolution. Discusses the history and legacy of Mao’s land reform movement, including forays into the role of Xi’s father and William Hinton’s Fanshen.

Who Dares Wins: Britain in the Age of the Falklands

History Extra | 22 August 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Talk by Dominic Sandbrook exploring the history of Britain in the early 1980s. Argues that the Falklands War, not Margaret Thatcher’s election, was a cultural revolution that changed the UK’s national mood. Draws from his book Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979–1982.

Charles Freeman on Awakening – A History of the Western Mind AD500–1700

Versus History Podcast | 15 August 2020 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Freeman about his book The Awakening: A History of the Western Mind AD 500–AD 1700. Discusses the history of European thought, covering Charlemagne’s role preserving ancient texts, the founding of universities, the printing press and the Renaissance, and the effect of Europe’s encounter with the New World.

Ivan the Terrible

SRB Podcast | 30 December 2019 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Halperin about his book Ivan the Terrible: Free to Reward and Free to Punish. Backgrounds Ivan’s reign; the oprichnina, his state-within-a-state; and his use of mass terror. Argues for interpreting Ivan as at least partly a function of his context rather than glibly blaming insanity.

It’s Time to Tinker feat. Anton Howes

Conservative Curious | 14 August 2020 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anton Howes. Mainly about his work on the history of the British Industrial Revolution, but also touches on Arts and Minds, his history of the Royal Society of Arts. Discusses the necessity of an ecosystem that encourages the exchange of innovation and ideas, what we can learn from Britain’s 300-year period of technological advancement, why innovators should also be cultural entrepreneurs, and how paranoia can spark innovation.

Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World, with Will Davies

Intelligence Squared | 26 May 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Will Davies about his book Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over The World. Discusses the long history of tensions between building societies based on facts and reason versus feelings based on fear and anxiety.