What Can We Learn From Past Catastrophes?

History Extra | 13 June 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Niall Ferguson about his book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe. Discusses how disasters have changed the course of history and what we can learn from them for future crises. Argues that we need to prepare for crises more generally, rather than specifically with bureaucratic complexity.

Black Spartacus ft. Sudhir Hazareesingh

Aufhebunga Bunga | 8 December 2020 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sudhir Hazareesingh about his book Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture (which won The Wolfson History Prize 2021). Discusses the life of the Haitian revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture; the Haitian Revolution; Atlantic history; revolution in general; and revolutionary leadership.

Do You See Ice?

Time to Eat the Dogs | 5 June 2021 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Karen Routledge about her book, Do You See Ice?: Inuit and Americans at Home and Away. Discusses Baffin Island’s Inuit community as it came into contact with western whalers and explorers in the nineteenth century. Even though the Inuit worked closely with outsiders, their views of the Arctic world, their ideas about the meaning of home, even their views of time itself remained different.

The Beauty and Violence of the Renaissance

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 4 June 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Fletcher about her book The Beauty and the Terror: The Italian Renaissance and the Rise of the West. Explores the politics, art, warfare, and the amazing characters that made the Italian Renaissance.

Richard Thompson Ford on Dress Codes

The World in Time / Lapham’s Quarterly | 19 March 2021 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Thompson Ford about his book Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History. Explores the history of dress codes from the middle ages to the present and discusses the resulting insights about ourselves and our society.

The Rare Metals War

Big Ideas | 9 June 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Guillaume Pitron about his book The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies. Backgrounds the dependence of clean energy, digital technologies, and electric cars on rare metals and the problems with how these metals are mined, processed and traded. Discusses the economic and geopolitical impacts resulting from China’s dominance of the rare metals industry.

Edward Slingerland – Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

The Dissenter | 31 May 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Edward Slingerland about his book Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization. Discusses alcohol consumption during our evolutionary history; compares alcohol to other intoxicants; its social benefits, considering that humans are communal, creative and cultural; the role it might have played in the development of the arts, and in religious rituals; the negative and positive effects of alcohol; the evolutionary mismatches we face with distilled liquors and drinking in isolation; alternatives to alcohol, and how best to expose young people to alcohol.