The Chicago Boys, Part I

Planet Money | 11 April 2019 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
In the late 1950’s and early ’60’s a handful of Chilean students went to study economics at the University of Chicago. What they learned changed their country.

Lewis Dartnell’s Origins

Little Atoms | 22 March 2019 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lewis Dartnell about the ideas in Origins: How The Earth Made Us. Describes the enduring role of geology in shaping human history.

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.