Andrew Roberts on Winston Churchill

The Book Club| 11 October 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his new biography of Winston Churchill, which draws on newly available archival material. Covers Churchill’s belief that he was ‘walking with destiny’, his prophecies of European disaster in the 1930s, as well as his drinking habits, the racist charges against him, and his singular ability to deliver some of the most memorable speeches of the 20th century.

A Faustian Pact

Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years | 15 April 2018 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Deliciously narrated story of Johannes Gutenberg’s medieval tech start-up and his invention of the printing press that unleashed a societal revolution.

Coffee: Sobering Up for The Enlightenment

How It Began | 18 December 2017 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Coffee’s arrival into Europe in the 1600s helped awaken Western Civilization from centuries of booze-induced slumber, catalyzing an entirely new age of progress that featured revolutionary change on practically every front.

The Edge of Humanity

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 19 September 2018 | 2h 06m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Yuval Noah Harari about his book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Discusses the importance of meditation, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilisation, threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism and the implications of AI and automation.

Helen Parr: Our Boys

The Book Club | 14 September 2018 | 0h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Helen Parr about her book Our Boys: The Story of A Paratrooper, which blends memoir, social history and military history to tell the story of the paratroopers who fought in the Falklands War and Britain’s changing relationship with its soldiers and veterans.

How Well Do You Understand Your World?

More or Less: Behind the Stats | 3 September 2018 | 0h 9m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Bobby Duffy, author of The Perils of Perception: Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything about why we are often wrong about a lot of basic facts.

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

Context with Brad Harris | 20 August 2018 | 0h 40m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Review of 1493: Uncovering the New World, by Charles C. Mann, which shows how Europeans emerged at the centre of a modern, globalized world by establishing the Columbian Exchange, which globalised commerce, ecology, food and disease.

Simon Winchester on the Pacific

The World in Time / Lapham’s Quarterly | 1 August 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Simon Winchester about his book Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers. Winchester is quite the raconteur, with delicious anecdotes on US nuclear testing and policing Pitcairn Island.