The City State of Boston with Mark Peterson

HUB History | 20 October 2019 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mark Peterson about his book The City State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865. Argues that, from its settlement a century and a half before the US Constitutional government was founded until the end of the US Civil War, Boston had a political, economic, and social identity completely independent from the rest of what is now the United States. Also discusses money in early Boston, a French-born British army officer who embodied Boston’s relationship with Acadia, and what it meant for Boston to be a slave society where the enslaved people were kept out of sight.

Can We Pull Back From The Brink?

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 13 June 2020 | 1h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Sam Harris discusses the recent social protests and civil unrest in light of the evidence about racism and police violence in America.

Branko Milanovic on Capitalism, Alone

EconTalk | 11 May 2020 | 1h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Branko Milanovic about his book, Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World. Discusses inequality, the challenge of corruption in the Chinese system, and Milanovic’s claim that in American capitalism, the texture of daily life is increasingly affected by the sharing economy and other opportunities.

Anne Case on Deaths of Despair

Social Science Bites | 7 May 2020 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Case about ideas from her book Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, co-authored with Angus Deaton. Backgrounds their work uncovering the reducing life expectancy of non-college-educated white Americans due to deaths of despair – controllable behaviours like drug addiction, suicide and alcohol addiction. Discusses the aspects of America’s unique medical and pharmaceutical system that have resulted in this unique tragedy.

Shakespeare and America

History Extra | 20 March 2020 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Shapiro about his book Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future. Considers why England’s foremost playwright has had such a profound impact on the United States, and how his words speak to contemporary concerns.

America’s Child Brides

The Documentary | 29 September 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
48 out of 50 American states allow a child to marry, usually with parental consent or a judge’s discretion. In 17 states there is no minimum age, meaning in theory, a two-year-old could marry. Backgrounds the campaign to change the law and raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 without exceptions across all American states.