Andrea Elliott: Invisible Child

The Book Club | 15 June 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrea Elliott about her book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in New York City. Discusses how she came to spend seven years reporting on a single, homeless family in Brooklyn, how she negotiated her duty to observe rather than participate – and what their telenovela-like experiences tell us about American history.

M. Chris Fabricant on Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 22 May 2022 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with M. Chris Fabricant about his book Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System. Discusses the birth of junk science as a jury-swaying courtroom tool; ‘peer reviewed’ as a misunderstood term regarding science; the challenge of swaying those whose careers have been built on a belief in junk science; the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) uncovering major flaws with the most popular forensic sciences; debunking the uniqueness and certainty of fingerprints; and more.

China’s Rocket Man

The Documentary | 27 October 2020 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the life of Qian Xuesen, who played an important part in the early development of US rocketry, before returning to China in the face of anti-communist persecution, where he is widely celebrated as the father of China’s rocket programme and exploration of space.

Michael Lewis on White House Pandemic Planning

Masters in Business | 3 May 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Lewis about his book The Premonition: A Pandemic Story. Backgrounds some of the maverick characters inside various arms of government that understood what was required to deal with a pandemic. And explains the systemic problems with American governance that got in the way.

You might also like to listen to the first chapter of The Premonition along with a short interview of Michael Lewis with himself about the book.

The Franco-American Alliance 1778

In Our Time | 22 April 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the treaties France entered into with the United States of America in 1778, to give the USA support in its revolutionary war against Britain and promote French trade across the Atlantic. The French navy played a decisive role in the Americans’ victory, but the fell on French taxpayers, highlighting the need for reforms which in turn led to the French Revolution. Then, when France looked to its American ally for support in the new French revolutionary wars with Britain, Americans had to choose where their longer-term interests lay, and they turned back from the France that had supported them to the Britain they had just been fighting, and France and the USA fell into undeclared war at sea.

Roya Hakakian on A Beginner’s Guide to America

EconTalk | 26 April 2021 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Roya Hakakian about her book A Beginner’s Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious. Describes her refugee experience, coming from Iran to the United States as a 19-year-old, not speaking any English, and carrying only the things she could stuff in her backpack. Discusses her love for her adopted country as well as where there is room for improvement.

Vikings in North America

History Extra | 2 March 2021 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gordon Campbell about his book Norse America: The Story of a Founding Myth. Discusses the debate about whether Norse explorers settled in North America a millennium ago, sets out what we know about the Vikings’ voyages across the Atlantic, and describes the claims and counterclaims of Protestants and Catholics, which were often grounded in racist ideology.

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.