The Potato

The Food Programme | 23 April 2017 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The story of how potatoes changed the world, their diversity of flavours, and how they might shape our food future. With the cook and food writer Anna Jones, Charles C. Mann – author of “1493 – How Europe’s Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology and Life on Earth”, and the potato revolutionary and agronomist Alan Wilson.

Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet

Freakonomics Radio | 22 August 2018 | 0h 51m | Listen Later  | iTunes
While environmentalists say we’re doomed if we don’t drastically reduce consumption, technologists say that human ingenuity can solve just about any problem. Discusses the ideas in Charles C. Mann’s “The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World”. Nicely frames why each side can’t get the other.

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.