The Cultural Revolution

In Our Time | 17 December 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Chairman Mao and the revolt he led within his own party from 1966, setting communists against each other, to renew the revolution that he feared had become too bourgeois and to remove his enemies and rivals. Universities closed and the students formed Red Guard factions to attack the ‘four olds’ – old ideas, culture, habits and customs – and they also turned on each other, with mass violence on the streets and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Over a billion copies of Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book were printed to support his cult of personality before Mao died in 1976 and the revolution came to an end.

Sören Urbansky – Beyond the Steppe Frontier

New Books Network | 8 September 2020 | 1h 15m | Listen Later
Interview with Sören Urbansky about his book Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border. Discusses the border’s formation over 300 years and shows how the inter-state boundary took shape as a result of actions by local people, whose lives have in turn been transformed by existence next to a geopolitical faultline.

Scholarstage on Chinese Politics & Philosophy

ChinaTalk | 18 August 2020 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tanner Greer of the blog Scholarstage discussing Xi’s ideology, incentives in western China-watching, Mormons in China, why it’s worth studying classical Chinese history, and AI-assisted writing.

Land Wars: China’s Agrarian Revolution

ChinaTalk | 26 August 2020 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brian Demare about his book Land Wars: The Story of China’s Agrarian Revolution. Discusses the history and legacy of Mao’s land reform movement, including forays into the role of Xi’s father and William Hinton’s Fanshen.

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.

The World According to Thiel

Uncommon Knowledge | 12 February 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Thiel. Covers globalization, the continuing and ever-growing threat from China and what the United States can and can’t do it about, what the rise of Bernie Sanders means for the future of US capitalism, the “derangement” (Thiel’s phrase) of Silicon Valley in the last decade, the scourge of political correctness on campuses and in society at large, and why to rethink the doctrine of American exceptionalism.

Mei Fong on China’s One-Child Policy

Conversations | 24 February 2017 | 0h 51m | Listen Later
Interview with Mei Fong about her book One Child: Life, Love and Parenthood in Modern China. Discusses the conception, callous implementation, and troubling aftermath of China’s population control scheme, which rendered it ‘too old, too male, and too few’.