To The Quad! The Origins of “Indo-Pacific”

ChinaTalk | 13 March 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Medcalf about his book Indo-Pacific Empire: China, America and the Contest for the World’s Pivotal Region. Discusses 15th-century Korean maps, the promise of the 1947 Asian Relations Conference, Australia and India’s shifting conceptions of their place in the region, the origins of the Quad (US, Japan, Australia-India Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), and China-Australia relations.

Adam Tooze and Matt Klein on Trade Wars are Class Wars

ChinaTalk | 11 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Adam Tooze and Matt Klein discuss Klein’s book Trade Wars Are Class Wars. Discusses Ricardo’s comparative advantage in a globalized age, why Stalin’s embrace of “socialism in one country” was a response to the hegemonic power of British (and American) capital, whether a Bolshevik Revolution is the best way to solve global inequality, how intra-elite conflict drives sovereignty-limiting engagement in international organizations, vaccines, Europe’s carbon markets, Keynes’ “bancor”, the Strategic Shiraz Reserve, and more.

Rethinking Industrial Policy…and Everything Else

ChinaTalk | 17 February 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jose Luis Ricón Fernández de la Puente of the blog nintil.com. Discusses whether the state invented the iPhone, if the trends of history are pointing Taiwan’s direction, why the way we fund science is broken, what mass conversions to Mormonism would mean for the American economy, and how to live forever.

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.

Chasing the Dragon: Fentanyl, China, and the Opioid Crisis

ChinaTalk | 23 October 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben Westhoff, author of Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic. Describes his investigation of the industry developing and manufacturing recreational drugs in China for export to the West.

Reform and Opening with Soviet Characteristics: Russian Perspectives on China’s Rise

ChinaTalk | 15 August 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Miller, a specialist on Russian politics, economics, and foreign policy. Compares and contrasts the Soviet and Chinese economic and political reform programs in the 1970s and 80s. Draws lessons for the future of Chinese politics and the ongoing Sino-Russian relationship.

From Beijing to Cairo: Peter Hessler and the Craft of Foreign Correspondence

ChinaTalk | 7 June 2019 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Hessler comparing his time as a foreign correspondent in China and Egypt. Discusses the society, politics, and culture of these two dynamic nations; and considers the similarities and differences in the ways the Chinese and Egyptian people make sense of their respective places in the world based on their rich historical and cultural legacies. Also reflects on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, contrasting it with the 2013 mass protests and eventual coup d’état in Cairo.