Shipwrecked at the End of the World

Constant Wonder | 17 July 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later
Interview with Joan Druett about her book Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the World. Explores the drivers of the divergent outcomes of two crews shipwrecked on opposite ends of the same island south of New Zealand in the late 19th century. One group fared well and all survived – whereas the other group largely perished.

The Language of Thieves

Constant Wonder | 14 January 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Martin Puchner about his book The Language of Thieves: My Family’s Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried to Eliminate. Discusses his family’s history trying to preserve Rotwelsch, the secret language of thieves in the heart of Europe.

Kazakh Famine

Constant Wonder | 4 December 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later
Interview with Sarah Cameron about her book The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan. Discusses the Kazakh famine, where the forced resettlement of Kazakh nomads in an effort to collectivize farming resulted in the deaths of over 1.5 million people. Until recently, the Kazakh famine and its repercussions were largely unknown to the West and the Republic of Kazakstan itself.

Life in a Cornish Fishing Village

Constant Wonder | 1 December 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later
Interview with Lamorna Ash about her book Dark, Salt, Clear: The Life of a Fishing Town. Backgrounds her time in a remote fishing town in Cornwall researching how fishing shapes a community. Shares vivid stories from her time on a trawler with four seasoned fishermen, encountering seasickness, all kinds of fish guts, and the constant tension between land and sea.