100 Years of British Political Nightmares

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 21 August 2022 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Phil Tinline about his book The Death of Consensus: 100 Years of British Political Nightmares. Reviews 100 years of political crises to argue that politics is transformed through fear. Discusses how the Great Depression’s spectres of fascism, bombing and mass unemployment forced politicians to think the unthinkable and paved the way for post-war Britain. Explains how Thatcher’s road to victory was made possible by a decade of nightmares.

A Short History of Nomads

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 23 June 2022 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Anthony Sattin about his book Nomads: The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World. Traces the transformative and often bloody relationship between settled and mobile societies, from the Neolithic revolution to the 21st century via the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and the great nomadic empires of the Arabs and Mongols.

The Foundations of Modern India

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 3 April 2022 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Shruti Kapila about her book Violent Fraternity: Indian Political Thought in the Global Age. Discusses the history of Indian political thought, from the Indian Rebellion of 1857 through to the modern-day, especially ideas of liberalism and nationalism.

The Forgotten Einstein

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 1 February 2022 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ananyo Bhattacharya about his book The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann. Discusses the life and work of John von Neumann: the Manhattan Project; formulating Cold War geopolitical and modern economic theory; creating the first-ever programmable digital computer, prophesying the potential of nanotechnology; the limits of brains and computers – and how they might be overcome.

Eugenics with Adam Rutherford

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 16 January 2022 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Adam Rutherford about his book Control: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics. Backgrounds how eugenics has been used historically to gain power and assert control. Traces eugenics from its intellectual origins in Victorian Britain to the policies put into action to control populations in Nazi Germany and 20th Century America. Considers the troubling future gene editing has to hold.

Stories of War with Max Hastings

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 14 November 2021 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Max Hastings about his book Soldiers: Great Stories of War and Peace. Examines not just the heroism of those who have fought wars over the centuries but also the suffering and squalor that conflict brings. Reflects on his own experiences as a battlefield reporter in Vietnam and the Falklands, the effect those experiences had on him and why battlefields continue to fascinate him and the public.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes on Shackleton

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 26 September 2021 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ranulph Fiennes about his biography of Shackleton. Describes the incredible journey Shackleton and his men made to save themselves after the loss of their ship the Endurance to the Antarctic ice. Also discusses Fiennes’ life of exploration and what it takes to plan and execute a successful mission in the most extreme environment on Earth.

Escaping the Berlin Wall

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 13 August 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Helena Merriman about her book Tunnel 29: The True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall. Tells the story of a group who tunnelled into the eastern part of Berlin to rescue friends and relatives. The endeavour was funded and documented by an NBC film crew.