Alexander the Great’s Extraordinary Childhood

History Extra | 23 December 2022 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alex Rowson about his book The Young Alexander: The Making of Alexander the Great. Discuss how Alexander was shaped by the plotting and bloodletting that marred his youth with political assassinations, a dysfunctional relationship with his father, and the best martial training money could buy.

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Lost Realms – An Epic New History of Britain from the Romans to the Vikings

How To Academy | 2 December 2022 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Thomas Williams about his book Lost Realms: Histories of Britain from the Romans to the Vikings. Explores the lost realms of early medieval Britain, from the Scottish Highlands to the Cornish coastline, from the Welsh borders to the Thames Estuary, uncovering the forgotten life and untimely demise of realms that hover in the twilight between history and fable.

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Kyle Harper on Plagues and Covid

The Dishcast with Andrew Sullivan | 2 December 2022 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kyle Harper about his book Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History. Discusses the role of the bubonic plague in the fall of the Roman Empire, the Black Death, flagellants and anti-Semitism, the plague in 17C London, the Spanish flu, the AIDS crisis, Thucydides, and the uprising over China’s covid policy.

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Nile Green on The Love of Strangers

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 14 November 2022 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nile Green about his book The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London. Vividly describes the lives of six Iranian students who came to London in 1815 to master the sciences behind the rapid rise of Europe.

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The Failures of the NY Times with Ashley Rindsberg

Conversations with Coleman | 18 March 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ashley Rindsberg about his book The Gray Lady Winked: How the New York Times’s Misreporting, Distortions and Fabrications Radically Alter History. Discusses the little-known history of major errors made by the New York Times, the concept of authority, what makes the Times different from other papers, the idea of objective truth, the many problems with the 1619 project, and how to determine what’s true in the world.

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Cuba & the USA: An Intertwined History

History Extra | 24 October 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ada Ferrer about her book Cuba: An American History. Discusses Cuba’s history from the island’s colonisation by Europeans and its crucial location during the Golden Age of Sail, to its complex economic and political relationship with the United States.

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Ancient Cities with Greg Woolf

Charter Cities | 30 November 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Greg Woolf about his book The Life and Death of Ancient Cities: A Natural History. Discusses the common traditions that create a city and how those essential precursors have influenced human behaviour; how language and resources have travelled across the globe since ancient times; the collapse of the Bronze Age, the following urbanization in the Mediterranean, and some key factors that influenced the locations of ancient cities; the comparative advantage that Rome had over its neighbours; and the role governance plays in the evolution of cities.

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Clash of Cultures: How Interpreters Bridged the Gap Between Britain and China

History Extra | 29 September 2022 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Henrietta Harrison about her book The Perils of Interpreting: The Extraordinary Lives of Two Translators between Qing China and the British Empire. Explores the extraordinary life stories of two key interpreters and reveals how their work shaped the course of British-Chinese relations in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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