Amitav Ghosh – How the Opium Trade Shaped Capitalism

How To Academy | 13 February 2024 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Amitav Ghosh about his book Smoke and Ashes: Opium’s Hidden Histories. Traces the links between the opium trade and the origins of the world’s biggest corporations and most powerful American families, and considers its relevance to the unfolding tragedy of America’s contemporary opioid crisis.

I enjoyed this episode, but not the piece at the end that suggests fossil fuels are addictive products foisted on us by oil companies. Isn’t it more sensible to attribute emissions to end users rather than the oil companies that meet that demand?

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Hein de Haas – Debunking Myths About Migration

How To Academy | 15 December 2023 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hein de Haas about his book How Migration Really Works: The Facts About the Most Divisive Issue in Politics. Discusses why people immigrate, what it means for their origin countries and destination countries, and what’s really at stake when we open or close our borders.

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Peter Frankopan – How a Changing Climate Shaped Civilisation

How To Academy | 14 March 2023 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Peter Frankopan about his book The Earth Transformed. Discusses how the climate has shaped the rise and fall of civilisations across time: harvests built empires, drought fanned the flames of war, and storms and floods buried civilisations.

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Patrick Radden Keefe – True Stories of Killers, Grifters, and Crooks

How To Academy | 12 August 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Patrick Radden Keefe about his book Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks. Discusses his reporting on the drug lord Chapo Guzman, the Harvard-educated neurobiologist turned mass shooter Amy Bishop, the anti-death-penalty lawyer representing the worst of the worst, and more. Includes an update on recent events with the Sackler family and their role in the opioid crisis – the subject of his previous book.

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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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Chris Patten – The Future of Hong Kong

How To Academy | 15 July 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Chris Patten about his book The Hong Kong Diaries. Tells stories from his time as the last British governor of Hong Kong, what happened as the handover approached, and his assessment of recent events in Hong Kong.

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Daniel Pick – a New History of Thought Control

How To Academy | 22 July 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Pick about his book Brainwashed: A New History of Thought Control. Discusses the history of the notion of brainwashing, from early fears driven by soldiers not wanting to return home at the end of the Korean War, through Bond films, to the history of research on mind control.

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