Jeevan Vasagar, “Lion City: Singapore and the Invention of Modern Asia”

New Books Network | 30 September 2021 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Jeevan Vasagar about his book Lion City: Singapore and the Invention of Modern Asia. Discusses Singapore: its history, its leadership, and its policy choices to navigate a complicated global environment.

Amy Stanley on Stranger in the Shogun’s City

New Books Network | 12 November 2020 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Amy Stanley about her biography Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World. Discusses the life of Tsuneno, from growing up in a rural community through her escape to the city of Edo, where she lives in the final decades of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Also covers the historical setting and how Tsuneno’s life tells us more about life, especially the life of women, during this period of Japanese history.

Gregory Cochran on The 10,000 Year Explosion

New Books Network | 6 March 2009 | 1h 10m | Listen Later
Interview with Gregory Cochran about his book The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution, co-authored with Henry Harpending. Argues that human evolution has continued since the emergence of modern homo sapiens, particularly with the transition to agriculture, and due to cultural pressure – which has been going on quite recently and may be continuing today.

Sören Urbansky – Beyond the Steppe Frontier

New Books Network | 8 September 2020 | 1h 15m | Listen Later
Interview with Sören Urbansky about his book Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border. Discusses the border’s formation over 300 years and shows how the inter-state boundary took shape as a result of actions by local people, whose lives have in turn been transformed by existence next to a geopolitical faultline.

Nicholas Walton on Singapore Singapura: From Miracle to Complacency

New Books Network | 27 September 2019 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Nicholas Walton about his book Singapore Singapura: From Miracle to Complacency. Describes the rise of a resource-poor nation that has become a model of economic development, governance and management of inter-communal relations. Discusses the opportunities and pitfalls confronting small states.

Violet Moller on The Map of Knowledge

New Books Network | 31 July 2019 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Violet Moller about her book The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found. Discusses the tenuous transmission of books from the ancient world to the modern, via Alexandria, Syria, Constantinople, Baghdad and Renaissance Venice.