The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher with Charles Moore

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 20 October 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Moore about his authorised biography Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume Three: Herself Alone. Uses privileged access to records and civil servants to make sense of the varying narratives told about her life.

Tim Does the Haka in New Zealand

Heritage Explains | 13 September 2019 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eric Crampton about his essay The Outside of the Asylum. An outsider’s view on what makes life in New Zealand (freedoms, politics and economics) so much saner than elsewhere.

Political Animals with Leah Garcés

The Ezra Klein Show | 9 September 2019 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Leah Garcés, Executive President of Mercy for Animals, and the author of Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry. Discusses her work to reduce animal suffering by building coalitions with industrial chicken farmers. A challenging listen for those of us not vegetarian. An object lesson in how to balance condemnation and compromise when seeking to effect social change.

What Bryan Caplan Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 12 September 2019 | 1h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Bryan Caplan. Starts with the case for open immigration, based on ideas from his book Open Borders. Also discusses UBI; charter cities; his most impactful (and controversial) policy recommendations; populism; Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke; gene editing; population growth; Austrian economics; education; and much more.

Inheritance

Analysis | 21 February 2016 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Why does inheritance arouse such powerful emotions? Family, death and money make for gripping stories – just ask Tolstoy, Austen or Dickens – but our attitudes also reflect the way we feel about society, the state, and even ourselves. Discussions tend to dissolve into rows about levels of tax but this programme explores the values and intuitions that underpin our strength of feeling.

Reform and Opening with Soviet Characteristics: Russian Perspectives on China’s Rise

ChinaEconTalk | 15 August 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Miller, a specialist on Russian politics, economics, and foreign policy. Compares and contrasts the Soviet and Chinese economic and political reform programs in the 1970s and 80s. Draws lessons for the future of Chinese politics and the ongoing Sino-Russian relationship.

The Spartans: Ancient Greece’s Fighting Machine

The Forum | 25 July 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Backgrounds Spartan society and the peculiar utopia it tried to create. It was admired for its stability, frugality, and the unusual social and sexual freedom of its women. But Sparta was also famous for its brutality towards its huge slave population, its authoritarian rule, and its policy of racial purity and eugenics that would eventually prove its undoing.

Doris Kearns Goodwin on Presidential Leadership

Spectator Books | 5 December 2018 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about her book Leadership: In Turbulent Times. Compares and draws lessons from Lincoln, two Roosevelts and LBJ. Replete with memorable anecdotes to help the leadership lessons sink in.