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.

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita on Democracies and Dictatorships

EconTalk | 12 February 2007 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita about the incentives facing dictators and democratic leaders. Both face competition from rivals and try to please their constituents and cronies to stay in power. He applies his ‘selectorate’ framing to foreign aid, the Middle East, Venezuela, the potential for China’s evolution to a more democratic system, and Cuba. Along the way, he explains why true democracy is more than just elections – it depends crucially on freedom of assembly and freedom of the press.

Michael Ignatieff on Human Rights, Liberalism, & Ordinary Virtues

Carnegie Council Audio | 22 April 2019 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with human rights scholar, educator, and former politician Michael Ignatieff about the ideas in his book The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World. Discusses what he calls “the ordinary virtues,” such as patience and tolerance; the status of human rights today the dilemmas of migration; and the essential criteria for true democracy.

How to Fix Student-Loan Debt

Freakonomics Radio | 9 May 2019 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
The cost of a university has skyrocketed, creating a debt burden that’s a drag on the economy. A possible solution is to shift the risk of debt away from students and onto investors looking for a cut of the graduates’ earning power. Explores university education, how to fund it, and politics more generally with Mitch Daniels, the President of Purdue University.

Scott Adams on Persuasion

The Roundtable | 3 November 2017 | 0h 15m | Listen Later
Interview with Scott Adams about the ideas in his book Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter. Backgrounds the frame Adams used, applying his training in hypnosis, to identify Trump’s persuasion techniques and thereby call the 2016 election early for Trump in 2015.

What Animals Can Teach Us About Politics

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 25 March 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Primatologist Frans de Waal on why animal politics are not so different from our own. Stresses that even in the wild, leadership is about much more than being a bully.

Michael Munger on Crony Capitalism

EconTalk | 25 February 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Munger, co-author of The Road to Crony Capitalism. Debates whether capitalism is unstable and inevitably leads to crony capitalism. Includes an eloquent explanation of why the 2008 bailouts have undermined faith in capitalism.

Irish Questions

Analysis | 25 February 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Edward Stourton sets out the long history of Irish political, social, cultural and economic issues influencing and shaping UK politics. Covers the Acts of Union in 1800, the Catholic Emancipation in the 1820s, the 1840s Irish potato famine, Catholic clerical education, the campaign for Home Rule leading ultimately to the War of Irish Independence in the twentieth century and the bloody establishment of the Irish Free State, as well as the Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Considers what lessons these episodes may hold for today’s Westminster politicians and how to imagine the Anglo-Irish future.