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.

Karen Bakker on The Sounds of Life

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 11 November 2022 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Karen Bakker about her book The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants. Discusses the application of technology and artificial intelligence to animal communication – decoding whale, elephant, turtle and bat communication; robots that can ‘speak’ to bees, listening and tracking endangered whales to keep them safe from shipping, evidence that trees and coral hear, the ethics of communicating with other species, and more.

Christopher Goscha on The Road to Dien Bien Phu: A History of the First War for Vietnam

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 3 October 2022 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Chris Goscha about his book The Road to Dien Bien Phu: A History of the First War for Vietnam. Discusses how the Vietnamese communists were able to defeat the French forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Considers the relative importance of nationalism and communism in Vietnam’s struggle against foreign powers. Argues for the importance of “war communism” to the Vietnamese victory over the French.

John Peter DiIulio on Completely Free: The Moral and Political Vision of John Stuart Mill

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 21 September 2022 | 1h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with John Peter DiIulio about his book Completely Free: The Moral and Political Vision of John Stuart Mill. Dissects critiques of Mill’s social and political thought and argues that Mill believed that society should aim for zero-tolerance of arbitrary power and strive to promote and preserve individual freedom. Discusses how Mill freed himself of the mechanistic aspects of Benthamite Utilitarianism in favour of a richer vision of human happiness that was friendlier to intellectual autonomy and love of the arts while simultaneously demanding of the individual the pursuit of virtue and good character.

Michael Hathaway – What a Mushroom Lives For

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 8 August 2022 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Hathaway about his book What a Mushroom Lives For: Matsutake and the Worlds They Make. Tells the story of the matsutake mushroom, revealing the complex, symbiotic ways that mushrooms, plants, humans, and other animals interact. Considers how the world looks to the mushrooms, as well as to the people who have grown rich harvesting them.

Elisabeth Anderson on Agents of Reform

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 11 April 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Elisabeth Anderson about her book Agents of Reform: Child Labor and the Origins of the Welfare State. Argues that the modern welfare state emerged out of the passage of child labour laws, rather than the later labour movement and policymakers’ efforts to appeal to working-class voters. Contrasts the advocacy of child labour laws in Germany, France, Belgium, Massachusetts, and Illinois, drawing lessons about how institutional change is effected.

Natasha Iskander on Migrant Workers in 21st-Century Qatar

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 21 March 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Natasha Iskander about her book Does Skill Make Us Human?: Migrant Workers in 21st-Century Qatar and Beyond. Explores Qatar’s booming construction industry in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup. Backgrounds the modern-day slavery that is life for the ‘unskilled’ migrant workers in Qatar’s construction industry. Shows how skill is used as a marker for distinctions that limit the freedoms of ‘unskilled’ workers.

Daniel Chirot, “You Say You Want a Revolution?

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 7 March 2022 | 1h 26m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Chirot about his book You Say You Want a Revolution?: Radical Idealism and Its Tragic Consequences. Discusses why so many revolutions of modern times ended in bloody tragedies. Backgrounds the French Revolution of the eighteenth century to the Mexican, Russian, German, Chinese, anticolonial, and Iranian revolutions of the twentieth. Argues that moderate solutions to serious social, economic, and political problems were overwhelmed by radical ideologies that promised simpler, drastic remedies.