Spectator Books | 16 January 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with investigative journalist Kajsa Norman about her book Sweden’s Dark Soul, which examines the conformist and oppressive forces at the heart of Sweden’s ‘model democracy’.
Spectator Books | 20 September 2018 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Neil MacGregor about the ideas in his book Living With The Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples, which tells the story of the world’s religions through objects. What do religions have in common? Why should there be an evolutionary advantage in engaging with the intangible or imaginary? And what does the history of religion tell us about the common threads of humanity?
Spectator Books | 17 May 2018 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sir Antony Beevor about his book Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944. Describes the military failure and the personalities involved along with insights on the experience for the ordinary men and women involved. Includes a telling comparison of the way the Dutch and French treated women who had fraternised with Germans.
Spectator Books | 24 October 2018 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Behavioural geneticist Robert Plomin about his book “Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are,” in which he argues that it’s not only height and weight and skin colour that are heritable, but intelligence, TV-watching habits and the likelihood of getting divorced. Also discusses the risks of publishing the book, race and eugenics, and implications for the future of our data and medical care.
Podcast | 11 October 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his new biography on Winston Churchill, which draws on newly available archival material. Covers Churchill’s belief that he was ‘walking with destiny’, his prophecies of European disaster in the 1930s, as well as his drinking habits, the racist charges against him, and his singular ability to deliver some of the most memorable speeches of the 20th century.
Spectator Books | 14 September 2018 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Helen Parr about her book “Our Boys: The Story of A Paratrooper”, which blends memoir, social history and military history to tell the story of the paratroopers who fought in the Falklands War and Britain’s changing relationship with its soldiers and veterans.