Spectator Books | 24 April 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Nicci Gerrard about her book What Dementia Teaches Us About Love. The loss of her father to dementia prompted Nicci to look at one of the most painful and pressing social problems of the age: how we care for, or fail to care for, those who have dementia – and the philosophical questions of what it means when the things that make you you start to fall away.
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 | 24 October 2018 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with 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.