Daniel Markovits – The Meritocracy Trap

Spectator Books | 6 November 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Daniel Markovits about his book The Meritocracy Trap. Argues that meritocracy isn’t the solution to our social and political discontents, but the central part of the problem. Suggests that the notion of hard work and proven ability leading to wealth and success has created a miserable underclass and a comparably miserable overclass — and is responsible for a damaging and eventually unsustainable reorganisation of Western economies.

Jon Day on Homing

Spectator Books | 24 July 2019 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jon Day, author of Homing: On Pigeons, Dwellings and Why We Return. A fascinating look into the world of racing pigeons. Reflects on what pigeons tell us about the relationship between humans and animals and about the idea of home.

Oleg Gordievsky: the Double Agent Who Changed the Cold War

Spectator Books | 17 July 2019 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben MacIntyre about his book The Spy and the Traitor about double-agent Oleg Gordievsky. Discusses his rise, downfall, and daring escape from Moscow — and how he lives now and what he thinks of the situation between Russia and the West these days.

Nicci Gerrard on What Dementia Teaches Us About Love

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.

Kajsa Norman: Sweden’s Dark Soul

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’.

Neil MacGregor: Living With The Gods

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?

Antony Beevor: Arnhem

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.