Annie Jacobsen: Nuclear War

The Book Club | 3 April 2024 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Annie Jacobsen about her book Nuclear War: A Scenario. Discusses the meticulously sourced reporting about the effects of nuclear weapons and the structures and policies that govern them behind her book that details a realistic scenario for nuclear war.

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Peter Pomerantsev: How To Win An Information War

The Book Club | 6 March 2024 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Peter Pomerantsev about his book How To Win An Information War: The Propagandist Who Outwitted Hitler. Tells the story of Sefton Delmer and his work countering Nazi propaganda. Discusses Delmer’s remarkable life, compromised ethics, and the lessons he still has to offer us.

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Rebecca Boyle: Our Moon

The Book Club | 17 January 2024 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rebecca Boyle about her book Our Moon: A Human History. Discusses how we know that the moon is more than just an inert lump of rock in the sky and how the whole of human life – and civilisation – may depend on it.

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Sathnam Sanghera: Empireworld

The Book Club | 31 January 2024 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sathnam Sanghera about his book Empireworld: How British Imperialism Shaped the Globe. Discusses the effect of British imperialism around the globe, why he’s trying to get beyond the ‘balance-sheet’ view of imperial history, why we should all read W E B Dubois, and why he’s not good at going on holiday.

See also the How to Academy interview with Sathnam Sanghera and William Dalrymple about British imperialism in India.

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Francesca Peacock: Pure Wit

The Book Club | 13 September 2023 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Francesca Peacock about her book Pure Wit: The Revolutionary Life of Margaret Cavendish. Discusses the life and work of 17C writer Margaret Cavendish, her feminist writing before feminism was generally thought of, and her pioneering science fiction.

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Sarah Ogilvie: The Dictionary People

The Book Club | 20 September 2023 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sarah Ogilvie about her book The Dictionary People: The Unsung Heroes Who Created the Oxford English Dictionary. Describes the story of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, why the OED was different in kind from any previous English dictionary, how crowdsourcing made it ‘the Wikipedia of its day’, and how – as she discovered – quite so many cranks, murderers, perverts and foreigners took such an interest in it.

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Mary Beard: Emperor of Rome

The Book Club | 27 September 2023 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mary Beard about her book Emperor of Rome. Explores what we can and can’t know about the men who ruled the Roman Empire, and what the lurid stories about so many of them tell us about the anxieties and fantasies of Rome’s ordinary citizens and the remarkable resilience of the regime.

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Ferdinand Mount: Big Caesars and Little Caesars

The Book Club | 19 July 2023 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ferdinand Mount about his book Big Caesars and Little Caesars: How They Rise and How They Fall – From Julius Caesar to Boris Johnson. Discusses why he thinks it’s fair to compare Boris Johnson with a cast of despots and autocrats from Indira Gandhi and Oliver Cromwell to Louis Napoleon and even Adolf Hitler – and why he sees the impulse to autocracy as an ineradicable thread in human history.

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