Burmese Days by George Orwell

The Great Books | 2 April 2024 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Paul Theroux about George Orwell’s book Burmese Days. Discusses Orwell’s experiences and influences in Burma that contributed to the novel. Draws from Theroux’s research for his novel, Burma Sahib: A Novel, based on Orwell’s early life in Burma.

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The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

The Great Books | 3 October 2023 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Donald J. Boudreaux discussing Adam Smith’s book, The Wealth of Nations. Discusses how the book synthesised a body of principles around the benefits of free markets and free domestic and international trade; inspired those who followed after him in what became the field of economics; and where it fits into intellectual history.

See also other episodes on Adam Smith.

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The Principia by Isaac Newton

The Great Books | 15 December 2020 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rob Iliffe about Isaac Newton’s The Principia. Describes how the Principia transformed natural philosophy, introduced the concept of universal gravitation, put mathematics and measurement at the heart of science, and laid the foundations for classical physics.

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Great Books | 18 June 2019 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lorraine Murphy discussing the plots, social criticism, characters and themes of Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility.

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History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

The Great Books | 10 July 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later 
Interview with Andrew Latham of Macalester College about Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, a book with enduring insight on the human condition, especially with regard to politics and war.

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Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”

The Great Books | 1 May 2018 | 0h 29m | Listen Later 
Interview with Kelly Scott Franklin about Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, which challenges us to evaluate our lives and what is most important.

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