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    • What's True? - Duration: 1 hour, 26 minutes.

      • 3 weeks ago
      Today I'm speaking with Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, a historian from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It would be hard to find a scholar better equipped to enhance our historical perspective o...
    • The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom - Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind, published in 1987, became one of the most influential books of the last 50 years by instigating a battle over the soul of the American University tha...
    • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, by Joseph Ellis - Duration: 38 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      In this episode, we witness the debate that raged over the birth of what is perhaps the most powerful idea in history; the idea that supports our ability to make the world a better place, and the i...
    • Applied Perspective: A Conversation with Niall Ferguson - Duration: 45 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
      Niall Ferguson is one of the most influential historians of our generation. His professional effort extends well beyond academia to ensure that policy makers and the public better understand how to...
    • The Square and the Tower, by Niall Ferguson - Duration: 39 minutes.

      • 4 months ago
      Niall Ferguson, perhaps the most famous historian of our generation, offers yet another breakthrough in his latest work, The Square and the Tower. Through groundbreaking research, Ferguson reveals ...
    • Why the West Rules - For Now, by Ian Morris - Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes.

      • 5 months ago
      Is there a logic to history?

      Many scholars balk at the idea of searching for such logic, insisting that each culture may only be understood on its own terms. In Why the West Rules - For Now, Ian ...
    • The Fall of Rome, and the End of Civilization - Duration: 53 minutes.

      • 6 months ago
      Today, I’m speaking with Bryan Ward-Perkins, author of The Fall of Rome, and the End of Civilization.

      It has become fashionable to argue that Roman civilization never collapsed, but was merely tr...
    • The Two Cultures, by C. P. Snow - Duration: 28 minutes.

      • 7 months ago
      "The Two Cultures" by C. P. Snow was one of the most influential lectures of the 20th century, triggering an intense epistemological debate within higher education regarding the status of science t...
    • Merchants of Doubt, by Naomi Oreskes & Erik Conway - Duration: 41 minutes.

      • 7 months ago
      Merchants of Doubt is not just a book about how illusions of scientific controversy have been constructed, it’s also about the people who constructed them, and its most shocking revelation is that ...
    • Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science, by Peter Atkins - Duration: 55 minutes.

      • 8 months ago
      If civilization collapsed, and our descendants could rediscover a single work to get humanity back on track scientifically and technologically, Peter Atkins’ Galileo’s Finger: The Ten Great Ideas o...
    • Evolution's Other Narrative - Duration: 28 minutes.

      • 9 months ago
      In this episode, we're shifting gears and I'll read an article that I published in 2013 in the journal American Scientist called "Evolution's Other Narrative." Here is a link to the article: https...
    • Plagues and Peoples, by William McNeill - Duration: 42 minutes.

      • 9 months ago
      The history of disease demonstrates both the accidental nature of history and the triumph of human reason that can enable us to gain some control over our fate; most of us no longer suffer the deat...
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