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Episode 199: Shakespeare’s Tyrants, And Our Own

Erdogan, Putin, Orban… and Trump—what, if anything, can a study of Richard III or Macbeth teach us about these leaders? Were Coriolanus and Julius Caesar really tyrants in the making? And is more democracy the answer to emerging tyranny?

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Episode 198: The Origins of Western Identity

Richard Aldous speaks with Ingrid Rossellini about her new book tracing the roots of Western self-understanding.

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Bonus Episode: Debating Tocqueville

In a special bonus episode for Memorial Day weekend, Francis Fukuyama and Ben Judah debate the intellectual legacy of Alexis de Tocqueville.

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Episode 197: Reckoning with Russia

Richard Aldous speaks with Michael McFaul, the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, and Russian security affairs expert Mark Galeotti about their new books.

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Episode 196: Lynne Murphy on The Prodigal Tongue

It’s a tale of two Englishes, as Richard Aldous speaks with linguist Lynne Murphy about the love-hate relationship between American and British English.

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Episode 195: Ross Douthat on Pope Francis

Richard Aldous speaks with New York Times columnist Ross Douthat on his new book about Pope Francis and the future of the Catholic Church.

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Episode 194: Defending Democracy

Host Richard Aldous speaks with Yascha Mounk about his new book The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It, before talking to Shadi Hamid about his recent review of Mounk’s book.

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Episode 193: A Lament for Liberalism

Host Richard Aldous speaks with Patrick Deneen about his new book, Why Liberalism Failed.

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Episode 192: Niall Ferguson on Networks

In our latest episode, host Richard Aldous speaks with Niall Ferguson about his new book.

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Episode 191: A New History of the Cold War

On this week’s episode, host Richard Aldous speaks with Odd Arne Westad about his new history of the Cold War.

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