The AI Podcast
With Richard Aldous
The New Authoritarian Temptation

In Twilight of Democracy, Anne Applebaum offers a personal reflection on the splitting of the anti-communist coalition—and asks why so many former friends have embraced illiberal movements across the West.

Strange Rites and New Religions with Tara Isabella Burton

Is America rapidly secularizing, or is it merely channeling religious impulses in new directions? In her new book Strange Rites, out today from PublicAffairs, Tara Isabella Burton makes the latter case, with examples from SoulCycle to social justice culture.

The Rise of Britain’s Intelligence Services

How did Britain’s intelligence agencies rise to prominence, from World War I to the Cold War and beyond? Simon Ball’s Secret History tells the story through the agencies’ own internal case histories.

The Making of Henry Kissinger

As Henry Kissinger turns 97 today, Barry Gewen joins the show to discuss his new intellectual biography of America’s foremost realist.

Talking China (and Coronavirus) with Sulmaan Wasif Khan

What does the coronavirus pandemic tell us about the nature of modern China—and does the United States have a coherent strategy to deal with it? Sulmaan Wasif Khan, a China expert at Tufts University, joins the podcast to discuss.

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Furtwängler, Shostakovich, and Music in a Time of Crisis

Joseph Horowitz discusses his recent TAI essay on the wartime performances of two musical giants—and explains how great artists can “channel the moment” in a time of crisis.

The Wall, the Square, and the Post-Cold War Order

Kristina Spohr’s new book Post Wall, Post Square offers a vivid account of the decision-making that shaped the world order after 1989—and explains why what happened in Beijing mattered just as much as Berlin.

How History Shaped Brexit

Why was the Brexit campaign so dominated by analogies to WWII, and what did it reveal about how the British imagine their past and future? David Reynolds probes these questions in Island Stories, his new “unconventional history of Britain.”

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Japan Seeking Balance

TAI Executive Editor Damir Marusic recently talked with Dr. Charles Edel, Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre in Australia, co-author (with Hal Brands) of The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order, and one of the smartest Asia analysts around. Fresh from a trip to Tokyo, Edel discusses coronavirus, the shifting strategic landscape […]

Getting Decadent with Ross Douthat

The New York Times columnist rejoins the podcast to discuss his new book The Decadent Society—and explains why we have become “the victims of our own success.”

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