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Episode 201: Grand Strategy with Chinese Characteristics

Sulmaan Wasif Khan discusses his new book tracing the history of Chinese grand strategy, from Mao to Xi.

Episode 200: Drinking Through the Ages

Mark Forsyth discusses his new history of drunkenness, from prehistoric times to the modern day.

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?

Episode 198: The Origins of Western Identity

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Episode 193: A Lament for Liberalism

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

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