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Relevant Reading:Being Sure of Each Other: An Essay on Social Rights and Freedoms Kimberley Brownlee, Oxford University Press, 2020, $50 What are the ethical implications of the pandemic of loneliness that has been sweeping the modern world wel
Maria Golia speaks with guest host Matt Hanson about her new book on jazz great Ornette Coleman.
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.
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 ju
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.
As Henry Kissinger turns 97 today, Barry Gewen joins the show to discuss his new intellectual biography of America's foremost realist.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
Relevant Reading:The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success Ross DouthatRelevant Listening:TAI Podcast, Episode 195: Ross Douthat on Pope Francis Richard Aldous & Ross Douthat In his new book The Decadent Society, Ross D
Relevant Reading:A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream Yuval LevinBuild Them Up, Don’t Let Them Down Philip A. Wallach Institutions, writes Yuva
Relevant Reading:“The issue with Warren can be summed up with a single question” Megan McArdleDream Hoarders Richard V. Reeves Executive Editor Damir Marusic sat down with Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle to talk about plausible paths fo
Relevant Reading:The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite Michael Lind The Cold War may have ended, but the class war rages on—or so Michael Lind argues in The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite. TAI
Relevant Reading:The World According to Tyler Cowen (Transcript)Marginal Revolution (Blog)Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals Tyler CowenBig Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-H
Relevant Reading:Capitalism, Alone, by Branko Milanovic (Harvard University Press: 2019) Just because capitalism defeated communism at the end of the Cold War does not mean that Western “liberal capitalism” will automatically triumph over China
Relevant Reading:Alarums and Excursion: Improvising Politics on the European Stage Luuk Van MiddelaarThe Theology of Liberalism: Political Philosophy and the Justice of God Eric NelsonMy Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search for Home
TAI’s Damir Marusic and Karina Orlova recently sat down with Vladimir Milov—a Russian opposition activist, adviser to top Putin opponent Alexei Navalny, and former Deputy Energy Minister of Russia—as he was passing through Washington. Tune in t
Relevant Reading:Hitler: A Global Biography Brendan Simms Countless books have been written about Adolf Hitler’s rise and rule, but with Hitler: A Global Biography Brendan Simms offers a genuinely novel interpretation. Drawing on new research f
Relevant Reading:God’s Spies: The Stasi’s Cold War Espionage Campaign Inside the Church Elisabeth Braw This week, as Germany marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the legacy of the Cold War remains the subject of vital public debate
Relevant Reading:Age of Iron: On Conservative Nationalism Colin Dueck Is Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy a historic aberration, or does it represent a return to an older tradition? In his new book Age of Iron: On Conservative National
Relevant Reading:Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump Allison Stanger What distinguishes a whistleblower from a leaker? Do the motives of a whistleblower matter? And how does the current Ukraine scandal fit into the long
Relevant Reading:The Conservative Sensibility George F. Will Over a long career as a syndicated columnist, George F. Will has made it his life’s work to espouse the virtues of conservatism and apply its principles to present debates. In his new
Relevant Reading:Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics Mary Eberstadt Where did today’s identity politics come from, and why has our society become so bitterly divided? In her new book Primal Screams, conservative
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