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Richard Thompson Ford on Fashion, Law, and Social Change

Richard Thompson Ford on Fashion, Law, and Social Change

Fashion matters. Clothes both tell a story about power, prestige, and privilege, and can serve as important means of critiquing and subverting these very same things. Richard Thompson Ford joins host Richard Aldous to discuss all this, along with his new book, Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made

Richard Aldous
R. James Breiding on Small-Nation Success

R. James Breiding on Small-Nation Success

Why is it that some small countries do so well at tackling large, difficult problems that trip up their larger competitors? R. James Breiding joins host Richard Aldous to discuss his new book Too Small To Fail: Why Some Small Nations Outperform Larger Ones and How They Are Reshaping the

Richard Aldous
Emma Rothschild’s Generational Portrait of France

Emma Rothschild’s Generational Portrait of France

"History from below” is usually an effort at social history seen through statistics and figures. Our guest this week, Emma Rothschild, takes a different approach in her new book, An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France Over Three Centuries, by recounting a vast narrative at times resembling

Richard Aldous
Robert D. Kaplan on Humanitarian Bob Gersony

Robert D. Kaplan on Humanitarian Bob Gersony

An unassuming high-school dropout, the son of Holocaust survivors, Bob Gersony became the U.S. government’s most intrepid researcher and reporter, a humanitarian icon who never lost sight of the importance of reconciling values with national interests. Bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan joins Richard Aldous to discuss human rights,

Richard Aldous
Dominique Kirchner Reill on Interwar Fascism in Fiume

Dominique Kirchner Reill on Interwar Fascism in Fiume

The multiculturalism and pluralism of the Habsburg Empire gave way to the nationalist agitation of the flamboyant poet-soldier Gabriele D’Annunzio in a small Adriatic port city in 1919. And yet the Fiume crisis played out differently than other post-World War I episodes around Europe. This week, Dominique Kirchner Reill

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Kevin Kosar on Congressional Dysfunction

Kevin Kosar on Congressional Dysfunction

Congress is in a bad way. Why is this the case, when all the instruments for its revival are literally within its grasp? What can we do to encourage change? And will the Biden era move the needle? The American Enterprise Institute’s Kevin Kosar joins host Richard Aldous to

Richard Aldous
Larry Diamond on Saving Democracy

Larry Diamond on Saving Democracy

With the transfer of power to President Joe Biden complete, American Purpose Editorial Board member Larry Diamond joins host Richard Aldous to take the temperature of American democracy. While there was plenty to lose sleep over, is there cause for optimism about American democracy? What kind of reforms are still

Richard Aldous
Satia on Progress and Colonialism

Satia on Progress and Colonialism

How does writing history influence the future? How did Enlightenment thinkers help prepare the ground for Empire? And how can we rescue the Enlightenment project to build a better future? This week, Priya Satia of Stanford University joins our host Richard Aldous to discuss all this, as well as her

Richard Aldous