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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
Ikenberry on Liberal Internationalism

Ikenberry on Liberal Internationalism

Is liberal democracy the foundation of a lasting world order, or should we be constructing a world order to help fragile democracies thrive? And after a rough few years for liberal democracy around the globe, what are the chances that such an order can be built? G. John Ikenberry joins

Richard Aldous
Teasel Muir-Harmony on the Magic of the Moon Landing

Teasel Muir-Harmony on the Magic of the Moon Landing

Project Apollo captured the world’s imagination, and as a feat of “soft power” public diplomacy, it has few peers in the history of mankind, and has not been matched since. With hopes expressed that President Biden’s election can start to bring the world together after several years of

Richard Aldous