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    The Book Club: the truth about the Vikings

    The Book Club: the truth about the Vikings

    Sam Leith's guest on this week’s Book Club is the bioarchaeologist Cat Jarman, whose fascinating new book River Kings spins a global history of the Vikings out of a single carnelian bead found in a grave in Repton. Cat tells him how much more there was to the Viking culture than our traditional image of arson, rape and pillage in Northumbria - showing how 21st century techniques have helped to expose a culture that raided and traded from Scandinavia as far as Baghdad and Constantinople, and may even have been the ancestral population of the Russian heartland. Plus: real-life Valkyries, slavery and human sacrifice. You never learned all this from How To Train Your Dragon...

    • 36 min
    Chinese Whispers: on infrastructure, is China 'eating America's lunch'?

    Chinese Whispers: on infrastructure, is China 'eating America's lunch'?

    After getting off the phone with Xi Jinping, Joe Biden warned his senators that on infrastructure 'and a whole range of other things', China was spending much more than the US, and America risked being left behind. So just how interconnected is modern China and is it really a good growth model to emulate?

    With economist George Magnus, author of Red Flags: Why Xi's China is in Jeopardy.

    • 30 min
    The Week in 60 Minutes: Are vaccine passports the road to freedom?

    The Week in 60 Minutes: Are vaccine passports the road to freedom?

    On this week's episode, Andrew Neil is joined by Rod Liddle, associate editor at The Spectator; Trevor Phillips, managing director at Webber Phillips; journalist Dan Hitchens; Harry Mount, editor of The Oldie; and a team of Spectator journalists.

    We discuss how England will leave lockdown, the rise of vaccine diplomacy, and why Anglo-Saxon history is so popular.

    To watch the show, go to https://www.spectator.co.uk/tv.

    • 56 min
    Spectator Out Loud: Cindy Yu, Fraser Nelson and Josiah Gogarty

    Spectator Out Loud: Cindy Yu, Fraser Nelson and Josiah Gogarty

    On this episode, Cindy Yu begins by explaining why China and Russia are ahead in the great game of vaccine diplomacy. (00:45) Fraser Nelson is next, and he tells us why The Spectator went to court. (10:35) Josiah Gogarty finishes the podcast, asking how middle-class your dad is. (16:35)

    • 21 min
    Holy Smoke: Can the United States be transported back to Christendom?

    Holy Smoke: Can the United States be transported back to Christendom?

    This week's Holy Smoke examines the fragmentation of American Catholicism following the election of pro-choice Catholic Joe Biden. It focuses on the strangest current of thought among the many conservative Catholics calling for an urgent change of approach in order to confront what promises to be an authoritarian liberal administration.

    It's called integralism, a label previously attached to distinctly un-American European Catholic reactionaries such as Action française and General Franco's Falangists. In its US incarnation it's less nationalist but in some ways equally extreme. Its proponents want to turn the United States into a nation in which, in the long run, only Catholics will be full citizens eligible to hold office. This new integralism is a medieval fantasy built around the teachings of St Thomas Aquinas. 

    • 25 min
    Women With Balls: The Suzanne Moore Edition

    Women With Balls: The Suzanne Moore Edition

    Suzanne Moore is a journalist. On the podcast, she tells Katy about interviewing to work for Marxism Today, feeling out of place at The Guardian, and standing to be an independent MP.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
495 Ratings

495 Ratings

Jcchk ,

Hong Kong ID

Such a good interview with Prof Tsang. He described that transition from the 70s to now so well. Only he didn’t mention the changes brought by President Zhi. His resolute ambition for China to dominate the East and more makes HK much less able to live the liberal life.

dorsyboy ,

Spectator tv Andrew Neill

Great to listen to your forensic interview with Andrew Wilson. I’ve missed these.

Lost in Galicia ,

Magic, Religion & Science

Thought I would hate this episode, but loved it. Fascinating history. Thanks.

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