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Leading authors and commentators discuss their latest books and brainwaves at their favourite haunts with Jack Aldane. Music by Boogie Belgique.
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Leading authors and commentators discuss their latest books and brainwaves at their favourite haunts with Jack Aldane. Music by Boogie Belgique.
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    The Struggle for Dignity and Status in the 21st Century, with David Goodhart

    The Struggle for Dignity and Status in the 21st Century, with David Goodhart

    The coronavirus pandemic taught us something we ought already to have known: that care workers, supermarket shelf-stackers, delivery drivers and cleaners are doing essential work that keeps us all alive, fed and cared for. Until recently much of this work was regarded as menial by the the same society that now lauds them as 'key workers'. Why are they so undervalued?
    In Head, Hand, Heart, British journalist and author David Goodhart tells the story of the cognitive takeover that has gathered pace over the past forty years.
    As recently as the 1970s most people left school without qualifications, but now 40 per cent of all jobs are graduate-only. A good society must re-imagine the meaning of skilled work, so that people who work with their hands and hearts are valued alongside workers who manipulate data. Our societies need to spread status more widely, and provide meaning and value for people who cannot, or do not want to, achieve in the classroom and the professions. This is the story of the central struggle for status and dignity in the twenty-first century. (Penguin.co.uk)

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    • 28 min
    Chaucer: A European Life, with Marion Turner

    Chaucer: A European Life, with Marion Turner

    Marion Turner is Associate Professor of English at Jesus College, University of Oxford. Her latest book, shortlisted for the 2020 Wolfson History Prize, and Winner of the 2020 Rose Mary Crawshay Award, is 'Chaucer: A European Life' (Princeton University Press).
    This groundbreaking biography recreates the cosmopolitan world in which a wine merchant’s son became one of the most celebrated of all English poets. Turner is Chaucer's first female biographer.
    She chose to meet Jack Aldane at Gee's Restaurant in Oxford.

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    The Madness of Crowds, with Douglas Murray

    The Madness of Crowds, with Douglas Murray

    Douglas Murray is a British conservative author and political commentator. His recent bestsellers include The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (2017) and The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity, published in September 2019.
    Douglas meets Jack Aldane at The Wolseley on Piccadilly, St. James's in London.

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    Lockdown Interview with Matthew Crawford in California USA

    Lockdown Interview with Matthew Crawford in California USA

    Once we were drivers, the open road alive with autonomy and adventure. Today we are as likely to be in the back seat of an Uber as behind the wheel. As we hurtle toward a shiny, happy ‘self-driving’ future, are we destined to become passengers in our own lives too?
    Driving, it turns out, offers a near-perfect embodiment of the broader changes being wrought by government and technology throughout our lives. In Why We Drive, the philosopher and mechanic Matthew Crawford shows the driver’s seat to be one of the few remaining places where we still regularly take risk, exercise skill and enjoy freedom. But it is here too that we discover what we are losing to automation and the technocrats, and who will profit from the vision of progress they press upon us.
    Blending philosophy with hands-on storytelling and drawing on his own experience in the garage and behind the wheel, Crawford leads us on an irreverent but deeply considered inquiry into the power of faceless bureaucracies, the importance of questioning mindless rules and the battle for democratic self-determination against the surveillance capitalists. In turn he speaks up for rivalry and play, solidarity and dissent – and the existential value of occasionally being scared shitless.
    Wry, humane and occasionally hilarious, Why We Drive takes us to the heart of one of the defining questions of our times: who is really in control?
    (Penguin.co.uk)

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    Lockdown Interview with Vincent Bevins in Sao Paulo

    Lockdown Interview with Vincent Bevins in Sao Paulo

    Vincent Bevins is an American journalist and writer. From 2011 to 2016, he worked as a foreign correspondent based in Brazil for the Los Angeles Times, having worked in London for the Financial Times. Bevins moved to Jakarta in 2017 to cover Southeast Asia for the Washington Post. His first book, published in 2020, is entitled The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World.
    In this shocking revision of Cold War history, Bevins uses recently declassified documents, archival research and eye-witness testimony collected across twelve countries to piece together events from this era that few in the developed world can claim to know. They reveal the consistent brutal exterminations of unarmed leftists by right-wing US-backed militias, the scale of which did more to seal Washington's victory in the period than any clash with the Soviet Union.
    Jack Aldane speaks to the author on the UK publication date of the book, 11 June 2020.

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    Lockdown Interview with Daniel A. Bell and Wang Pei in Shanghai

    Lockdown Interview with Daniel A. Bell and Wang Pei in Shanghai

    Hierarchy is taboo in the modern world, yet attempts to do away with it altogether have consistently led to humanitarian catastrophe throughout history. Renowned Confucian scholar and political theorist Daniel A Bell joins professor Wang Pei in the co-authored work Just Hierarchy to argue that we should neither think it possible nor desirable to achieve equality without social hierarchy. Bell and Wang draw on Confucian and Daoist thought to lay out the case for morally justified hierarchies as distinct from those history resolutely condemns.
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

AJF13 ,

A class act of a podcast

Great podcast. The conversation with Douglas Murray at the Wolseley is fantastic.

SomersetRoger ,

Could challenge a bit more!

I think this is a very good podcast made better by giving a person time to extend their answers and explain their thinking. It is refreshing to have different views aired in a civilised way. However, J H lets people off the hook too easily, too frequently. Some statements are crying out for challenge or for an alternative view to be raised. This lack of challenge suggests collusion.

TommyDAS ,

Great concept and fascinating guests

Recently discovered the Corner Table and it’s wonderful back catalogue of guests. Some excellent conversations that really make you feel close to the action. Highly recommend.

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