Host Richard Aldous, contributing editor of The American Interest and professor of history at Bard College, welcomes you to TAI's books podcast.
The Right Not To Be Lonely
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 well before the COVID pandemic made us all grapple with social isolation? Do we have a human right […]
The Life and Art of Ornette Coleman
Maria Golia speaks with guest host Matt Hanson about her new book on jazz great Ornette Coleman.
The New Authoritarian Temptation
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.
Strange Rites and New Religions with Tara Isabella Burton
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 justice culture.
The Rise of Britain’s Intelligence Services
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.
The Making of Henry Kissinger
As Henry Kissinger turns 97 today, Barry Gewen joins the show to discuss his new intellectual biography of America's foremost realist.
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Anne Applebaum spent 20 minutes criticizing the GOP and Trump and not five seconds discussing the DNC, Pelosi, or the emerging far-left coalition as if this were consensus opinion by all. What she believes, and what AI believes by the lack of challenge to her one-sided statements, is indiscernible. If she really perceives right-wing authoritarianism as the clear and present danger and never acknowledging the on-the-streets totalitarianism of the American Left, then she and AI’s passive endorsement are irreputible.