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The Book Club: Charles Spencer on Henry I's lost ship
This week's Book Club podcast guest is Charles Spencer, whose book The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I's Dream is new out in paperback. On the pod tells Sam Leith why his story is like "Game of Thrones meets Titanic", about the piety and the startling cruelty of medieval kings, the tantalising suggestion that the wreck of the White Ship may have been found off Barfleur -- and how this 12th-century maritime disaster changed the course of English history.
Chinese Whispers: has economic engagement with China failed?
Exactly 20 years ago, China acceded to the World Trade Organisation. In the decades since, the globalised world became what we know today, with hundreds of millions of Chinese and people around the world lifted out of poverty through free trade. But the promised liberalisation - both economic and political - doesn't seem to have happened. China is now challenging western-led world order, and too difficult to disentangle from the world economy. So was it a mistake to allow China into the WTO, and has engagement failed?With Stewart Paterson, author of China, Trade and Power, and Yu Jie, senior research fellow at Chatham House.
Spectator Out Loud: Max Pemberton, Andrew Watts, Ysenda Maxtone Graham
On this week's episode, Dr Max Pemberton explains that while just as many people are seeing their GP as before the pandemic, something has changed. (00:55) After, Andrew Watts argues that you shouldn't buy a second home in Cornwall. (09:15) Ysenda Maxtone Graham finishes the episode, lamenting the loss of indoor singing. (14:00)
Women With Balls: Polly Morgan
Polly Morgan is an artist whose trade is taxidermy. She recently won the First Plinth Award, and in her time has sold to celebrity clients including Kate Moss and Courtney Love. On the podcast, she tells Katy Balls about her unusual childhood growing up on a farm with ostriches, goats and llamas; why she got fired by Prue Leith; and the ins and outs of taxidermy.
The Edition: The third wave
Experts are saying we are now officially in a third wave but how concerned should we be? (00:56) Also on the podcast: What will the mood be like when Boris meets Biden (14:33)? And are UFOs no longer a laughing matter?(23:00)With Scientist Simon Clarke, mathematician Philip Thomas, spokesperson for Republicans Overseas UK Sarah Elliot, Spectator World editor Freddy Gray, astrophysicist Tim O'Brian & author Lawrence Osborne
Presented by Lara Prendergast.Produced by Cindy Yu, Max Jeffery and Sam Russell.
The Book Club: Lawrence Wright on why Covid was a catastrophe for America
In this week's Book Club podcast, Sam Leith's guest is one of America's foremost magazine journalists, the New Yorker's Lawrence Wright. His new book is The Plague Year: America In The Time of Covid. He tells Sam what a book brings to recent history that week-to-week journalism can't, about the extraordinary happenstance that put him in contact with one of the unsung heroes of the vaccine race, and the three reasons Covid was such a catastrophe for the US.
The conversations on here are normally well informed and very interesting. As an American, it’s useful to see what the Conservatives are thinking over in the UK and the Spectator does a great job. You can detect a hint of pro-Tory bias here and there, but it doesn’t matter much.
My only gripe is how the regular guests are all wet talkers! Lots of slurps and smacks into the microphone. Other than that minor quibble, it’s a wonderful podcast.
Great stuff, very interesting! Out Loud is so good!!!
You lost me with your show today on Harry and Meghan——-insulting, rude, biased. No attempt to even try to understand what Meghan and Harry are trying to address. And as for “fake news” and “alternate reality” please examine yourselves. “Royals don’t travel on other’s private jets” ??? Really? Tell that to Andrew, Edward and Charles and Camilla. After listening to your episode for first time I understood why Meghan and Harry moved to America and why I don’t blame them.