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Engelsberg Ideas podcasts bring together leading writers, thinkers and historians to discuss the biggest issues facing the world today. You’ll find calm conversations and thought-provoking analysis.

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    • Government
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Engelsberg Ideas podcasts bring together leading writers, thinkers and historians to discuss the biggest issues facing the world today. You’ll find calm conversations and thought-provoking analysis.

    EI Talks... women of the ancient world with Daisy Dunn

    EI Talks... women of the ancient world with Daisy Dunn

    The leading classicist Daisy Dunn joins EI's Paul Lay to discuss her new book, The Missing Thread: A New History of the Ancient World Through the Women Who Shaped It.

    Image: Nikolaos Gyzis, a 19th Century painter, depicts Sappho playing the lyre. Credit: Photo 12 / Alamy Stock Photo 

    • 36 min
    EI Weekly Listen — Maurizio Viroli on how we can learn from history

    EI Weekly Listen — Maurizio Viroli on how we can learn from history

    We cannot afford not to rediscover the fine art, nowadays almost forgotten, of learning from history. Read by Leighton Pugh.

    Image: 16th Century engraving by Theodoor Galle, titled The Printing of Books. Credit: The Granger Collection / Alamy Stock Photo 

    • 18 min
    EI Portraits — James Barr on George McGhee, American father to Britain’s Suez Crisis

    EI Portraits — James Barr on George McGhee, American father to Britain’s Suez Crisis

    James Barr profiles the debonair and open-faced diplomat, George McGhee, whose shuttle diplomacy helped accelerate Britain's decline as a player in the Middle East. Read by Sebastian Brown.

    Image: President John F. Kennedy (left, in rocking chair) meets the newly-appointed US Ambassador to West Germany, George McGhee. Credit: Gibson Moss / Alamy Stock Photo

    • 13 min
    EI Weekly Listen — Philip Bobbitt on the decay and renewal of the US constitutional order

    EI Weekly Listen — Philip Bobbitt on the decay and renewal of the US constitutional order

    A new constitutional order is coming. Read by Leighton Pugh.

    Image: The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Credit: Lane Erickson / Alamy Stock Photo 

    • 34 min
    EI Talks... the history of democracy with Erica Benner

    EI Talks... the history of democracy with Erica Benner

    Erica Benner applies ancient wisdom to modern problems in her new book Adventures in Democracy: The Turbulent World of People Power. She shares her insights with EI's Deputy Editor, Alastair Benn.

    Image: Gathering of the Areopagus, a deliberative court that met in the open air in ancient Athens. Credit: North Wind Picture Archives / Alamy Stock Photo 

    • 55 min
    EI Weekly Listen — Lars Trägårdh on the origins of Swedish democracy

    EI Weekly Listen — Lars Trägårdh on the origins of Swedish democracy

    ‘Democracy’ is in Sweden built on a basis fundamentally different from the one associated with the development of liberal democracy in the West. Read by Leighton Pugh.

    Image: Midsummer Dance by Swedish artist Anders Zorn (1860-1920) painted in 1897. A classic of Swedish art history showing traditional folk dancing in the Dalarna countryside in the extended summer evening light. Credit: Universal Art Archive / Alamy Stock Photo 

    • 34 min

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