Best Social Sciences podcasts (Updated January 2018; image)
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Stuff You Missed in History Class
 
Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.
 
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History Extra podcast
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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com
 
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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
 
In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions ...
 
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Witness
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History as told by the people who were there.
 
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The British History Podcast
Monthly+
 
The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales.
 
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In Our Time
Monthly+
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
 
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BackStory
Weekly
 
BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.Each week we take a topic that people are talking about and explore it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversation with our listeners, we make history engaging and fun.
 
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Waking Up with Sam Harris
Weekly
 
Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris is the author of The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in more than 20 languages. Mr. Harris and his work ...
 
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Invisibilia
Rare
 
Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.
 
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The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
 
Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds take on one subject from American history each week.
 
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Hidden Brain
Weekly
 
The Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain's host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.
 
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Revolutions
Monthly+
 
A weekly podcasting exploring great political revolutions. Now: The July Revolution. Next: 1848
 
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The History Hour
Weekly
 
An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
 
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The Allusionist
Monthly
 
Linguistic adventures with Helen Zaltzman, TheAllusionist.org. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
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The History of Rome
Rare
 
A weekly podcast tracing the rise, decline and fall of the Roman Empire.
 
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The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
 
All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to History… The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.
 
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The History of England
Monthly+
 
A regular podcast telling the story of England with warmth and wit and enthusiasm. The story of the great names and the events that made England the mosaic it is today; the daily lives of the people who made it so. We take a chronological approach, from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day – when we get there! Along the way we follow the major highways of history, and some of the side roads too – what it was like to live in the Middle Ages, why the dif ...
 
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The History of China
Monthly+
 
An audio journey through the 5000 year history of one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations.
 
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Philosophy Bites
Monthly
 
top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
Weekly+
 
David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.
 
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On Being with Krista Tippett
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On Being takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives — updated every Thursday. Hosted by Krista Tippett. Discover more at onbeing.org. On Being Studios is the producer of On Being, Becoming Wise, Creating Our Own Lives, and more to come.
 
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Intelligence Squared
Weekly
 
Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcast every Friday.
 
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All In The Mind - ABC Radio National
 
All In The Mind is Radio National's weekly foray into the mental universe, the mind, brain and behaviour - everything from addiction to artificial intelligence.
 
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Nerdonomy: Nerds on History
Monthly+
 
History is full amazing stories. Join hosts Bryan Moriarty, Eric Bricmont, and Sarah Ashley as they explore the most inspirational, terrifying and hilarious events in history. Everything from the creation of the universe to the invention of Cheese in a Can and everything in between. Learn something new weekly by subscribing to the Nerd’s on History podcast.
 
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Philosophy Now
Monthly
 
Podcasts from philosophynow.org, home of the most widely read philosophy magazine in the world, Philosophy Now.
 
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Life Of Caesar
Monthly+
 
A podcast about the life of Gaius Julius Caesar.
 
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Freedomain Radio with Stefan Molyneux
 
The logic of personal, philosophical and political freedom
 
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History on Fire
Rare
 
Where history and epic collide--"History on Fire" is a podcast by author and university professor Daniele Bolelli.
 
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Slate Presents Lexicon Valley
Monthly+
 
Lexicon Valley is a podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.
 
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History of Japan
Monthly+
 
A weekly podcast on Japanese history, covering everything from prehistory to the modern era. Additional information available at the podcast blog, at www.historyofjapan.wordpress.com
 
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Philosophize This!
Daily+
 
Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.
 
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The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast
 
A Philosophy Podcast and Philosophy Blog
 
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History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps
 
Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps". www.historyofphilosophy.net
 
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The China History Podcast
Monthly
 
Laszlo Montgomery presents easy-to-digest stories, events and people from China’s most ancient times up to our present day.
 
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In Our Time: Philosophy
Rare
 
From Altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes.
 
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Infants on Thrones
Weekly+
 
The Philosophies of Men, Mingled with Humor
 
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The Psych Files
Monthly+
 
The Psych Files is a podcast for anyone who wonders why we do what we do. Experienced educator Michael Britt, in an upbeat and friendly style, shows you how ideas from the field of psychology apply to everyday life. If you’re a life-long learner, a student or a teacher, you’ll find his 20-30 minute episodes enjoyable and educational. Over 14 million episodes have been downloaded to date with over 100,000 people listening every month. See what all the talk is about!
 
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A Way with Words — language, linguistics, and callers from all over
 
A fun weekly radio show about language seen through culture, history, and family. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers who have questions and stories about linguistics, old sayings, word histories, etymology, regional dialects, slang, new words, word play, word games, grammar, family expressions, books, literature, writing, and more. Email your language questions to words@waywordradio.org or call with your questions toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Canada at 1 (87 ...
 
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I Will Teach You A Language | Weekly Motivation and Language Learning Tips to Help You Become Fluent in Any Language
 
Learning a new language? Get your language learning questions answered by polyglot Olly Richards, who speaks 8 languages and runs the popular blog - I Will Teach You A Language. Whatever's holding you back on the path to fluency, tune in twice a week to get your regular dose of language learning motivation, with Olly and other polyglot guests, such as Luca Lampariello, Richard Simcott, Alex Rawlings, Benny Lewis, Anthony Metivier and Jonathan Levi. Learn Spanish, Learn French, Learn German, ...
 
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In Our Time: History
Monthly
 
Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
 
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The Psychology Podcast
Weekly
 
Welcome to The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, where we give you insights into the mind, brain, behavior and creativity. Each episode we’ll feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of your self, others, and the world we live in. Hopefully, we’ll also provide a glimpse into human possibility! Thanks for listening and enjoy the podcast.
 
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The Podcast History Of Our World
Monthly
 
It's the history of our world from the Big Bang to the Modern Age! Well...eventually at least. Every episode has FINALLY been remastered, touched up, and had the numbering fixed. TPHOOW is back in action!
 
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The History of Byzantium
Monthly+
 
A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com
 
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The History Chicks
Monthly+
 
Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go.
 
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What's The Point
Monthly+
 
A show about our data age. Each week, Jody Avirgan brings you stories and interviews on how data is changing lives.
 
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The Social-Engineer Podcast
Monthly
 
The Social-Engineer Podcast is about humans. Understanding how we interact, communicate and relay information can help us protect, mitigate and understand social engineering attacks
 
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New Books in Political Science
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Interviews with Political Scientists about their New Books
 
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The History of English Podcast
Monthly
 
The Spoken History of a Global Language
 
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Dan Snow's HISTORY HIT
Weekly+
 
History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today.Join the conversation on twitter: @HistoryHitProducer: Dan Morelle
 
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New Books in Public Policy
Weekly
 
Interviews with Scholars of Public Policy about their New Books
 
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We take electricity for granted. But the material grids and wires that bring light to homes and connect places are also objects of moral concern, political freedoms and national advancement, suggests Leo Coleman in his new book A Moral Technology: …
 
We take electricity for granted. But the material grids and wires that bring light to homes and connect places are also objects of moral concern, political freedoms and national advancement, suggests Leo Coleman in his new book A Moral Technology: …
 
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Psychology
 
 
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Psychology
 
 
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The Monday American: A History Podcast
 
The American Civil War (Part III) A House Divided Welcome to Part III of The Monday American series on the American Civil War; the story of America's darkest days in which it ultimately becomes the nation's brightest hour. In order to find out more about this episode, or the series as a whole, please visit the official website by clicking here! ...…
 
Monica Mattfeld’s Becoming Centaur: Eighteenth-Century Masculinity and Horsemanship (Penn State University Press, 2017) explores the complex relationship between men and their horses, and reflects upon how these interactions defined a man’s gendered and political positions within society. Focusing on training……
 
Monica Mattfeld’s Becoming Centaur: Eighteenth-Century Masculinity and Horsemanship (Penn State University Press, 2017) explores the complex relationship between men and their horses, and reflects upon how these interactions defined a man’s gendered and political positions within society. Focusing on training……
 
In her new book, Histories of Controversy: Bonegilla Migrant Centre (Melbourne University Publishing, 2017), Alexandra Dellios, a Lecturer in Heritage Studies at the Australian National University, provides a critical reassessment of Bonegilla, which received and temporarily accommodated about…
 
In her new book, Histories of Controversy: Bonegilla Migrant Centre (Melbourne University Publishing, 2017), Alexandra Dellios, a Lecturer in Heritage Studies at the Australian National University, provides a critical reassessment of Bonegilla, which received and temporarily accommodated about…
 
In her new book, Histories of Controversy: Bonegilla Migrant Centre (Melbourne University Publishing, 2017), Alexandra Dellios, a Lecturer in Heritage Studies at the Australian National University, provides a critical reassessment of Bonegilla, which received and temporarily accommodated about…
 
Today’s show features music performed by Fats Domino and The Mills Brothers
 
In 2007 Guatemala overhauled its much-criticised adoption system. All future foreign adoptions were immediately suspended, while some 3,000 cases already underway were caught in legal limbo. Many of these cases have taken years to resolve. American Ruth Sheeham tells Mike Lanchin about her long struggle to secure the adoption of Luis, a young G ...…
 
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Open Source with Christopher Lydon
 
In cities across the country, working and middle-class Americans are struggling to keep their homes, pay their rent, and fight off eviction and foreclosure. Somerville, Massachusetts has an acute case of a national dilemma—call it a case study in gentrification, Boston’s version of New York’s Brooklyn. For a century and more, Somerville was a w ...…
 
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Virtue in the Wasteland Podcast
 
On today's show the guys talk about the most compelling arguments against the church and discuss ways in which we can take these criticisms (from Marx, Freud, etc... ) and build stronger arguments for the importance of religious life today.
 
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Comic History of the United States by Bill Nye
 
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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. II by Edward Gibbon
 
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Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
 
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Dream Psychology by Sigmund Freud
 
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Plato's Republic by Plato
 
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Lingthusiasm - A podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics
 
Here’s a strange little blue animal you’ve never seen before. It’s called a wug. Now here’s another one. There are two of them. There are two ___? You probably thought “wugs” – and even kids as young as 3 years old would agree with you. But how did you know this, if you’ve never heard the word “wug” before? What is it that you know, exactly, wh ...…
 
Today author Roald Dahl is best-known for his prolific writing career -- but, as it turns out, he lived an entirely different life before he ever put pen to paper to create children's stories. Learn more about Roald Dahl's earlier life as a fighter ace, a legendary ladies man, and a World War II-era spy (seriously, like a real-life James Bond!) ...…
 
Fiona Sampson, Daisy Hay, Christopher Frayling and David H. Guston join Matthew Sweet to discuss Mary Shelley's story in film, fiction and the view of AI scientists now.In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by the poet and writer Fiona Sampson is out now.Christopher Frayling has published Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred ...…
 
The old saloons and dance halls of the Bowery are familiar to anyone with a love of New York City history, their debauched and surly reputations appealing in a prurient way, a reminder of a time of great abandon. The Bowery bars and lounges of today often try to emulate the past in demeanor and decor. (Although nobody was drinking expensive bes ...…
 
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Infants on Thrones
 
Randy, Glenn, John, Lindsay, and Matt conclude their discussion of Rupert Sheldrake’s 2012 “Banned Ted Talk” about the 10 dogmas of a Scientific Materialist Worldview.
 
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Provocative Enlightenment Radio
 
The book, “Modern Machiavelli,” claims to teach you smart, social tactics to advance your career and improve your relationships. This book explains how to successfully manage conflict, influence others, and understand the overt and covert dynamics of interpersonal power. It challenges false but commonly held beliefs that undermine personal and ...…
 
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Provocative Enlightenment Radio
 
The book, “Modern Machiavelli,” claims to teach you smart, social tactics to advance your career and improve your relationships. This book explains how to successfully manage conflict, influence others, and understand the overt and covert dynamics of interpersonal power. It challenges false but commonly held beliefs that undermine personal and ...…
 
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Psychology
 
 
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Psychology
 
 
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The Archaeology Podcast Network Feed
 
Links https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Zimbabwe
 
Can we have sound media that is ecologically sound? Can we fine tune our media production and consumption habits to a greener key? How can an environmental perspective on sound media contribute to our understanding of how media culture is…
 
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History Extra podcast
 
John Bennett delves into the dark history of disorder and lawlessness in London’s East End From Jack the Ripper to the Kray twins, historian and tour guide John Bennett explores four centuries of crime and disorder in the London neighbourhood.
 
As a United States senator in the 1930s and 1940s, Arthur Vandenberg was one of the leading Republican voices shaping the nation’s foreign policy. Though initially a staunch isolationist, as Hendrik Meijer explains in Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the …
 
As a United States senator in the 1930s and 1940s, Arthur Vandenberg was one of the leading Republican voices shaping the nation’s foreign policy. Though initially a staunch isolationist, as Hendrik Meijer explains in Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the …
 
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On Being with Krista Tippett
 
“It’s very likely that the universe is really a kind of a question, rather than the answer to anything,” says philosopher technologist Kevin Kelly. He was the founding editor of WIRED and is an original thinker on shaping the character and spiritual meaning of technology. He says our role as good askers of questions will remain the most importa ...…
 
“It’s very likely that the universe is really a kind of a question, rather than the answer to anything,” says philosopher technologist Kevin Kelly. He was the founding editor of WIRED and is an original thinker on shaping the character and spiritual meaning of technology. He says our role as good askers of questions will remain the most importa ...…
 
On May 23, 1957, US Army Sergeant Robert Reynolds was acquitted of murdering Chinese officer Liu Ziran in Taiwan. Reynolds did not deny shooting Liu but claimed self-defense and, like all members of US military assistance and advisory groups, was…
 
On May 23, 1957, US Army Sergeant Robert Reynolds was acquitted of murdering Chinese officer Liu Ziran in Taiwan. Reynolds did not deny shooting Liu but claimed self-defense and, like all members of US military assistance and advisory groups, was…
 
This week we feature three stories from participants in the Duke University Social Science Radio Workshop about dimensions of politics in the United States. Each story explores how our everyday life intersects with politics and political communication research.
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
Author and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute Norm Ornstein joins David to discuss the impact of mental illness in his life, the prospect of political reform post-Trump, the loss of Congressional norms, and more.
 
Today I’m really excited to have James and Suzann Pileggi Pawelski on the podcast. James is Professor of Practice and Director of Education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania where he cofounded the Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program with Martin Seligman. Suzie is a freelance writer, Psychology Today b ...…
 
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In Our Time
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work, ideas and life of the Russian poet whose work was celebrated in C20th both for its quality and for what it represented, written under censorship in the Stalin years. Her best known poem, Requiem, was written after her son was imprisoned partly as a threat to her and, to avoid punishment for creating it, ...…
 
“No matter how much I make up, there’s stuff in history that’s just as bad, or worse.” — George R.R. Martin “Though I would treasure your friendship, I am mainly interested in your facility with murder” — Tyrion Lannister “That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.” — Tyrion Lannister “If we don’t put aside our enmities and band together, we ...…
 
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History According to Bob
 
This show is part 1 of 5 about the companions of Napoleon who went into exile with him .
 
Connections between France and North Africa have long been shaped by colonialism, nationalism, and economics. This intercultural relationship has also been mediated through the arts. In Muslim Women in French Cinema: Voices of Maghrebi Migrants in France (Liverpool University Press,…
 
Today’s show features music performed by Eddie Taylor and Barney Bigard
 
Irish writer Christopher Nolan became the first severely disabled person to win the prestigious British literary prize, the Whitbread Book of the Year in 1988. Nolan was physically disabled at birth by severe cerebral palsy, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. He won for his autobiographical book: Under the Eye of the Clock. Christy wrote ...…
 
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The Psych Central Show: Candid Chat on Mental Health & Psychology
 
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the potentially disastrous effects of mental illness on romantic relationships, especially those in which one individual has a mental illness and the other does not. Drawing from their own failed marriages (two each), Gabe and Vincent talk about the role m ...…
 
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In The Past Lane - The Podcast About History and Why It Matters
 
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we look at the history of one of the more troubled regions in American history, Appalachia. In particular, we’ll examine the backstory to how Appalachia became one of the poorest places in the US, and why it has stayed poor. I’ll speak with historian Steven Stoll about his new book, Ramp Hollo ...…
 
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Beat Your Genes: An Evolutionary Psychology Podcast for Finding Happiness in the modern world
 
Getting Personal with Dr. Doug Lisle
 
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Lanterns Radio Network
 
On tonight's show, The Boys don't let a little Snowpocolypse hold them down. First, they bring a couple of stories to prove that slavery in America isn not as gone as people think; Chelsea Manning, formally known as Brad, is apparently bidding for a run at the Senate... God help us all! And finally, the possible govenrement shutdown over the DA ...…
 
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