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Podcast Profile: Context with Brad Harris

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31 episodes
2018 to 2023
Average episode: 39 minutes
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Categories: Philosophy+/Philosophyish/Ideas/Etc.

Podcaster's summary: What led to the rise of the modern world? How have we made so much progress, and what are its consequences? What are humanity's best ideas? Join award-winning historian Brad Harris as he engages these fundamental questions and interprets the biggest historical forces that shape their answers, from the rise of civilization and the development of modern science to the spread of disease and the growth of globalization.

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-20 06:06 UTC. Episodes: 31. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2023-May-17 • 19 minutes
Into the Trenches Once More
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2021-Jun-01 • 32 minutes
Urban Versus Rural
There’s a lot that’s dividing Americans right now - lots of divisive narratives that have captivated lots of people. One of those narratives features the apparent widening political divide between urban and rural culture. But, the truth is that...
2021-Apr-26 • 23 minutes
Notes On Tribalism
By Brad Harris, Historian
2021-Feb-24 • 38 minutes
The Fate of Universities
Like many others, I’ve begun to worry about the fate of higher education in American society. Having spent most of my professional life in academia, my instinct is to regard the university system as sacred - as , to borrow the historian James...
2021-Jan-25 • 61 minutes
Explaining Postmodernism: A Conversation with Stephen Hicks
In this episode, I invited the philosopher and author Stephen Hicks on the podcast to chat about his book, . Stephen has been a Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University in Illinois for nearly 20 years, and he's published widely on the...
2020-Dec-21 • 34 minutes
Escaping the Cycle of History
What’s that line attributed to Mark Twain?... "History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes." As the authors Neil Howe and William Strauss wrote in their best-selling book , published in 1997, “The reward of the historian is to locate...
2020-Oct-26 • 40 minutes
Reflections from A Distant Mirror
Plague, political upheaval, the looming prospect of another civil war... what century are we in? To retain historical perspective, and to find inspiration in how humanity has recovered from far greater upheavals in the past, we turn to Barbara...
2020-Sep-14 • 27 minutes
I went slightly mad producing this episode. But then, the line between our reality and the fiction of has become far too blurry for my comfort. George Orwell wrote in 1948 - a very different historical context with very different threats. And yet,...
2020-Aug-25 • 31 minutes
All Things Being Equal
"Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it." Lately, it seems like our society is attempting to replace truth with power, forgetting that all other societies that have done this have failed miserably. One of the worst features of our society,...
2020-Jul-08 • 21 minutes
Approximating Perfection
It's hard to remember how intelligent humanity can be when we are relentlessly bombarded by bad news. Author and mathematician Steven Strogatz helps to remind us with his recent book, . The history of calculus may seem irrelevant to most of our going...
2020-Jun-05 • 21 minutes
Science as a Candle in the Dark
Carl Sagan was a brilliant popularizer of science. His book, , helps to inspire clear thinking when chaos reigns supreme. Here, I share my thoughts on the important themes of that work. To access bonus episodes and all regular...
2019-Aug-05 • 32 minutes
What If Our Ignorance Outgrows Our Potential?
By Brad Harris, Historian
2019-Jul-01 • 36 minutes
A Battle Against Medieval Barbarism
Today, we explore the origin of the modern concept of a fact. We take facts for granted, but they represent an invaluable intellectual technology less than 400 years old, which was forged in a fight between two of history’s brightest thinkers...
2019-Jun-03 • 84 minutes
What's True?
A Conversation with Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
2019-May-02 • 66 minutes
The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2019-Apr-04 • 33 minutes
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, by Joseph Ellis
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2019-Mar-07 • 40 minutes
Applied Perspective: A Conversation with Niall Ferguson
is one of the most influential historians of our generation. His professional effort extends well beyond academia to ensure that policy makers and the public better understand how to apply historical lessons to current issues. Niall and I connected to...
2019-Feb-07 • 38 minutes
The Square and the Tower, by Niall Ferguson
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2019-Jan-09 • 90 minutes
Why the West Rules - For Now, by Ian Morris
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2018-Dec-12 • 52 minutes
The Fall of Rome, and the End of Civilization
A conversation with Bryan Ward-Perkins
2018-Nov-21 • 28 minutes
The Two Cultures, by C. P. Snow
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2018-Oct-30 • 39 minutes
Merchants of Doubt, by Naomi Oreskes & Erik Conway
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2018-Oct-08 • 55 minutes
Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science, by Peter Atkins
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2018-Sep-17 • 28 minutes
Evolution's Other Narrative
By Brad Harris, Historian
2018-Sep-05 • 42 minutes
Plagues and Peoples, by William McNeill
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2018-Aug-20 • 38 minutes
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, by Charles Mann
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2018-Aug-06 • 38 minutes
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, by Jack Weatherford
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2018-Jul-24 • 24 minutes
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas Kuhn
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2018-Jul-10 • 31 minutes
Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West, by Margaret Jacob
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2018-Jun-26 • 36 minutes
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, by David Landes
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian
2018-Jun-06 • 26 minutes
Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond
Reviewed by Brad Harris, Historian