Kim Jong Un and the Bomb, with Ankit Panda

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Kim Jong Un and the Bomb by Ankit Panda is the extraordinary story of how a small, poor country became a nuclear power—and why we will have to live with it. Listen to Ankit in conversation with Tom Plant, director of proliferation and nuclear policy at RUSI, about the history of nuclear weapons in North Korea, why the programme is so important to Kim Jong Un, and what a nuclear armed North Korea means for the world.

The Great Decoupling, with Nigel Inkster

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The Great Decoupling by Nigel Inkster explores the growing technological rivalry between China and the United States. Listen to Nigel in conversation with Kerry Brown, specialist in Chinese international relations, history and politics, about the contest between the two countries and how the outcome will shape twenty-first century geopolitics.

African Europeans, with Olivette Otele

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African Europeans by Olivette Otele is a dazzling history revealing old and diverse links between the two continents. In this episode, listen to Olivette and historian and broadcaster Kate Williams discuss a landmark account of a crucial thread in Europe’s complex history.

The Son King, with Madawi Al-Rasheed

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The Son King by Madawi Al-Rasheed is a blistering new book revealing the ruthless repression in MBS’ Saudi Arabia. In this episode, listen to Madawi in conversation with writer and historian Justin Marozzi about the dangerous contradictions at the heart of the Saudi regime.

The Northumbrians, with Dan Jackson

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The Northumbrians by Dan Jackson is the bestselling book exploring North East England and its people. In this episode, listen to Dan in conversation with historian Tom Holland about the real story behind the region and what makes it so distinctive.

A Sunday Times History Book of the Year (2019) & A New Statesman Book of the Year (2019).

Everybody Knows, with Sarah Chayes

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Everybody Knows is a searching and unflinching exposé of corruption in America by L.A. Times Book Prize winner Sarah Chayes. In this episode, listen to Sarah in conversation with author and Guardian foreign correspondent Luke Harding about the impacts of America’s rigged system and how it can be challenged.

Afterwords Season 2: Launches 27th January 2021

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AfterWords returns on 27th January 2021.

In this series, listen to Hurst authors and leading experts discuss the stories behind six recent, highly acclaimed books that are starting conversations everywhere.
Investigate corruption in America with Sarah Chayes, discover North-East England and its people with Dan Jackson, and learn how North Korea became a nuclear power and why we’ll have to live with it from Ankit Panda. Hear the untold story of African Europeans by Olivette Otele, explore the growing rivalry between America and China with Nigel Inkster and find out about reform and repression in MBS’ Saudi Arabia from Madawi Al-Rasheed.

The Accidental Guerrilla, with David Kilcullen

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The Accidental Guerrilla by David Kilcullen was a Washington Post bestseller which transformed the theory and practice of counterinsurgency--and changed the way we think about war. Interviewed by The Economist’s Defence Editor Shashank Joshi, in this episode David shares his ground-breaking insights into the War on Terror.

Who Killed Hammarskjöld? with Susan Williams

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The death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld remains one of the biggest mysteries of the twentieth century. Journalist and author Michela Wrong talks to author Susan Williams about ‘Who Killed Hammarskjöld?’, Susan’s thrilling book which investigated this suspicious death and sparked an ongoing UN investigation.

The Road to Somewhere, with David Goodhart

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Anne McElvoy, senior editor at The Economist, interviews David Goodhart about his bestselling and highly influential book The Road to Somewhere. Examining the political and moral fault-lines that divide Brexit Britain, David’s framework of ‘Anywheres’ and ‘Somewheres’ has become a fixture in public debate about Brexit and the rise of populism.

About this podcast

AfterWords explores the stories behind groundbreaking books. From colonialism and genocide to mysterious deaths and Brexit Britain, listen for lively discussions between authors and journalists. Produced by George McDonagh, for Hurst Publishers.

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