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Past Present Future

David Runciman
Society & CultureHistory

Past Present Future is a new weekly podcast with David Runciman, host and creator of Talking Politics, exploring the history of ideas from politics to philosophy, culture to technology. David talks to historians, novelists, scientists and many others about where the most interesting ideas come from, what they mean, and why they matter. more


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Latest Episodes

This week David talks to novelists Adam Biles and John Lanchester about the timeless appeal of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Why has it retained its hold far longer than other political allegories? Do readers need to know about the Russian history it ... more

31 hours ago

This week is the fiftieth anniversary of the coup in Chile that ended the life of Salvador Allende and marked the temporary death of Chilean democracy. We talk to the politician and economist Andrés Velasco and the writer and translator Lorna Scott F... more

8 days ago

This week Lea Ypi joins David to talk about some of the ideas in his new book, The Handover: How We Gave Control of Our Lives to Corporations, States and AIs. They discuss how to think about the power of the state in the modern world: Can it be chang... more

15 days ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 244 ratings
  • Brilliant

    Superlatives don’t do justice to David Runciman’s quality of interrogating each subject. Thank you

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • Fabulous podcast

    I am glued to this podcast, my new discovery. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • It’s okay. Like a cup of cocoa

    Also at times like panning for gold, long periods of “omg why am I doing this?” But then a nugget falls out and it’s worth it. Give it a go - you may come away richer.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • Thank You So Much

    David is constantly informative, making often complex ideas and personalities very accessible. Each episode has proved for me a genuine joy. I am very grateful.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • It's worth noting that Jane Austen did have a long fallow period, about ten years, and that it corresponds to a time when she didn't have a stable living situation. She wrote her first three novels before she was 25. Then her family moved from her childhood home and were almost constantly on the move for the next ten years; during that time she doesn't seem to have done any serious writing. It was only after her family settled at Chawton Cottage that she began writing again, producing three nove... more

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    a month ago

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