Please Expand

by Ahilleas Rokni

Please Expand is a podcast where I discuss non-fiction books with their authors. But Please Expand is not just about summaries; it's about conversations. I go into every episode having read each book in great detail and having reflected on the fundamental assumptions, foundations and questions with which the book grapples. If you, like me, have finished a book with burning questions that only the author could answer, then Pleas... Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • S02 E02 - America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present with John Ghazvinian

    S02 E02 - America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present with John Ghazvinian

    In this episode I interview John Ghazvinian, author of "American and Iran", where we talk about the surprising history of American-Iranian relations by beginning in 1720, and continue all the way through the circuitous and, someti...

    59:24
  • S02 E01 - Time's Witness with Rosemary Hill

    S02 E01 - Time's Witness with Rosemary Hill

    In this episodes we talk about an obscure group of professionals called "Antiquaries" ,whose intellectual activities became increasingly relevant in the period from 1789 -1851. We discuss the changing self-image of the English; th...

    01:08:16
  • Season 1

  • S01 E05 - The History of the Bible with John Barton

    S01 E05 - The History of the Bible with John Barton

    I interview John Barton on “The History of the Bible: The Book and its Faiths”, with my guest J. A. Velasco. We grapple with some challenging issues surround the Bible. We discuss problems surrounding the authorship of the various...

    55:13
  • S01 E04 - The Life and Death of Ancient Cities with Greg Woolf

    S01 E04 - The Life and Death of Ancient Cities with Greg WoolfExplicit

    I interview Greg Woolf on "The Life and Death of Ancient Cities", with my guest J. A. Velasco. We talk about three main themes of Greg's book. First, we discuss the innovative evolutionary framework through which Greg has chosen t...

    01:02:57
  • S01 E03 - The Invention of Science with David Wootton

    S01 E03 - The Invention of Science with David Wootton

    I interview David Wootton on "The Invention of Science". We talk about what science is and how science came about in the 16th century. We look at the rise of perspective painting; Columbus's discovery of America; and the invention...

    01:14:06