Stephen Kinzer on Slow Learners Podcast

War is a cost of holding on to history too tightly

We often presume that conflict begins over resources or economic interests. But the explanation can be more visceral.

Fernando Botero, Artist of Whimsical Rotundity, Is Dead at 91

His voluptuous figures, both in paintings and in sculpture, portrayed the high and mighty as well as everyday people through an enlarging prism.

50 years later, Chile’s coup has a disturbing number of supporters

The 1973 overthrow of a democratically elected government led to disappearances, repression, and dictatorship. Today, many Chileans see it as a moment of liberation.

Too often, military defense comes off as offense

The ‘security dilemma’ explains why maneuvers meant to protect peace can lead to war.