Tom Burgis on Africa and the Resource Curse; Brian Fagan on Animals and Civilization

We take a deep dive into finance, natural resources, and what they have to do with everything from Ebola to Boko Haram.  Plus: a history of how the domestication of animals helped civilize people.



  • Tom Burgis, author of The Looting Machine: Warlords, oligarchs, corporations, smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth
  • Brian Fagan, author of The Intimate Bond: how animals shaped human history


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