Episode 265: Russell Shorto

Holland’s seventeenth-century emphasis on trade rather than conquest helped build a culture of tolerance: everybody’s money is good. The author of The Island at the Center of the World offers a sort of moral defense of capitalism in a conversation at the Fraunces Tavern Museum: look out the window and see what he’s describing. Music from Jefferson Hamer.  Photo by Harry Wilks.

Person: his grandfather
Place: an Amsterdam canal house
Thing: a Dutch brick
Randy’s Thing: national insults

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