WHY? - Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life
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Join us each month as we engage in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics with host Jack Russell Weinstein, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota. He is the director of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.
||Clean“Living Authentically in an Inauthentic Age”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Gordon Marino, professor of philosophy and the director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College. His new book is " The Existentialist's Survival Guide."||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Does Big Data Threaten Our Democracy?”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Cathy O'Neil, blogger at mathbabe.org and author of "Weapons of Math Destruction."||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“How To Read A Comic Book”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with cartoonist and comics theorist Scott McCloud.||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"A Philosophical Look at the Midlife Crisis”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Kieran Setiya, professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Reasons without Rationalism and Knowing Right from Wrong.||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Why We Need More Jokes In Our Lives”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Al Gini, p rofessor of business ethics at the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"What Does Science Policy Have to do With Democracy?:||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Heather Douglas, " best known for her work on the role of values in science, science policy, the importance of science for policymaking, and the history of philosophy of science." -Wikipedia||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Philosophy Changing Lives”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Peter Singer, the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He specializes in||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Is Aging a Disease that Can be Cured?”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey. He is known for his view that medical technology may enable humans to live indefinitely.||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Utopia for Realists"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Rutger Bregman, historian and author. He has published four books on history, philosophy, and economics. His “History of Progress” was awarded the Belgian Liberales prize for best nonfiction book of 2013. The||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Why Did Humans Evolve Into Artists?”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Valerius Geist, professor emeritus of environmental science, University of Calgary.||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“What Makes a Building Beautiful?”||Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Sarah Williams Goldhagen and others in a podcast recorded before a studio audience in New York.||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“What Animals Can Teach Us about Free Will”||Jack Russell Weinstein visits with British philosopher Helen Steward, Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Action at the University of Leeds.||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"What a food magazine tells us about the world"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Kerry Diamond, co-founder of Cherry Bombe magazine.||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhilosophy is a Great Major.com||In this special WHY podcast, we share a segment of Prairie Public Broadcasting's Main Street show as WHY host Jack Russell Weinstein is interviewed by Doug Hamilton regarding Jack's new website, philosophyisagreatmajor.com .||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Can ordinary people understand advanced logic?”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Otavio Bueno, professor of philosophy at the University of Miami. Bueno focuses on the philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of logic. He has been trying to develop an empiricist view||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Can We Know Things Better?"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Ernest Sosa, Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Feminism as Philosophy, Politics, and Friendship”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Ms. Magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem, and the magazine's first editor, Suzanne Braun Levine.||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Thinking philosophically about the black Church”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with J. Kameron Carter, associate professor of systematic theology and black church studies at Duke Divinity School. Driving his work are questions pertaining to the theory and practice of blackness, indeed, of blackne||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Philosophy and Disability Studies"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Anita Silvers, a philosophy professor at San Francisco State University. Dr. Silvers is a well-known authority on disability and accessibility issues, particularly government policy and law, medical ethics,||12/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"How to Think about Antisemitism"||In an encore episode from September 2014, host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Daniel Goldhagen, the author numerous books, including The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism; A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Easily the best I've encountered
The only problem with this podcast is that there are not enough of them. Jack Russell Weinstein is first, brilliant and second, as unbiased as a human could be. The problem i have with nearly every other philosophy podcast is the systemic negativity. I understand it is in a philosophers blood to find the failings of any affirmative position, but it gets tiring when hosts don't even attempt to present the position being torn down fairly. J.R.W. will argue brilliantly for one side as he inhales then exhales, just as brilliantly the opposing position; all the while keeping in mind the whole point of the podcast, which is to answer the question "why?"
Great Show About Ideas
At first glance, I wouldn't think a public radio show about philosophical ideas would make it. I say this and I'm a philosopher by trade. Jack Weinstein makes it work wot a great combination of good guests, interesting topics, and great conversation. One of the marks of a great conversation is that you don't usually notice the wheels turning. Good conversations can sound easy and effortless, but they take really good listening and thoughtfulness. Three thumbs up for this show, and I'm glad a show like this really can make it in the United States. Wahoo for Why?
Worth your time Podcast
Finally we have a quality, professional podcast option. Pairs with any downtime in the car or easy listening after a long day. The guests are current and relevant in their fields. Host Dr. Jack Weinstein has created a listener focused conversation providing new insights to modern concerns.