WHY? - Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life
By Skip Wood
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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"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|
||Clean“An Argument for Moral Relativism”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with David Wong, professor of philosophy at Duke University and author of the book Natural Moralities.||10/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Women and Men: Talking, arguing, loving, and politicking"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University. Tannen has lectured worldwide, and written and/or edited numerous publications on linguistics, discourse analysis, and interpersonal communication.||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy? -- Should Prostitution be Legal?||Jack Russell Weinstein talks with Peter de Marneffe about questions of consent, freedom, danger, morality and more. Peter de Marneffe, who is Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University. Peter de Jack Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Peter||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“How to Think Philosophically about Black Identity”||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Dr. Tommie Shelby, department of philosophy at Harvard University, the Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies. He is the author of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black||7/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy is Religious Commitment Important?||Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Audi, the O'Brien professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Do We Still Need The Eighteenth Century?"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Ryan Patrick Hanley, Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University. His research in the history of political philosophy focuses on the Scottish Enlightenment. He is the author of Adam Smith and||5/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"How To Think Philosophically About Aging"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Sharona Hoffman, the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law at Case Western University; professor of bioethics; and co-director of the Law-Medicine Center; and the author of Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today||4/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Why Philosophy Won't Go Away"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of “Plato at the Googleplex, Why Philosophy Won't Go Away.” Goldstein has taught at Barnard and Trinity Colleges, and Rutgers, Columbia, Brandeis, and Harvard University. She||3/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Are Sports Destroying American Universities?"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Murray Sperber, a visiting professor in the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education program at UC Berkely. Previous to that he taught for many years at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he is a Professor||2/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"What does Buddhism Offer an African-American Woman?"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Janice Willis, professor of religion at Wesleyan University and the author of several books on Tibetan Buddhism.||1/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Metaphors We Live By"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, authors of the classic text, "Metaphors We Live By," which changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind.||12/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"What is Courage"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Professor Ryan Balot of the University of Toronto, author of the book, “Courage in the Democratic Polis.”||11/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Text as image, image as text"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with artist Alexandra Grant. Based in Los Angeles, Grant uses language as imagery in sculpture, painting, drawing and video.||10/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre we morally obligated to live in a racially integrated society?||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Elizabeth Anderson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan.||9/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Why Don't People Believe Science?"||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School.||8/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow do Muslims, Christians, and Jews See Each Other?||Jack Russell Weinstein visits with David Nirenberg, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences; Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought, a Professor in the Department of History, and the Roman Family Director of the||7/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Moral Argument for Revenge||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Thane Rosenbaum, a Senior Fellow at New York University School of Law where he directs the Forum on Law, Culture & Society.||6/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Think about Dance||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Helanius J. Wilkins, an award-winning choreographer, performance artist, and instructor based in Washington DC.||5/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCuisine and Empire: What does food tell us about culture?||Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Rachel Laudan, food historian and the author of Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History.||4/12/2015||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.