No Narrow Thing
By Dustyn Addington and Whitney Johnson
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No Narrow Thing is the podcast that gets philosophical about everything. Join a philosopher and a not-a-philosopher-but-still-curious-person in conversation as we explore the compelling questions, big and small.
||Clean#30 Microaggressions and Trans Identity with Sam Sumpter||In this episode Dustyn and Whitney are joined by Sam Sumpter (University of Washington) to discuss the ethical considerations of 'microaggressions' and their relationship to trans identity. For our sources, visit NoNarrowThing.com||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#29 Take Five: Flat Earth, BS Jobs, and Performative Cruelty||Dustyn and Whitney examine 5 topics, rapid-fire. Topics include: "bs" jobs, political soccer players, the performative cruelty of separating families, Daria's return, and flat earth theory. For our sources and more, visit NoNarrowThing.com||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#28 The Experience Machine||Dustyn and Whitney explore the classic thought experiment, the Experience Machine! For our sources, visit NoNarrowThing.com||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#27 Enlightenment Now with David Prestin||David Prestin (nextcallings.com) joins Dustyn and Whitney to dive into Steven Pinker's new book Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, and Progress. Is the world in a better state than it seems? If so, why does it feel so bad? For...||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#26 #NewsMatters||Accurate, timely, localized and international - knowledge and facts are important, and ideally brought to us via journalistic entities and institutions. Given the value of journalism and news media to our lives and our society, is there an ethical...||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#25 Factory Farms: A Confluence of Oppression with Christine Ball-Blakely||Most people know that factory farms are unpleasant places. However, many don't realize the impact of factory farms on the people who live near them, including the degradation of the water, air, and even property values in nearby communities....||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24 Take Five: Aliens, Ted Nugent, and Celeb Politicians||Dustyn and Whitney examine five topics from the internet, some of which are hot takes...hence Take Five. It's a bad name and they know it. Topics include: aliens, Ted Nugent, and celebrities-as-politicians. For our sources, visit NoNarrowThing.com||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23 A Tech Utopia?||Will technology, and our tech leaders, bring about utopia? Or are their promises just another marketing gimmick? Can we trust the richest of the rich to look out for the rest of us? For our sources, visit NoNarrowThing.com||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22 A Moral Document||"Budgets are moral documents," policymakers say. What does this mean? Should we evaluate our governmental, and personal, budgets ethically? Does the way we spend money reveal our true ethical commitments? For our sources, visit NoNarrowThing.com||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 Wolverine Gets Old: "Logan," Aging, and Heroism||What's it like when someone with superpowers begins to age? What does it say about our own views on aging and mortality? We explore these questions, as well as the connection between heroism and the body. For our sources, visit NoNarrowThing.com||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20 "The Push," Manipulation, and Murder||Netflix's new addition, "The Push" forces a difficult question: can you push an otherwise normal person to the point of killing someone? Dustyn and Whitney explore the philosophical questions around complying to authority, resisting the crowd, and how..||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19 Bigfoot (The Philosophy of)||Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti. Skunk Ape. Is it rational to believe in our friend of the forest? We break down the evidence. For our sources, visit NoNarrowThing.com||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 Sweating the Small Stuff||Philosophers talk a lot about big ethical transgressions: murder, cheating, trolley problems, etc. What about the real-life choices you actually have to make every day? Dustyn and Whitney explore the small ethical transgressions people commit all the...||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17 The Opioid Crisis and Harm Reduction with Leo Beletsky||Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Leo Beletsky joins Dustyn and Whitney to talk about the opioid crisis and the philosophy of harm reduction: a controversial strategy aimed at saving lives. For sources relevant to our discussion, visit...||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 Hitler's Art, "Literally," and the Next Generation||Multiple topics! Rapid fire! It's very exciting. Also, there's some odd interference on Dustyn's mic, but it's brief and intermittent. Sorry! For our sources, visit NoNarrowThing.com||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 The Self-Improvement Machine with Chris Partridge||Why are there so many books, apps, and systems devoted to self-optimization? Are they helping us improvement where it matters? If we're getting better, why does it feel so bad? Chris Partridge joins Dustyn and Whitney to discuss the motivations and...||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 Black Mirror: "White Christmas" and Cruelty||Dustyn and Whitney use the Black Mirror episode, "White Christmas," to ask the questions: what's so creepy about pick up artistry? Can an AI be a person? Can you enslave yourself? Would it be ethical to "block" someone in real life like we do on...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 Black Mirror: "Nosedive" and Yelp for People||Dustyn and Whitney talk about the Black Mirror episode "Nosedive" and get into what makes Yelp-for-People so horrifying. Whitney recommends the book Halsey Street by Naima Coster and the album If All I Was Was Black by Mavis Staples. Dustyn...||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 The City: History vs Development||Whitney and Dustyn explore the tension between historical preservation and development. Then they focus on the classic question: would you accept a duel on the moon? For our sources, visit NoNarrowThing.com||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 Blue Ruin: The Ethics of Vengeance with Chris Partridge||Comedy writer Chris Partridge (@narc_twain) joins Dustyn and Whitney to explore the ethical questions at the heart of the film, Blue Ruin: must we avenge the ones we love? Does pursuing vengeance make your a life a blue ruin? Is violence outside...||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 Philosophy for Children with Jana Mohr Lone||Jana Mohr Lone, director and founder of University of Washington's Center for Philosophy for Children and president of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) joins Dustyn and Whitney to discuss philosophy for children: what does...||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 The Good Art of Bad People (Guest: Lane Eagles)||In light of the prominence of sexual assault allegations against artists, art historian Lane Eagles joins Dustyn and Whitney as they navigate the difficult question: how does our relationship to art change when we know its creator did bad things? Are...||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 Taylor Swift: Awkward, Strategic, or Villainous?||What makes Taylor Swift so interesting? Is she, actually, interesting? How does she relate to Guy Fieri, America, and...ourselves? Dustyn and Whitney try to figure out the elusive, enigmatic T. Swift. Dustyn and Whitney recommend the TV...||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7 Guy Fieri and Authenticity||Is Guy Fieri authentic? Is authenticity admirable, even if someone is authentically unappealing? What does Guy Fieri’s character and celebrity say about America? In the final segment, Dustyn and Whitney talk about crime and punishment (not the...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 Gossip II - Mean Girls and the Culture of Censure||What’s the philosophical significance of Mean Girls? How can gossip change a culture? What is a “culture of censure?” Dustyn asks Whitney what sci-fi/fantasy world would be the best to live in. See the sources for our discussion at NoNarrowThing.c||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 Gossip I - The Ethics of Gossip||Is gossip good after all? What does gossip get for us and what's the moral cost? Whitney takes a stand against Twitter’s new character limit. See the sources for our discussion at NoNarrowThing.com||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 Ghosts II - Poltergeists and Cannibals||What counts as good evidence for ghosts? Is it a matter of faith? How do we approach the uncertain? Dustyn and Whitney discuss the Case of the Speluncean Explorers. See the sources for our discussion at NoNarrowThing.com.||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 Ghosts I - Ghosts are Fun||Do ghosts exist? Should a person believe in them? Whitney makes the case for ghosts; Dustyn is skeptical. The two go down the Rabbit Hole of Amazon’s HQ2. See the sources for our discussion at NoNarrowThing.com.||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 Democracy II - Compromised Politics||Is political compromise different from other kinds of compromise? When values and ethics are involved, is any compromise morally permissible? Is centrism pragmatic or lacking in principles? See the sources for our discussion at NoNarrowThing.com.||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 Democracy I - The Paradox of Voting||Welcome to No Narrow Thing! Dustyn and Whitney ask if there is a duty to vote. The two discuss if humans are even capable of voting responsibly, and if voting for a candidate who does something wrong makes you complicit in their actions. We also...||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#0 Trailer||No Narrow Thing is the podcast that gets philosophical about everything. It drops on November 15th! Visit NoNarrowThing.com for more information!||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great New Podcast
Dustyn and Whitney did a great job with the subject and brought up many good points. It was very interesting, thought provoking, entertaining and fun! Philosophy is sometimes thought to be dry and boring but it’s actually everyday occurrences, moral and ethical issues that we run into all the time! I’m looking forward to hearing the next podcasts!
Best philosphy podcast
No Narrow Thing is a fantastic podast! You get to learn about philosophy through interesting, fun conversations. It never feels too academic or esoteric. Whitney and Dustyn have a great dynamic, and the each topic is a winner. Highly recommend!
Enjoyable and Illuminating
No Narrow Thing provides a philosophically oriented podcast that eschews dry and tedious conceptual analysis in favor of a delightful discussion between friends. The topics are familiar, and so too is the conversation. You feel at home amongst friends, whether you’ve met Dustyn and Whitney or not. It has the feel of a well-honed fireside chat, replete with witty banter as well as a discussion of the salient philosophical issues connected to the topic. Come for the philosophy, stay for the banter, and share for the humor.