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A podcast about the ideas that shape our lives.

A podcast about the ideas that shape our lives.
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United States

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A podcast about the ideas that shape our lives.

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English


Episodes

Shifting Blame

7/25/2018
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We claim to judge people for what they intentionally do, but accidents often influence our judgments. In our justice systems, people can be harshly and unfairly blamed for bad luck—but in our personal lives, taking on blame isn’t always a bad thing.

Duration:00:27:28

Nothing Matters

7/10/2018
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Between the Buddhist doctrine of ‘emptiness,’ the Jewish idea of Ayin, and the quantum mechanical zero-point energy of a vacuum, it turns out there’s quite a lot to be said about Nothing.

Duration:00:27:18

Tomorrow, Today

6/15/2018
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World’s fairs were created to celebrate industry, technology, imperialism, western supremacy, and progress; but they also led to unexpected critiques and movements that challenged those very purposes.

Duration:00:26:55

Apocalyptic Politics

5/25/2018
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Evangelical voters made up a significant portion of Donald Trump’s base in the 2016 presidential election. Their political agenda may not be peace or prosperity, but instead bringing us closer to the end of time.

Duration:00:29:25

Consumed

5/10/2018
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Cannibalism has been used for centuries to define the lowest form of humanity, but the story isn't as straightforward as it may seem. Turns out, there may be a logic - or even a love - to eating people.

Duration:00:24:41

Child's Play

4/26/2018
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We shouldn’t be dismissive of the popularity of children’s literature among adults, as it is often in these works of fiction that powerful themes such as death, love, and virtue are most deeply and imaginatively explored.

Duration:00:29:13

Forbidden Fruit

4/12/2018
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Contemporary diet culture is only the latest manifestation of a long history of religious fervor about food.

Duration:00:29:41

Enlightened Cynicism

12/28/2017
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Trust in government, media, organized religion, businesses and even democracy is at historic lows. But what if the answer to declining faith in institutions isn’t more hope, but more cynicism?

Duration:00:20:40

Demeritocracy

12/18/2017
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Total faith in meritocracy leads to the dangerous belief that all social winners and losers are wholly deserving. Instead, we need an economy of grace.

Duration:00:25:04

Secular Salvations

12/1/2017
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The decline of organized religion in the West has opened up new paths for individuals to pursue what once was once understood to be salvation.

Duration:00:21:33

21st Century Citizenship

11/17/2017
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What does it mean to be a citizen in America in 2017?

Duration:00:15:27

Mirror Image

11/9/2017
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16th-century glass mirrors and 21st-century camera phones actually share a lot in common; they both are technologies that shaped new forms of the self.

Duration:00:15:05

White Balance

11/2/2017
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Understanding race in America requires understanding its relationship to class.

Duration:00:13:34

(In)efficiency

10/26/2017
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Efficiency has moved from a technique for measuring machines to a widely held moral value. But at what cost?

Duration:00:16:39

Generation Why?

10/19/2017
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Who gets to define generational cohorts and do they obscure more than illuminate?

Duration:00:13:22

Seriously Funny

10/12/2017
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What happens when politics becomes comedy and the jester becomes the king?

Duration:00:14:40

The Shape of History

10/5/2017
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The way we think about history can affect our belief that we can change it.

Duration:00:12:01

Introducing Ministry of Ideas

8/1/2017
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Introducing Ministry of Ideas, a podcast that explores the ideas that shape our lives.

Duration:00:01:24