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Philosophy Podcasts

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.

Location:

Fargo, ND

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes
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ALERT ... refresh for "Is America's Democracy Failing"

6/10/2024
If you haven't already listened to the June episode, you may need to refresh your download to get the long version. The shorter broadcast version was initially posted.

Duration:00:00:42

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“Is America’s Democracy Failing?”

6/9/2024
Jack visits with Adam Lovett, the author of "Democratic Failures and the Ethics of Democracy." (University of Pennsylvania Press) Lovett is a lecturer at Australian Catholic University in the School of Philosophy.

Duration:00:52:58

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Am I Right to Be Offended?

5/14/2024
Emily McTernan, author of On Taking Offence, talks about the role of being offended in modern life.

Duration:01:17:39

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“Police and the Ethics of Lying”

4/14/2024
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Luke William Hunt. Hunt is a former FBI agent, and currently an associate professor at University of Alabama, Department of Philosophy. His most recent book is "Police Deception and Dishonesty – The Logic of Lying."

Duration:01:13:29

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“How Does Luck Determine Our Lives?”

3/10/2024
Jack visits with Mark Robert Rank, author of the forthcoming book, The Random Factor: How Chance and Luck Profoundly Shape Our Lives and the World Around Us."What shapes our economic fortunes? Perhaps what immediately comes to mind are attributes such as education, skills or labour-market experience. Demographics such as age and your parents’ socioeconomic status might also be considered."Yet surprisingly, according to a wide range of social scientists, these factors are only able to explain about 35 per cent of the variance in earnings. In other words, 65 per cent of the differences in individual income defy our standard assumptions."— Quote from an essay by Dr. Rank.

Duration:01:06:06

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Should Prisons Be Abolished

2/11/2024
“Should we abolish prisons?” Host Dr. Jack Russell Weinstein discusses that with Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University.

Duration:01:22:58

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"A Philosophy of Gaming"

1/14/2024
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Frank Lantz, the director of the New York University Game Center. For over 12 years, Lantz taught game design at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. "His writings on games, technology, and culture have appeared in a variety of publications. In 2012, The New York Times referred to Lantz as a "reigning genius of the mysteries of games" following his design of iPhone puzzle game Drop7." (Wikipedia)

Duration:01:32:04

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Our November Podcast Mistake

11/29/2023
We initially sent out the wrong audio! If you downloaded the mistake, please delete that, refresh your feed, and try again. That should give you the correct conversation as Jack visits with David Livingston Smith in an episode titled: "Why do we dehumanize people?" You can also find that audio HERE.

Duration:00:00:35

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"Why do we dehumanize people?"

11/12/2023
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with David Livingston Smith, professor of philosophy at the University of New England, author of "On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It" from Oxford University Press.

Duration:01:28:11

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The Ethics of Cryptocurrency

10/9/2023
Catherine Flick is a Reader in Computing and Social Responsibility in the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. She also currently has a visiting fellowship at Staffordshire University.

Duration:01:28:11

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“How to Give Sex Advice” with Dan Savage

9/10/2023
Host Jack Russell Weinstein is joined by author and podcast host Dan Savage to discuss "How to Give Sex Advice."

Duration:01:16:48

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“The Myths of Whiteness”

8/13/2023
Jack Russell Weinstein visits with David Mura, the author of “The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives.”

Duration:01:19:20

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“Who is Responsible for War Crimes?”

7/9/2023
In an encore presentation from 2018, host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Matthew Talbert and Jessica Wolfendale, co-authors of the book, War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame.

Duration:01:26:01

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North Dakota's North American Game Warden Museum ~ Arts Update from Kim Konikow

6/29/2023
Thursday, June 29, 2023 - The North American Game Warden Museum is a museum in the International Peace Garden on the Canada–United States international border between the Canadian province of Manitoba and the U.S. state of North Dakota. The museum is located on the American side of the border. Initially founded on a temporary basis at the International Peace Garden in the 1990s, it became a permanent museum in 2005. Stephanie Lee is the museum's manager. ~~~ Biologist Chuck Lura shares an essay on the state flower. ~~~ 2023 is the International Year of Millets! Harvest Public Media shares why farmers are embracing this drought-tolerant grain. ~~~ It’s a big deal for the North Dakota Council on the Arts. Executive Director Kim Konikow talks about their biggest budget ever and what they’re doing with the money. ~~~ Today’s BirdNote is about napping in mid flight.

Duration:00:52:59

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“The Case for Nonhuman Rights"

6/11/2023
Jack visits with Jeff Sebo, the author of “Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves: Why Animals Matter for Pandemics, Climate Change, and Other Catastrophes.”

Duration:01:10:39

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“Consolation, Solace, and Leadership”

5/14/2023
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Michael Ignatieff, author of “On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times.” Known for his work as a historian, Ignatieff has held senior academic posts at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, and Toronto. Most recently, he was rector and President of Central European University.

Duration:01:11:56

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"The Philosophy of Depression"

4/8/2023
“The Philosophy of Depression,” with Andrew Solomon, a writer on politics, culture and psychology. Solomon wrote “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” which won the 2001 National Book Award, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, and was included in The Times list of one hundred best books of the decade.

Duration:01:30:44

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Bonus Episode: "Philosophy in the Classroom"

3/13/2023
On this bonus episode, Jack Russell Weinstein and Ashley Thornberg explore philosophy in the classroom, his students, and how to present philosophers he doesn’t agree with.

Duration:00:47:07

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What is it like to be a philosophy student?

3/12/2023
In a special episode, Jack visits with four of his students — Samuel Amendolar, Terese Azure, Madilyn Lee, and Sara Rasch — about what it's like to study philosophy.

Duration:01:36:48

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Privacy is Power

2/12/2023
“Data, Technology, and the Power of Privacy.” Philosophers Jack Russell Weinstein and Carissa Véliz discuss how internet companies track and sell private information, and how this is changing politics and society.

Duration:01:10:37