23 August 2019


Western philosophy and white supremacism

Philosopher Crispin Sartwell lays out his argument comparing mind-body dualism with racism. Play entire video

The trouble with corporate mindfulness

Robert Wright speaks with Ronald Purser, author of the new book McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality.

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Feeling bad about positivity

Josh Summers and Jenny Odell, author of the new book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, discuss the banality of social media “positivity.”

Searching for the science behind ASMR

Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Jamie Lauren Keiles, who recently wrote about ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) for the New York Times Magazine.

Is meditation “for” something?

Robert Wright, who just returned from a meditation retreat, talks with Josh Summers.

Is there consciousness after death?

John Horgan talks to author Bernardo Kastrup about what happens after we die.

What is grace?

Theologian Serene Jones, author of the new book Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World, offers an answer.

What’s going on in the heads of Flat Earthers?

Lee McIntyre, author of the new book The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience, explains why no amount of evidence can convince a certain kind of science skeptic.


How the Internet unleashed humanity’s id

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Philosopher Daniel Kaufman and journalist Oliver Burkeman discuss the psychological impulses that shape online news media today.


Stranger Things and the spirit of Gen X

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Daniel Kaufman and Milton Lawson discuss whether the Netflix hit signals Generation X will have its pop culture moment.


Was Prince genderqueer?

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Jane Clare Jones discuss the late rock star’s expression of gender.