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Best Philosophy podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best Philosophy podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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In Our Time
Weekly
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
 
Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps". www.historyofphilosophy.net
 
Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcasts every Tuesday and Friday.
 
A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world.
 
Akimbo is an ancient word, from the bend in the river or the bend in an archer's bow. It's become a symbol for strength, a posture of possibility, the idea that when we stand tall, arms bent, looking right at it, we can make a difference. Akimbo's a podcast about our culture and about how we can change it. About seeing what's happening and choosing to do something. The culture is real, but it can be changed. You can bend it.
 
The AMP features conversations between entrepreneur, philosopher, and NYT bestselling author Aubrey Marcus and world class guests with expertise in mindset, relationship, health, business and spirituality.
 
A Philosophy Podcast and Philosophy Blog
 
Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures ...
 
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Very Bad Wizards
Monthly+
 
Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two.
 
Welcome to Roughly Speaking Podcast (Jordan Peterson Archive) | Hosted by Lewis Convery. Covering topics such as Philosophy, Personal Development, Psychology and more.
 
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The Daily Stoic
Daily
 
The audio companion to DailyStoic.com's daily email meditations, read by Ryan Holiday.Each daily reading will help you cultivate strength, insight and wisdom necessary for living the good life. Every word is based on the two-thousand plus year old philosophy that has guided some of history’s greatest men and women.Learn more at: dailystoic.com
 
The simplest questions often have the most complex answers. The Philosopher's Zone is your guide through the strange thickets of logic, metaphysics and ethics.
 
Tyler Cowen engages today’s deepest thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between. New conversations every other Wednesday. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
 
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Philosophize This!
Monthly
 
Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.
 
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Philosophize This!
Monthly
 
Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.
 
We surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. With host Jason Gots and special guests Neil Gaiman, Alan Alda, Salman Rushdie, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Saul Williams, Henry Rollins, Bill Nye, George Takei, Maria Popova, and many more . . . You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? So ...
 
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Arts & Ideas
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Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.
 
Occasional reflections on the wisdom of Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers. More at patreon.com/FigsInWinter. Please consider supporting Stoic Meditations. (cover art by Marek Škrabák; original music by Ian Jolin-Rasmussen, www.jolinras.info). Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
 
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Moral Maze
Monthly+
 
Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
 
The logic of personal, philosophical and political freedom
 
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Radiolab
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View the Episode Archive »Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes | RSS.#smartbinge Radiolab podcasts
 
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The Minefield 
Weekly
 
In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.
 
The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it.Each episode we pick a text and chat about it with insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy or even have read the text we're talking about to follow and enjoy the discussion.
 
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Rebel Wisdom
Monthly+
 
We uncover the most rebellious ideas in philosophy, human potential and transcendence to find direction through the chaos of the times.
 
Philosophy for our Times is a free philosophy podcast bringing you the latest talks and debates from the world’s leading thinkers. We host weekly episodes on today’s biggest ideas in news, society, culture, politics, science and arts. Subscribe today to never miss an episode.
 
Stoicism is the ultimate philosophy for a well-lived life. In this podcast Simon Drew shares practical ancient stoic advice for modern times.
 
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The Essay
Weekly+
 
Leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week - insight, opinion and intellectual surprise.
 
The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out www.partiallyexaminedlife.com. We ...
 
A weekly 'informal and informative' philosophy podcast inspiring and supporting students, teachers, academics and free-thinkers worldwide. All episodes are available at www.thepanpsycast.com.
 
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Marx Madness
Weekly
 
A weekly discussion of the most important works in Marxism hosted by two rural Missourians hiding beneath a staircase.
 
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Point of Inquiry
Monthly
 
Point of Inquiry is the Center for Inquiry's flagship podcast, where the brightest minds of our time sound off on all the things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table: science, religion, and politics.Guests have included Brian Greene, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugenie Scott, Adam Savage, Bill Nye, and Francis Collins.Point of Inquiry is produced at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, N.Y.
 
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Bob Murphy Show
Weekly+
 
The podcast promoting free markets, free minds, and grateful souls.
 
Ever wanted to know how music affects your brain, what quantum mechanics really is, or how black holes work? Do you wonder why you get emotional each time you see a certain movie, or how on earth video games are designed? Then you’ve come to the right place. Each week, Sean Carroll will host conversations with some of the most interesting thinkers in the world. From neuroscientists and engineers to authors and television producers, Sean and his guests talk about the biggest ideas in science, ...
 
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The Sunday Stoic
Weekly
 
Life can be overwhelming, navigating day by day is difficult at best and nearly impossible without a guide. The philosophy of Stoicism is a map for living a good life. Join Steve every Sunday for interviews with modern Stoics, readings of ancient texts, and advice for implementing Stoicism in your daily life. Carpe Diem!
 
Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor and philosopher who wrote Meditations; insights which were considered to give the meaning of life. The book was not written with the intent to be published. It offers a noteworthy chain of challenging situations which are a reflection on spirituality and enumerate the struggle to understand oneself and one's role in the universe. Written in the style of a journal, Meditations emphasizes that life in this world is short. Aurelius was a stoic philosopher who ...
 
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Zero Squared
Weekly+
 
Zero Squared is a philosophy podcast from Zero Books. Zero publishes radical philosophy, aesthetics, film theory, experimental fiction, and anything else that smells faintly of the avant-garde. Our books aim not only to demonstrate how philosophical ideas are relevant to every day life, but also to change the terms of it. Douglas Lain is the host of this podcast and the publisher of Zero Books. He hosted the Diet Soap podcast out of this feed for five years. Zero Squared will continue the tr ...
 
The Philosophies of Men, Mingled with Humor
 
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Short & Curly
Monthly
 
A fast-paced fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents that asks those curly questions. From banning lollies to trusting robots, and from colonising other planets to eating pets, Short & Curly covers it all.
 
Peter Adamson teams up with Jonardon Ganeri and Chike Jeffers to represent the philosophical traditions of India, Africa and the African diaspora. Website: www.historyofphilosophy.net.
 
The Ripple Effect Podcast has historians on like Dan Carlin, musicians like Rou from Enter Shikari, scientists like Cara Santa Maria, alternative researcher like James Corbett, stand-up comedians like The Amazing Jonathan, health & medicine experts like Dr. Burzynski, filmmakers like Adam Scorgie, authors like Daniele Bolelli and many more guests in hopes to bring our listeners interesting people, and interesting conversations, with the goal of "Provoking Thought & Starting A Ripple."
 
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Drunken Philosophy
Weekly
 
Dan has a degree in Philosophy. Connor has a degree in High School. Together they have a bit of a drinking problem. Each week they explore the work of a new philosopher or a new philosophical idea and do their best to learn something before getting distracted.
 
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Philosophy Bites
Monthly
 
David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press. We are currently self-funding - donations very welcome via our website http://www.philosophybites.com
 
Interview with Philosophers about their New Books
 
Join intellectual phenomenon Dr. Jordan Peterson and his daughter Mikhaila for enlightening discourse that will change the way you think. This podcast breaks down the dichotomy of life through interviews and lectures that explain how individuals and culture are shaped by values, music, religion, and beyond. It will give you a new perspective and a modern understanding of your creativity, competence, and personality.
 
Interviews with Scholars of Critical Theory about their New Books
 
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THIRD EYE DROPS
Weekly
 
Explore the mysteries and majesty of the multiverse with Michael Phillip and his magnificent multidisciplinary guests— Scientists, artists, comedians, entrepreneurs, authors, shamans, monks, psychonauts and occasional android sidekicks.
 
A Collection of Talks, Debates and Speeches of Slavoj Žižek
 
Christina P. is a comedian and exhausted mother of two young boys. WMMA explores all thing parenting - from colossal mom fails to the quiet rage you feel when your toddler won't nap. Emails, voicemails and video submissions are welcome! wheremymomsat.com WhereMyMomsAt@gmail.com (213) 375-5184
 
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Wes Alwan and William Sharp (psychoanalyst and professor at Northeastern) discuss the film at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Why has this film done so well? It offers no spectacle, and good doesn't triumph. It is psychologically true and expertly performed. The audience can enjoy tragedy and identify deeply with a social outcast ...…
 
When asked what democracy is, many of us instantly think of elections, and thus voting. Although we tend to see voting as central to democracy, we also think that voting is optional – a commendable activity that a citizen might choose to do, but one that can be omitted blamelessly. What’s more, political theorists and philosophers tend to regar ...…
 
In honor of the recent passing of contemporary philosopher Jaegwon Kim, Connor and Dan discuss the Brown University professor's thoughts on physicalism, the mind-body problem, and the difficult problems of philosophy. It's good stuff! But, as usual, they spend the opening ten minutes alienating everyone and everything.…
 
Few now doubt that China will soon eclipse the US to become the world's largest economy. Is the sun setting on Western ideas as well as Western economies? In this episode of Philosophy for our Time,... Philosophy for our Times features debates and talks with the world’s leading thinkers on today’s biggest ideas. This live recording podcast is b ...…
 
We've talked a lot recently about the Many Worlds of quantum mechanics. That’s one kind of multiverse that physicists often contemplate. There is also the cosmological multiverse, which we talked about with Brian Greene. Today’s guest, Max Tegmark, has thought a great deal about both of those ideas, as well as a more ambitious and speculative o ...…
 
As a young girl, Aileen Moreton-Robinson learned to track in the bush, and this was the beginning of her philosophical education, as she learned how all things are connected. Today she sees Western thought as disconnected, disjointed, and badly in need of a relational approach that might get us talking properly about race and power.…
 
Did you hear the news of Socrates? He’s finally to answer for his sophistry! At last, the great lampooning, moral gadfly is to stand before the Court of Athens and answer for his crimes. To think, one could have the audacity to trade in talentless talk and lies, to lead our youth astray, and deny our gods, only to play the fool once more, and p ...…
 
Cassandra Fedele, Isotta Nogarola, and Laura Cereta seek fame and glory through eloquence and learning.By Peter Adamson
 
Building black institutions in early American history, with Prince Hall and the Masons in Boston, and Richard Allen and the Methodists in Philadelphia.By Peter Adamson, Jonardon Ganeri, Chike Jeffers
 
Does rational philosophy have anything to say about OCD? Hell yes! Hello, my name is [x] and I am 23 years old. I have had obsessive compulsive disorder for the past year and a half and I am absolutely wrecked by it day to day. It seems that everything I enjoy doing, such as activities and hobbies get wrapped up and crushed by this troubling me ...…
 
Archetypes and psychological ideas are often played out in films, comedies, and other theatrical entertainment. Jordan uses Rick & Morty as an example.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/roughlyspeakingpodcast/message…
 
I’ve spent more of my life than most people I know immersed by choice in what my guest today would call “scripture”. I was never much of a Roman Catholic, in spite of being dragged weekly to church until I was about 13 and could no longer be dragged, and, in my boredom, sometimes believing I saw the statue of Jesus moving on the cross. But in l ...…
 
Stefan Molyneux, Host of Freedomain, answers a series of philosophical questions from listeners - including: - How do you oppose Schopenhauer? - My wife yells at me, what do I do? - I have barely seen my daughter in years, how can I be a father? - Is it capitalism when companies relocate for lower wages? ▶️ Donate Now: http://www.freedomain.com ...…
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Marcus Aurelius
 
Managing a successful Premier League football team or a major company takes extraordinary fortitude and foresight. But try leading a nation of millions – and then persuading them to follow you into war, with all the pain and sacrifice that entails. That’s real leadership. So what makes for a wartime leader? This question has fascinated historia ...…
 
Wes Alwan and William Sharp (psychoanalyst and professor at Northeastern) discuss the film at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Why has this film done so well? It offers no spectacle, and good doesn't triumph. It is psychologically true and expertly performed. The audience can enjoy tragedy and identify deeply with a social outcast ...…
 
Wes Alwan and William Sharp (psychoanalyst and professor at Northeastern) discuss the film at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Why has this film done so well? It offers no spectacle, and good doesn't triumph. It is psychologically true and expertly performed. The audience can enjoy tragedy and identify deeply with a social outcast ...…
 
Here’s an interesting exercise. Pull up a Spotify playlist for hits from the ‘90s. Or turn on a satellite radio station built around that time. As you listen to the songs, note how many you recognize and how many you’ve never heard of. Now go back an era or two and do the same thing for the ‘80s or for the second wave of classic rock. Then do i ...…
 
Dreams are always a fun subject to cover. There are many different perspectives on this and Jordan shares his views using interpretations in this episode.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/roughlyspeakingpodcast/message…
 
Money is what wearies out the law-courts, sows strife between father and son, concocts poisons, and gives swords to murderers just as to soldiers: it is stained with our blood. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Marcus Aurelius
 
Historian William Dalrymple, Wasafiri editor Susheila Nasta and novelist Romesh Gunesekera join Rana Mitter for a conversation looking at the East India company, the socialist economic policies and language battles in Ceylon in the 1960s before it became Sri Lanka and the way writing from around the world has reflected changes of attitude to po ...…
 
Partner selection is a complex subject. There are many factors that women and men take into account when choosing a partner. What consititues a bad partner?--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/roughlyspeakingpodcast/message…
 
The story of the latest terrorist attack in London is both tragic and extraordinary, starkly contrasting the evil of the assassin and the virtues of his young victims. The red-faced authorities are trying to work out how it came about that a convicted jihadist attending a prisoner rehabilitation conference stabbed to death two of the people who ...…
 
In a famous exchange—which we wrote about a while back—Agrippinus explained why he was spurning an invitation to attend some banquet being put on by Nero. Not only was he spurning it, he said, but he had not even considered associating with such a madman. A fellow philosopher, the one who had felt inclined to attend, asked for an explanation. A ...…
 
Do you ask, what is your greatest fault? It is, that you keep your accounts wrongly: you set a high value upon what you give, and a low one upon what you receive. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss T.E. Lawrence (1888 – 1935), better known as Lawrence of Arabia, a topic drawn from over 1200 suggestions for our Listener Week 2019. Although Lawrence started as an archaeologist in the Middle East, when World War I broke out he joined the British army and became an intelligence officer. His contact with a promi ...…
 
Support us and get rewards on patreon! Visual artist and mystery-seeker, Stuart Holland enters the mind meld to riff on the power of kindness, the heartbreak of existence, the power of myth and more! Support Third Eye Drops: Crowd-sponsor us and get rewards on Patreon Review and sub on Apple Podcasts Visit Thirdeyedrops.com Buy some fantastic f ...…
 
In this teaser clip of the second part of the first episode of the new Pop The Left podcast, C Derick Varn and Douglas Lain discuss their plans for the project.In order to get access to the entirety of this podcast support us on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/zerobooks
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Marcus Aurelius
 
Some people interpret Stoicism as a philosophy that teaches us to be reclusive and to rely wholly on ourselves for everything, but that's not what we need as humans. In this episode Simon plays with the idea that we do need a few things as humans, but that when we don't have those things we can be content. WANT TO SUPPORT MY WORK? BECOME A PATR ...…
 
Author Priya Basil and curator Victoria Avery look at food, fasting and feeding guests. Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough is their host as the FitzWilliam Museum in Cambridge opens an exhibition and Priya Basil publishes reflections on hospitality which link the free meals offered to all which is part of Sikhism to food clubs in Germany which have w ...…
 
Navigate life with the correct tools and orient yourself in the world correctly.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/roughlyspeakingpodcast/message
 
Interview by Michael Brooks. Published on The Michael Brooks Show Youtube Channel. Original VideoBy Slavoj Žižek - Collected Recordings
 
Interview by Douglas Lain with commentary. Published on the Zero Books Youtube Channel Original VideoBy Slavoj Žižek - Collected Recordings
 
One question you hear the comedian Marc Maron ask a lot of standups and actors at the beginning of his interviews is: Who did you come up with? Who were your guys? By that he means, who were the comedians starting out around the same time as you? Who was there at the beginning with you? It’s interesting how almost every one of Maron’s guests se ...…
 
What determines the economic, social, and political trajectories of nations? Why were settlers in colonies like Jamestown and Australia able to escape the extractive systems desired by their British masters, while colonial subjects in Barbados and Jamaica were not? In his latest book, Daron Acemoglu elevates the power of institutions over theor ...…
 
A person will never be well off to whom it is a torture to see any one better off than themselves. Have I less than I hoped for? Well, perhaps I hoped for more than I ought. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stoicmeditations/support
 
Akshay Nanavati is a US Marine veteran, entrepreneur, ultra runner, author and alchemist of fear. In this podcast we talk about methods for creating some of the virtuous experiences of war without the inevitable horrors of war. We discuss the importance of the words we use and how they shape our reality as well as tactics for transforming negat ...…
 
“We cannot get answers to questions that cannot be asked.” Lundy Braun’s influential book, Breathing Race into the Machine: The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) documents the history and present-day use of an everyday medical instrument, the spirometer, which measures a person ...…
 
Increasing levels of globalization have led to the proliferation of spaces of international exchange. In her new book, Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines (Stanford, 2019), sociologist Victoria Reyes looks at one such space, the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, in the Philippines, to understand how they are conte ...…
 
Herd immunity and relentless change
 
Episode Notes Nathan’s confusion is cleared up in the next episode by continuing to read the book (who’d of imagined) but if anyone has their own input on what countries/leaders Fanon is dunking on hit us up @marxmadnesspod on twitter or marxmadnesspod@gmail.com Logo by @commissartist on twitter go look them up if you need any sweet commissions ...…
 
The media has always been in the business of isolating and mass circulating 'newsworthy' pieces or slivers of reality. But we are living in an age of 'clipification', where reality itself is broken up into highlights tailor-made to be shared and viewed again and again. What does democracy look like in an age of 'clipification'?…
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Marcus Aurelius
 
Stefan Molyneux, Host of Freedomain, talks with a terrified young businessman in Chile about the increasing dangers of violent socialism/communism in the formerly pro-free market country... Audio: https://soundcloud.com/stefan-molyneux/violent-communist-takeover The Untold Story of Augustus Pinochet: https://youtu.be/-fLhrTA0_j0 Protestors beat ...…
 
Nam June Paik made art with TV sets and imagined an information superhighway before the internet was invented. John Giorno organised multi-media and dial-a-poem events. Poet and New Generation Thinker Sarah Jackson joins Matthew Sweet to look at the visions of the future conjured up by these artists who were both interested in the influence of ...…
 
After 49 years as a Conservative MP, Ken Clarke will be stepping down at the UK general election on December 12. In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast – staged just ten days before the election – Clarke came to the Intelligence Squared stage where, in conversation with John Humphrys, who recently stepped down as presenter of Radio ...…
 
What constitutes a video RPG? Is there any actual role-playing involved? Our editor Tyler Hislop rejoins Mark, Erica, and Brian to discuss those video games that are supposed to make you feel like your choices matter, with comparisons to MMO RPGs, table-top role-playing, and more. For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this e ...…
 
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