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NBC's "Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist" provides sharp, conversational coverage of the day's news, along with in-depth profiles of the people and ideas shaping our culture. In his “Sunday Sitdowns,” Geist chats with some of the biggest names in news and pop culture, from actors and musicians to presidents and CEOs, about the stories behind their success. This podcast features the full, unedited versions of those conversations for an even deeper look at the names in the headlines. "Sunday TODA ...
 
Hi, I'm Jordan Myers and Plato's Cave is my attempt to exit... well, the cave. It's a philosophy podcast meant to help me guide my ascent to the real world, the truth, the place where life is worth living; and I've decided that means getting a PhD in philosophy. Join me on my journey as I cover philosophical works and speak with the best philosophical minds I can convince to come on the show! ***Note for newcomers: I suggest looking at episodes 22 with John Martin Fischer, 23 with Susan Wolf ...
 
Hello, world. What is this MODEM podcast all about? Well, we saw a gap emerging in the technical podcast space. That gap was a deeply technical podcast, focused on the protocols, the details, the how-to-demistify-complex things, the unbiased, un-cola of networking that needed to be filled. We’re not interested in the marketing, or the fluff - we want to deconstruct the new shiny things and break them down into comsumable parts. Maybe also some witty banter.
 
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In this episode Kim talks with Mustafa Yavas about Alienation. Mustafa quotes Karl Marx’s Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844. He also references Albert Camus’ books The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus, and Charlie Chaplin’s film Modern Times. Towards the end of the episode, he mentions Bertrand Russell’s 1930 article “In Praise of Idl…
 
Seth addresses the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, before Amber Ruffin calls for an end to white supremacy and racism with a song. Then, Seth takes a closer look at prominent members of the right embracing and parroting the dangerous white nationalist conspiracy theory known as “the great replacement,” which, in addition to being deeply racist,…
 
On a near-daily basis, data is being used to narrate our lives. Categorizing algorithms drawn from amassed personal data to assign narrative destinies to individuals at crucial junctures, simultaneously predicting and shaping the paths of our lives. Data is commonly assumed to bring us closer to objectivity, but the narrative paths these algorithms…
 
To many the city might seem simply a large urban area to live within, but it actually forms an important political concept and community that has been influential throughout European history. From the polis of Ancient Greece, to the Roman Republic, to the city-states of the Italian Renaissance, and down to the present day. Modern concepts of democr…
 
Britain in the 1840s should have been, observes Simon Heffer, a time of great social improvement. Instead it was a country that was beset by poverty, unrest, assassination attempts on young Queen Victoria and her Prime Minister, and fears of revolution. Yet just forty years later, it was as if none of that had ever happened. It had become a prosper…
 
Mike Meyers is among the comedy greats who have walked the halls of Saturday Night Live, with his popular “Wayne’s World” sketch becoming an even more popular movie. After leaving SNL he introduced the world to the archenemies Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, and went on to voice a big green ogre named Shrek in a multi-billion dollar franchise. In this …
 
Kim speaks with Amanda Caleb about Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia. Amanda says that the classic definition of “heterotopia” is found in Foucault’s article “Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias” (Architecture /Mouvement/Continuité, October, 1984). She also mentions The Birth of the Clinic. In comparison to Foucault’s heterotopia, we t…
 
Everything is breaking down. Chaos is increasing. Entropy is not just a metaphor, although it also that. In Entropic Philosophy: Chaos, Breakdown, and Creation (Rowman and Littlefield, 2022), Shannon M. Mussett argues that while denial and nihilism are common and world-shaping responses to entropy, they are not our only options. By revaluing order …
 
Victoria A. Malko's book The Ukrainian Intelligentsia and Genocide: The Struggle for History, Language, and Culture in the 1920s and 1930s (Lexington Books, 2021) focuses on the first group targeted in the genocide known as the Holodomor: Ukrainian intelligentsia, the "brain of the nation," using the words of Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term gen…
 
When looking at historic records of all kinds—from prehistoric cave drawings and ancient rock art in Africa and India, from poetic narrations of travelers to hunter memoirs and press stories about zoos, from reports of mystical graveyards to museum warehouses collecting bones—notions about elephants in the West have come a long way. These ideas (th…
 
Before the nineteenth century, travelers who left Britain for the Americas, West Africa, India and elsewhere encountered a medical conundrum: why did they fall ill when they arrived, and why - if they recovered - did they never become so ill again? The widely accepted answer was that the newcomers needed to become 'seasoned to the climate'. In his …
 
Seth takes a closer look at Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter making a powerful speech to her colleagues about solving the cost-of-living crisis and Donald Trump wanting to bomb Mexico and pretend it wasn’t us. Then, Paula Pell shares a story about the time she pretended to be a cop because a man aggressively yelled at her in Los Angeles traffi…
 
Analyzing the spread and survival of Islamic legal ideas and commentaries in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean littorals, Islamic Law in Circulation: Shafi'i Texts across the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean (Cambridge University Press, 2022) focuses on Shāfiʿīsm, one of the four Sunnī schools of Islamic law. It explores how certain …
 
Seth takes a closer look at Trump asking if China had a hurricane gun and Senate Republicans blocking the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that would codify abortion rights at the federal level. Then, Beto O’Rourke breaks down the issues with Greg Abbott’s abortion ban in Texas and predicts what he thinks might come next. See Privacy Policy at…
 
Seth takes a closer look at President Trump’s former secretary of defense saying Trump wanted to shoot protesters and called his own senior officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, "f---ing losers." Then, Bob Odenkirk talks about getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, realizing he wanted to get into dramatic acting while on stage wi…
 
In the past few years, museums of contemporary art have come under a fair deal of scrutiny. Pressures from groups such as Decoloinise This Space or the oxycontin scandal have forced changes to the governance of some of the world’s best-known institutions. At the same time, the work of journalists and museum scholars has revealed that the relationsh…
 
In Poland in the 1940s and '50s, a new kind of Catholic intended to remake European social and political life--not with guns, but French philosophy. Piotr H. Kosicki's book Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France, and 'Revolution,' 1891-1956 (Yale UP, 2018) examines generations of deeply religious thinkers whose faith drove them into public lif…
 
In 510 BC, an obscure Greek city located literally on a backwater revolted against its tyrant. This was not extraordinary; such things happened regularly in the many Greek city-states. What followed however was extraordinary, and even world-changing. Athens became a democracy. Then just seventeen years after that, Athens and its tiny ally of Platae…
 
In today's NBN Environmental Studies interview, dancer, performer, and literary scholar Dr. Taylor Eggan joins us to speak about his new book Unsettling Nature: Ecology, Phenomenology, and Settler Colonial Imagination (University of Virginia Press, 2022). A text best described as an intellectual bestiary using environmental philosophy, literary the…
 
Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell is getting rave reviews for his return to Broadway in the revival of American Buffalo, where he takes on a famed role played over the years by stars like Al Pacino and Robert Duvall. In this week’s “Sunday Sitdown,” Willie Geist gets together with Rockwell to talk about the Tony Award buzz around his performance, a…
 
Seth takes a closer look at Republicans focusing on the leak of the Supreme Court's draft ruling overturning Roe v. Wade while more evidence emerges potentially linking Trump to the militia groups involved in the attempted coup on January 6. Then, Sutton Foster and Hugh Jackman talk about The Music Man returning to Broadway, dealing with an audienc…
 
The return to religion has arguably become the dominant theme of contemporary culture. Somehow, the secular age seems to have been replaced by a new era where political action flows directly from theological, indeed cosmic, conflict. The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology (Verso, 2014) lays out the philosophical and political…
 
Seth takes a closer look at the five conservative Supreme Court justices poising to overturn Roe v. Wade and erase a woman's constitutional right to bodily autonomy, subverting the will of the vast majority of Americans and defying a half-century of legal precedent. Then, Amy Schumer talks about enjoying red wine in any weather, the story behind he…
 
In Czesław Miłosz’s Faith in the Flesh: Body, Belief, and Human Identity (Oxford University Press, 2021), Cambridge professor Stanley Bill offers a profoundly original, fine-grained, and rich interpretation of the poetic œuvre of Nobel laureate Czesław Miłosz. The book presents Miłosz’s poetic philosophy of the body as an original defense of religi…
 
In this Pandemic Perspectives Podcast, Ideas Roadshow founder and host Howard Burton talks to bestselling author and University of Oxford law professor Charles Foster on how the coronavirus pandemic reveals how so many of us—including so many scientists—have replaced rigorous scientific skepticism with an alarming cult of "scientism." Ideas Roadsho…
 
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