Why? - Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

Sinopse

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.

Episódios

  • “Is a Universal Basic Income too Utopian to Work?”

    “Is a Universal Basic Income too Utopian to Work?”

    09/08/2020 Duração: 01h15min

    An encore episode from 2017 as Jack visits with Rutger Bregman.

  • Is Free Speech Worth It?

    "Is Free Speech Worth It?"

    12/07/2020 Duração: 01h18min

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Thane Rosenbaum, novelist, essayist, and Distinguished University Professor. He is the director of the Forum on Life, Culture, & Society, hosted by Touro College.

  • “Why Does Income Equality Make Society Stronger?”

    “Why Does Income Equality Make Society Stronger?”

    12/06/2020 Duração: 01h24min

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of "The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better," and their newest book, "The Inner Level, How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone's Well-Being."

  • “What is the difference between a religion and a cult?”

    “What is the difference between a religion and a cult?”

    10/05/2020 Duração: 01h14min

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with sociologist Susan Palmer of Concordia University where she is an affiliate professor of religions and cultures. Her primary research interest is new religious movements.

  • What is the Role of Philosophy During a Global Crisis?

    "What is the Role of Philosophy During a Global Crisis?"

    12/04/2020 Duração: 01h27min

    Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Dr. Susan Neiman, director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany as they explore foresight, redemption, and societal values.

  • “Does it Make Sense to Blame the System?”

    “Does it Make Sense to Blame the System?”

    09/02/2020 Duração: 01h13min

    Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Lisa Herzog, associate professor at the University of Groningen, as they explore the conflict between financial incentives and morality.

  • A Philosophical Look at Immigration and Migration

    "A Philosophical Look at Immigration and Migration"

    12/01/2020 Duração: 01h11min

    Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Adam Hosein, philosophy professor at Northeastern University in Boston. Hosein is the author of "The Ethics of Migration: An Introduction."

  • What is it Like to be a University President?

    "What is it Like to be a University President?"

    08/12/2019 Duração: 01h29min

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with John Ettling, recently retired president of Plattsburgh State University, and former provost at the University of North Dakota.

  • Does Accepting Evolution Mean There is no Meaning of Life?

    "Does Accepting Evolution Mean There is no Meaning of Life?"

    10/11/2019 Duração: 01h21min

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Michael Ruse, a faculty member at Florida State in Tallahassee. Ruse specializes in the philosophy of biology and the relationship between science and religion.

  • Who Should We Blame and Who Should We Forgive?

    "Who Should We Blame and Who Should We Forgive?"

    13/10/2019 Duração: 01h26min

    Jack visits with Miranda Fricker, Presidential Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

  • “Why Do We Need a New Translation of the Hebrew Bible?”

    “Why Do We Need a New Translation of the Hebrew Bible?”

    08/09/2019 Duração: 01h18min

    Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Alter, the world’s foremost Hebrew Scriptures scholar. He just released a new translation of the books of Moses.

  • “How do the Arts Contribute to Capitalism and Economic Development?”

    “How do the Arts Contribute to Capitalism and Economic Development?”

    11/08/2019 Duração: 01h17min

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Patrick Kabanda, the author of "The Creative Wealth of Nations: Can the Arts Advance Development?"

  • “Can We Change Social Norms?”

    “Can We Change Social Norms?”

    14/07/2019 Duração: 01h20min

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Cristina Bicchieri, professor of social thought and comparative ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Their topic is, “Can we change social norms?”

  • “What Does Wellness Mean and How Do We Get There?”

    “What Does Wellness Mean and How Do We Get There?”

    09/06/2019 Duração: 01h20min

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with John Ratey, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His books writings include the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Ned Hallowell, MD. His book "Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain," established him as one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. His most recent book, “Go Wild” explores how we can achieve optimal physical and mental health by getting in touch with our caveman roots, and how we can “re-wild” our lives.

  • “What Does it Mean to Keep the Internet Free?”

    “What Does it Mean to Keep the Internet Free?”

    12/05/2019 Duração: 01h39min

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with journalist, and science fiction author Cory Doctorow, who serves as co-editor of the Boing Boing blog.

  • Requiem for a Philosophy Professor: Remembering David N. Mowry

    "Requiem for a Philosophy Professor: Remembering David N. Mowry"

    26/04/2019 Duração: 17min

    A special episode of Why? Radio in which host Jack Russell Weinstein remembers David N. Mowry, his professor and mentor who passed away on April 23, 2019.

  • “How Does Misinformation Spread?”

    “How Does Misinformation Spread?”

    14/04/2019 Duração: 01h28min

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall, authors of "The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread." They expolore why, apart from any evidence, people's beliefs can depend on several social factors, allowing even demonstrably false beliefs to persist.

  • The Logic of Jazz

    "The Logic of Jazz"

    27/03/2019 Duração: 01h12min

    This episode celebrates Why? Radio’s tenth birthday with a musical exploration of the origins, meaning, experience, and, of course, music of jazz. How do newcomers start listening to the music? How do musicians discover new ways to play? And, what makes the best jazz tracks important and enjoyable? Join us as Mark Weinstein, jazz flutist, philosopher, and our host’s father, explores America’s music, explaining music theory, improvisation, and whether music is discovered or invented. This episode was recorded before a live audience at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks, ND.

  • What is Sharia Law?

    "What is Sharia Law?"

    10/02/2019 Duração: 01h21min

    Some Americans have been haunted by the specter of Sharia law, but how many really know what it is? Surely, it’s not the caricature of religious fascism and xenophobia that some claim. On this episode of Why? Radio, we take a philosophical look at Sharia law, its tradition, variations, and the worldview it provides. Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Gleave, professor of Arabic studies, University of Exeter.

  • What Is Literacy?

    "What Is Literacy?"

    13/01/2019 Duração: 01h10min

    When people think of literacy, they think of simple reading and writing. But literacy is more complicated than that. On this episode of WHY, host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Kim Donehower, UND professor of English.

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