27 episodes

Future Perfect explores provocative ideas with the potential to radically improve the world. That’s never felt more urgent than it does today. But the truth is that humankind has faced crises throughout our history, leaving behind rich wisdom for us to draw from.
In our new limited series, The Way Through, we’re looking to belief systems, philosophies, and wisdom traditions to help us navigate what we’re living through today. In eight episodes hosted by Vox’s Sean Illing and Sigal Samuel, we’ll talk to thought leaders who can help us see a larger context, and perhaps help us find something meaningful, ennobling, and even fortifying in our common experience. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network. 

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    • 4.3, 38 Ratings

Future Perfect explores provocative ideas with the potential to radically improve the world. That’s never felt more urgent than it does today. But the truth is that humankind has faced crises throughout our history, leaving behind rich wisdom for us to draw from.
In our new limited series, The Way Through, we’re looking to belief systems, philosophies, and wisdom traditions to help us navigate what we’re living through today. In eight episodes hosted by Vox’s Sean Illing and Sigal Samuel, we’ll talk to thought leaders who can help us see a larger context, and perhaps help us find something meaningful, ennobling, and even fortifying in our common experience. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network. 

    The benefits of contemplating death

    The benefits of contemplating death

    Co-host Sigal Samuel talks to Nikki Mirghafori, a Buddhist meditation teacher and AI researcher, about how to practice mindfulness of death 
    Relevant resources: 
    “Our calm is contagious”: How to use mindfulness in a pandemic, by Sigal Samuel
    It’s okay to be doing okay during the pandemic, by Sigal Samuel
    Are we morally obligated to meditate? by Sigal Samuel 
    Featuring:
    Nikki Mirghafori, a Buddhist meditation teacher and AI researcher 
    Host:
    Sigal Samuel (@SigalSamuel), staff writer, Vox
    More to explore:
    Subscribe to Vox’s Future Perfect newsletter, which breaks down the big, complicated problems the world faces and the most efficient ways to solve them.
    Credits:
    Producer/Editor: Jackson Bierfeldt
    Editor: Elbert Ventura
    Executive Producer: Liz Nelson
    About Vox:
    Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.
    Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts. Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas.
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    • 59 min
    A nun on the radical possibilities of Christianity

    A nun on the radical possibilities of Christianity

    Co-host Sean Illing talks to Sister Ilia Delio, a Franciscan nun and Catholic theologian, about the power of love and suffering in Christianity.
    Relevant resources: 
    The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution, and the Power of Love, Ilia Delio
    Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness, Ilia Delio
    Featuring:
    Ilia Delio, a Franciscan Sister of Washington, DC, and Villanova University theology professor
    Host:
    Sean Illing (@seanilling), senior interviews writer, Vox
    More to explore:
    Subscribe to Vox’s Future Perfect newsletter, which breaks down the big, complicated problems the world faces and the most efficient ways to solve them.
    Credits:
    Producer/Editor: Jackson Bierfeldt
    Editor: Elbert Ventura
    Executive Producer: Liz Nelson
    About Vox:
    Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.
    Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts. Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Why Cornel West is hopeful (but not optimistic)

    Why Cornel West is hopeful (but not optimistic)

    Co-host Sigal Samuel talks to Cornel West, professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard, about Black liberation theology, existentialism, and other philosophies that can help us through these times.
    Relevant resources: 
    Cornel West and Tricia Rose on The Tight Rope, Apple Podcasts  
    Featuring:
    Cornel West (@CornelWest), professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard
    Host:
    Sigal Samuel (@SigalSamuel), staff writer, Vox 
    More to explore:
    Subscribe to Vox’s Future Perfect newsletter, which breaks down the big, complicated problems the world faces and the most efficient ways to solve them.
    Credits:
    Producer/Editor - Jackson Bierfeldt
    Editor - Elbert Ventura
    Executive Producer Liz Nelson
    About Vox:
    Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.
    Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts. Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    What Camus’s "The Plague" can teach us about this pandemic

    What Camus’s "The Plague" can teach us about this pandemic

    Co-host Sean Illing talks to Robert Zaretsky, professor of French history at the University of Houston, about Albert Camus’s novel The Plague.

    Relevant resources: 
    The Plague, by Albert Camus
    Simone Weil: An Anthology, by Simone Weil
    Albert Camus: Elements of a Life, by Robert Zaretsky 

    Featuring:
    Robert Zaretsky, professor of history at the University of Houston

    Host:
    Sean Illing (@seanilling), senior interviews writer, Vox 

    More to explore:
    Subscribe to Vox’s Future Perfect newsletter, which breaks down the big, complicated problems the world faces and the most efficient ways to solve them.

    About Vox:
    Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.
    Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts. Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Muslim mystics on the power of pain

    Muslim mystics on the power of pain

    Co-host Sigal Samuel talks to Omid Safi, professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, about the benefits of solitude and suffering, according to Sufis like Rumi.
    Relevant resources: 
    Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition, by Omid Safi 
    Featuring:
    Omid Safi (@ostadjaan), professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University
    Host:
    Sigal Samuel (@SigalSamuel), staff writer, Vox 
    More to explore:
    Subscribe to Vox’s Future Perfect newsletter, which breaks down the big, complicated problems the world faces and the most efficient ways to solve them.
    About Vox:
    Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.
    Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts. Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas.
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    • 59 min
    A rabbi explains how to make sense of suffering

    A rabbi explains how to make sense of suffering

    Co-host Sean Illing talks to David Wolpe, senior rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, about God and how to make sense of suffering in human life.
    Relevant resources: 
    Making Loss Matter : Creating Meaning in Difficult Times by Rabbi David Wolpe
    Religion without God: Alain de Botton on "atheism 2.0." by Sean Iling
    Featuring:
    David Wolpe (@RabbiWolpe), senior rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles
    Host:
    Sean Illing (@Seanilling), senior interviews writer
    More to explore:
    Subscribe to Vox’s Future Perfect newsletter, which breaks down the big, complicated problems the world faces and the most efficient ways to solve them.
    About Vox:
    Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.
    Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts. Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas.
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    • 55 min

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4.3 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

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Interesting and informative

I love the direction you guys have taken it in season two. This is an angle we rarely hear explored in mainstream media and I love how you being complex academic topics into easy-to-understand and captivating stories. Job well done!

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