9 episodes

Into the Zone is a podcast about opposites, and how borders are never as clear as we think. With a novelist’s eye for the unexpected, host Hari Kunzru takes the listener around the world, meeting philosophers and punk musicians, New Age gurus and space explorers, to investigate the gray zone between life and death, public and private, black and white, and more.

Into the Zone Pushkin Industries

    • Philosophy
    • 4.8 • 67 Ratings

Into the Zone is a podcast about opposites, and how borders are never as clear as we think. With a novelist’s eye for the unexpected, host Hari Kunzru takes the listener around the world, meeting philosophers and punk musicians, New Age gurus and space explorers, to investigate the gray zone between life and death, public and private, black and white, and more.

    Dead or Alive

    Dead or Alive

    Life’s final border might not be so final after all. From tardigrades to viruses, some things are both dead and alive. Or neither. How do we draw the line between the living and the dead? And how does that line blur in places like in a time capsule buried in ice, or a library on the moon?
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    • 51 min
    When We Were Cyber

    When We Were Cyber

    Cyborgs, cyberspace, mind-melting techno. In the mid-’90s, the future had arrived. To find out what happened to it, Hari pays a visit to philosopher Manuel DeLanda, and to the legendary artist ORLAN, who he first encountered at an academic conference like no other.
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    • 48 min
    The Ghost in the Codec

    The Ghost in the Codec

    At the dawn of the digital era, a group of engineers tasked with audio compression had to decide what information to keep, and what to leave behind. What was signal, and what was noise? Fast forward two decades, to our much noisier world. Hari finds a writer and a musician who’ve discovered their own ways to find a voice within the static.
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    • 44 min
    Never Mind the Stasi

    Never Mind the Stasi

    East Berlin, 1983. A teenage punk rocker finds himself in a Stasi interrogation cell. The choice is simple: inform on his friends, or go to prison. Hari travels to Berlin to meet the punks and spies whose cat and mouse game in the last years of the GDR predicted the privacy wars of today.
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    • 54 min
    It’s Always Sunny in the Dialectic

    It’s Always Sunny in the Dialectic

    Look on the bright side! In a country obsessed with positivity, Hari traces the path of exiled German intellectual Theodor Adorno to sunny California, where he gets stuck in traffic with the British writer Geoff Dyer. How this positivity relates to church and state? Turns out there’s a lot to complain about.
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    • 52 min
    The Guru of Ojai

    The Guru of Ojai

    In the 1920s, a messianic visitor to Hari's family home unveils the connection between Indian Independence movement and the astral plane. Nearly a century later, Hari travels to the orange groves of Southern California, where the guru made his home, to examine the globetrotting legacy of New Age spirituality.
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Arcetrix ,

Love it.

This a great podcast. Examining the subtlety that lives where two supposed opposites meet is deeply satisfying; not least of all when it is done thoughtfully and backed by great sound design.

Rizvee1982 ,

Beautiful writing

I got led here by RH, and well - this may be my new favorite podcast. The writing is superb and the production is outstanding. So happy to have discovered it.

mattyfromlife ,

It’s a gooda 👌

Questlove supreme led me here today. Thanks for a new show that’s diverse beyond genre.

Just learned that Adorno was a composer !!! i studied him in uni. Cheers man

Best podcast of the pandemic.

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