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Vox Conversations brings you discussions between the brightest minds and the deepest thinkers; conversations that will cause you to question old assumptions and think about the world and our role in it in a new light. Join Sean Illing and his colleagues across the Vox newsroom for new episodes every Monday and Thursday.

    How do we fix the harm we cause?

    How do we fix the harm we cause?

    Vox’s Marin Cogan talks with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg about her new book On Repentance And Repair, which is about how to make amends in the modern world. They talk about the difference between repentance and forgiveness, why making amends is so important, and how a "five step plan" for repairing harm drawn from the Jewish tradition can serve as a guide even for navigating repair in modern, complex issues. And, merely apologizing . . . is not enough.
    Host: Marin Cogan (@marincogan), Senior Features Correspondent, Vox
    Guest: Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR), rabbi; author; scholar-in-residence, National Council of Jewish Women
    References: 


    On Repentance And Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World by Danya Ruttenberg (Beacon Press; 2022)


    The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1937)

    New Testament; Matthew 18:15–35


    "Most harassment apologies are just damage control. Dan Harmon's was a self-reckoning" by Caroline Framke (Vox; Jan. 12, 2018)

    The Mishneh Torah of Maimonides (c. 1170–1180 CE); the laws of teshuvah


    Sacred Spaces


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    • 50 min
    A new philosophy of love

    A new philosophy of love

    Sean Illing talks with Carrie Jenkins about her new book Sad Love, and her call to rethink the shape and boundaries of romantic love. In this far-ranging discussion about the meaning of romantic love, Sean and Carrie discuss the connection between love and happiness, what we should expect (and not expect) from our romantic partners, and whether or not loving a person must entail that we love only that person.
    Host: Sean Illing (@seanilling), Interviews Writer, Vox
    Guest: Carrie Jenkins (@carriejenkins), writer; professor of philosophy, University of British Columbia
    References: 


    Sad Love: Romance and the Search for Meaning by Carrie Jenkins (Polity; 2022)


    "A philosopher makes the case for polyamory" by Sean Illing (Vox; Feb. 16, 2018)


    What Love Is: And What It Could Be by Carrie Jenkins (Basic; 2017)


    Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre (1949)


    Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle (see Book I, or Book X.6-8 for robust discussion of eudaimonia)

    Marina Adshade, economist


    Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (1946; tr. Ilse Lasch)


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    • 1 hr
    The politics of 'Yellowstone'

    The politics of 'Yellowstone'

    Into It is a new podcast from Vulture and New York Magazine hosted by Sam Sanders. Each week, Sam and his Vulture colleagues break down the pop culture they can't stop thinking about and help us all obsess . . . better.
    In this segment, Sam talks to New York Times columnist Tressie McMillan Cottom about the popular TV show Yellowstone and how it reflects our own identity politics.
    New episodes of Into It drop every Thursday.
    Listen on Apple Podcasts: apple.co/intoit
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    • 26 min
    How society sexualizes us

    How society sexualizes us

    Vox’s Emily St. James talks with the celebrated author and trans activist Julia Serano about her new book, Sexed Up. They talk about what "sexualization" really means, and why sexualizing behaviors are so pervasive and widespread throughout society. They also discuss why we're so prone to classify and categorize people, how patterns of what Julia calls "enforced ignorance" are communicated to children, and how we might build a society with a healthier sexual ethic — one that better protects marginalized people.
    Host: Emily St. James (@emilyvdw), Senior Correspondent, Vox
    Guest: Julia Serano (@JuliaSerano), writer, musician, activist
    References: 

    Sexed Up: How Society Sexualizes Us, and How We Can Fight Back by Julia Serano (Seal Press; 2022)

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    • 56 min
    The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap

    Sean Illing talks with Nate Hilger, economist, data scientist, and author of the new book The Parent Trap: How to Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis. The book explores what is expected of parents, and how a larger public investment in families and children beyond K-12 education could address inequality in America. Sean and Nate discuss parenting, the difference between caring and skill building, the pressure on parents to do it all, and the economic consequences that arise when they can’t. 
    Host: Sean Illing (@seanilling), Interviews Writer, Vox
    Guest: Nate Hilger (@nate_g_hilger), economist and author
    References: 

    The Parent Trap: How To Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis by Nate Hilger (MIT Press; 2022)

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    40 Acres: Reaching reconciliation

    40 Acres: Reaching reconciliation

    What good are piecemeal reparations? From Georgetown University, where school leadership once sold enslaved people, to Evanston, Illinois, where redlining kept Black residents out of homeownership, institutions and local governments are attempting to take reparations into their own hands. But do these small-scale efforts detract from the broader call for reparations from the federal government?

    Fabiola talks with Indigenous philanthropist Edgar Villanueva, founder of the Decolonizing Wealth Project and creator of the Case for Reparations fund, about the reparatory justice efforts underway across the country and the role that individual donors might be able to play in reparations. Fabiola also speaks with activist Kavon Ward, who worked to restore Bruce’s Beach, waterfront land in California, to the descendants of Black families who were pushed off the land by eminent domain. (Ward’s work was funded by Villanueva’s organization.) They discuss how jurisdictions are repaying Black people for what was taken from them — and if that repayment can be considered reparations at all.

    This series was made possible with support from the Canopy Collective and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To provide feedback, please take our survey here: https://forms.gle/w9vYsfFGvdJLJ3LY9
    Host: Fabiola Cineas, race and policy reporter, Vox
    Guest: Kavon Ward, founder, Where Is My Land; Edgar Villanueva, founder, Decolonizing Wealth Project
    References: 
    Decolonizing Wealth, Second Edition: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar Villanueva (Penguin Random House, 2021)
    How a California beachfront property now worth millions was taken from its Black owners (CBS, May 2021)
    Governor Newsom Signs SB 796, Authorizing the Return of Bruce’s Beach (California state Sen. Steven Bradford, September 2021)   
    How Black activist Kavon Ward found her calling in the fight for Bruce’s Beach (Orange County Register)
    272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? (The New York Times, April 2016)
    In Likely First, Chicago Suburb Of Evanston Approves Reparations For Black Residents (NPR, 2021)

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