26 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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    • 4.6, 484 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. 

    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
    On Buddhism and Blackness

    On Buddhism and Blackness

    Co-host Sigal Samuel talks to Valerie Brown, a mindfulness teacher with a racial justice lens, about how to use Buddhist spiritual teachings not just to soothe us as individuals, but to tackle broader inequality, especially racial inequality.
    Relevant resources: 
    "A New Paradigm For Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic" by Valerie Brown and Marisela Gomez, Order of Interbeing
    "It’s okay to be doing okay during the pandemic" by Sigal Samuel, Vox
    "“Our calm is contagious”: How to use mindfulness in a pandemic" by Sigal Samuel, Vox
    Featuring:
    Valerie Brown (@Valeriebrown951), Principal, Lead Smart Coaching
    Host:
    Sigal Samuel (@SigalSamuel), Staff writer, Vox 

    More to explore:
    Subscribe to Vox’s Future Perfect newsletter, which breaks down 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 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
484 Ratings

484 Ratings

AriadnaAridnaB ,

Philosophy take-over!

Wow, I’m absolutely enjoying the new direction that Future Perfect took. This time, willing to explore deep philosophical questions and having a kind and smart discourse each episode. Honestly, my favorite podcast this year, it really went from being interesting to amazingly engaging. I leave inspired and activated and wishing there was more...thank you!

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Introvert

I’m with your wife! Love having unrushed time to read, meditate, & just be.

Momita ,

Glitch in recent episode

At around 11:20 there is a glitch in the episode “Your PTA va equality” where it skips a big chunk, at least that’s how it is on my end and I’ve checked in 3 or 4 times! I’m super interested in the topic please fix.

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