20 episodes

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.

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    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

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.

    "Politics and Debates" - A special episode of the WHY podcast

    "Politics and Debates" - A special episode of the WHY podcast

    In a special edition of the WHY podcast, host Jack Weinstein appears on the Main Street radio show to discuss politics and debates with Main Street host Doug Hamilton.

    • 25 min
    “Can There Be A Philosophy of Hate?”

    “Can There Be A Philosophy of Hate?”

    Jack Weinstein visits with Berit Brogaard, author of HATRED: Understanding Our Most Dangerous Emotion.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    “Is a Universal Basic Income too Utopian to Work?”

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

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

    • 1 hr 15 min
    "Is Free Speech Worth It?"

    "Is Free Speech Worth It?"

    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.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    “Why Does Income Equality Make Society Stronger?”

    “Why Does Income Equality Make Society Stronger?”

    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."

    • 1 hr 24 min
    “What is the difference between a religion and a cult?”

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

    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.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Anna478 ,

The best philosophy podcast!

I’ve listened to a lot of philosophy podcasts, but this one takes the cake. Jack does an outstanding job at facilitating fascinating conversations while still being accessible and easily digestible. The guests are always a delight, and you can tell that everyone is invested in the project. Highly recommend for anyone that’s intellectually curious and wants to hear genuine conversations between genuine people! <3

Thor8 ,

Worth your time Podcast

Finally we have a quality, professional podcast option. Pairs with any downtime in the car or easy listening after a long day. The guests are current and relevant in their fields. Host Dr. Jack Weinstein has created a listener focused conversation providing new insights to modern concerns.

Tony Cunningham ,

Great Show About Ideas

At first glance, I wouldn't think a public radio show about philosophical ideas would make it. I say this and I'm a philosopher by trade. Jack Weinstein makes it work wot a great combination of good guests, interesting topics, and great conversation. One of the marks of a great conversation is that you don't usually notice the wheels turning. Good conversations can sound easy and effortless, but they take really good listening and thoughtfulness. Three thumbs up for this show, and I'm glad a show like this really can make it in the United States. Wahoo for Why?

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