22 episodes

Ethics and Chill explores the ethics of pop culture. We dive deep into things considered shallow, uncovering how pop culture shapes our understanding of right and wrong. Movies, TV shows, pop music, comics and more provide the modern myths which help us live our lives – and Ethics and Chill examines them all.

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    • Philosophy
    • 5.0, 21 Ratings

Ethics and Chill explores the ethics of pop culture. We dive deep into things considered shallow, uncovering how pop culture shapes our understanding of right and wrong. Movies, TV shows, pop music, comics and more provide the modern myths which help us live our lives – and Ethics and Chill examines them all.

    Ethics of Star Trek Live Show at Virtual Trek Con – with Scott Baker

    Ethics of Star Trek Live Show at Virtual Trek Con – with Scott Baker

    In this special live show James discusses the ethics of Star Trek with filmmaker Scott Baker. Part of the Virtual Trek Con, Scott and James explore how Star Trek examines ethical themes throughout its many decades on air. Check out the video of their discussion on YouTube.

    • 56 min
    Ethics After the Apocalypse – The Last of Us Parts 1 and 2

    Ethics After the Apocalypse – The Last of Us Parts 1 and 2

    Post-apocalyptic fiction puts humanity in impossible situations in order to explore how we react: when civilization breaks down, what’s left of us? The Last of Us parts 1 and 2 explore this question more thoroughly than any other videogame, and in this episode James explores the moral themes and ethical lessons of both games. There are major spoilers for both titles, and since both games are very violent, this episode is not one for the kids.

    • 26 min
    Dungeons & Dragons WAS Racist! – with Corey Clapp

    Dungeons & Dragons WAS Racist! – with Corey Clapp

    Recently Wizards of the Coast – owners and developers of the Dungeons & Dragons games and franchise – outlined how they intended to change their games to remove objectional racist stereotypes. This, only a few weeks after our earlier episode in which James and Corey Clapp called them to do just that! The impact of this podcast is truly incredible! This week, Corey returns to discuss the planned changes to D&D, and to ask whether they go far enough.

    • 45 min
    Superheroes and Social Justice – with Martin Casas

    Superheroes and Social Justice – with Martin Casas

    Martin Casas has had an unusual career: he worked in politics for years, starting as a White House intern, then supporting the campaigns of Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton, and most recently St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. But in recent years, he’s opened comic bookstore, Apotheosis Comics and Lounge. Apotheosis is an explicitly social-justice oriented bookstore, a community venue which seeks to use comic book stories to promote social change. James speaks with Martin about how superheroes have inspired and supported social justice movements through the decades.

    • 49 min
    Can Comedy Go Too Far? – with Nadia Kamil

    Can Comedy Go Too Far? – with Nadia Kamil

    Are there ethical limits on comedy? Can a joke be so extreme, so offensive, or just so mean that it becomes unethical? James is joined by actress, writer, and comedian Nadia Kamil to discuss “Can comedy go too far?” Using a notorious bit by Stewart Lee about Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond as their starting point, Nadia and James explore the ethical boundaries of comedy.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Politics in Pop Culture – Gabe Fleisher

    Politics in Pop Culture – Gabe Fleisher

    Gabe Fleisher has been a political junkie since he was a child, starting his now-famous Wake Up To Politics daily newsletter before the age of ten. Now Gabe has a podcast on St. Louis Public Radio, and is blazing a trail as one of America’s most promising political journalists. Gabe joins James to discuss the portrayal of politics in pop culture, exploring the idealism of “The West Wing,” the dystopian world of “House of Cards,” and the doltishness of “VEEP.”

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Wellow paw ,

Pokémon

You were wrong about Pikachuin in the anime is a boy you can tell by the tail girls Pikachu have a heart shaped tail

MaxNovak ,

Satisfyingily Meaty Fun

Not all pop culture is shallow, and not all philosophy is dry. James and his guests look at fictional worlds with keen Humanist eyes. Entertaining and thought-provoking.

heaththegreat ,

Deep thoughts about pop culture

I love podcasts that look at pop culture in a thoughtful way, and interrogate the ways we interact with our media and how it affects us. This podcast does just that! I’ve really enjoyed listening so far!

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