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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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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.

    "A Philosophical Look at Immigration and Migration"

    "A Philosophical Look at Immigration and Migration"

    Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Adam Hosein, philosophy professor at Northeastern University in Boston. Hosein is the author of "The Ethics of Migration: An Introduction."

    • 1 hr 11 min
    "What is it Like to be a University President?"

    "What is it Like to be a University President?"

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with John Ettling, recently retired president of Plattsburgh State University, and former provost at the University of North Dakota.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    "Does Accepting Evolution Mean There is no Meaning of Life?"

    "Does Accepting Evolution Mean There is no Meaning of Life?"

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Michael Ruse, a faculty member at Florida State in Tallahassee. Ruse specializes in the philosophy of biology and the relationship between science and religion.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    "Who Should We Blame and Who Should We Forgive?"

    "Who Should We Blame and Who Should We Forgive?"

    Jack visits with Miranda Fricker, Presidential Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    “Why Do We Need a New Translation of the Hebrew Bible?”

    “Why Do We Need a New Translation of the Hebrew Bible?”

    Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Alter, the world’s foremost Hebrew Scriptures scholar. He just released a new translation of the books of Moses.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    “How do the Arts Contribute to Capitalism and Economic Development?”

    “How do the Arts Contribute to Capitalism and Economic Development?”

    Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Patrick Kabanda, the author of "The Creative Wealth of Nations: Can the Arts Advance Development?"

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

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?

Veritruvian ,

Easily the best I've encountered

The only problem with this podcast is that there are not enough of them. Jack Russell Weinstein is first, brilliant and second, as unbiased as a human could be. The problem i have with nearly every other philosophy podcast is the systemic negativity. I understand it is in a philosophers blood to find the failings of any affirmative position, but it gets tiring when hosts don't even attempt to present the position being torn down fairly. J.R.W. will argue brilliantly for one side as he inhales then exhales, just as brilliantly the opposing position; all the while keeping in mind the whole point of the podcast, which is to answer the question "why?"

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