26 episodes

It’s a new world. To navigate it, we need new maps. Each episode, best-selling author Chris Kutarna and Scott Jones soar 50,000 feet above the immediate headlines in politics, economics, science and society. The Atlas Project aims to reveal the big picture of where humanity is headed, and the choices we all need to face.

The Atlas Project Chris Kutarna & Scott Jones

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It’s a new world. To navigate it, we need new maps. Each episode, best-selling author Chris Kutarna and Scott Jones soar 50,000 feet above the immediate headlines in politics, economics, science and society. The Atlas Project aims to reveal the big picture of where humanity is headed, and the choices we all need to face.

    Episode 26: The King's Two Bodies

    Episode 26: The King's Two Bodies

    For this episode we got some inspiration from an essay from Isaac Ariail Reed. In an essay about political mythologies titled The King's Two Bodies and The Crisis of Liberal Modernity he describes what happens when we lose powerful symbols that unite the sacred and the secular and our frustrating attempts to replace them, or at least fill in the gaps. If you want to understand Trump's appeal, this stuff is really helpful. Excelsior!

    • 51 min
    Episode 25: The Resurrection of the Truth...?

    Episode 25: The Resurrection of the Truth...?

    In this episode, inspired by an article in the Hedgehog Review, we talk about the complex relationship between democracy, pluralism, and the idea of shared truth. Many claim we live in a post-truth world, laying the blame at new technologies like social media that we now have to contend with in a digital age. But the problem isn't a new one. It's a tension that has existed at the heart of modern liberal democracy since its inception. If we give up on the truth, in favor of our own "truths", is the liberal democratic project still possible?

    • 59 min
    Episode 24: Truth isn't the problem...It's the the truths!

    Episode 24: Truth isn't the problem...It's the the truths!

    Chris and Scott are back from their summer travels and decide to start September out light. We're talking about the nature of truth. Is there a truth crisis? Is it the media's fault? Fake news? Social media? We think the truth crisis has one source: our truths!

    • 59 min
    Episode 23: Conversion and Social Change

    Episode 23: Conversion and Social Change

    A lot of people are talking about things like “systemic change.” People feel an urgent need to “fix things in the world.” But there is a tendency to talk about societal realities that we long to change as if we’re not a part of them. It’s a lot like how people in participatory democracies talk about the need to change the dysfunctional government, failing to realize that they themselves are not completely separate from the governments they are bemoaning. Things like capitalism, the economy, government, societal infrastructure aren’t things “out there.” They are realities we’re embedded in; they exist in an ecosystem of relationships of which we are all a part. Do we need a radical change in thinking and speaking before we understand the things we want to change? Do we need something like a religious conversion before we move forward?

    • 49 min
    Episode 22: Are We Stuck or Liberated?

    Episode 22: Are We Stuck or Liberated?

    In this episode of the podcast, recorded the day after America's 243rd Anniversary celebration, we consider the nature of freedom, whether it's a static or dynamic thing, and a host of other questions! There's a little something for everyone (and maybe everything for someone?!?) in this episode!


    We reference an address that Frederick Douglas gave in 1852 entitled "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" You can find the text here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/nations-story-what-slave-fourth-july.


    You can watch actor Danny Glover recite the speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb_sqh577Zw.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 21: Žižek vs Peterson...Our Thoughts on the Debate

    Episode 21: Žižek vs Peterson...Our Thoughts on the Debate

    In this episode we discuss a debate between two controversial public intellectuals: Slavoj Žižek and Jordan Peterson. The debate took place in Toronto on April 19, 2019.


    The origins of the debate go back to the previous year. During an event at the Cambridge Union Society in November 2018, Žižek had called Peterson's work "pseudo-scientific", labeled him as his "enemy" and criticized Peterson's work on the idea of cultural Marxism. Peterson said he could meet "any time, any place" to debate and it was announced on February 28, 2019 that the debate was scheduled for April 19. The official title for the debate was "Happiness: Capitalism vs. Marxism", but it was wide ranging and there were some suprising points of agreement between the two.


    We found in really interesting and share our thoughts in this podcast.


    You can find a link to the debate here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsWndfzuOc4.


    If you prefer to listen in podcast form, you can find a link here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/slavoj-žižek-collected-recordings/id1104995518?i=1000435699008.

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Must-listen podcast full of insight, foresight and just the right amount of levity.

I happened to this podcast by accident, but soon found myself wrapping up a third episode. Scott and Chris have a great chemistry to distill significant topics and make them accessible - and entertaining- for any audience.

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