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Vox Conversations brings you discussions between the brightest minds and the deepest thinkers; conversations that will cause you to question old assumptions and think about the world and our role in it in a new light. Join Sean Illing and his colleagues across the Vox newsroom for new episodes every Monday and Thursday.

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Vox Conversations brings you discussions between the brightest minds and the deepest thinkers; conversations that will cause you to question old assumptions and think about the world and our role in it in a new light. Join Sean Illing and his colleagues across the Vox newsroom for new episodes every Monday and Thursday.

    A GOP insider on why the party went Trump

    A GOP insider on why the party went Trump

    Sean Illing talks with former Republican strategist Tim Miller about his new book Why We Did It, which offers an inside look at Donald Trump's total capture of the Republican Party. Now a staff writer at The Bulwark, Miller shares detailed conversations he had with other party operators — who he criticizes as power- and fame-hungry enablers. He pulls back the curtain on a DC culture of identity and status, talks about the media's role in this transformation, and opens up honestly about the ways in which he and others like him are culpable.
    Host: Sean Illing (@seanilling), Interviews Writer, Vox
    Guest: Tim Miller (@Timodc), author; writer, The Bulwark
    References: 


    Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell by Tim Miller (Harper; 2022)


    "Unlocking the Conservative Closet" by Kerry Eleveld (The Advocate; Oct. 12, 2010)


    Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House by Michael Lewis (Vintage; 1998)


    "Elise Stefanik said she was one of the 'most bipartisan' members of Congress. Then she went all-in on Trump's false election claims" by Michael Kranish (Washington Post; May 12, 2021)


    "The Republican Triangle of Doom" by Sarah Longwell (The Bulwark; Sept. 27, 2021)


    "Breakfast with J.D. Vance, Anti-Trump Author Turned Pro-Trump Candidate" by Molly Ball (Time; July 7, 2021)


    "Social decay: what the conversation about Trump and the white working class misses" by Sean Illing (Vox; Nov. 1, 2016)


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    How do we fix the harm we cause?

    How do we fix the harm we cause?

    Vox’s Marin Cogan talks with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg about her new book On Repentance And Repair, which is about how to make amends in the modern world. They talk about the difference between repentance and forgiveness, why making amends is so important, and how a "five step plan" for repairing harm drawn from the Jewish tradition can serve as a guide even for navigating repair in modern, complex issues. And, merely apologizing . . . is not enough.
    Host: Marin Cogan (@marincogan), Senior Features Correspondent, Vox
    Guest: Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR), rabbi; author; scholar-in-residence, National Council of Jewish Women
    References: 


    On Repentance And Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World by Danya Ruttenberg (Beacon Press; 2022)


    The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1937)

    New Testament; Matthew 18:15–35


    "Most harassment apologies are just damage control. Dan Harmon's was a self-reckoning" by Caroline Framke (Vox; Jan. 12, 2018)

    The Mishneh Torah of Maimonides (c. 1170–1180 CE); the laws of teshuvah


    Sacred Spaces


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    • 50 min
    A new philosophy of love

    A new philosophy of love

    Sean Illing talks with Carrie Jenkins about her new book Sad Love, and her call to rethink the shape and boundaries of romantic love. In this far-ranging discussion about the meaning of romantic love, Sean and Carrie discuss the connection between love and happiness, what we should expect (and not expect) from our romantic partners, and whether or not loving a person must entail that we love only that person.
    Host: Sean Illing (@seanilling), Interviews Writer, Vox
    Guest: Carrie Jenkins (@carriejenkins), writer; professor of philosophy, University of British Columbia
    References: 


    Sad Love: Romance and the Search for Meaning by Carrie Jenkins (Polity; 2022)


    "A philosopher makes the case for polyamory" by Sean Illing (Vox; Feb. 16, 2018)


    What Love Is: And What It Could Be by Carrie Jenkins (Basic; 2017)


    Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre (1949)


    Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle (see Book I, or Book X.6-8 for robust discussion of eudaimonia)

    Marina Adshade, economist


    Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (1946; tr. Ilse Lasch)


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    • 1 hr
    The politics of 'Yellowstone'

    The politics of 'Yellowstone'

    Into It is a new podcast from Vulture and New York Magazine hosted by Sam Sanders. Each week, Sam and his Vulture colleagues break down the pop culture they can't stop thinking about and help us all obsess . . . better.
    In this segment, Sam talks to New York Times columnist Tressie McMillan Cottom about the popular TV show Yellowstone and how it reflects our own identity politics.
    New episodes of Into It drop every Thursday.
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    • 26 min
    How society sexualizes us

    How society sexualizes us

    Vox’s Emily St. James talks with the celebrated author and trans activist Julia Serano about her new book, Sexed Up. They talk about what "sexualization" really means, and why sexualizing behaviors are so pervasive and widespread throughout society. They also discuss why we're so prone to classify and categorize people, how patterns of what Julia calls "enforced ignorance" are communicated to children, and how we might build a society with a healthier sexual ethic — one that better protects marginalized people.
    Host: Emily St. James (@emilyvdw), Senior Correspondent, Vox
    Guest: Julia Serano (@JuliaSerano), writer, musician, activist
    References: 

    Sexed Up: How Society Sexualizes Us, and How We Can Fight Back by Julia Serano (Seal Press; 2022)

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    • 56 min
    The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap

    Sean Illing talks with Nate Hilger, economist, data scientist, and author of the new book The Parent Trap: How to Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis. The book explores what is expected of parents, and how a larger public investment in families and children beyond K-12 education could address inequality in America. Sean and Nate discuss parenting, the difference between caring and skill building, the pressure on parents to do it all, and the economic consequences that arise when they can’t. 
    Host: Sean Illing (@seanilling), Interviews Writer, Vox
    Guest: Nate Hilger (@nate_g_hilger), economist and author
    References: 

    The Parent Trap: How To Stop Overloading Parents and Fix Our Inequality Crisis by Nate Hilger (MIT Press; 2022)

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    • 1 hr 1 min

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Vox: please don’t abandon your best Conversations content

Disappointing to think Vox might pull the plug on the interesting bits of this podcast, and amplify the most pedantic. Conversations output thus far, deeply inconsistent: half the episodes hosted by rotating contributors frequently provide intellectually scintillating content. Da'Shaun Harrison  Anna North; Emily St. James Chase Strangio; Fabiola Cineas Anita Hill; Constance Grady Lauren Groff; Jamil Smith  Kiese Laymon—all brilliant, FIVE STARS. Made numerous purchase requests at local public library based on those Vox interviews.

Other half: hosted by Sean Illing, TWO STARS. Illing’s prosaic misogyny, so tedious—as is his overwhelming amount of White dude-bro content. Given his eargerness to make snarky side comments about feminists and un-ironic, disparaging refs to "identity politics" or "wokeness," seems evident that Illing's pretty invested in upholding his own low-key bigotry as essential aspect of himself. Like adult version of THAT GUY in Philosophy 101, who hasn't really developed emotionally or intellectually since. There's a big difference between acknowledging one's own subjectivity

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mansplaining

Nothing is more boring than when trans people talk about how shocked, SHOCKED!, they are about differences in street harassment & objectification they’ve experienced when presenting femme vs masc.

Always love getting mansplained to by daytime realness posers who still have their male sense of entitlement.

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