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.
Our November Podcast Mistake
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29/11/2023 • 35 seconds
"Why do we dehumanize people?"
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with David Livingston Smith, professor of philosophy at the University of New England, author of "On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It" from Oxford University Press.
12/11/2023 • 1 hour 21 minutes 29 seconds
The Ethics of Cryptocurrency.
Catherine Flick is a Reader in Computing and Social Responsibility in the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. She also currently has a visiting fellowship at Staffordshire University.
09/10/2023 • 1 hour 28 minutes 11 seconds
“How to Give Sex Advice” with Dan Savage
Host Jack Russell Weinstein is joined by author and podcast host Dan Savage to discuss "How to Give Sex Advice."
10/09/2023 • 1 hour 16 minutes 48 seconds
“The Myths of Whiteness”
Jack Russell Weinstein visits with David Mura, the author of “The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives.”
13/08/2023 • 1 hour 19 minutes 20 seconds
“Who is Responsible for War Crimes?”
In an encore presentation from 2018, host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Matthew Talbert and Jessica Wolfendale, co-authors of the book, War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame.
09/07/2023 • 1 hour 26 minutes 1 second
North Dakota's North American Game Warden Museum ~ Arts Update from Kim Konikow
Thursday, June 29, 2023 - The North American Game Warden Museum is a museum in the International Peace Garden on the Canada–United States international border between the Canadian province of Manitoba and the U.S. state of North Dakota. The museum is located on the American side of the border. Initially founded on a temporary basis at the International Peace Garden in the 1990s, it became a permanent museum in 2005. Stephanie Lee is the museum's manager. ~~~ Biologist Chuck Lura shares an essay on the state flower. ~~~ 2023 is the International Year of Millets! Harvest Public Media shares why farmers are embracing this drought-tolerant grain. ~~~ It’s a big deal for the North Dakota Council on the Arts. Executive Director Kim Konikow talks about their biggest budget ever and what they’re doing with the money. ~~~ Today’s BirdNote is about napping in mid flight.
29/06/2023 • 52 minutes 59 seconds
“The Case for Nonhuman Rights"
Jack visits with Jeff Sebo, the author of “Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves: Why Animals Matter for Pandemics, Climate Change, and Other Catastrophes.”
11/06/2023 • 1 hour 10 minutes 39 seconds
“Consolation, Solace, and Leadership”
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Michael Ignatieff, author of “On Consolation: Finding Solace in Dark Times.” Known for his work as a historian, Ignatieff has held senior academic posts at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, and Toronto. Most recently, he was rector and President of Central European University.
14/05/2023 • 1 hour 11 minutes 56 seconds
"The Philosophy of Depression"
“The Philosophy of Depression,” with Andrew Solomon, a writer on politics, culture and psychology. Solomon wrote “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” which won the 2001 National Book Award, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, and was included in The Times list of one hundred best books of the decade.
08/04/2023 • 1 hour 30 minutes 44 seconds
Bonus Episode: "Philosophy in the Classroom"
On this bonus episode, Jack Russell Weinstein and Ashley Thornberg explore philosophy in the classroom, his students, and how to present philosophers he doesn’t agree with.
13/03/2023 • 47 minutes 7 seconds
What is it like to be a philosophy student?
In a special episode, Jack visits with four of his students — Samuel Amendolar, Terese Azure, Madilyn Lee, and Sara Rasch — about what it's like to study philosophy.
12/03/2023 • 1 hour 36 minutes 48 seconds
Privacy is Power
“Data, Technology, and the Power of Privacy.” Philosophers Jack Russell Weinstein and Carissa Véliz discuss how internet companies track and sell private information, and how this is changing politics and society.
12/02/2023 • 1 hour 10 minutes 37 seconds
"A Philosophical Look at Immigration and Migration"
In an encore presentation from January 2020, host 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."
08/01/2023 • 1 hour 11 minutes 59 seconds
“The Argument for Unions”
Jack Russell Weinstein visits with philosophy professor Mark Reiff of the University of California at Davis. Mark R. Reiff is the author of five books: In the Name of Liberty: The Argument for Universal Unionization (Cambridge University Press, 2020); On Unemployment, Volume I: A Micro-Theory of Economic Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); On Unemployment, Volume II: Achieving Economic Justice after the Great Recession (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); Exploitation and Economic Justice in the Liberal Capitalist State (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Punishment, Compensation, and Law: A Theory of Enforceability (Cambridge University Press, 2005).
11/12/2022 • 1 hour 13 minutes 28 seconds
“What Makes a Movie Good?”
Host Jack Russell Weinstein explores the question “What Makes a Movie Good?” with Jinhee Choi, Reader in Film Studies at King's College London.
13/11/2022 • 1 hour 23 minutes 45 seconds
"Philosophical Concerns About Today's Supreme Court"
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Andrew Seidel, the author of "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American;" and "American Crusade: How the Supreme Court is Weaponizing Religious Freedom." He’s also co-editor of an academic text, "Law and Religion: Cases and Materials."
09/10/2022 • 1 hour 15 minutes 54 seconds
"Are Indian Tribes Sovereign Nations?"
The University of North Dakota recently announce that it found Native American human remains in storage, and has begun the repatriation process. With that current headline in mind, we offer an encore episode with George “Tink” Tinker, the Clifford Baldridge Emeritus Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, where he was still teaching at the time of this 2014 conversation.
11/09/2022 • 52 minutes 59 seconds
"On Liberty and Libertarianism”
Political freedom lies at the core of any democracy. Yet some people claim that even countries like America and England aren’t free enough. What does a free society look like and how much liberty is necessary for the moral life? In this encore presentation from 2011, Jack visits with James Otteson. At the time, he was Professor of Philosophy and Economics at Yeshiva University, but has since moved to Notre Dame, where he is the John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics. He is also the Rex and Alice A. Martin faculty director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, and the faculty director of the Business Honors Program in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. And if that’s not enough, he’s also Senior Scholar at The Fund for American Studies and a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. His latest book is Seven Deadly Economic Sins, published by Cambridge University Press in 2021.
14/08/2022 • 52 minutes 59 seconds
"What Does it Mean to Be African?"
Jack Russell Weinstein is here to preview this Sunday’s Why radio show as he visits with Firoze Manji. Manji is a Kenyan activist with more than 40 years’ experience in international development, health, human rights, teaching, publishing and political organizing. He is the recipient of the 2021 Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association. (Wikipedia)
10/07/2022 • 1 hour 2 minutes 22 seconds
“What Do Community Colleges Do?”
UND distinguished professor of philosophy, Jack Russell Weinstein, visits with Brian Huschle, Northland Community and Technical College.
12/06/2022 • 1 hour 20 minutes 24 seconds
“How to Think Like A Hindu”
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Swami Sarvapriyananda.
08/05/2022 • 1 hour 25 minutes 2 seconds
"Ask Me Anything"
In this special episode, Ashley Thornberg presents Jack with philosophical questions submitted by listeners.
10/04/2022 • 1 hour 41 minutes 40 seconds
“What is a Model Minority?”
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Emily S. Lee, professor of philosophy at California State University at Fullerton, and the author of "Race as Phenomena: Between Phenomenology and Philosophy of Race."
13/03/2022 • 1 hour 13 minutes 21 seconds
"Love, Hate, or Eat: How Humans Relate to Animals"
This encore episode from April 2012 examines our relationship with animals. Why do some cultures eat dogs and others invite them into their bedrooms? Why do some people find spiders disgusting but others consider them a delicacy? Who enjoyed a better quality of life—the chicken on a dinner plate or the rooster who dies in a Saturday-night cockfight? What can we really learn from experiments on mice?On the next episode of WHY? we’ll talk with author Hal Herzog about human attitudes towards animals, examine how rational we are when it comes to pets, and ask what all this tell us about ourselves. Drawing on more than two decades of research in the emerging field of anthrozoology, the new science of human–animal relations, Hal offers surprising answers to these and other questions related to the moral conundrums we face when considering the creatures with whom we share our world.
13/02/2022 • 1 hour 15 minutes 20 seconds
The Tables Have Turned: Jack Russell Weinstein Becomes the Interviewee
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Main Street's Ashley Thornberg discusses various aspects of race and the importance of holidays with UND philosophy professor Jack Russell Weinstein.
10/02/2022 • 45 minutes 15 seconds
"Why Plato and Not Prozac"
This encore from 2011 is quite appropriate for today as host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Lou Marinoff. Can philosophy make our lives better? Can it help us develop better senses of self? Can it ever be used as a therapy-like tool to heal us psychologically or inspire us to change our behavior? In this episode of WHY? we will look at the role of belief, worldview, and intellectual choices, to see how they contribute to a healthy, well-balanced personality. Lou Marinoff is Professor of Philosophy at City College of New York, and founding President of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA). He has authored two international bestsellers: Plato Not Prozac, translated into 25 languages; and Therapy for the Sane, translated into 12 languages. Both apply Asian and Western philosophy to the resolution of everyday problems. In 2004, The New York Times weekend magazine called him “the world’s most successful marketer of philosophical counseling.”
09/01/2022 • 1 hour 8 minutes 4 seconds
"The Separation of Church and State"
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney and the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
12/12/2021 • 1 hour 16 minutes 19 seconds
"Should the Government Care About You?"
Does the government have the responsibility to care about its citizens? Does it have an obligation to think of each of us as people, as individuals, and not just as interchangeable? Join WHY? as we talk with influential and ground-breaking philosopher Virginia Held about the ethics of care and how her approach change the way we think about the government, the law, and justice itself. Virginia Held was a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York. She is the author of numerous books, including The Ethics of Care, How Terrorism is Wrong: Morality and Political Violence, and Feminist Morality: Transforming Culture, Society, and Politics (Women in Culture and Society). This episode originally aired in 2012.