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Randy Cohen

Former columnist for The New York Times

Randy Cohen appears in the following:

Gawker Publishes the Names of People Who Own Guns in New York City

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

A growing number of news organization have responded to the recent incidents of gun violence by publishing lists from public records of the names and — sometimes the addresses — of gun owners in communities in the Northeast. Randy Cohen was the writer of The Ethicist column for The New York Times Magazine for 12 years.

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Be Good

Friday, November 23, 2012

Randy Cohen, longtime "Ethicist" columnist for The New York Times Magazine and author of Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, calls on his experience as "The Ethicist" to offer a guide to goodness on the personal and policy level.

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Be Good

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Randy Cohen, longtime "Ethicist" columnist for The New York Times Magazine and author of Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, calls on his experience as "The Ethicist" to offer a guide to goodness on the personal and policy level.

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Qaddafi and Pop

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Recently leaked cables reveal that several American pop icons were paid millions to perform at private events hosted by the infamous Qaddafi clan. Randy Cohen and Rolling Stone journalist Steve Knopper will examine the connection between the Libyan dictator’s family and Top 40 stars. And, we explore this ethical question: does it matter who pays the piper?

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Ethics at the Food Co-op

Monday, February 21, 2011

Randy Cohen, the "The Ethicist" columnist for The New York Times Magazine, weighs in on the news that some members of the Park Slope Food Co-op allegedly send their nannies to work their shifts. Sophia Durning, a long-time Park Slope resident, joins the conversation to speak to the ethical dilemma concerning nannies substituting for co-op members.

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Ethical Issues Arise in Magazine's Outing of Anti-Gay Pastor

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A local Minneapolis magazine is getting backlash from readers for its decision to run a story about an anti-gay pastor who attended a support group for men grappling with same-sex attraction. Lavender Magazine reported that Rev. Tom Brock, of the Hope Lutheran Church, who publicly criticized the Evangelical Lutheran Church for liberalizing its gay clergy policies, attended Faith in Action, the Minnesota affiliate of the Catholic Church's Courage program. The program, according to its website, claims people can "move beyond the confines of the homosexual identity" by developing an interior life of chastity.

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Online Vigilante Justice: Is it Ever Ethical?

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Online vigilante justice has become commonplace in China, but it also occurs right here in the U.S. It's a phenomenon in which internet users hunt down and punish people who’ve attracted their wrath...oftentimes for unpunished acts that are considered reprehensible. Some feel this particular form using tech savvy to give people what they deserve is useful, but questions arise about whether online vigilantism is dangerous.

 

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300th Birthday of Moralist Samuel Johnson

Friday, September 18, 2009

The famed moralist and writer Samuel Johnson was born 300 years old today. Randy Cohen, who writes The Ethicist column for The New York Times Magazine, gives us his take on what the crusty, eminently quotable moralist might have made of some of our present-day dilemmas.

1784. ÆTAT.- And now I am arrived at the last year of the life of Samuel Johnson, a year in which, although passed in severe indisposition, he nevertheless gave many evidences of the continuance of those wondrous powers of mind, which raised him so high in the intellectual world. His conversation and his letters of this year were in no respect inferiour to those of former years.
--James Boswell, "The Life of Samuel Johnson"
infa'usting. The act of making unlucky. An odd and inelegant word.
--Samuel Johnson, in "Johnson's Dictionary"

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Outbursts and Consequences

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Public outbursts and their consequences seem a lot more common, of late. Last week, Representative Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) heckled the president during an address to both houses of Congress, and now faces a possible Congressional censure. This week, Serena Williams lost her cool (not to mention $10,500 in fines) when she lashed out at a line judge at the U.S. Open. Kanye West appeared on Jay Leno's show last night to apologize after he broke script at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards and grabbed the microphone from Taylor Swift to praise Beyonce's video.

For more on public outbursts, we talk to Randy Cohen, who writes "The Ethicist" column in the New York Times Magazine and Latoya Peterson, editor of the online blog Racialicious.

Watch Kanye West on The Jay Leno Show apologizing for his outburst:

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Can You Hate the Artist but Love the Art?

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Randy Cohen, author of "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine joins us to discuss this question as it applies to artists ranging from Richard Wagner and James Brown to Phil Spector, Ike Turner and Renaissance composer (and wife murderer) Gesualdo.

Tell us: Can you separate the ...

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Bad People, Great Art

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Last week, the R&B singer Chris Brown was sentenced to five years of probation for his assault on the pop star Rihanna. The case raises a perennial question: whether it’s possible to separate the musician from their art. Today we ask Randy Cohen, author of “The Ethicist” column for The ...

Mortality and Morality: The Remains of Michael Jackson

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Michael Jackson will be buried this morning at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Los Angeles. The cemetery is a famous resting spot, but Jackson apparently wanted to be buried at his beloved Neverland Ranch. Joining The Takeaway to discuss whether we should defer to the dead when it comes to disposing of their mortal remains is Randy Cohen, The Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine and author of the Moral of the Story Blog.

For more, read Randy Cohen's blog entry, Michael Jackson’s Body, in The New York Times.

"The physical presence of the dead is very, very meaningful for the living simply to grasp the idea that death has occurred."
— New York Times Magazine columnist Randy Cohen

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The Ethics of Elizabeth Edwards

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Elizabeth Edward's latest round of interviews about her husband's affair has gotten our friend Randy Cohen thinking: Is she wrong to put her family through this again, just to promote her latest book? (It's called Resilience, by the way.) Randy Cohen is The Ethicist, columnist for The New York Times Magazine, and the author of the new Moral of the Story blog.

Here's Elizabeth Edwards discussing her husband's affair with Oprah:

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The ethics and etiquette of the flu

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Are we ethically obliged to cover our mouths when we cough? To wash our hands after we sneeze? These questions prompted a column by our friend and New York Times Ethicist Randy Cohen, and he joins us with more.

For more, read Randy Cohen's entry, Flu Fighters in his Moral of the Story blog for the New York Times.
"If the question is 'How do we get people to behave virtuously? How do you get people to do the right thing?' That's very much a community obligation. People won't do it unless you make it possible. But if you do it's amazing how well people will respond."
—New York Times columnist Randy Cohen on etiquette during the swine flu outbreak

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The Moral of the Story with Randy Cohen

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

When reading the news it is easy to have an opinion about whether the person involved was acting ethically. But no one is more entitled to that opinion than Randy Cohen. He writes The Ethicist column in the New York Times Magazine and is the author of the new Moral of the Story column in the New York Times. He joins The Takeaway with his ethical take on the news of the day.

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Ethics Considered

Friday, April 10, 2009

Randy Cohen talks with us about the ethical issues surrounding Madonna's attempt to adopt another child in Malawi. He has a new column, "The Moral of the Story," on the New York Times Magazine website.

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The Melting Pot

Friday, April 10, 2009

As if the economy, health care, and foreign policy weren't enough, the Obama administration thinks it can tackle immigration reform sooner than later. Plus, the perils of overthinking; The Ethicist Randy Cohen on Madonna's adoption; and how the army is pressuring doctors to not diagnose PTSD.

Moral of the story

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

For years, ethicist Randy Cohen has patiently guided readers through moral quagmires in his weekly column in the New York Times "The Ethicist." Now he is branching out from his popular Sunday column and is bringing his moral view to a new arena: The news. He will cast his ethical gaze on hot topics and in the news and discuss their broader moral implications. Randy Cohen joins The Takeaway to discuss his take on Madonna's failed adoption of a little girl in Malawi.

Check out Randy Cohen's column, Moral of the Story, in today's New York Times.

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Ethics and Music, Part Three

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Randy Cohen, author of "The Ethicist" column for the New York Times Magazine, joins us to add some color to the "gray areas" in issues like downloading, ripping CDs and pitch correction. Plus, we take your calls and comments.

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Ethics and Music, Part Two

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Randy Cohen, author of "The Ethicist" column for the New York Times Magazine, joins us to add some color to the "gray areas" in issues like downloading, ripping CDs and pitch correction. Plus, we take your calls and comments.

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