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Are We To Become Gods, The Destroyers Of Our World?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Sci-fi thriller Ex Machina explores a variable of artificial intelligence we don't see in most considerations — the potential use of emotions as control, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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The Sporkful

What Makes A Sandwich A Sandwich?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Is a buttered roll a sandwich? Is it still brunch if it’s 2 pm? Dan debates food and language with Peter Kim from the Museum of Food and Drink and Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist.

To the Best of Our Knowledge

Ken "The Voice" Nordine reads his jazz poem "Yellow"

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ken Nordine is the epitome of jazz poetry. He has an amazing voice. His nickname is, in fact, "The Voice."  Best known for his Word Jazz series, this poem is one he did for a paint company. The paint company is long forgotten but the poem lives on.

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Considering 'The Philosophy Of The Web'

Monday, April 20, 2015

Does contemporary technology fundamentally change our relationship to the world and to each other? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert to learn about this emerging area of philosophy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Healthier Way to Think About Sex

Friday, April 17, 2015

Alain de Botton, the Swiss philosopher whose new book is the kind you "read in bed and weep quietly as your partner sleeps beside you," examines the ways we think about sex.

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Can The Earth Be Conscious?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Just as the development of a biosphere can imply new evolutionary paths for a planet, maybe the development of a planetary Noosphere has its own concrete evolutionary implications, says Adam Frank.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Great Minds on Happiness

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A journey from ancient times to today's research labs, pondering the attainability of lasting happiness. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rand Paul; Collective Bargaining in Higher Ed; Philosophy of Happiness

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Rand Paul's GOP candidacy; Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop on chain stores; collective bargaining in higher ed; the philosophy of happiness; and "Food Babe" vs. "Science Babe."

The Brian Lehrer Show

The World Envies Our Wrinkles

Friday, March 27, 2015

As we think about growing old in a youth-obsessed society, writer Anne Karpf says it's actually a privilege to age, and many people around the world would be glad to have our longevity.

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On The Media

Staring Into the Abyss

Friday, March 13, 2015

Brooke follows up on her conversation with Radiolab, and explores our longstanding fascination with nihilism: why it's popular today, and whether that's always been the case.

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On The Media

In the Dust of This Planet

Friday, March 13, 2015

Radiolab host Jad Abumrad explores the philosophy that turned his brother-in-law's book cover into a celebrity fashion statement.

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Are 'Big' Truths Better Than 'Small' Truths?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Humans, with our finite lives, are naturally drawn to grand questions about time, space and the cosmos. But, astrophysicist Adam Frank asks, where does that leave life's little truths?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

For Love to Last, Lying Is a Must

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Philosophy professor Clancy Martin looks at what philosophers tell us about the links between love and lying.

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Who Was Mr. Spock?

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The passing of actor Leonard Nimoy gives us an occasion to think again about the character of Mr. Spock himself. Commentator Alva Noë reflects.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

A Philosophy of Fashion

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Philosopher Lars Svendsen talks about how fashion--the search for the new, for the sake of novelty--was born during the early renaissance, with the rise of Modern individuality. He says fashion shapes not just the clothes we wear, but almost every part of our lives.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Confucius 101

Friday, February 27, 2015

Time correspondent Michael Schuman talks about what can be learned about China from reading about the history of Confucius in East Asia.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Christiane Amanpour; ISIS Supporters in Brookyn; Sylvia's in Harlem

Friday, February 27, 2015

Christiane Amanpour discusses the latest on ISIS, plus Brooklyn men had plans to help the group; Cynthia Nixon's new play; our small biz series continues with Sylvia's; & Confucius 101.

Exploring The Metaphysics Of Love

Monday, February 16, 2015

Beyond the roses, hearts and generic declarations of devotion, do you know what love is? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert on the metaphysics of love.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Peaceful Philosophy of the Man Who Inspired Iraq War Neocons

Monday, February 16, 2015

Leo Strauss inspired Neocon champions of the Iraq War, but Robert Howse argues that he was actually a man of peace. 

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Dangerous Idea: A Palace of Unbuilt Roads

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Hans-Ulrich Obris has a dangerous idea. To build a Palace of Unbuilt Roads.

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