Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

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A monthly philosophy show hosted by Dr. Jack Russell Weinstein that explores current everyday themes. Jack visits with guests who work in academic philosophy or whose professions are ideal for digging into the philosophical issues that affect everyday life.

The mission of "Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life" is to create a large-scale conversation between philosophical professionals and the general public. Even more so, however, the show was created to illustrate how day-to-day life is steeped in deep philosophical commitments and to provide a venue for exploration of those same commitments.

Each episode begins with a monologue-style discussion of current events as seen through a philosophical lens then features a discussion with the guest about their work and how it relates to general audiences.

Dr. Weinstein is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Dakota and the Director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life. He has had a career-long interest in public philosophy as well as long-term interest in radio. Why? is the combination of the two. He has authored two books, three edited collections and journal symposia, and over two dozen articles and reviews. He has contributed work for lay audiences to newspapers, magazines, and public radio. He lives in Grand Forks with his wife Kim, their daughter Adina, and their dog Mingus. Hide full description

The mission of "Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life" is to create a large-scale conversation between philosophical professionals and the general public. Even more so, however, the show was created to illustrate how day-to-day life is steeped in deep philosophical commitments and to provide a venue for exploration of those same commitments.Each episode begins with a monologue-style discussion of current events as seen through a philosophical lens then features a discussion with the guest about their work and how it relates to general audiences. Dr. Weinstein is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Dakota and the Director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life. He has had a career-long interest in public philosophy as well as long-term interest in... Show full description


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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Rachel Laudan, food historian and the author of Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History.

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Deborah Brandt, professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author most...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2015
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Nel Noddings, an American feminist, educationalist, and philosopher best known for her work in philosophy o...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2015
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Paul Wolff, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Wolff has written widely ...

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  • Added: Jan 12, 2015
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Bruce Caldwell, an American historian of economics, a research professor of Economics at Duke University, a...

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Mike Rose, author of "The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker."

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Daniel Goldhagen, an independent scholar affiliated with Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, visits with host Jack Russell Wei...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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A discussion about America's government and its economy as host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Mike O'Connor.

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2014
  • Length: 54:01
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Caption: George "Tink" Tinker
George E. "Tink" Tinker, a prominent American Indian theologian, visits with host Jack Russell Weinstein.

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  • Added: May 06, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Seyla Benhabib
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Seyla Benhabib, the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and the a...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2014
  • Length: 53:59
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Ross King visits with host Jack Russell Weinstein

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Peter Levine
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service a...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
  • Length: 53:49
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Joseph Margolis, Laura H. Carnell professor of philosophy of Temple University visits with host Jack Russell Weinstein.

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
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Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Michael Apple, professor of education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A leading theorist of education, ...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Samuel Walker
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Samuel Walker, Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice.

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  • Added: Aug 21, 2013
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In 1995, James Loewen published Lies My Teacher Told Me, a powerful critique of how American history is taught in schools. He visits with host Jack...

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  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 53:25
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Caption: Jan Golinski
Is there such a thing as objectivity or does science just describe what we ourselves bring into the laboratory? On this episode of WHY? we are goin...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
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Caption: Stephen M. Bainbridge
On this episode of WHY?, we will ask what it means for a corporation to be a person, how collective action affects agency, and how these large comp...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2012
  • Length: 54:02
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Caption: Deidre McCloskey
Everywhere we look there are “economic indicators.” We talk about the jobless rate and the national debt. We learn about the first quarter and eval...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2012
  • Length: 53:26
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Caption: Virginia Held
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...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2012
  • Length: 54:00
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