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Podcast episodes and interviews that Sam Harris himself has been featured in. Episodes from Recode Decode, Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, The James Altucher Show and more. + Episode Recommendations from Sam Harris's twitter account! Last Updated 12/11/2019.

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Podcast episodes and interviews that Sam Harris himself has been featured in. Episodes from Recode Decode, Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, The James Altucher Show and more. + Episode Recommendations from Sam Harris's twitter account! Last Updated 12/11/2019.

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EP 131: Part 2 Recording Artist & Author Sam Harris & husband, Executive Communications Coach Danny Jacobsen, chat about Sam's career & new book, The Substance Of All Things

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Join Kelli and Anne for their 131st NEW episode!

They begin this episode by talking about going to Drive N’ Drag, a drive in live drag show produced by Voss Events with all queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race. It was a super fun, socially distanced way to spend a night with family and friends.

They are excited to play “My Reclamation” by Sam Harris. He wrote this song about LGBT equality and we know you are going to love it.

Today is Part 2 of their interview with singer/songwriter/author Sam Harris and his husband Danny Jacobsen, an Executive Communications Coach and Consultant. In this episode they chat a lot about Sam’s career and his big break when he won the first season of Star Search. They also chat about his starring role in The Life on Broadway and so much more. Finally they talk about his life as an author beginning with his first book HAM: Slices Of Life and his most recent release, The Substance Of All Things. Find out more about these incredibly talented guys at

As always, they end with a cocktail from Equality Vodka.This week, in honor of Sam’s new book, they are serving The Page Turner!

Jul 30 2020

1hr 1min


KDCP Ep. 34 BLM: J.D. Greear vs Sam Harris

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J.D. Greear, the President of the SBC, gave a state of the union type address last week, discussing several key issues in the SBC along with Black Lives Matter. I think he misses the mark. Ironically, atheist Sam Harris hits a bullseye on what we need to do to move forward in the discussion.

Jun 24 2020



#466 - Response To Sam Harris

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My response to Sam Harris, from episode #207 of his Making Sense podcast. Support my show at for ad-free shows and extended versions.

Jun 20 2020

1hr 47mins


Sam Harris on Global Priorities, Existential Risk, and What Matters Most

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Human civilization increasingly has the potential both to improve the lives of everyone and to completely destroy everything. The proliferation of emerging technologies calls our attention to this never-before-seen power — and the need to cultivate the wisdom with which to steer it towards beneficial outcomes. If we're serious both as individuals and as a species about improving the world, it's crucial that we converge around the reality of our situation and what matters most. What are the most important problems in the world today and why? In this episode of the Future of Life Institute Podcast, Sam Harris joins us to discuss some of these global priorities, the ethics surrounding them, and what we can do to address them.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

-The problem of communication 
-Global priorities 
-Existential risk 
-Animal suffering in both wild animals and factory farmed animals 
-Global poverty 
-Artificial general intelligence risk and AI alignment 
-Sam’s book, The Moral Landscape

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0:00 Intro
3:52 What are the most important problems in the world?
13:14 Global priorities: existential risk
20:15 Why global catastrophic risks are more likely than existential risks
25:09 Longtermist philosophy
31:36 Making existential and global catastrophic risk more emotionally salient
34:41 How analyzing the self makes longtermism more attractive
40:28 Global priorities & effective altruism: animal suffering and global poverty
56:03 Is machine suffering the next global moral catastrophe?
59:36 AI alignment and artificial general intelligence/superintelligence risk
01:11:25 Expanding our moral circle of compassion
01:13:00 The Moral Landscape, consciousness, and moral realism
01:30:14 Can bliss and wellbeing be mathematically defined?
01:31:03 Where to follow Sam and concluding thoughts

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Jun 01 2020

1hr 32mins


#433: Sam Harris on Psychedelics, How to Cope During a Pandemic, Taming Anxiety, and More

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Sam Harris — Psychedelics, Meditation, and The Bigger Picture | Brought to you by FreshBooks and "5-Bullet Friday"

"Nothing's changed but yet, on some level, everything has changed, and I feel like I'm in a spaceship where at any moment, the leak or the breach in the wall can be catastrophic. It's a very bizarre feeling, which I know everyone is sharing to one or another degree." Sam Harris

Sam Harris (@SamHarrisOrg) is a neuroscientist, philosopher, and author of five New York Times bestsellers. His work covers a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focuses on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz).

Sam hosts the popular Making Sense podcast and is also the creator of the Waking Up app, which offers a modern, rational approach to the practice of meditation. Sam has practiced meditation for over 30 years and has studied with many Tibetan, Indian, Burmese, and Western meditation teachers, both in the United States and abroad. He holds a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

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May 15 2020

1hr 50mins


How COVID Accelerates the Arrival of our Future - Sam Harris joins Yang Speaks

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In July 2018, an unknown entrepreneur named Andrew Yang joined Sam Harris' podcast to talk about Universal Basic Income and his longshot run for president. Almost two years later, that entrepreneur returns the favor, now having inspired millions around the ideas needed to move our country forward. In round two of the podcast that started it all, Sam Harris joins Yang Speaks to discuss how far Andrew Yang's movement has grown, the 2020 election, and how Coronavirus has accelerated the arrival of our future.

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May 11 2020

1hr 27mins


Consciousness & COVID Ethics (with Sam Harris)

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On this week’s episode of Stay Tuned, “Consciousness & COVID Ethics,” Preet answers listener questions about Republican-appointed judges, Dr. Fauci’s blocked testimony, and John Bolton’s inapropos tell-all book. Then, Preet is joined by Sam Harris, neuroscientist, author, and host of the Making Sense podcast, to explore the nature of consciousness and the awakened mind. 

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  • “Rules of Procedure United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary,” Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Oral Arguments in Judiciary Committee v. Don McGahn, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, En Banc, 4/28/2020
  • Paul Kane and Seung Min Kim, “Trump’s judicial nominee clashes with Democrats over his comments critical of health care law,” Washington Post, 5/6/2020
  • Quint Forgey, “Trump Says Fauci Will Testify Before Senate, Blasts ‘House’ Set-Up,” Politico, 5/5/2020
  • Preet’s Retweet of Michael Isikoff’s Bolton Book Update, Twitter, 5/4/2020



  • Sam Harris, “Mindfulness Meditation,” YouTube, 2015
  • Caren Osten Gerszberg, “My Week of ‘Noble Silence’,” New York Times, 12/6/2019
  • “Sam Harris Explains Why There’s No Free Will,” Inside the Hive with Emily Jane Fox and Joe Hagan, Vanity Fair, 10/25/2019


  • Sam Harris and Paul Bloom, Making Sense Episode #198, 3/16/2020
  • Chris Conover, “How Economists Calculate The Costs And Benefits Of COVID-19 Lockdowns,” Forbes, 3/27/2020
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Tweet on Price of Human Life, Twitter, 3/24/2020
  • Jennifer Merceciera, “When Trump says he was being ‘sarcastic,’ it’s just part of his gaslighting,” Washington Post, 4/25/2020


  • Charles Murray and Sam Harris, “Forbidden Knowledge,” Making Sense, 4/22/2017
  • Ezra Klein and Sam Harris, “The Sam Harris-Ezra Klein Debate,” Vox, 4/19/2018
  • Sam Harris, “Ezra Klein: Editor-at-Large,”, 3/27/2018


  • Heather Roney, Twitter, 4/4/2020
  • McKinley Corbley, “3D-Printing Teen Makes Hundreds of Ingenious Devices to Alleviate Ear Pain for Healthcare Workers,” Good News Network, 4/23/2020
  • Betty Nguyen, “Brooklyn teen making 3D-printed face shields for NYC hospitals amid COVID-19 crisis,” PIX11, 4/23/2020
  • Tameem Akhgar, “Ventilator from old car parts? Afghan girls pursue prototype,” AP News, 4/19/2020
  • Brent Crane, “The High Schooler Who Became a COVID-19 Watchdog,” The New Yorker, 3/20/2020

May 07 2020

1hr 42mins


Matt Mullenweg with Sam Harris on Distributed Work’s Five Levels of Autonomy

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Distributed host Matt Mullenweg recently appeared on Sam Harris’s excellent podcast, Making Sense, sharing the “five levels of autonomy” when it comes to distributed work. Listen to their wide-ranging conversation on how companies transition to remote work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We love Sam’s podcast, Making Sense, so for more go to and you can also subscribe to get his premium content, which is totally worth it.

Apr 15 2020


#100 - Sam Harris, Ph.D.: COVID-19—Comprehending the crisis and managing our emotions

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In this episode, Sam Harris, neuroscientist, author, and host of the Making Sense Podcast, joins Peter to discuss this unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The discussion includes the important distinction between COVID-19 and influenza, the impact on the economy, the dire situation in New York, and the challenge of creating a safe and effective vaccine. Additionally, Sam brings insights from his extensive meditation practice to help those struggling with stress, anxiety, and fear in this extraordinary situation. We discuss:

  • A time unlike any other—why many people don’t seem to fully grasp the magnitude of this situation [2:00];
  • Why comparing COVID-19 to influenza is a bad analogy [10:45]
  • The impact on the economy of measures like shelter-in-place—Is the “cure” worse than the disease? [16:45];
  • Why are some places, like New York, getting hit so much worse? [24:45];
  • The trickle down effect of an overrun healthcare system on non-COVID-19 related health issues [34:45];
  • How to calm our minds and manage our emotions during this craziness [38:00];
  • Talking to kids about this situation without burdening them with undue stress [50:15];
  • Insights from meditation practice—Recognize and unhook yourself from a heightened emotional state [52:00];
  • How to make the most of a situation where you let your emotions get the best of you [59:15];
  • What are some potential positive things that Sam hopes could be learned from this crisis and applied to the future? [1:09:30];
  • The unfortunate politics being layered on top of this crisis [1:15:30];
  • The challenge of creating a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 [1:20:00]; and
  • More.

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Mar 24 2020

1hr 32mins


Sam Harris (2012) | The Delusion of Free Will

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Revisit Sam Harris’ life-changing presentation from the 2012 Festival of Dangerous Ideas. This deconstruction of the illusion of free will is challenging and confronting, but Harris makes the  argument thoroughly entertaining and accessible for all who are willing to look at life differently. A Decade of Danger celebrates 10 years of The Festival of Dangerous Ideas and will highlight 10 unmissable speakers from across the festival’s history. Sign up at to find out more about the lineup for FODI 2020.

Jan 21 2020