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WHY? - Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

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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.

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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.

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Great Show About Ideas

By Tony Cunningham - Jun 10 2016
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At first glance, I wouldn't think a public radio show about philosophical ideas would make it. I say this and I'm a philosopher by trade. Jack Weinstein makes it work wot a great combination of good guests, interesting topics, and great conversation. One of the marks of a great conversation is that you don't usually notice the wheels turning. Good conversations can sound easy and effortless, but they take really good listening and thoughtfulness. Three thumbs up for this show, and I'm glad a show like this really can make it in the United States. Wahoo for Why?

Worth your time Podcast

By Thor8 - Jun 10 2016
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Finally we have a quality, professional podcast option. Pairs with any downtime in the car or easy listening after a long day. The guests are current and relevant in their fields. Host Dr. Jack Weinstein has created a listener focused conversation providing new insights to modern concerns.

iTunes Ratings

29 Ratings
Average Ratings
27
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0
1
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Great Show About Ideas

By Tony Cunningham - Jun 10 2016
Read more
At first glance, I wouldn't think a public radio show about philosophical ideas would make it. I say this and I'm a philosopher by trade. Jack Weinstein makes it work wot a great combination of good guests, interesting topics, and great conversation. One of the marks of a great conversation is that you don't usually notice the wheels turning. Good conversations can sound easy and effortless, but they take really good listening and thoughtfulness. Three thumbs up for this show, and I'm glad a show like this really can make it in the United States. Wahoo for Why?

Worth your time Podcast

By Thor8 - Jun 10 2016
Read more
Finally we have a quality, professional podcast option. Pairs with any downtime in the car or easy listening after a long day. The guests are current and relevant in their fields. Host Dr. Jack Weinstein has created a listener focused conversation providing new insights to modern concerns.

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WHY? - Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life

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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.

"What is Sharia Law?"

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Some Americans have been haunted by the specter of Sharia law, but how many really know what it is? Surely, it’s not the caricature of religious fascism and xenophobia that some claim. On this episode of Why? Radio, we take a philosophical look at Sharia law, its tradition, variations, and the worldview it provides. Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Gleave, professor of Arabic studies, University of Exeter.

Feb 10 2019

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"What Is Literacy?"

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When people think of literacy, they think of simple reading and writing. But literacy is more complicated than that. On this episode of WHY, host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Kim Donehower, UND professor of English.

Jan 13 2019

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"Is Shakespeare Still Relevant?"

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Jack Russell Weinstein previews this week’s episode of “WHY? Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life. His guest this month is Adam Kitzes from the UND English department. They explore the question, "Is Shakespeare still relevant?”

Sep 09 2018

1hr 14mins

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"The Logic of Jazz"

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This episode celebrates Why? Radio’s tenth birthday with a musical exploration of the origins, meaning, experience, and, of course, music of jazz. How do newcomers start listening to the music? How do musicians discover new ways to play? And, what makes the best jazz tracks important and enjoyable? Join us as Mark Weinstein, jazz flutist, philosopher, and our host’s father, explores America’s music, explaining music theory, improvisation, and whether music is discovered or invented. This episode was recorded before a live audience at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks, ND.

Mar 27 2019

1hr 12mins

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“Can We Change Social Norms?”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Cristina Bicchieri, professor of social thought and comparative ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Their topic is, “Can we change social norms?”

Jul 14 2019

1hr 20mins

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“What Does Wellness Mean and How Do We Get There?”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with John Ratey, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His books writings include the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Ned Hallowell, MD. His book "Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain," established him as one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. His most recent book, “Go Wild” explores how we can achieve optimal physical and mental health by getting in touch with our caveman roots, and how we can “re-wild” our lives.

Jun 09 2019

1hr 20mins

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“Who is Responsible for War Crimes?”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Matthew Talbert and Jessica Wolfendale, co-authors of the book, War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame .

Nov 12 2018

1hr 27mins

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“Living Authentically in an Inauthentic Age”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Gordon Marino, professor of philosophy and the director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College. His new book is " The Existentialist's Survival Guide."

May 13 2018

1hr 17mins

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“How Does Misinformation Spread?”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall, authors of "The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread." They expolore why, apart from any evidence, people's beliefs can depend on several social factors, allowing even demonstrably false beliefs to persist.

Apr 14 2019

1hr 28mins

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“What Does it Mean to Keep the Internet Free?”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with journalist, and science fiction author Cory Doctorow, who serves as co-editor of the Boing Boing blog.

May 12 2019

1hr 39mins

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"What is it Like to be a University President?"

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with John Ettling, recently retired president of Plattsburgh State University, and former provost at the University of North Dakota.

Dec 08 2019

1hr 29mins

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"Does Accepting Evolution Mean There is no Meaning of Life?"

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Michael Ruse, a faculty member at Florida State in Tallahassee. Ruse specializes in the philosophy of biology and the relationship between science and religion.

Nov 10 2019

1hr 21mins

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"Who Should We Blame and Who Should We Forgive?"

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Jack visits with Miranda Fricker, Presidential Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Oct 13 2019

1hr 26mins

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“Why Do We Need a New Translation of the Hebrew Bible?”

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Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Alter, the world’s foremost Hebrew Scriptures scholar. He just released a new translation of the books of Moses.

Sep 08 2019

1hr 18mins

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“How do the Arts Contribute to Capitalism and Economic Development?”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Patrick Kabanda, the author of "The Creative Wealth of Nations: Can the Arts Advance Development?"

Aug 11 2019

1hr 17mins

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“Can We Change Social Norms?”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Cristina Bicchieri, professor of social thought and comparative ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Their topic is, “Can we change social norms?”

Jul 14 2019

1hr 20mins

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“What Does Wellness Mean and How Do We Get There?”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with John Ratey, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His books writings include the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Ned Hallowell, MD. His book "Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain," established him as one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. His most recent book, “Go Wild” explores how we can achieve optimal physical and mental health by getting in touch with our caveman roots, and how we can “re-wild” our lives.

Jun 09 2019

1hr 20mins

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“What Does it Mean to Keep the Internet Free?”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with journalist, and science fiction author Cory Doctorow, who serves as co-editor of the Boing Boing blog.

May 12 2019

1hr 39mins

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"Requiem for a Philosophy Professor: Remembering David N. Mowry"

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A special episode of Why? Radio in which host Jack Russell Weinstein remembers David N. Mowry, his professor and mentor who passed away on April 23, 2019.

Apr 26 2019

17mins

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“How Does Misinformation Spread?”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall, authors of "The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread." They expolore why, apart from any evidence, people's beliefs can depend on several social factors, allowing even demonstrably false beliefs to persist.

Apr 14 2019

1hr 28mins

Play

"The Logic of Jazz"

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This episode celebrates Why? Radio’s tenth birthday with a musical exploration of the origins, meaning, experience, and, of course, music of jazz. How do newcomers start listening to the music? How do musicians discover new ways to play? And, what makes the best jazz tracks important and enjoyable? Join us as Mark Weinstein, jazz flutist, philosopher, and our host’s father, explores America’s music, explaining music theory, improvisation, and whether music is discovered or invented. This episode was recorded before a live audience at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks, ND.

Mar 27 2019

1hr 12mins

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"What is Sharia Law?"

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Some Americans have been haunted by the specter of Sharia law, but how many really know what it is? Surely, it’s not the caricature of religious fascism and xenophobia that some claim. On this episode of Why? Radio, we take a philosophical look at Sharia law, its tradition, variations, and the worldview it provides. Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Gleave, professor of Arabic studies, University of Exeter.

Feb 10 2019

1hr 21mins

Play

"What Is Literacy?"

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When people think of literacy, they think of simple reading and writing. But literacy is more complicated than that. On this episode of WHY, host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Kim Donehower, UND professor of English.

Jan 13 2019

1hr 10mins

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"What are the Limits of Police Power?"

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Jack Russell Weinstein discusses police ethics with Luke Hunt of Radford University in Virginia. Hunt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. His primary research interests are at the intersection of political philosophy, jurisprudence, and criminal justice, and are informed by his professional background. After graduating from law school, he was a law clerk for a federal judge in Abingdon, VA. He then worked as an FBI Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent in Charlottesville, VA, and Washington, D.C. After leaving government service, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Retrieval of Liberalism in Policing (Oxford University Press, 2019), which examines the limits of contemporary police practices given the basic tenets of the liberal tradition in legal and political philosophy. Source: radford.edu

Dec 09 2018

1hr 13mins

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“Who is Responsible for War Crimes?”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Matthew Talbert and Jessica Wolfendale, co-authors of the book, War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame .

Nov 12 2018

1hr 27mins

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"Is There a Right to Education and Literacy?"

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Derek Black, professor of law at the University of South Carolina.

Oct 14 2018

1hr 27mins

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"Is Shakespeare Still Relevant?"

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Jack Russell Weinstein previews this week’s episode of “WHY? Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life. His guest this month is Adam Kitzes from the UND English department. They explore the question, "Is Shakespeare still relevant?”

Sep 09 2018

1hr 14mins

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Colin Kaepernick’s Football Protests and America

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Eric Burin, UND Professor of History, for a discussion of the philosophical issues that arise from the National Anthem protests by Colin Kaepernick and other football players. Burin’s book on the subject will come out in the fall from the UND Digital Press: Protesting on Bended Knee: Dissent and Patriotism in 21st Century America .

Jul 08 2018

1hr 11mins

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“An Immigrant Defends America”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Jason D. Hill, distinguished professor of philosophy at De Paul University in Chicago. He is the author of three book: "Becoming a Cosmopolitan," "Beyond Blood Identities," and "Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity."

Jun 10 2018

1hr 30mins

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“Living Authentically in an Inauthentic Age”

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Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Gordon Marino, professor of philosophy and the director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College. His new book is " The Existentialist's Survival Guide."

May 13 2018

1hr 17mins

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