Happy Earth Month! Many people think of climate change as something that will affect the world equally sometime in the distant future. But that’s not true. Some communities are already experiencing the effects. Join special guest host Jen…

What are achievements and how should we think about them? How should we talk about them? Philosopher Gwen Bradford’s work on the nature of achievement inspired us to talk about the ethics of naming achievements…

Should society always follow the wishes of the dead? Listen to friend of the podcast Barry Lam dissect this question in the first episode of his new podcast, Hi Phi Nation. We’ll be back with regularly scheduled…

Producers Sandra and Christiane want to hear your opinions on voting! Not who you are voting for…but how you think about voting. Do you think everyone should vote? Do you think people should vote in…

Poet Tarfia Faizullah joins us to discuss her new book, Seam. Tarfia wrote Seam after winning a Fulbright grant to travel to Bangladesh to interview women who were sexually assaulted during the 1971 war with Pakistan. Friend of the podcast and…

This is a story of a failed transportation project that bankrupted the state of Indiana… 200 years ago. We uncover the human suffering this canal system causes and the moral questions it raises. We also discuss questions like:…

Welcome to the second episode in our “Ethics in Focus” series. These bonus episodes get right to the point for people with backgrounds in ethics or philosophy. There are no explanations, just the full-length interviews with…

When thinking about whether or not to become a parent, there is a lot more at stake than just deciding when you’re ready or if you even want to. But what are the questions we…

Welcome to a new series called “Ethics in Focus.” These bonus episodes get right to the point for people with backgrounds in ethics or philosophy. There are no explanations, just the full-length interviews with some of…

Comedian, actress and tap dancer, Maysoon Zayid joins us to discuss the ethics of comedy, discrimination, and General Hospital. We discuss questions like, “Is it ever okay to make fun of someone?” and “Should you be allowed to make…

Ever wonder what role white people should people play in fighting against racism? The legendary feminist scholar and racial justice activist Peggy McIntosh has some ideas. Maybe you have also wondered, “why does it always feel like…

Summary: In this episode, our host Andy Cullison interviews Lori Gruen and Martin Wilkinson. As a group or nation, we like to own pets and keep people in certain kinds of jails, but Lori Gruen will explain to us why she thinks our current practices might be problematic as they relate to the autonomy and dignity of individuals (including animals) in captivity. There is a worldwide organ shortage. As a group, we have an interest in procuring organs of the recently dead. Martin Wilkinson will explain to us how difficult it is to balance that need against individual rights (even after they’re dead). Continue reading
Summary: In this episode, our host Andy Cullison joins the cultural historian Chris Hager to discuss the phrase, "the right side of history." When did we start using this phrase? When is it most often used? Is it legitimate reason to change one's mind about an issue? Continue reading
Summary: In this episode we hear from producers Sandra and Christiane about their voices. Our host Andy interviews Rebecca Gordon about her new book Mainstreaming Torture, and Robin Zheng discusses her work on racialized sexual preferences. Continue reading