Summary: Philosopher and professor John Faithful Hamer interviews a wide range of subjects. Nothing is off limits.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb talks with us about why scale matters, why localism is better than globalism, why journalists get on his nerves, how intellectual-yet-idiots get us into trouble, why stated beliefs habitually fail to reveal underlying preferences, and much else.
Patrick Lee Miller, an academic philosopher who views philosophy as a way of life, talks with us about what philosophy has to say about the practice of parenting, learning to love, relationships, death and mortality, honour, money, and the meaning of life.
Fred Bode is an expert on American religion, talks with us about the disturbing new Ethan Hawke movie, First Reformed, a thriller about despair, radicalization, terrorism, sin, and redemption.
Fred Bode and Matthews Hays talk with us about our culture's love affair with the disaster movie.
Ingrid Bejerman talks with us about falling in love with Montreal, growing up in Brazil, art, literature, the complicated history of the Jews in the Americas, and much else.
Andrew Miller is a public-policy professional with experience in project management, policy development, program delivery, stakeholder management, and financial oversight. In this podcast, Andrew Miller talks to us us about the perils of praise, the importance of self-promotion, the nobility of civil service work, transportation ethics, self-driving cars, sustainable development, and the vicissitudes of urban planning in the rapidly changing environment of 21st century Ontario.
Graeme Blake is an entrepreneur who talks to us about teaching law school applicants how to game the LSAT, the strategies and challenges of starting and running a business, and the future of education.
Fred Bode talks with us about Christian America’s newfound disinterest in personal piety and progressive America’s newfound obsession with it; the future of the Republican Party and American Christianity; the Gold Rush culture of Hollywood; and much else.
Matthew Hays is a professor of film studies at Concordia University who talks to us about the Golden Age of Television, the demise of professional journalism, the relationship between the idea of fake news and the media studies of the 1990s, VICE magazine, the Montreal Mirror, and much else.
Stephen Marche is a Toronto-based writer who talks to us about Toronto's heroic response to the recent van-attack; the relationship between celebrity and terrorism in a celebrity-obsessed age; the 9/11 museum, and much else
François Furstenberg is a Johns Hopkins University historian and author who talks to us about the relationship between the U.S. and the French Atlantic World in the 18th-century Age of Revolutions; French émigrés who fled the French Revolution and settled in Philadelphia; slavery and nationalism in the post-revolutionary U.S.; the brutality of the efforts to suppress the Haitian Revolution, and much else.
Joseph Rosen talks about Canadian Trumpsters, political polarization, Satan, Jordan Peterson, and Rabbis doing LSD in Jerusalem. Warning: there's lots of swearing at the end.
Barbara Kay talks with us about the idea of an independent Montreal city-state; the pit bull controversy; the Jordan Peterson phenomenon, and much else.
Kimberley Manning, head of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, talks about why she's leaving academia for politics; why she chose the Liberal Party (as opposed to the NDP); how her prolonged study of China's Great Leap Forward has shaped her view of progressivism; trans rights and the founding of Gender Creative Kids; the role of faith, compromise, and activism in political life, and much else.
David Avrom Bell is a Princeton historian who discusses his recent scathing critique of Steven Pinker's latest book, Enlightenment Now