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Hi-Phi Nation
Hi-Phi Nation
Slate Podcasts

Hi-Phi Nation is philosophy in story-form, integrating narrative journalism with big ideas. We look at stories from everyday life, law, science, popular... more

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Rise of the Music Machines

On this show we explore three different AI and machine-generated music technologies; vocal emulators that allow you to deep fake... more

16 May 2023 · 53 minutes
Effective Altruism and its Critics

Curtis is setting aside a large chunk of money to donate to charity, and it is up to us to... more

09 May 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Problem with Gig Work

Willy and Heidi were both gig workers for Shipt, the fast-delivery app for groceries or same-day shopping. In 2020, they... more

02 May 2023 · 54 minutes
Love in the Time of Replika

We explore the lives of people who are in love with their AI chatbots. Replika is a chatbot designed to... more

25 Apr 2023 · 53 minutes
Living in a Zoopolis

A zoopolis is a future society that philosophers envision where wild, domesticated, and denizen animals have full political and legal... more

18 Apr 2023 · 47 minutes
The Digital Future of Grief

When Justin’s mom was diagnosed with cancer, he knew he wanted to keep talking to her after she died. So... more

11 Apr 2023 · 57 minutes
Season 6 Trailer

Coming April 11, 2023, Season 6 of Hi-Phi Nation will look at the future; of work, of love and sex,... more

04 Apr 2023 · 1 minute

In our final episode on monsters, we investigate why people who eat people are the funkiest people in the afterlife.... more

12 Feb 2022 · 37 minutes

The second in a three-part series on monsters in philosophy. We trace the cultural history of zombies from voodoo folklore,... more

22 Jan 2022 · 37 minutes

The first in a three-part series on monsters in philosophy. We trace the cultural history of vampires from Eastern European... more

08 Jan 2022 · 41 minutes

When tragedy strikes an individual, a nation, or an entire people, artists and architects are tasked with designing a public... more

18 Dec 2021 · 53 minutes
Life, Edited

The first two gene-edited species meant to be introduced into the wild are currently in their final stages of approval,... more

04 Dec 2021 · 44 minutes
Hi-Phi Nation Presents: Decoder Ring, The Alberta Rat War

Barry invites Willa Paskin of Slate's Decoder Ring podcast to talk about their recent episode, The Alberta Rat War, as... more

27 Nov 2021 · 44 minutes
The Selfless Kidney Donor

Penny Lane gave up months of wages and weeks of her life to have her kidney cut out and given... more

20 Nov 2021 · 45 minutes
The Man of Many Worlds IV

David Lewis steps off a plane from Australia in 2000 and falls seriously ill. In the final year of his... more

06 Nov 2021 · 41 minutes
The Man of Many Worlds III

In 1968, David Lewis decides that one truth can unify every theory he's had about the nature of the universe.... more

30 Oct 2021 · 50 minutes
The Man of Many Worlds II

What was David Lewis like as a person? The consensus is that he did not know how to converse. At... more

23 Oct 2021 · 42 minutes
The Man of Many Worlds I

David Lewis was one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, who few outside of academia know much about.... more

16 Oct 2021 · 45 minutes
Hi-Phi Nation Presents: Into the Zone (When We Were Cyber)

Barry updates listeners on what to expect in Season 5 of the show, currently in production. In the meantime, he... more

21 Oct 2020 · 49 minutes
Justice and Retribution

A woman spends 40 years in and out of prison for shoplifting and finally gets a break from a judge... more

27 Jun 2020 · 55 minutes
The Loophole

Two men committed a double murder in rural Maine in 1990. Only one pulled the trigger. The state prosecutor decided... more

13 Jun 2020 · 43 minutes
Punishment without End

A teen-aged girl gets caught with a suitcase stuffed with powdered cocaine, and she comes before a federal judge. That... more

06 Jun 2020 · 56 minutes
Redemption in Solitary

Erick Williams tells the story of how one bad night in the chow hall got him into solitary confinement at... more

30 May 2020 · 51 minutes
Gender Justice

On this episode, we look at feminist and progressive prosecution; how does a prosecutor balance the aims of prosecuting more... more

23 May 2020 · 57 minutes
The Informant

This week we go inside investigative operations in NYPD internal affairs and in the war and drugs to look at... more

16 May 2020 · 52 minutes
Police Discretion

Is a mobile home a home or a car? Is a car parked inside a home part of the home?... more

09 May 2020 · 52 minutes
Hi-Phi Nation Plus: Mens Rea versus Moral Luck

In this Slate Plus segment, Barry is joined by Sarah Lustbader to discuss the issues raised in Episode 1: Criminal... more

02 May 2020 · 21 minutes
Criminal Minds

One place where law and morality are supposed to agree is that there should be no crime without a criminal... more

02 May 2020 · 56 minutes
Sponsored: Delivering Extraordinary Experiences with Customer Experience Expert Liliana Petrova

When it comes to closing a deal, generating client referrals, or getting repeat business, understanding how to elevate the customer’s... more

16 Apr 2020 · 31 minutes
Season 4: Crime and Punishment (Trailer)

From writing criminal laws to rights denied to the formerly incarcerated, every single stage of the criminal justice system runs... more

11 Apr 2020 · 3 minutes
YOLO Apologetics

Drake coined “YOLO,” short for “you only live once” in 2011, and then later apologized for all the douchiness it... more

22 Jun 2019 · 44 minutes
The Illusionist

Pyotr Tchaikovsky composed and conducted his final symphony in 1893. He died 9 days later, after having knowingly drunk an... more

08 Jun 2019 · 37 minutes
Uncivil Disobedience

In Australia, vegan and animal liberation activism has recently become intense and disruptive, invading farms, restaurants, and city centers. They’re... more

25 May 2019 · 49 minutes
For Women Only (pt. 2)

In the 40 years since the events at Olivia Records, gender categorization seems to pop up sporadically in the mainstream... more

11 May 2019 · 48 minutes
For Women Only (pt. 1)

It is currently very difficult to get your gender legally changed in the U.K, That might change. In recent months,... more

27 Apr 2019 · 51 minutes
Demons of Democracy

Preschool kids get their first taste of democratic participation when they vote on their class name, and democratic private schools... more

13 Apr 2019 · 54 minutes
Name of God

A few days after the New Zealand Mosque massacre, Dr. Thaya Ashman heard about a woman who was too afraid... more

30 Mar 2019 · 54 minutes
The Forever War

This year will mark the 18th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, the forever war characterized by regime change, a... more

16 Mar 2019 · 50 minutes
No Offense

What if you could sue someone for calling you a racial slur? In the 90s, one country that always looked... more

02 Mar 2019 · 48 minutes
Risky Business

How many innocent people should we be allowed to arrest and jail in order to prevent a single dangerous person... more

16 Feb 2019 · 49 minutes
The Battle over CSOCs

On this bonus episode, I go into some of the history between the LAPD police commission and the Stop LAPD... more

02 Feb 2019 · 18 minutes
The Precrime Unit

Predictive policing technology is spreading across the country, and Los Angeles is the epicenter. A small group of LA activists... more

31 Jan 2019 · 48 minutes
Season 3 Preview

After two successful seasons, philosophy in story form comes to Slate on January 31st, 2019.  On Season 3, we look... more

18 Jan 2019 · 3 minutes
Chamber of Facts

Do people of opposing political parties believe in different facts? The mantra at the moment is that they do, because... more

23 Jul 2018 · 47 minutes
A Night of Philosophy

Hi-Phi Nation stays overnight at the Brooklyn Public Library during the 2018 Night of Philosophy. From 7pm to 7am on... more

19 Jun 2018 · 48 minutes
Willful Acts

Army veteran Jim McKelvey applied for his VA benefits and was denied for willful misconduct. Thirty years later, Julie Eldred... more

30 May 2018 · 58 minutes
Creed and Credences

Dave has been hunting for the one decisive piece of scientific evidence that will settle one of Christianity's most challenging... more

01 May 2018 · 44 minutes
The Self and Survival

In ordinary life, it is usually not hard to know who you are and who you used to be. For... more

27 Mar 2018 · 46 minutes
Cover Me Softly

When Lori Lieberman was 19 years old, she went to a concert of a singer she didn't know, and ended... more

28 Feb 2018 · 49 minutes
Freedom and Hostile Design

Some acts of expression are awesome, while others suck, and one philosopher has a new theory about the difference. Using... more

23 Jan 2018 · 30 minutes
Drowned at Sea

In the process of preparing to testify in a divorce case, Brian had to study one of the strangest books... more

19 Dec 2017 · 31 minutes
The Ethics Bowl

High school students from around the country converge on the University of North Carolina for a weekend of moral dilemmas.... more

28 Nov 2017 · 51 minutes
The Bottom of the Curve

At the beginning of their adult lives, millennials are trying to find out what it means to be happy in... more

31 Oct 2017 · 39 minutes
A Better Love

On our season finale, we follow a mother's love through the stages of life to seek wisdom about what love... more

03 May 2017 · 50 minutes
The Ashes of Truth

Documentary film and science do not appear to have much in common, except that, philosophically, they have everything in common.... more

18 Apr 2017 · 51 minutes
Be a Man

Our ideas of manhood and womanhood determine the ways in which we raise and socialize our children, but how much... more

21 Mar 2017 · 37 minutes
Hackademics II: The Hackers

One scientist decided to put the entire field of psychology to test to see how many of its findings hold... more

14 Mar 2017 · 44 minutes
Hackademics I: The Control

After years of unusual episodes dating back to her childhood, Anita went to the doctor and was told there was... more

07 Mar 2017 · 46 minutes
The Cops of Pop

Two records from 1983 achieved minor novelty fame, and then faded away, only to emerge 20 years later as the... more

21 Feb 2017 · 47 minutes
The Name of God

With a small gesture of good will toward Syrian refugees, one woman incurred the wrath of evangelical Christians on social... more

14 Feb 2017 · 50 minutes
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At the beginning of their adult lives, millennials are trying to find out what it means to be happy in their 20s,... more