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The Gray Area with Sean Illing
The Gray Area with Sean Illing

The Gray Area with host Sean Illing is a philosophical take on culture, politics, and everything in between. We don’t pretend to... more

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Clickbait’s destructive legacy

Have clicks, likes, and shares driven media and democracy to the point of disrepair? Sean Illing is joined by Ben... more

05 Jun 2023 · 52 minutes
Simone Weil’s radical philosophy of love and attention

Sean Illing speaks with history professor Robert Zaretsky about Simone Weil, a 20th-century French writer and activist who dedicated her... more

01 Jun 2023 · 56 minutes
Peter Singer on his ethical legacy

Can we live a good life in a world where animals are factory farmed? Guest host Dylan Matthews talks with... more

25 May 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Why the poor in America stay poor

Are we responsible for keeping poor people poor? Sean Illing is joined by Matt Desmond, a sociology professor at Princeton... more

22 May 2023 · 54 minutes
The spiritual roots of our strange relationship to work

The pandemic caused many to rethink our relationship to work. But how did that relationship develop in the first place?... more

18 May 2023 · 53 minutes
Mysteries of the mind

What do we know — and what don't we know — about how the human mind works? Sean Illing talks... more

15 May 2023 · 53 minutes
Why we can’t just blame capitalism for everything

There are many debates within the American left, but the fundamental dispute is over the viability of the current system.... more

11 May 2023 · 49 minutes
Being human in the age of AI

Will AI change what it means to be human? Sean Illing talks with essayist Meghan O'Gieblyn, author of God, Human,... more

08 May 2023 · 53 minutes
A philosopher's psychedelic encounter with reality

Why don't more philosophers take psychedelic drugs seriously as a means of examining reality? Sean Illing talks with Justin Smith-Ruiu,... more

04 May 2023 · 51 minutes
The project of Socratic love with Agnes Callard

What happens when you apply the Socratic method to personal relationships? Philosopher Agnes Callard joins Sean Illing to discuss how... more

01 May 2023 · 52 minutes
The Gray Area with Sean Illing
Clickbait’s destructive legacy
The Gray Area with Sean Illing