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

The power of attention in a world of distraction

Sean Illing talks with Michael Sacasas, an author and teacher exploring the relationship between technology and society in his newsletter,... more

08 Dec 2022 · 46 minutes
A veteran reporter on how to fix the news

Sean Illing talks with James Fallows, veteran reporter and editor at The Atlantic, about the state of political journalism in... more

05 Dec 2022 · 56 minutes
The end of social media

Sean Illing talks with technology writer and philosopher Ian Bogost about the state of social media — especially in the... more

01 Dec 2022 · 50 minutes
If society is making us sick, how can we heal?

Sean Illing talks with Dr. Gabor Maté, a physician, speaker, and bestselling author who has written on subjects like addiction,... more

28 Nov 2022 · 57 minutes
The free-market century is over

Sean Illing talks with economic historian Brad DeLong about his new book Slouching Towards Utopia. In it, DeLong claims that... more

21 Nov 2022 · 57 minutes
Your identity is a story you tell yourself

Sean Illing talks with neuroscientist Gregory Berns, author of The Self Delusion. Berns claims that the idea of a unified,... more

17 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
James Carville unpacks the midterms

Sean Illing talks with veteran political strategist James Carville about the U.S. midterm elections — and the surprising success for... more

14 Nov 2022 · 49 minutes
Why are billionaires prepping for the apocalypse?

Sean Illing talks with technologist, media theorist, and author Douglas Rushkoff, whose new book Survival of the Richest explains how... more

10 Nov 2022 · 55 minutes
Today's Republicans were made in the 1990s

Sean Illing talks with Nicole Hemmer, history professor and author of the new book Partisans. In it, she gives a... more

07 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Yuval Noah Harari thinks humans are unstoppable

Sean Illing talks with Yuval Noah Harari, historian and bestselling author, about how humanity came to be the dominant species... more

03 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Dying with dignity

Sean Illing talks with reporter Katie Engelhart, whose book The Inevitable is an up-close look at physician-assisted dying. This is... more

31 Oct 2022 · 59 minutes
Finding hope in a world on the brink

Sean Illing talks with Jonathan Lear, a psychoanalyst and philosopher, about his new book Imagining the End: Mourning and Ethical... more

27 Oct 2022 · 58 minutes
The new American Reconstruction

Sean Illing talks with historian and author Peniel Joseph about his new book The Third Reconstruction, which argues that the... more

24 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Is America losing its religion?

Sean Illing talks with Reza Aslan, scholar of religions and author of multiple bestselling nonfiction works, to discuss the state... more

20 Oct 2022 · 54 minutes
How we got to January 6th

Sean Illing talks with war reporter and New Yorker contributing writer Luke Mogelson about his new book The Storm Is... more

17 Oct 2022 · 59 minutes
Neil deGrasse Tyson gets political

On this first episode of The Gray Area, Sean Illing talks with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who takes on many... more

13 Oct 2022 · 58 minutes
Introducing The Gray Area

Resist certainty, embrace ambiguity. The Gray Area is a philosophical take on culture, politics, and everything in between with host... more

11 Oct 2022 · 1 minute
Best of: Why America's obsession with rights is wrong

In this episode originally recorded in July 2021, Vox's Zack Beauchamp talks with Columbia law professor Jamal Greene about his... more

06 Oct 2022 · 59 minutes
A GOP insider on why the party went Trump

Sean Illing talks with former Republican strategist Tim Miller about his new book Why We Did It, which offers an... more

03 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
How do we fix the harm we cause?

Vox’s Marin Cogan talks with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg about her new book On Repentance And Repair, which is about how... more

29 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
A new philosophy of love

Sean Illing talks with Carrie Jenkins about her new book Sad Love, and her call to rethink the shape and... more

26 Sep 2022 · 1 hour,
The politics of 'Yellowstone'

Into It is a new podcast from Vulture and New York Magazine hosted by Sam Sanders. Each week, Sam and... more

23 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
How society sexualizes us

Vox’s Emily St. James talks with the celebrated author and trans activist Julia Serano about her new book, Sexed Up.... more

22 Sep 2022 · 56 minutes
The Parent Trap

Sean Illing talks with Nate Hilger, economist, data scientist, and author of the new book The Parent Trap: How to... more

19 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
40 Acres: Reaching reconciliation

What good are piecemeal reparations? From Georgetown University, where school leadership once sold enslaved people, to Evanston, Illinois, where redlining... more

15 Sep 2022 · 34 minutes
40 Acres: The old Jim Crow

Why slavery? Marxist scholar Adolph Reed argues that Jim Crow — not enslavement — is the defining experience for Black... more

12 Sep 2022 · 48 minutes
40 Acres: $14 trillion and no mules

Paying the price. One of the typical questions asked during conversations about reparations is how to pay for them. Fabiola... more

08 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
40 Acres: The original promise

Fabiola Cineas talks with Nkechi Taifa, the founder and director of the Reparation Education Project, about the history of the... more

01 Sep 2022 · 55 minutes
What Clarence Thomas really thinks

Sean Illing talks with Corey Robin, author of a recent article — as well as a 2019 book — about... more

29 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Even Better: Don't call it a budget

Every Thursday in August, you'll hear Even Better on Vox Conversations, a special series focused on helping people live better... more

25 Aug 2022 · 47 minutes
The quest for authenticity

Sean Illing talks with Skye Cleary, philosopher and author of the new book How to Be Authentic. The book is... more

22 Aug 2022 · 51 minutes
Even Better: Setting your boundaries

Every Thursday in August, you'll hear Even Better on Vox Conversations, a special series focused on helping people live better... more

18 Aug 2022 · 44 minutes
Your gut instinct is usually wrong

Sean Illing talks with former Google data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of Don't Trust Your Gut. Seth argues that the... more

15 Aug 2022 · 55 minutes
Even Better: Workplace equality 2.0

Every Thursday in August, you'll hear Even Better on Vox Conversations, a special series focused on helping people live better... more

11 Aug 2022 · 53 minutes
Why we're still postmodern (whatever that means)

Sean Illing talks with Stuart Jeffries, journalist and author of Everything, All the Time, Everywhere, about why postmodernism is so... more

08 Aug 2022 · 58 minutes
Even Better: Activism when you don't know where to start

Every Thursday in August, you'll hear Even Better on Vox Conversations, a special series focused on helping people live better... more

04 Aug 2022 · 48 minutes
The Supreme Court's power grab

Sean Illing talks with Harvard Law professor Nikolas Bowie about the U.S. Supreme Court's recently-concluded term, which produced landmark opinions... more

01 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
How middlemen took over the economy

Vox's Emily Stewart talks with Kathryn Judge, professor at Columbia Law School and author of the new book Direct: The... more

28 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
The necessity — and danger — of free speech

Sean Illing talks with Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan about his new book The Paradox of Democracy, which he... more

25 Jul 2022 · 56 minutes
Hacking coral sex to save the reefs

Vox's Benji Jones talks with marine biologist Hanna Koch about her team's efforts to repopulate the planet's coral reefs through... more

21 Jul 2022 · 55 minutes
The price of keeping secrets

Sean Illing talks with professor Michael Slepian, author of The Secret Life of Secrets. This new book explores secret-keeping behavior... more

18 Jul 2022 · 52 minutes
Does China control Hollywood?

Vox's Alissa Wilkinson talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Erich Schwartzel about Red Carpet, his new book detailing the myriad... more

14 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Steve Bannon is still at war

Sean Illing talks with Jennifer Senior, the Pulitzer-winning staff writer at the Atlantic, about her recent piece on Steve Bannon... more

11 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
The Fortress of Solitude saw it all coming

Vox's Constance Grady talks with writer Jonathan Lethem about his 2003 work The Fortress of Solitude in this recording from... more

30 Jun 2022 · 39 minutes
The Philosophers: Stoic revival

Sean Illing talks with author Ryan Holiday about Stoicism — a philosophy with roots in ancient Greece and which flourished... more

27 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Station Eleven's creator on the end of the world

Vox’s Alex Abad-Santos sits down with Patrick Somerville, the creator and showrunner of HBO's critically-acclaimed series Station Eleven, adapted from... more

23 Jun 2022 · 52 minutes
The racist origins of fat phobia

Vox’s Anna North talks with Da'Shaun Harrison, the activist, author, and 2022 Lambda Literary Award recipient for their book Belly... more

16 Jun 2022 · 54 minutes
The fight for Ukraine — and democracy

Sean Illing talks with historian and author Timothy Snyder about the war in Ukraine, the stakes for Europe and the... more

13 Jun 2022 · 54 minutes
The war on trans people

Vox’s Emily St. James talks with Chase Strangio of the ACLU about the assault on the rights of trans Americans... more

09 Jun 2022 · 55 minutes
Michael Ian Black on being a better man

Sean Illing talks with comedian and author Michael Ian Black about his book A Better Man, in which Black writes... more

06 Jun 2022 · 56 minutes
Carmen Maria Machado's haunted feminine

Vox's Constance Grady talks with writer Carmen Maria Machado, whose 2017 short story collection Her Body and Other Parties was... more

02 Jun 2022 · 42 minutes
The rise and fall of America's monuments

Jamil Smith talks with Erin Thompson, professor of art crime and author of Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of... more

26 May 2022 · 50 minutes
The Philosophers: America's philosophy, with Cornel West

Sean Illing talks with Cornel West about the American philosophical tradition known as pragmatism. They talk about what makes pragmatism... more

23 May 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Why accidents aren't accidental

Vox’s Marin Cogan talks with author and journalist Jessie Singer, whose book There Are No Accidents asks us to completely... more

19 May 2022 · 53 minutes
Rethinking the "end of history"

Sean Illing talks with political scientist and author Francis Fukuyama, whose ideas about the "end of history" and the ideological... more

16 May 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Anita Hill finally gets even

Vox's Fabiola Cineas talks with Anita Hill, whose testimony during the 1991 confirmation hearings for now-Justice Clarence Thomas highlighted the... more

12 May 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Elites have captured identity politics

Sean Illing talks with Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, whose new book Elite Capture is about how the wealthy and powerful co-opt political... more

09 May 2022 · 58 minutes
The moral dangers of dirty work

Vox’s Jamil Smith talks with journalist and author Eyal Press about "dirty work" — the jobs Americans do that, as... more

05 May 2022 · 59 minutes
Did the sexual revolution go wrong?

Sean Illing talks with author and Washington Post columnist Christine Emba about whether or not we need to rethink sex.... more

02 May 2022 · 58 minutes
Who decides how to conserve nature?

Vox's Benji Jones talks with Indigenous leader Kimaren ole Riamit about the role of Indigenous peoples in the conservation movement.... more

28 Apr 2022 · 56 minutes
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Vox’s Marin Cogan talks with author and journalist Jessie Singer, whose book There Are No Accidents asks us to completely rethink our... more