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

The Gray Area with Sean Illing takes a philosophy-minded look at culture, technology, politics, and the world of ideas. Each week, we invite a... more

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Taking Nietzsche seriously

Sean Illing talks with political science professor Matt McManus about the political thought of Friedrich Nietzsche, the 19th-century German philosopher... more

15 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
What India teaches us about liberalism — and its decline

Authoritarian tendencies have been on the rise globally and the liberal world order is on the decline. One hotspot of... more

08 Jul 2024 · 46 minutes
1992: The year politics broke

We’re living in an era of extreme partisan politics, rising resentment, and fractured news media. Writer John Ganz believes that... more

01 Jul 2024 · 44 minutes
The existential struggle of being Black

Nathalie Etoke joins The Gray Area to talk about existentialism, the Black experience, and the legacy of dehumanization.  Host: Sean Illing... more

24 Jun 2024 · 55 minutes
The world after nuclear war

A mile of pure fire. A flash that melts everything — titanium, steel, lead, people. A blast that mows down... more

17 Jun 2024 · 57 minutes
Gaza, Camus, and the logic of violence

Albert Camus was a Nobel-winning French writer and public intellectual. During Algeria’s bloody war for independence in the 1950s, Camus... more

10 Jun 2024 · 54 minutes
This is your kid on smartphones

Old people have always worried about young people. But psychologist Jonathan Haidt believes something genuinely different and troubling is happening... more

03 Jun 2024 · 53 minutes
Life after death?

Sebastian Junger came as close as you possibly can to dying. While his doctors struggled to revive him, the veteran... more

20 May 2024 · 52 minutes
The world after Ozempic

Ozempic and other new weight loss drugs are being touted as potential miracle cures for diabetes and obesity. Journalist Johann... more

13 May 2024 · 50 minutes
UFOs, God, and the edge of understanding

Religious studies professor Diana Pasulka was a total nonbeliever in alien life, but she began to question this after speaking... more

06 May 2024 · 46 minutes
The Gray Area with Sean Illing
Taking Nietzsche seriously
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