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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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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 Gray Area with Sean Illing
The end of social media
The Gray Area with Sean Illing