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“What is Literacy?”
with guest Kim Donehower
Praise from out podcast listeners, as reviewed on iTunes:
“Easily the Best I’ve encountered ★★★★★
The only problem with this podcast is that there are not enough of them. Jack Russell Weinstein is first, brilliant and second, as unbiased as a human could be. The problem i have with nearly every other philosophy podcast is the systemic negativity. I understand it is in a philosophers blood to find the failings of any affirmative position, but it gets tiring when hosts don’t even attempt to present the position being torn down fairly. J.R.W. will argue brilliantly for one side as he inhales then exhales, just as brilliantly the opposing position; all the while keeping in mind the whole point of the podcast, which is to answer the question ‘why?'”
“Great Show About Ideas ★★★★★
Why ask why?
Sometimes it feels like there isn’t any intelligent debate left in the world. All we hear is fighting: irresponsible, loud-mouthed partisanship disguised as information. For 2500 years, philosophers have tried to cut through the rhetoric, the infighting, and the abuse. WHY? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life continues this tradition with a new audience: you.
Join us each month as we engage in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics. From explorations of hunting to discussions about domestic violence, from classic works of art to the most cutting-edge digital media, from the American prairie to the heart of post-communist Romania, WHY? takes you on a journey through the great questions, the puzzling answers, and the deepest recesses of your mind.
Subscribe to the podcast and get the extended version sent straight to your digital device. It’s all free and it’s all created to celebrate intellectual exploration, not diminish it. Why? Radio is non-adversarial; we aim to celebrate everyone’s research , so you won’t hear two academic arguing endlessly, you’ll simply get a better understanding of the philosophical ideas and quandaries that help shape all of us and the world we live in.
Why? Radio’s main goal is to translate even the most obscure philosophy into a language that anyone can understand. It aims to show that all philosophy is relevant to our day-to-day lives and that everyone is doing philosophy all the time, we just don’t know it.
Host Jack Russell Weinstein, an award winning philosophy professor and author will be your guide and your advocate as he interviews some of the most thoughtful and philosophically. Imagine getting to ask questions of Nobel laureates, best-selling authors, Humanities medal winners, and academic superstars. You can do this. Email, tweet, or join our chat room to ask your question and dive deeper into the world of philosophy.
Why is broadcast on the second Sunday of every month at 5 pm. central. To listen live from anywhere in the world click here.
To listen via broadcast radio in North Dakota, tune to 89.3 in Grand Forks, 91.9 in Fargo, 90.5 in Bismarck, and on other Prairie Public radio network stations across the state.