60 pippa.io Hi-Phi Nation http://www.hiphination.org en Luminaudio Productions philosophy, big ideas, TED, policy, science, storytelling, sound, academic, education Barry Lam A philosophy podcast that turns stories into ideas. Hi-Phi Nation is the first story-driven, narrative podcast on contemporary philosophy. Every week we begin with compelling stories of ordinary and extraordinary human experiences, and transform them into an examination of philosophical ideas. We profile stories from war, crime, politics, religion, public health and policy, science, and history that raise philosophical questions, and we answer them with the help of contemporary academic philosophers. The aim of the show is to bring fans of the best narrative, story-driven podcasts into philosophy. The show is completely independently produced by Barry Lam, Professor at Vassar College. Hi-Phi Nation is the first story-driven, narrative podcast on contemporary philosophy. Every week we begin with compelling stories of ordinary and extraordinary human experiences, and transform them into an examination of philosophical ideas. We profile stories from war, crime, politics, religion, public health and policy, science, and history that raise philosophical questions, and we answer them with the help of contemporary academic philosophers. The aim of the show is to bring fans of the best narrative, story-driven podcasts into philosophy. The show is completely independently produced by Barry Lam, Professor at Vassar College. no Barry Lam hiphination@gmail.com episodic https://assets.pippa.io/shows/584f6c9beb50589014deeec3/1513825289189-568e1f9e77851e09b796ef22f6be7260.jpeg http://www.hiphination.org Hi-Phi Nation Chamber of Facts Chamber of Facts Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:00:46 GMT 45:03 5b56a93fc9cdb5c640d095c9 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/chamber-of-facts Season 2: Episode 10 full 2 10 www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/hiphi.]]> www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/hiphi.]]> The Decision The Decision Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:55:05 GMT 9:20 5b4e9df9948a24a87db08106 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/the-decision Update S2: E8 bonus 2 8 A Night of Philosophy A Night of Philosophy Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:00:48 GMT 46:26 5b2580ada11e77ef7eb0dc39 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/the-night-of-philosophy Season 2: Episode 9 full 2 9 The Great Courses Plus.]]> The Great Courses Plus.]]> Willful Acts Willful Acts Wed, 30 May 2018 04:45:42 GMT 48:32 5b0e2c767b67904376d5205c no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/willful-acts Season 2: Episode 8 full 2 8 Army veteran Jim McKelvey applied for his VA benefits and was denied for willful misconduct. Thirty years later, Julie Eldred was sent to prison for a willful violation of probation. Both challenged, both got to a Supreme Court with the promise to change the law of the land. The disease model of addiction has been litigated a handful of times in the history of American law. Every time the same issue has come up; free will. We examine this week how the issues of free will and moral responsibility for addiction play out in the U.S. legal system. Guest voices include Sue McKelvey, Deborah Pearman, James McKelvey, Lisa Newman-Polk, and philosopher Hanna Pickard.


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Army veteran Jim McKelvey applied for his VA benefits and was denied for willful misconduct. Thirty years later, Julie Eldred was sent to prison for a willful violation of probation. Both challenged, both got to a Supreme Court with the promise to change the law of the land. The disease model of addiction has been litigated a handful of times in the history of American law. Every time the same issue has come up; free will. We examine this week how the issues of free will and moral responsibility for addiction play out in the U.S. legal system. Guest voices include Sue McKelvey, Deborah Pearman, James McKelvey, Lisa Newman-Polk, and philosopher Hanna Pickard.


This episode was brought you by the Great Courses Plus, where you can learn more philosophy. Visit to get one month free. http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/hiphi

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Creed and Credences Creed and Credences Tue, 01 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT 42:33 5ae7bbdfb409bb0153591b6b no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/creed-and-credences Season 2: Episode 7 full 2 7 The Great Courses Plus. Visit http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/hiphi to sign up for one month free.]]> The Great Courses Plus. Visit http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/hiphi to sign up for one month free.]]> The Self and Survival The Self and Survival Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT 45:24 5ab9b6c58bdf7ba53cccc60d no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/the-self-and-survival Season 2: Episode 6 full 2 6 Warby Parker. Visit warbyparker.com/hiphi to support the show.]]> Warby Parker. Visit warbyparker.com/hiphi to support the show.]]> Cover Me Softly Cover Me Softly Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:30:00 GMT 47:33 5a95b6c13299bdab639734b6 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/cover-me-softly Season 2: Episode 5 full 2 5 Freedom and Hostile Design Freedom and Hostile Design Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:05:00 GMT 28:22 5a664af3496abab1727d71d1 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/freedom-and-hostile-design Season 2: Episode 4 full 2 4 Some acts of expression are awesome, while others suck, and one philosopher has a new theory about the difference. Using this theory as a guide, we look at some of the suckiest things that ever sucked in urban design, and the street artists and compassionate vandals who are trying to fight them. We use these stories to investigate how public spaces are becoming less free and more coercive. Guest voices include Nick Riggle, Leah Borromeo, Rowland Atkinson, Victor Callister, and Richard Rowland. Some acts of expression are awesome, while others suck, and one philosopher has a new theory about the difference. Using this theory as a guide, we look at some of the suckiest things that ever sucked in urban design, and the street artists and compassionate vandals who are trying to fight them. We use these stories to investigate how public spaces are becoming less free and more coercive. Guest voices include Nick Riggle, Leah Borromeo, Rowland Atkinson, Victor Callister, and Richard Rowland. Drowned at Sea Drowned at Sea Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:09:26 GMT 29:07 5a3971f7e7ff166a301fe8f1 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/drowned-at-sea Season 2: Episode 3 full 2 3 In the process of preparing to testify in a divorce case, Brian had to study one of the strangest books he had ever come across, where religion, mathematics, and the apocalypse intersect. This week, we look at how a religious cult of number worshipers on the Italian coast gave rise to modern science, mathematics, philosophy, and music. In the interim 2500 years, as we have increased our knowledge of the universe using mathematics, we have lost the ability to explain why math is so successful at describing nature. Guest voices include Brian Frye, Errol Morris, Monte Johnson, and Gideon Rosen. In the process of preparing to testify in a divorce case, Brian had to study one of the strangest books he had ever come across, where religion, mathematics, and the apocalypse intersect. This week, we look at how a religious cult of number worshipers on the Italian coast gave rise to modern science, mathematics, philosophy, and music. In the interim 2500 years, as we have increased our knowledge of the universe using mathematics, we have lost the ability to explain why math is so successful at describing nature. Guest voices include Brian Frye, Errol Morris, Monte Johnson, and Gideon Rosen. The Ethics Bowl The Ethics Bowl Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:05:00 GMT 49:03 5a1ccc96321b22282352c380 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/the-ethics-bowl Season 2: Episode 2 full 2 2 The Bottom of the Curve The Bottom of the Curve Tue, 31 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT 37:12 59f77ea2533bd7e05e7b9540 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/the-bottom-of-the-curve Season 2: Episode 1 full 2 1 A Better Love A Better Love Wed, 03 May 2017 05:00:46 GMT 47:05 5909458c32cd29ac786fc12a no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/5909458c32cd29ac786fc12a Season 1: Episode 10 full 1 10 The Ashes of Truth The Ashes of Truth Tue, 18 Apr 2017 04:52:36 GMT 48:14 58f59b957c0f2fb44442285d no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/58f59b957c0f2fb44442285d Season 1: Episode 9 full 1 9 Documentary film and science do not appear to have much in common, except that, philosophically, they have everything in common. Two men met in 1971 and had a disagreement, which turned into an assault, and then 45 years of disdain. One of them was the most cited philosopher of the 20th century, the other is one of the most influential documentary filmmakers of his generation. It was a disagreement that ran deep, right down to the nature of truth, history, reference, and the objects and limits of human inquiry.


Guest voices include Errol Morris, Lydia Patton, Thomas Rankin, James Challey, and Dan Epstein.

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Documentary film and science do not appear to have much in common, except that, philosophically, they have everything in common. Two men met in 1971 and had a disagreement, which turned into an assault, and then 45 years of disdain. One of them was the most cited philosopher of the 20th century, the other is one of the most influential documentary filmmakers of his generation. It was a disagreement that ran deep, right down to the nature of truth, history, reference, and the objects and limits of human inquiry.


Guest voices include Errol Morris, Lydia Patton, Thomas Rankin, James Challey, and Dan Epstein.

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Be a Man Be a Man Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:00:03 GMT 35:06 58d04f86062de3f555f9ba6f no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/58d04f86062de3f555f9ba6f Season 1: Episode 8 full 1 8 Hackademics II: The Hackers Hackademics II: The Hackers Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT 41:46 58c7560351e7baab57ae78d4 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/58c7560351e7baab57ae78d4 Season 1: Episode 7 full 1 7 One scientist decided to put the entire field of psychology to test to see how many of its findings hold up to scrutiny. At the same time, he had scientists bet on the success-rate of their own field. We look at the surprising paradoxes of humans being human, trying to learn about humans, and the elusive knowledge of human nature. Guest voices include Brian Nosek of the Center for Open Science, Andrew Gelman of Columbia University, Deborah Mayo of Virginia Tech, and Matthew Makel of Duke TiP. A philosophical take on the replication crisis in the sciences. One scientist decided to put the entire field of psychology to test to see how many of its findings hold up to scrutiny. At the same time, he had scientists bet on the success-rate of their own field. We look at the surprising paradoxes of humans being human, trying to learn about humans, and the elusive knowledge of human nature. Guest voices include Brian Nosek of the Center for Open Science, Andrew Gelman of Columbia University, Deborah Mayo of Virginia Tech, and Matthew Makel of Duke TiP. A philosophical take on the replication crisis in the sciences. Hackademics I: The Control Hackademics I: The Control Tue, 07 Mar 2017 06:00:10 GMT 43:17 58be2345bc1c153358c98ba0 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/58be2345bc1c153358c98ba0 Season 1: Episode 6 full 1 6 The Cops of Pop The Cops of Pop Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:00:00 GMT 44:39 58aba62488d80d2d4a1f7889 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/58aba62488d80d2d4a1f7889 Season 1: Episode 5 full 1 5 Two records from 1983 achieved minor novelty fame, and then faded away, only to emerge 20 years later as the originators of a curious genre of pop music in the age of social media. This peculiar genre raises questions about how we should think about genre, musical aesthetics, and artistry in the time of industrially-produced music and digital reproduction. Guest voices include Jordan Roseman, aka DJ Earworm, Steve Stein, aka Steinski, philosopher Chris Bartel, and musicologist Christine Boone. Two records from 1983 achieved minor novelty fame, and then faded away, only to emerge 20 years later as the originators of a curious genre of pop music in the age of social media. This peculiar genre raises questions about how we should think about genre, musical aesthetics, and artistry in the time of industrially-produced music and digital reproduction. Guest voices include Jordan Roseman, aka DJ Earworm, Steve Stein, aka Steinski, philosopher Chris Bartel, and musicologist Christine Boone. The Name of God The Name of God Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:30:32 GMT 47:39 58a233f888d80d2d4a1f7885 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/58a233f888d80d2d4a1f7885 Season 1: Episode 4 full 1 4 With a small gesture of good will toward Syrian refugees, one woman incurred the wrath of evangelical Christians on social media. The resulting chaos helped write the next chapter in a thousand year-old controversy concerning Christianity, Islam, their shared origins, and the nature of God. Guest voices include Larycia Hawkins, Michael Mangis, Karly Bothman, Paul Griffiths, and Amir Hussain. With a small gesture of good will toward Syrian refugees, one woman incurred the wrath of evangelical Christians on social media. The resulting chaos helped write the next chapter in a thousand year-old controversy concerning Christianity, Islam, their shared origins, and the nature of God. Guest voices include Larycia Hawkins, Michael Mangis, Karly Bothman, Paul Griffiths, and Amir Hussain. Soldier Philosophers Part 2: The Morality of War Soldier Philosophers Part 2: The Morality of War Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:00:44 GMT 46:20 5898f2e488d80d2d4a1f7880 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/5898f2e488d80d2d4a1f7880 Season 1: Episode 3 full 1 3 For some reason, when people kill others in wars, we do not judge them morally and legally in the same way as we judge them when they kill in civilian life. Is there a justification for this difference, or is it only a convenient myth? We go to West Point to see what soldiers themselves think and teach about the morality of killing in war. Just as the US winds down two major unconventional wars, philosophers, including many soldier philosophers, are trying to revise hundreds of years of thinking about the morality of warfare. Guest voices include Ian Fishback, Jeff McMahan, Helen Frowe, Steve Woodside, Graham Parsons, Scott Parsons, Courtney Morris, Timothy Leone, and Saythala Phonexyaphova. For some reason, when people kill others in wars, we do not judge them morally and legally in the same way as we judge them when they kill in civilian life. Is there a justification for this difference, or is it only a convenient myth? We go to West Point to see what soldiers themselves think and teach about the morality of killing in war. Just as the US winds down two major unconventional wars, philosophers, including many soldier philosophers, are trying to revise hundreds of years of thinking about the morality of warfare. Guest voices include Ian Fishback, Jeff McMahan, Helen Frowe, Steve Woodside, Graham Parsons, Scott Parsons, Courtney Morris, Timothy Leone, and Saythala Phonexyaphova. Soldier Philosophers Part 1: Moral Exploitation Soldier Philosophers Part 1: Moral Exploitation Tue, 31 Jan 2017 05:30:00 GMT 45:56 588ffd8feb50589014def04f no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/588ffd8feb50589014def04f Season 1: Episode 2 full 1 2 When one Army soldier discovered the propagation of torture tactics during the Iraq war, he engaged in a one-man mission inside the organization to learn about their origins, and the effect they had on lower-level soldiers who were implementing them. From there, he took on the Bush administration. Years later, he is training to be a philosopher.


As a new U.S. administration takes hold, with talk of military action against ISIS and the reinstatement of Bush-era torture policies, we embark on a two-week exploration of the philosophy of war. We follow the story of soldier philosophers, the first generation who served in a large-scale American war since Vietnam, returning to bring new thinking about the morality of warfare. On this episode, we look at the side-effects of moral decision-making on the soldiers who are asked to carry-out a President's orders. Guest voices include Michael Robillard and Ian Fishback.

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When one Army soldier discovered the propagation of torture tactics during the Iraq war, he engaged in a one-man mission inside the organization to learn about their origins, and the effect they had on lower-level soldiers who were implementing them. From there, he took on the Bush administration. Years later, he is training to be a philosopher.


As a new U.S. administration takes hold, with talk of military action against ISIS and the reinstatement of Bush-era torture policies, we embark on a two-week exploration of the philosophy of war. We follow the story of soldier philosophers, the first generation who served in a large-scale American war since Vietnam, returning to bring new thinking about the morality of warfare. On this episode, we look at the side-effects of moral decision-making on the soldiers who are asked to carry-out a President's orders. Guest voices include Michael Robillard and Ian Fishback.

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The Wishes of the Dead The Wishes of the Dead Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:35:00 GMT 46:49 5886d2cf88d80d2d4a1f7851 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/5886d2cf88d80d2d4a1f7851 Season 1 Episode 1 full 1 1 Our lives are controlled by the invisible hand from the grave. Trillions of dollars of the economy are devoted to executing the wishes of people who died long ago, rather than satisfying the desires of the living. We follow the story of the Hershey fortune to show how a 19th century industrialist constructed the oddest business structure to ensure that his wishes would be fulfilled hundreds of years after his death. The story raises questions about why we give the dead so much power over our lives, and what this says about how we find meaning in our own lives given foreknowledge of our mortality. Guest voices include Ray Madoff, Jim Mcmahon, Bob Fernandez, Joe Berning, Carole Hite, James Stacey Taylor, Barbara Baum Levenbook, Russ Shaffer-Landau, and Samuel Scheffler. Our lives are controlled by the invisible hand from the grave. Trillions of dollars of the economy are devoted to executing the wishes of people who died long ago, rather than satisfying the desires of the living. We follow the story of the Hershey fortune to show how a 19th century industrialist constructed the oddest business structure to ensure that his wishes would be fulfilled hundreds of years after his death. The story raises questions about why we give the dead so much power over our lives, and what this says about how we find meaning in our own lives given foreknowledge of our mortality. Guest voices include Ray Madoff, Jim Mcmahon, Bob Fernandez, Joe Berning, Carole Hite, James Stacey Taylor, Barbara Baum Levenbook, Russ Shaffer-Landau, and Samuel Scheffler. (Preview) Hackademics (Preview) Hackademics Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:30:00 GMT 4:26 587c238088d80d2d4a1f77ea no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/587c238088d80d2d4a1f77ea Science at the Fringes What happens when you play by all of the rules of science, and find something that could not possibly be there? Barry visits ESP research labs, once at the heart of elite mainstream universities, now at the fringes, to see whether parapsychology is as unscientific as it is reputed to be. It is what he finds out about mainstream science that surprises him. What happens when you play by all of the rules of science, and find something that could not possibly be there? Barry visits ESP research labs, once at the heart of elite mainstream universities, now at the fringes, to see whether parapsychology is as unscientific as it is reputed to be. It is what he finds out about mainstream science that surprises him. (Preview) Soldier Philosophers (Preview) Soldier Philosophers Mon, 09 Jan 2017 04:59:46 GMT 3:05 587304d188d80d2d4a1f77e7 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/587304d188d80d2d4a1f77e7 The Morality of War from Soldiers who Served The current American laws outlawing torture in the war on terror trace back to the actions of one Army whistleblower over ten years ago. In a two-part series, we follow his story through four combat tours, leading up to his life today as a philosopher. We hear about moral injury, about ethics in the age of unconventional warfare, and we hear from leading philosophers seeking to overturn centuries of thinking about the morality of war. The current American laws outlawing torture in the war on terror trace back to the actions of one Army whistleblower over ten years ago. In a two-part series, we follow his story through four combat tours, leading up to his life today as a philosopher. We hear about moral injury, about ethics in the age of unconventional warfare, and we hear from leading philosophers seeking to overturn centuries of thinking about the morality of war. (Preview) Wishes of the Dead (Preview) Wishes of the Dead Mon, 02 Jan 2017 05:56:59 GMT 3:12 5869eb83eb50589014deef5c no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/5869eb83eb50589014deef5c Episode 1 Preview Trillions of dollars of the US economy are devoted to executing the wishes of people who died long ago, rather than satisfying the needs, preferences, and values of those living now. Barry investigates one particularly interesting case of this, and seeks out answers to the philosophical question; do we really have obligations to continue honoring the wishes of the dead at the expense of the needs of the living? Trillions of dollars of the US economy are devoted to executing the wishes of people who died long ago, rather than satisfying the needs, preferences, and values of those living now. Barry investigates one particularly interesting case of this, and seeks out answers to the philosophical question; do we really have obligations to continue honoring the wishes of the dead at the expense of the needs of the living? Season One Trailer #1 Season One Trailer #1 Sat, 24 Dec 2016 07:47:37 GMT 2:35 585e27e988d80d2d4a1f77e4 no https://shows.pippa.io/hiphination/585e27e988d80d2d4a1f77e4 Introducing Hi-Phi Nation A brand new show bringing storytelling together with philosophy, Hi-Phi Nation aims to do for philosophy what Freakonomics did for economics, what Invisibilia does for cognitive psychology, and what all of your favorite podcasts do for your entertainment and enlightenment. Our inaugural 10-episode season will launch in late January 2017. Hosted and produced completely independently by Barry Lam, professor at Vassar College and fellow at Duke University, season one will include just war theory, epistemology of science, the possibility of posthumous harm, semantics, philosophy of religion, music aesthetics, and metaphysics. A brand new show bringing storytelling together with philosophy, Hi-Phi Nation aims to do for philosophy what Freakonomics did for economics, what Invisibilia does for cognitive psychology, and what all of your favorite podcasts do for your entertainment and enlightenment. Our inaugural 10-episode season will launch in late January 2017. Hosted and produced completely independently by Barry Lam, professor at Vassar College and fellow at Duke University, season one will include just war theory, epistemology of science, the possibility of posthumous harm, semantics, philosophy of religion, music aesthetics, and metaphysics.