A conversation with Christopher "Wally" Wallace, a former gangster and ex-con with a history of violence. After getting shot by a crack dealer, Wally decided to turn his life around for his infant son and become the father he never had. He's spent the last few decades helping messed up guys turn their lives around. Wally has a unique, if decidedly rough-at-the-edges, perspective on what's wrong with men and boys in the 21st-century West.
A conversation with Yaneer Bar-Yam, president of the New England Complex Systems Institute, about markets, pandemics, ecosystems, climate change, uncertainty, invasive species, and much else.
A conversation with Andrew Mcclymont, a larger than life character who grew up in a farm in rural Australia, and went on to harvest crocodile eggs, fly helicopters, put out forest fires, work on oil rigs and lead mines, and much else. If you consult a list of the twenty most dangerous jobs, you'll find that Andrew has probably done at least half of them.
A conversation with journalist and essayist Joshua Ostroff about the meaning of the concept of virtue signaling - Joshua has written for the Globe & Mail, The Walrus, CBC, and Vice.
A conversation with counter-terrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross about why we're still losing the War on Terror, the differences between ISIS and al Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden's legacy.
A conversation with Dr. Kwame Brown, Professor of Psychology, cofounder of Symbiotic Swag, and #BlackLivesMatter activist.
A conversation with criminologist and true crime writer Lee Mellor about psychopaths, psychotics, and seemingly normal people who become cold-blooded killers.
A conversation with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt about his new book, coauthored with Greg Lukianoff, The Coddling of the American Mind (2018), a timely investigation into the new "safety culture" on campus and the dangers it poses to free speech, mental health, education, and ultimately democracy.
A conversation with Aaron Haspel about the life and work of recently deceased author Tom Wolfe.
Amy Kaler is a sociology professor who has been teaching on intersectionality for years. In this episode of the podcast, she talks with us about what intersectionality is, what it isn't, and what problems it solves. Jonathan Haidt maintains that intersectionality is useful in theory but harmful in practice. Kaler responds to this criticism.
Jason Brennan is a Georgetown philosophy professor who has written extensively on democracy, capitalism, and libertarianism. In this episode of the podcast, he talks with us about his forthcoming book, When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice
Dr. Shuvo Ghosh is a pediatrician who has been working with trans kids and their parents for 16 years. He separates fact from fiction on this overly political issue.
Helga Ingeborg Vierich, an anthropologist who's done extensive field research in Africa, talks with us about sustainable hunter-gatherer ecosystem management practices such as seed-spreading, permaculture, selective burning, partial domestication of wild animals, and species-specific hunting bans.
Jaffer Ali is a serial entrepreneur and marketing guru. Jaffer talks with us about what's wrong with the mainstream media; how to use social media intelligently; the enigmatic nature of business success; and what we can learn about Trump's antifragile appeal from the marketing of the Faces of Death series.
Bevan Ramsay is an accomplished New York City artist who talks with us about being, and pretending to be, an artist; why becoming an artist is a terrible idea; why artists shouldn't talk about their art; and much else.
Jonathan Kay talks with us about his recent move to Quillette; Heterodox Academy's conference in New York City; the controversy surrounding the Montreal Jazz Festival's cancellation of the SLAV show; and the struggle to remain fair and objective in profoundly partisan times.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb talks with us about why scale matters, why localism is better than globalism, why journalists get on his nerves, how intellectual-yet-idiots get us into trouble, why stated beliefs habitually fail to reveal underlying preferences, and much else.
Patrick Lee Miller, an academic philosopher who views philosophy as a way of life, talks with us about what philosophy has to say about the practice of parenting, learning to love, relationships, death and mortality, honour, money, and the meaning of life.
Fred Bode is an expert on American religion, talks with us about the disturbing new Ethan Hawke movie, First Reformed, a thriller about despair, radicalization, terrorism, sin, and redemption.
Fred Bode and Matthews Hays talk with us about our culture's love affair with the disaster movie.