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    August 2, 2015
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    June 21, 2015
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    What philosophers, philosophies, or philosophical issues do you want to read up on this summer? Leibniz's Monadology not be the obvious choice to take on vacation, but there are lots of readable, beach-friendly classics and non-classics to add philosophical depth to your summer reading. John and Ken take suggestions from listeners and special guests: Berit Brogaard, author of On Romantic Love; Lars Iyer, author of Wittgenstein Jr (A Novel); and Jane Hirshfield, author of Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World.

    Lars Iyer, Newcastle University





    Berit Brogaard, University of Miami





    Poet Jane Hirshfield

  • Week of: 
    July 26, 2015
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    Satire is everywhere – in conversations with friends, in books, on television, and online. When used effectively, it can be a very powerful form of social commentary. But what happens when someone goes too far, or even worse, when some publication repeatedly goes too far? Aside from taking offense, can we reasonably demand that they pull their article from publication or issue an apology? Are there topics we should never satirize? Is there a well-defined line between satire and hate speech? John and Ken resist parody with Jane Kirtley, Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota.

    Jane Kirtley, Professor of Media Ethics and Law, University of Minnesota

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