Philosophy Talk: Live Public Radio Tapings Explore Philosophical Topics at the Marsh
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The last date listed for Philosophy Talk was Sunday February 16, 2014 / 3:00pm (Risky Business: The Business of Risk).
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Every week, the public radio show Philosophy Talk brings the richness of philosophical discussion to bear on hot-button issues and everyday subjects, with a down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach that is "as accessible as it is thoughtful" (Los Angeles Times). In these special live editions of Philosophy Talk, hosts Ken Taylor and John Perry will discuss terrorism and the line between art and obscenity. In the first show, political scientist Martha Crenshaw, author of Explaining Terrorism, discusses our definitions of terror and the most effective way to combat it. Then, art historian Richard Meyer, author of What Was Contemporary Art?, weighs in on whether a strong public reaction proves artistic merit, or if shock value has replaced cultural value. Learn More
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Featured review from Bobbie Steinhart
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I'm a frequent KALW listener and familiar with the program. This was my first time at a recording session. It's fascinating to see the show live. The topic was of personal interest, as was the conversation between Ken Taylor and John Perry. They work well together, demonstrating how to remain civil while articulating divergent opinions. I agree with my companion who felt the guest's contribution was minimal. The hosts could have easily carried the discussion without him, utilizing audience questions to stimulate and illuminate issues relevant to the topic.
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- “<em>Philosophy Talk</em> is as accessible as it is thoughtful.” --<em>Los Angeles Times </em>
- “<em>Philosophy Talk</em> could teach British broadcasting a thing or two about quality intellectual debate… one of the great joys of American radio. It’s radio that knows how to talk.” --<em>The Guardian </em>(London)
February 16, 2014 at noon: Science and Gender With Londa Schiebinger
What does gender have to do with science? The obvious answer is 'nothing.' Science is the epitome of an objective, rational, and disinterested enterprise. But given the history of systemic under-representation of women in science, what does it mean that science answers almost exclusively to the methodologies of men? Has male domination contributed certain unfounded assumptions or cognitive biases to the 'objectivity' of scientific inquiry? Is there any possibility of achieving a gender-neutral science, and if so, what would that look like? John and Ken make room at the table for Stanford historian Londa Schiebinger, author of Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science.
February 16, 2014 at 3:00pm: Risky Business: The Business of Risk With Lara Buchak
There is an element of risk -- either to ourselves or to others -- in almost everything we do. By deciding to go to the grocery store, for example, we take a (very small) risk of getting into a car accident. Many risks are acceptable, of course, but how do we know when a risk is worth taking? The most important decisions, after all, are often risky ones. What about risks to others' welfare? How do we, and should we, take risk into account when we make decisions? John and Ken take their chances with Lara Buchak from UC Berkeley, author of Risk and Rationality.