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 October 9, 2011 / 3:00pm (Is Democracy a Universal Value? with Larry Diamond).
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God Fights the Plague: Real-Life Stories of Religion -- An Atheist, a Witch, a Drag Queen Rabbi & More
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For Dezi Gallegos' latest piece of documentary theater, the 18-year-old performance prodigy interviewed people from nine different religions to help him decide once and for all whether or not God exists. What he found -- and shares on stage -- is wit and wisdom from a witch who worships Elvis, the director of an official organization of American atheists, a rabbi who somehow holds down a side job as a drag queen and many more, as well as an understanding of the shared human quest to discover why we're here. Gallegos has continued to develop his craft since his success as the co-writer of the award-winning Prop 8 Love Stories, when he was just 14. Learn More
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October 9, 2011 at noon:* *Military Service and Public Life with David Kennedy
Is the military draft a natural expression of democratic values, or a challenge to our most basic concepts of individual rights and liberties? Are the values that make for an effective military consistent with the values that make for a free and democratic republic? If the government must have the power to defend the nation, does it follow that it must have the power to control events around the entire world? John and Ken enlist themselves in a discussion of military service and public life with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy.
October 9, 2011 at 3:00pm:* *Is De*mocracy a Universal Value? **with Larry Diamond *
Americans value democracy, and expect others to value it. But is it a universal value? Does God, or rationality, or something very basic about human sensibility, dictate that states should be organized democratically? What if there were empirical evidence that some non-democratic form of government is more likely to produce human happiness, cultural achievement, and sound money? John and Ken consider the universality of democratic values with Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and author of _The Spirit of Democracy. _