Wednesday, March 21, 2012

PQED, WHY? Radio, and IPPL need your help!

A few of the guests at WHY?'s birthday party.
Dear, WHY? Radio and IPPL supporters,

A couple of weeks ago, about sixty people gathered in a small Grand Forks, North Dakota restaurant to celebrate the third birthday of WHY? Radio. In Chicago or Los Angeles this might not be a huge crowd, but in Grand Forks and to celebrate a call-in philosophy show,… well something very big is happening.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. WHY? Radio has over 12,000 regular live listeners and tens of thousands more who listen via podcast and syndication. The show has audience members in every county in North Dakota, every state in the U.S.A, and in over one hundred countries around the world. It is rebroadcast on public radio in Michigan and we’re negotiating the possibility of bringing it to Minnesota radio as well. WHY? is proving that there is no ivory tower.
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But these party goers – these donors – cannot contribute nearly enough to pay our bills. So, for the first time, WHY? and its parent organization The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life is asking for your financial help. Please donate anything you can: $250, $100, $50, $25, everything is welcome. This money, combined with grants and support from The University of North Dakota, will continue to fund world-class guests, live shows, and world-wide podcasts. It will also help to fund our blog, WHY? Magazine, philosophical film festivals, fellows program, online archives, and so much more. So, please give what you can. Our website is secure and all donations are tax deductible.

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Very few people thought that a live, unscripted, call-in, philosophy show would last six months, let alone three years. We’re proving the naysayers wrong. We’re also showing that a supposedly obscure discipline like philosophy is, in fact, of interest to general audiences. Of course, not everyone cares to ask WHY?, but many more people do than most people would have thought. Isn’t this fact alone worth celebrating with a donation? For more information on our budgetary needs and to donate online, please visit

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please pass them our way by emailing us at or calling us at (701) 428-1510. Thank you for listening to the show and thank you for your donation.

Yours truly,
Jack Russell Weinstein
Host, WHY? Radio
Director, The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life


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1 comment:

  1. A painless way of helping IPPL/Why? out is, if you are ordering books from Amazon, to do something:

    1. Go to a link which will then give IPPL/Why? a credit for 24 hours on books you buy (perhaps CDs, Kindles,... I don't know).

    2. Resume shopping at Amazon as normally.

    It costs you nothing.

    The link is

    here's a short version of the same link:

    Which takes you to Stephanie Ross' book on garden semantics, and, tells Amazon to credit IPPL/Why? for awhile.