Thursday, March 30, 2017

One hashtag to share Why? Radio with the world. Tweet #TryPod


This month is #TryPod month (we're a bit late in the game). Podcasters are asking listeners to post about their favorite shows while including the #Trypod hashtag. It's free and a great way to support shows like ours,...shows that have virtually no advertising budget. 

Please tweet or post about Why? Radio using the hashtag #TryPod and help introduce us to new listeners.

Include our address
@whyradioshow and we'll share it.

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Thank you, as always, for your support.

               

Monday, March 27, 2017

New website shows that philosophy majors are employable and make a great living.

Visit www.PhilosophyIsAGreatMajor.com


They told you that philosophy majors don’t get jobs. They told you that you should practice asking “do you want fries with that?” They told you philosophy wasn’t about real-world skills. They were wrong.

Explore the incredible employment- and salary-statistics of philosophy degree holders at PhilosophyIsAGreatMajor.com. Share a site designed to persuade everyone that philosophy is a great, employable, and lucrative major. Submit your own story to help show the world that philosophy is not frivolous, but is a useful tool for whatever profession its students choose.

PQED's Institute for Philosophy in Public Life news and events


IPPL newsletter, March 26, 2017


The Public Philosopher
The latest news from The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life and Why? Radio.



The Institute for Philosophy and Public Life offers a wide range of free activities and resources open to everyone with an interest in philosophy. We have modernized our web portal to make it easier to navigate, particularly on mobile phones. We have also created a new website for prospective philosophy majors to help convinced skeptical parents that philosophy degree holders are competitive in today's job market. And, as usual, we offer both in-person and radio-based opportunities for people to come together and explore philosophy in a supportive and non-adversarial environment. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Why was the word 'Ms.' so important?

 Msfirst appeared in 1971 as an insert in New York magazine.

This is the monologue for the 100th episode of Why? Radio: "Feminism as Philosophy, Politics, and Friendship" with guests Gloria Steinem and Suzanne Braun Levine. Click here to listen to the episode.

I can think of few guests more suitable for the hundredth episode of Why? Radio than Gloria Steinem and Suzanne Braun Levine. They and their feminists cohorts emphasized that everyday sexism was built on ideology as much as habit, creating a space for philosophy in the public consciousness. Gloria and Suzanne’s creation, Ms. Magazine, prepared the ground for the blogs, college courses, and television shows we have today. It was critical thinking; it was public philosophy.

Ms. offered a counterpoint to the notion that women were only interested in, well, notions. Its title alone was transgressive. It recognized that the most personal designation—that term by which we are acknowledged by others—announced our limitations. Women called Miss were deemed perpetually immature and those referred to as Mrs. were relegated to the background of a couple. Those called Ms, however, were protected by ambiguity. Freed from the conviction that without a husband, they were nothing, they could pursue the life of their choice—in theory, anyway.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Why Radio's 100th episode! We need questions for Gloria Steinem and Suzanne Braun Levine.

Visit us at www.whyradioshow.org


Dear Why? Radio listeners,

As many of you know, the next episode is our 100th. To celebrate, we are lucky enough to have two incredible guests, best friends Gloria Steinem and Suzanne Braun Levine. The topic of the show is “Feminism as philosophy, politics, and friendship.”

We are prerecording the show, but we need your questions. So, please think about what you would ask Gloria and Suzanne if you got to talk to them personally, and pass the questions along to us. We’ll do our best to ask them during the show.

The deadline for questions is January 31st at 5pm, but feel free to send them sooner. And don’t forget to include your first name and your city/state, so we can give you credit for the question on the air.

Send them via email at :askwhy@und.edu
Tweet them at: @whyradiohsow
Or call us and leave a message at (888) 755-6377

Thank you all for your loyalty to the show. We look forward to sharing this milestone with you and hope the next 100 episodes are even better.

Jack Russell Weinstein

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Download a new free book: "Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College"

Published by the University of North Dakota Digital Press

Announcing an exciting new FREE book for you to download, including an essay by PQED author/ Why? Radio host Jack Russell Weinstein. Click on the link below to get your copy!
 
Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College
Download the book here (pdf)

The 2016 presidential election has sparked an unprecedented interest in the Electoral College. To expand the conversation, Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College offers brief essays that examine the Electoral College from different disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, mathematics, political science, history, and pedagogy. Along the way, the essays address a variety of questions about the Electoral College: Why was it created? How has it changed over time? Who benefits from it? Is it just? How will future demographic patterns affect it? Should we alter or abolish the Electoral College, and if so, what should replace it? In exploring these matters, Picking the President enhances our understanding of one of America’s most high-profile, momentous issues.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Can we escape the Christian imagination?

Pictured here is St. Jerome, the patron saint of translators, librarians and encyclopedists.
This is the monologue for the most recent episode of Why? Radio: "Thinking Philosophically About the Black Church" with guest J. Kameron Carter. Click here to listen to the episode.

I am so glad December is over; I hate the holiday season. I grow weary of the alienation my Jewish family feels whenever we leave our house and I’m horrified at the stressful consumer orgy forced upon my friends. I am also really tired of reminding others that even for an atheist, Christmas is a Christian holiday.

Yes, the commemoration of the birth of Christ is and must be Christian, even for those who don’t talk about Jesus. And yes, the celebration of the second coming excludes those who are still waiting for their own messiah, even if they enjoy a cup of eggnog or display their friends’ Christmas cards on the mantle while they wait.

Friday, January 6, 2017


"Thinking Philosophically About the Black Church" - Why? Radio is live, Sunday:




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"Thinking Philosophically About the Black Church"

Guest: J. Kameron Carter
Sunday, January 8 at 5 p.m. central.

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