Half Hour of Heterodoxy

60 EpisodesProduced by Heterodox Academy

Social psychologist Chris Martin talks about civility, polarization, truth, ideology, and pedagogy with Jon Haidt, John McWhorter, Alice Dreger, Glenn Loury, Cristine Legare, and others

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Oliver Burkeman, How the News Took Over Reality

July 15th, 2019

29:51

Oliver Burkeman is a British journalist and author based in Brooklyn. We discuss his recent Guardian essay where he argues that excessive engagement …

Nicholas Christakis, Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

July 1st, 2019

31:38

Nicholas Christakis is a physician and sociologist at Yale University. His previous books included Connected, about how social networks affect our …

Angie Maxwell, The New Southern Strategy

June 15th, 2019

37:06

My guest today is Angie Maxwell (@AngieMaxwell1). She received her PhD. In American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently …

Teresa Bejan, Mere Civility

June 1st, 2019

31:56

Professors and politicians warn that we face a crisis of civility today. But is civility really a virtue, and how much civility do we really need? …

Heterodox Academy’s 2019 Conference: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #56

May 20th, 2019

9:47

Deb Mashek and Karen Gillo talk about the Heterodox Academy 2019 Conference, scheduled for June 20 and June 21 in New York City. The conference …

Maria Dixon Hall, Becoming Culturally Intelligent

May 15th, 2019

33:35

Maria Dixon Hall manages the Campus Cultural Intelligence program at Southern Methodist University. She has a background in multiple disciplines, …

Arthur Sakamoto, Asian Educational Achievement (The Annex episode)

May 8th, 2019

1:00:58

This is a re-release of an episode from The Annex, a sociology podcast created by Joseph Cohen (CUNY Queens College), Leslie Hinkson (Georgetown), …

Christopher Federico, The Psychology of Political Behavior

May 1st, 2019

35:07

Christopher Federico is a political psychologist with joint appointments in psychology and political science at the University of Minnesota. We talk …

Ashley Jardina, White Identity Politics

April 15th, 2019

33:07

Ashley Jardina is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. Her research explores the nature of racial attitudes, the …

Katie Gordon, Can Offensive Political Speech Cause Trauma?

March 15th, 2019

30:18

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In this episode, clinical psychologist Kathryn Gordon talks about whether prejudiced …

Jeffrey A. Sachs, Is There Really A Free Speech Crisis?

March 4th, 2019

33:33

Are we facing a free speech crisis in higher education today? According to today’s guest, Jeffrey A. Sachs, lecturer in politics at Acadia …

Julian Zelizer on Polarization and U.S. History: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #48

February 20th, 2019

32:07

I’m joined today by Julian Zelizer, historian at Princeton University and CNN Political Analyst. He has been among the pioneers in the revival of …

Noah Silverman and Katie Baxter, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC): Half Hour of Heterodoxy #47

February 13th, 2019

30:00

Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) was founded by Eboo Patel, and its mission is to create a system of people and campuses where interfaith cooperation is the norm. The organization continues the tradition of modern …

Deb Mashek & Musa Al-Gharbi on Heterodox Academy’s Past and Future: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #46

January 28th, 2019

25:42

Deb Mashek and Musa al-Gharbi are the executive director and communications director of Heterodox Academy. They reflect on the organization’s …

Xander Snyder & Erik Fogg of the ReConsider Podcast on Bias and Tribalism: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #45

January 22nd, 2019

51:59

Xander Snyder and Erik Fogg host the ReConsider Podcast—their motto is “We don’t do the thinking for you.” You can visit reconsidermedia.com to learn …

Chad Wellmon, Do Universities Have a Clear Purpose? – Half Hour of Heterodoxy #44

January 14th, 2019

35:27

In 2016, Jonathan Haidt gave a talk at a number of American universities in which he made the provocative argument that universities must choose either truth or social justice as their primary motive for operating. He …

Craig Frisby & Joshua D. Phillips on Cultural Competence Training: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #41

December 10th, 2018

38:49

My guests on today’s episode are Craig Frisby and Joshua D. Phillips.

Craig Frisby is co-editor, with William O’Donohue, of a new book, Cultural …

Tania Reynolds on Men as Stereotypical Perpetrators of Harm: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #40

November 30th, 2018

36:24

When you make moral judgments, what is happening at the psychological level? According to one theory, you’re applying a template of two roles: an …

A.J. Jacobs on Gratitude With Guest Hosts Deb Mashek, Richard Davies, & Jim Meigs: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #39

November 15th, 2018

26:31

A special Thanksgiving episode about gratitude featuring journalist, author, and lecturer A. J. Jacobs, whose book Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey was published this Monday. His other books include The Year of …

Lucía Martínez Valdivia on Unifying and Divisive Identities: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #38

November 14th, 2018

31:24

An interview with Lucia Martinez Valdivia, assistant professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. Chris talks to Lucía about how to use and …

Charlotta Stern on Gender Sociology’s Problems: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #37

October 30th, 2018

29:27

An interview with Charlotta Stern, sociologist at Stockholm University, about the problem of biological sex differences being neglected in gender …

Julie Wronski on How Authoritarianism Divides the Democratic Party: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #36

October 15th, 2018

31:23
Show Notes

In today’s episode, Chris talks to Julie Wronski, professor of political science at the University of Mississippi. In a new paper, she and …

Jeff Jones and David Askenazi on Free Expression at U.S. Universities: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #35

October 1st, 2018

25:18
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Do college students think that freedom of speech is important? Do they think their campus climate supports free expression? And do they …

Greg Lukianoff and Jon Haidt on The Coddling of the American Mind: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #34

September 17th, 2018

27:39
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A discussion of The Coddling of the American Mind, just published this month, with the authors Greg Lukianoff and Jon Haidt. Greg Lukianoff is director of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). …

Jason Stanley on How Fascism Works: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #33

September 6th, 2018

30:58
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Jason Stanley is Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He formerly specialized in the philosophy of language, but has …

Robert Quinn on the Scholars at Risk Network: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #32

August 29th, 2018

25:33
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Robert Quinn is the executive director of Scholars at Risk Network, which helps protect and relocate members of higher education …

Jessica Good on The Ups and Downs of Multiculturalism: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #31

August 15th, 2018

24:22
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Jessica Good is a social psychologist at Davidson College. She received her PhD in social psychology from Rutgers University and has …

Rick Mehta on Free Expression in Canadian Universities: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #30

July 30th, 2018

25:51
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Rick Mehta (@RickRMehta) is a professor of psychology at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. His research focuses on the mechanisms …

Fabio Rojas on the Sociology of Activism: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #29

July 17th, 2018

29:57

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Fabio Rojas is a professor of sociology at Indiana University at Bloomington. He’s the author of From Black Power to Black Studies: How a …

Robert Wright on Politics, Tribalism, and Mindfulness: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #28

June 29th, 2018

45:20

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Robert Wright is a former senior editor at The New Republic, and he currently hosts The Wright Show. He’s also the author of several …

Heather Heying on Life After Evergreen: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #27

June 19th, 2018

30:51

My guest today is Heather Heying. She and her husband Bret Weinstein formerly taught biology at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. After …

John Inazu on Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #26

June 5th, 2018

24:07

Show Notes

John Inazu is professor of law and religion at Washington University in St. Louis and a member of Heterodox Academy. His scholarship …

Arthur Sakamoto on Conventional Wisdom about Asian Americans: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #25

May 15th, 2018

32:39

Arthur Sakamoto (@sakamoto_arthur), sociologist at Texas A&M, discusses three myths about Asian Americans.

0:00 The questionable claim of a high …

Caroline Mehl and Raffi Grinberg on OpenMind: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #24

April 24th, 2018

31:23

Show Notes

Caroline Mehl and Raffi Grinberg direct the OpenMind Platform, an interactive tool to help individuals learn perspective taking and …

Richard Reeves on J.S. Mill and Liberalism: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #23

April 9th, 2018

27:05

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My guest today is Richard Reeves. He’s a social and political commentator and he has written for the several newspapers and magazines in …

David Frum on Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #22

March 26th, 2018

30:26

Show Notes

David Frum (@davidfrum) is a senior editor at the Atlantic Magazine and a frequent contributor at MSNBC. He is a former speechwriter for George W. Bush and is known for coining the phrase “axis of evil.” He …

Musa al-Gharbi on Social Research: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #21

March 15th, 2018

31:29

Show Notes

Musa al-Gharbi is a research associate at Heterodox Academy and a PhD student in sociology at Columbia University. He is a writer whose …

Deb Mashek on Heterodox Academy in 2018: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #20

February 27th, 2018

20:27

Show Notes

Deb Mashek (@DebMashekHXA) is the new executive director of Heterodox Academy. She is currently professor of psychology at Harvey Mudd …

Frank Lechner on the Symmetric Polarization vs. Republican Radicalism Debate: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #19

February 8th, 2018

40:45

Show Notes

Frank Lechner is a professor of sociology at Emory University. He did his undergraduate work in sociology at Tilburg University in the …

Jennifer Earl on Internet Activism and Fake News: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #18

January 21st, 2018

17:14

Show Notes 

Jennifer Earl is professor of sociology and a professor of government and public policy at the university of Arizona. Her research …

John McWhorter on Politics and Protest

December 15th, 2017

2:00

I interviewed John McWhorter recently. That interview was supposed to be episode 17 of Half Hour of Heterodoxy. I recorded the interview using an app that has worked very well in the past. Unfortunately, it failed me …

Cristine Legare on Teaching Techniques: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #16

November 13th, 2017

35:15

Show Notes 

Cristine Legare is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas-Austin and she’s on the executive board of Heterodox …

Alice Dreger on How Branding Stifles Academic Freedom: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #15

October 30th, 2017

22:58

Half Hour of Heterodoxy is now an audio-only podcast. We suggest that you subscribe through iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, or any other app of your choice, or listen using the audio player in the blog post. 

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Arthur Sakamoto on Paradigms in Sociology: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #14

October 10th, 2017

26:48

Half Hour of Heterodoxy is now an audio-only podcast. We’ll still upload episodes to Youtube if you’d prefer to get them there, but we suggest that you subscribe through iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, or any other app of …

Glenn Loury on Faculty and Administrators: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #13

September 27th, 2017

37:44

Glenn Loury (@GlennLoury) is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He has taught …

Jonathan Haidt on Heterodox Academy’s 2nd Anniversary: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #12

September 21st, 2017

22:24

Jonathan Haidt (@JonHaidt) is a co-founder and executive director of Heterodox Academy. He is a professor of business ethics at New York University’s …

Norm Ornstein on US Politics, Partisanship & Tribalism: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #11

September 15th, 2017

30:04

Norm Ornstein (@NormOrnstein), is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He has written and co-written a number of books about gridlock and …

Scott Lilienfeld on Microaggressions, and The Goldwater Rule: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #10

September 5th, 2017

35:00

Scott Lilienfeld is professor of psychology at Emory University. Here, he talks about his 2016 article evaluating the psychological literature on …

Rick Shweder on Multiculturalism and Diversity: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #9

August 22nd, 2017

41:39

Apologies for the audio and video problems in this episode.

In this episode, Chris Martin interviews Rick (Richard) Shweder, cultural anthropologist …

Jacques Berlinerblau on How College Works (Or Doesn’t): Half Hour of Heterodoxy #8

August 17th, 2017

34:42

In this episode, Chris Martin (@Chrismartin76) interviews Jacques Berlinerblau (@berlinerblau), Professor of Jewish Civilization and director of the …

Lee Jussim on Stereotype Accuracy and Biased Science: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #7

July 11th, 2017

35:22

In this episode, Chris Martin (@Chrismartin76) interviews Lee Jussim (@PsychRabble), Professor of Social Psychology at Rutgers, The State University …

Matt Grossmann on Asymmetric Polarization: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #6

July 3rd, 2017

34:36

In this episode, Chris Martin (@Chrismartin76) talks to Matt Grossmann (@MattGrossmann), associate professor of political science at Michigan State …

Cristine Legare on Socioeconomic Diversity & Teaching Controversial Topics: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #5

June 20th, 2017

32:15

In this episode, Chris Martin (@Chrismartin76) interviews Cristine Legare (@CristineLegare), Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of …

April Kelly-Woessner on Declining Political Tolerance: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #4

June 5th, 2017

31:08



In this episode, Chris Martin interviews April Kelly-Woessner, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Politics, Philosophy …

Sam Abrams on the Politics of the Professoriate: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #3

May 30th, 2017

30:13

Political scientist Sam Abrams teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. His New York Times piece on the polarization of the New England professoriate …

George Yancey (North Texas) on Anti-Christian Bias & Race Relations: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #2

May 22nd, 2017

26:14

This week Chris Martin talks to sociologist George Yancey, another founding member of Heterodox Academy. George Yancey teaches sociology at the …

Jon Zimmerman on The Case for Contention: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #1

May 15th, 2017

47:00

In this inaugural interview, Chris Martin speaks with Jon Zimmerman, professor of history of education at the Graduate School of Education, …

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