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The latest from the HxA podcast features the best of Heterodox Academy's panels and conversations. Earlier episodes of the HxA podcast are part of the series "Half Hour of Heterodoxy," hosted by social psychologist and co-founder of HxA, Chris Martin. Martin talks civility, polarization, truth, ideo… read more

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Final Episode

August 12th, 2021


This is a bittersweet moment for us. Today is our final and brief episode of this podcast. We will be shifting our energy to focus solely on our new …

A Deep Dive into DEI: Research, Interventions, and Alternatives with Frank Dobbin, Edward Chang, and Garrett Johnson

July 29th, 2021


For the past few months at Heterodox Academy, we’ve been exploring a range of perspectives on the philosophy, purpose, and effectiveness of diversity-related training in the context of higher education.

In this …

Do Community Colleges do Heterodoxy Right? A Panel Conversation

June 10th, 2021


Community colleges are a staple of American higher education; there are over 900 community colleges in the US and nearly half of all students attend …

A Fine Balance: Academic Freedom and Academic Responsibility

May 6th, 2021


What does it mean for professors to have full freedom in the classroom and in their research? What are the requirements of academic responsibility? …

A Conversation with John McWhorter | Viewpoint Diversity Among Black Intellectuals

April 2nd, 2021


“The message that Black America cannot succeed significantly…until there is a vast overturning...of the very psychological nature of being an …

What Does the Future of Heterodoxy Look Like?

March 5th, 2021


Five years after Heterodox Academy's founding in 2015, we took the opportunity to reflect on what the future of heterodoxy in the academy looks like, …

Heterodox Out Loud: A New Heterodox Academy Podcast

January 28th, 2021


Hi Half Hour of Heterodoxy Listeners! We are excited to announce our new podcast, "Heterodox Out Loud," the audio version of the best of the HxA …

What Is Moral Grandstanding with Justin Tosi & Brandon Warmke.

July 9th, 2020


Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke talk about their new book Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk on this episode. They explain how moral grandstanding differs from other vices like hypocrisy, and how it’s not the …

Cocktails and Canceled Conversations with Elizabeth Loftus

July 2nd, 2020


This episode features cognitive psychologist and human memory expert, Dr. Elizabeth Loftus. It’s a recording of a live webinar hosted by HxA on June …

Psychological Safety for Professors and Students with Amy Edmondson

June 26th, 2020


Amy Edmondson is my guest on this episode. She’s an organizational psychologist at Harvard Business School and she’s known for her highly influential …

The Problem With Everything with Meghan Daum

June 17th, 2020


Meghan Daum is a columnist for Medium, an adjunct faculty in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University's School of the Arts, and author of five …

Michael Kruse, Being a Journalist in a Social Media World

May 28th, 2020

Michael Kruse is a senior staff writer at POLITICO, where he writes about presidential candidates and campaigns. He has been a journalist since his …

86. Adam Domby, The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory

May 20th, 2020

Adam Domby is my guest today. He’s a history professor at the College of Charleston and we’ll
be talking about his research on the statue of Silent …

85. Michael Roth, Safe Enough Spaces

May 12th, 2020

This episode is hosted by Cory Clark, and Michael Roth is the guest. Michael is a historian, the president of Wesleyan University, and the author of the book ‘Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, …

84. Christian Gonzalez and Ian Storey, The Elusive Definitions of Conservatism and Liberalism

April 27th, 2020

This is a special one-hour episode featuring Christian Gonzalez and Ian Storey.

Christian Gonzales is a research assistant at Heterodox Academy. …

83. Cory Clark, Tribalism in War and Peace (And in the Social Sciences)

April 9th, 2020

Cory Clark is my guest on this episode. She’s the Director of Academic Engagement at Heterodox Academy. She’s also a social psychologist and until …

82. Katie Gordon, How to Effectively Help Students During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 23rd, 2020


Katie Gordon is my guest today. Katie previously appeared on Episode 50: Can Offensive Political Speech Cause Trauma?

On today’s episode, we’ll be …

81. Amy Westervelt, How Does the Energy Industry Influence Universities?

March 10th, 2020


Amy Westervelt contributes to the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. In 2015, she received a Rachel Carson award and, in 2016, an Edward R. Murrow award for her environmental journalism. She’s …

80. Eric Kaufmann, Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities

February 27th, 2020


Eric Kaufmann, professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, explains how white identity is threatened by immigration and how this …

79. Jill DeTemple, A Structure for Difficult Classroom DIalogue

February 4th, 2020


Jill DeTemple is my guest today. She’s an associate professor of religious studies at Southern Methodist University. She uses a technique called reflective structured dialogue to enable students to express their …

78. Lawrence Glickman, Free Enterprise: An American History

January 21st, 2020


Lawrence B. Glickman is my guest on this episode.  He’s the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor in American Studies at Cornell University. We’ll be talking about his latest book, “Free Enterprise: An American History.” …

77. James Poniewozik, Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America

January 2nd, 2020


James Poniewozik is my guest today. He’s the chief television critic for the New York Times. We’ll be talking about his new book “Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America,” which was …

76. Deb Mashek, Heterodox Academy in 2020

December 18th, 2019


Deb Mashek, my guest on this episode, is the executive director of Heterodox Academy. We talk about what Heterodox Academy does and Deb gives a preview of some 2020 events.

Here is a transcript of this episode.

Related …

75. Carol Quillen, Leading a Liberal Arts College

December 12th, 2019


Carol Quillen is my guest on this episode. She’s the
president of Davidson College, my alma mater, and she is also a historian by
training. She …

74, Phoebe Maltz Bovy, How Useful is Privilege Checking?

December 5th, 2019


Phoebe Maltz Bovy (@tweetertation) is my guest today. She’s the author of The Perils of "Privilege": Why Injustice Can’t be Solved by Accusing Others …

73. Ilana Redstone, Heterodox Sociology

November 26th, 2019


Ilana Redstone (@irakresh) is my guest. She is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she …

72. Tony McAleer, The Cure for Hate: A Former White Supremacist's Journey from Violent Extremism to Radical Compassion

November 12th, 2019


Tony McAleer is my guest on this episode. He’s the author of the new book “The Cure for Hate: A Former White Supremacist’s Journey from Violent …

71. Robert Talisse, Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Put Politics in its Place

November 1st, 2019


Robert Talisse (@roberttalisse) is my guest on this episode. He's the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. His central research area is democratic theory. In his latest book Overdoing …

70. Sheila Heen: Difficult Conversations, Part 2

October 23rd, 2019


Sheila Heen is my guest today. This is the second part of a two-part interview with her. The first part is available here.

Sheila is the coauthor of …

69. Sheila Heen, Difficult Conversations for Faculty and Students, Part 1

October 18th, 2019


Sheila Heen is my guest today. She’s the coauthor of Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (1999), a New York Times Business …

68. Matthew H. Goldberg, From Christian Identity to Climate Action

October 1st, 2019


Matthew H. Goldberg (@MattGoldberg100) is my guest on this episode. He's a Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale Program on Climate Change …

67. Charlie Sykes, Conservative Media

September 15th, 2019


Today's episode features Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie), a conservative political commentator who hosted a popular talk radio show from 1993 to 2016. …

66. Kevin Kruse & Julian Zelizer, Fault Lines (recorded live at AJC Decatur Book Festival)

September 7th, 2019


This episode was recorded before a live audience at the Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, GA, on September 1, 2019. It features historians Kevin …

65. Lara Schwartz, False Equivalence

September 1st, 2019


Lara Schwartz is the director of the Project for Civil Discourse at American University where she’s also a professor in law and government. She’s …

64. Steven Pinker, An Unnecessary Defense of Reason and a Necessary Defense of the University's Role in Advancing It

August 23rd, 2019


Harvard University professor and best-selling author Steven Pinker considers why open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement …

63. Joanna Schug, Relational Mobility and Cultural Confusion

August 15th, 2019


Joanna Schug (@joannaschug) is a social and cross-cultural psychologist at the College of William and Mary. We discuss how the concept of relational …

62. Cailin O'Connor, The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread

August 1st, 2019


Cailin O’Connor (@cailinmeister) is a philosopher of science at the University of California-Irvine. We discuss her book The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread co-authored with James Owen Weatherall.

Related …

61. HxA Conference 2019

July 23rd, 2019


This episode features short interviews with people who attended the 2019 Heterodox Academy conference and one excerpt from a conference symposium.

60. Oliver Burkeman, How the News Took Over Reality

July 15th, 2019


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

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

July 1st, 2019


Nicholas Christakis is a physician and sociologist at Yale University, and Director of the Human Nature Lab at the Yale Institute for Network Science.

58. Angie Maxwell, The Long Southern Strategy

June 15th, 2019


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

57. Teresa Bejan, Mere Civility

June 1st, 2019


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? …

56. The Heterodox Academy 2019 Conference

May 20th, 2019


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 …

55. Maria Dixon Hall, Becoming Culturally Intelligent

May 15th, 2019


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

54. Arthur Sakamoto, Asian Educational Achievement (The Annex episode)

May 8th, 2019


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

53. Christopher Federico, The Psychology of Political Behavior

May 1st, 2019


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

52. Ashley Jardina, White Identity Politics

April 15th, 2019


How political scientists have wrongly conflated racial identity and prejudice

51. Arthur Brooks, Love Your Enemies

April 1st, 2019


Arthur Brooks’ book Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America From the Culture of Contempt was published this month. This episode …

50. Katie Gordon, Can Offensive Political Speech Cause Trauma?

March 15th, 2019


Thanks for supporting the podcast. We're now at episode 50!

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

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

March 4th, 2019


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

Episode 48: Julian Zelizer, Polarization and U.S. History

February 20th, 2019


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 …

Episode 47: Noah Silverman & Katie Baxter, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)

February 13th, 2019


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 …

Episode 46: Deb Mashek & Musa al-Gharbi, HxA’s Past and Future

January 28th, 2019


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

Episode 45: Xander Snyder & Erik Fogg, Bias and Tribalism

January 22nd, 2019


Xander Snyder and Erik Fogg host the ReConsider Podcast—their motto is "We don't do the thinking for you." You can visit to learn …

Episode 44: Chad Wellmon, Do Universities Have a Clear Purpose?

January 14th, 2019


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 …

Episode 43: Kevin Kruse, America’s Fault Lines

January 2nd, 2019


Kevin M. Kruse, historian at Princeton University is my guest on this episode. He’s the author of White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, published in 2005, and One Nation Under God: How Corporate …

Episode 42: Ellen Hendriksen, Maintaining Your Sanity in Academia

December 21st, 2018


Dr. Ellen Hendriksen is host of The Savvy Psychologist, which was picked as a Best New Podcast of 2014 on iTunes. Her work is regularly featured …

Episode 41: Craig Frisby & Joshua D. Phillips, Cultural Competence Training

December 10th, 2018


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 …

Episode 40: Tania Reynolds, Men as Stereotypical Perpetrators of Harm

November 30th, 2018


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 …

Episode 39: A.J. Jacobs, Richard Davies & Jim Meigs, On Gratitude

November 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 38: Lucía Martínez Valdivia, Unifying and Divisive Identities

November 14th, 2018


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

Episode 37: Charlotta Stern, Gender Sociology’s Problems

October 30th, 2018


When sociologists explain why men and women have different careers, different interests, and different priorities, they rely on socialization as an …

Episode 36: Julie Wronski, How Authoritarianism Divides the Democratic Party

October 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 35: Jeff Jones & David Askenazi, Free Expression at U.S. Universities

October 1st, 2018


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

Episode 34: Greg Lukianoff & Jon Haidt, The Coddling of the American Mind

September 17th, 2018


Show Notes
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). …

Episode 33: Jason Stanley, How Fascism Works

September 6th, 2018


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

Episode 32: Robert Quinn, Scholars at Risk Network

August 29th, 2018


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

Episode 31: Jessica Good, The Ups and Downs of Multiculturalism

August 15th, 2018


Show Notes
Jessica Good is a social psychologist at Davidson College. She received her PhD in social psychology from Rutgers University and has taught …

Episode 30: Rick Mehta, Free Expression in Canadian Universities

July 30th, 2018


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

Episode 29: Fabio Rojas, The Sociology of Activism

July 17th, 2018


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 Radical …

Episode 28: Robert Wright, Politics, Tribalism and Mindfulness

June 29th, 2018


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 bestselling …

Episode 27: Heather Heying, Life After Evergreen

June 19th, 2018


0:00 The uniqueness of Evergreen State
5:42 Activities since leaving Evergreen
10:10 Economic privilege in academia
15:00 Safe space, identity politics, …

Episode 26: John Inazu, Confident Pluralism

June 5th, 2018


John Inazu is professor of law and religion at Washington University in St. Louis. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment …

Episode 25: Arthur Sakamoto, Conventional Wisdom about Asian Americans

May 15th, 2018


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

0:00 The questionable claim of a high …

Episode 24: Caroline Mehl & Raffi Grinberg, The OpenMind Platform

April 24th, 2018


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

Episode 23: Richard Reeves, J.S. Mill and Liberalism

April 9th, 2018


Show Notes

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

Episode 22: David Frum, On Trumpocracy

March 26th, 2018


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 …

Episode 21: Musa al-Gharbi, Social Research and Political Bias

March 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 20: Deb Mashek, HxA in 2018

February 27th, 2018


Show Notes

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

Episode 19: Frank Lechner, Symmetric Polarization or Republican Radicalism?

February 8th, 2018


Show Notes

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

Episode 18: Jennifer Earl, Internet Activism and Fake News

January 21st, 2018


Show Notes 

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

John McWhorter on Politics and Protest

December 15th, 2017


John McWhorter: Transcript of an interview

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

November 13th, 2017


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


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. 

Show Notes 

Alice …

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

October 10th, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Chris Martin talks to Matt Grossmann, associate professor of political science at Michigan State University and director of the Institute for Public …

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

June 20th, 2017


Chris Martin interviews Cristine Legare, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas-Austin. She specializes in the study of …

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

June 5th, 2017


Chris Martin interviews April Kelly-Woessner, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies at …

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

May 30th, 2017


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


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

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

May 15th, 2017


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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