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Half Hour of Heterodoxy

77 EpisodesProduced by Heterodox AcademyWebsite

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

January 2nd, 2020


James Poniewozik (@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,” …

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.

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 …

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 …

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

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 Kruse

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 …

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


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

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 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 in 

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


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

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 …

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


Show Notes

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 …

Episode 28: Robert Wright, Politics, Tribalism and Mindfulness

June 29th, 2018


Show Notes

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 …

Episode 27: Heather Heying, Life After Evergreen

June 19th, 2018


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

Episode 26: John Inazu, Confident Pluralism

June 5th, 2018


Show Notes

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

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


Show Notes

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

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 …

John McWhorter on Politics and Protest

December 15th, 2017


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 …

Episode 16: Cristine Legare, Teaching Techniques to Promote Viewpoint Diversity

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 …

Episode 15: Alice Dreger, How Branding Stifles Academic Freedom

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 

Episode 14: Arthur Sakamoto, Paradigms in Sociology

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 …

Episode 13: Glenn Loury, Faculty, Administrators and Viewpoint Diversity

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 …

Episode 12: Jonathan Haidt, HxA’s 2nd Anniversary

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 …

Episode 11: Norm Ornstein, U.S. Politics, Partisanship and Tribalism

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 …

Episode 10: Scott Lilienfeld, Microaggressions, Trump and the Goldwater Rule

September 5th, 2017


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

Episode 9: Rick Shweder, Multiculturalism and Diversity

August 22nd, 2017


Apologies for the audio and video problems in this episode.

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

Episode 8: Jacques Berlinerblau, How College Works (Or Doesn’t)

August 17th, 2017


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

Episode 7: Lee Jussim, Stereotype Accuracy and Biased Science

July 11th, 2017


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

Episode 6: Matt Grossmann, Asymmetric Polarization

July 3rd, 2017


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

Episode 5: Cristine Legare, Socioeconomic Diversity and Teaching Controversial Topics

June 20th, 2017


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

Episode 4: April Kelly-Woessner, Declining Political Tolerance

June 5th, 2017


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

Episode 3: Sam Abrams, The Politics of the Professoriate

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 …

Episode 2: George Yancey, Anti-Christian Bias and Race Relations

May 22nd, 2017


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

Episode 1: Jon Zimmerman, The Case for Contention

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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