Hi-Phi Nation

21 EpisodesProduced by Barry Lam

Hi-Phi Nation is the first story-driven, narrative podcast about philosophy. Every week we begin with compelling stories of ordinary and extraordinary human experiences, and transform them into an examination of philosophical ideas. We profile stories from war, crime, politics, religion, public heal… read more

21 Episodes | 2016 - 2018

Chamber of Facts

July 23rd, 2018

44:07
Do people of opposing political parties believe in different facts? The mantra at the moment is that they do, because of media echo chambers, …

A Night of Philosophy

June 19th, 2018

45:27
Hi-Phi Nation stays overnight at the Brooklyn Public Library during the 2018 Night of Philosophy. From 7pm to 7am on a Saturday night, thousands of New Yorkers swarmed the central library for acrobats, musicians, and …

Willful Acts

May 30th, 2018

55:12

Army veteran Jim McKelvey applied for his VA benefits and was denied for willful misconduct. Thirty years later, Julie Eldred was sent to prison for …

Creed and Credences

May 1st, 2018

41:50
Dave has been hunting for the one decisive piece of scientific evidence that will settle one of Christianity's most challenging questions. On this episode we look at two stories of people trying to reconcile their …

The Self and Survival

March 27th, 2018

43:22
In ordinary life, it is usually not hard to know who you are and who you used to be. For a small group of children around the world, their knowledge seems to conflict with what modern science believes is possible. On …

Cover Me Softly

February 28th, 2018

46:39
When Lori Lieberman was 19 years old, she went to a concert of a singer she didn't know, and ended up writing a poem that would become one of the …

Freedom and Hostile Design

January 23rd, 2018

28:06
Some acts of expression are awesome, while others suck, and one philosopher has a new theory about the difference. Using this theory as a guide, we look at some of the suckiest things that ever sucked in urban design, …

Drowned at Sea

December 19th, 2017

29:07
In the process of preparing to testify in a divorce case, Brian had to study one of the strangest books he had ever come across, where religion, mathematics, and the apocalypse intersect. This week, we look at how a …

The Ethics Bowl

November 28th, 2017

49:03
High school students from around the country converge on the University of North Carolina for a weekend of moral dilemmas. We follow twenty-four of …

The Bottom of the Curve

October 31st, 2017

37:12
At the beginning of their adult lives, millennials are trying to find out what it means to be happy in their 20s, not knowing that they have no where …

A Better Love

May 3rd, 2017

47:05
On our season finale, we follow a mother's love through the stages of life to seek wisdom about what love is, what love does, and why love happens. …

The Ashes of Truth

April 18th, 2017

48:14

Documentary film and science do not appear to have much in common, except that, philosophically, they have everything in common. Two men met in 1971 …

Be a Man

March 21st, 2017

35:06
Our ideas of manhood and womanhood determine the ways in which we raise and socialize our children, but how much does gender in a particular society …

Hackademics II: The Hackers

March 14th, 2017

41:46
One scientist decided to put the entire field of psychology to test to see how many of its findings hold up to scrutiny. At the same time, he had …

Hackademics I: The Control

March 7th, 2017

43:17
After years of unusual episodes dating back to her childhood, Anita went to the doctor and was told there was nothing medically wrong with her. "She …

The Cops of Pop

February 21st, 2017

44:39
Two records from 1983 achieved minor novelty fame, and then faded away, only to emerge 20 years later as the originators of a curious genre of pop …

The Name of God

February 14th, 2017

47:39
With a small gesture of good will toward Syrian refugees, one woman incurred the wrath of evangelical Christians on social media. The resulting chaos …

Soldier Philosophers Part 2: The Morality of War

February 7th, 2017

46:20
For some reason, when people kill others in wars, we do not judge them morally and legally in the same way as we judge them when they kill in civilian life. Is there a justification for this difference, or is it only a …

Soldier Philosophers Part 1: Moral Exploitation

January 31st, 2017

45:56

When one Army soldier discovered the propagation of torture tactics during the Iraq war, he engaged in a one-man mission inside the organization to …

The Wishes of the Dead

January 24th, 2017

46:49
Our lives are controlled by the invisible hand from the grave. Trillions of dollars of the economy are devoted to executing the wishes of people who …

Season One Trailer #1

December 24th, 2016

2:35
A brand new show bringing storytelling together with philosophy, Hi-Phi Nation aims to do for philosophy what Freakonomics did for economics, what …
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