Ministry of Ideas

22 EpisodesProduced by Zachary DavisWebsite

A podcast about the ideas that shape our lives.

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Progressive Souls, Part 2

April 22nd, 2019


Religious people have played an important role in progressive politics in the US for its entire history. Contemporary leftists should look to build …

Progressive Souls, Part 1

April 15th, 2019


Religious people have played an important role in progressive politics in the US for its entire history. Contemporary leftists should look to build …

The Myth of Modernity

November 9th, 2018


Many think modernity is about the rise of science, the spread of democracy and capitalism, or the decline of religion or superstition. But those …

Spiritual Machines

August 31st, 2018


Ever since early scientists began experimenting with immortality elixirs in the middle ages, religion has been influencing transhumanism. Now, we’re …

Shifting Blame

July 25th, 2018


We claim to judge people for what they intentionally do, but accidents often influence our judgments. In our justice systems, people can be harshly and unfairly blamed for bad luck—but in our personal lives, taking on …

Nothing Matters

July 10th, 2018


Between the Buddhist doctrine of ‘emptiness,’ the Jewish idea of Ayin, and the quantum mechanical zero-point energy of a vacuum, it turns out there’s …

Tomorrow, Today

June 15th, 2018


World’s fairs were created to celebrate industry, technology, imperialism, western supremacy, and progress; but they also led to unexpected critiques …

Apocalyptic Politics

May 25th, 2018


Evangelical voters made up a significant portion of Donald Trump’s base in the 2016 presidential election. Their political agenda may not be peace or …


May 10th, 2018


Cannibalism has been used for centuries to define the lowest form of humanity, but the story isn't as straightforward as it may seem. Turns out, …

Child's Play

April 26th, 2018


We shouldn’t be dismissive of the popularity of children’s literature among adults, as it is often in these works of fiction that powerful themes …

Forbidden Fruit

April 12th, 2018


Contemporary diet culture is only the latest manifestation of a long history of religious fervor about food.


  • Isabel Foxen Duke, health coach

Enlightened Cynicism

December 28th, 2017


Trust in government, media, organized religion, businesses and even democracy is at historic lows. But what if the answer to declining faith in …


December 18th, 2017


Total faith in meritocracy leads to the dangerous belief that all social winners and losers are wholly deserving. Instead, we need an economy of …

Secular Salvations

December 1st, 2017


The decline of organized religion in the West has opened up new paths for individuals to pursue what once was once understood to be salvation.


21st Century Citizenship

November 17th, 2017


What does it mean to be a citizen in America in 2017?


  • Danielle Allen, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and University …

Mirror Image

November 9th, 2017


16th-century glass mirrors and 21st-century camera phones actually share a lot in common; they both are technologies that shaped new forms of the …

White Balance

November 2nd, 2017


Understanding race in America requires understanding its relationship to class.


  • Joshua Bennett, writer and poet
  • Julian Bourg, Professor of …


October 26th, 2017


Efficiency has moved from a technique for measuring machines to a widely held moral value. But at what cost?


  • Jennifer Alexander, Associate …

Generation Why?

October 19th, 2017


Who gets to define generational cohorts and do they obscure more than illuminate?


  • Neil Howe, author of Generations
  • Tony Tulathimutte, author …

Seriously Funny

October 12th, 2017


What happens when politics becomes comedy and the jester becomes the king?


  • Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker
  • Avi …

The Shape of History

October 5th, 2017


The way we think about history can affect our belief that we can change it.


  • Jo Guldi, Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University and

Introducing Ministry of Ideas

August 1st, 2017


Introducing Ministry of Ideas, a podcast that explores the ideas that shape our lives.

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