Talk is a weekly, one-hour radio
series produced by Ben
Manilla. The hosts'
down-to-earth and no-nonsense approach brings the richness of
philosophic thought to everyday subjects. Topics are lofty (Truth, Beauty, Justice),
arresting (Terrorism, Intelligent
and engaging (Baseball, Love, Happiness).
This is not a
lecture or a college course,
it's philosophy in
action! Philosophy Talk is a fun opportunity to explore issues of
importance to your audience in a thoughtful, friendly fashion, where
thinking is encouraged.
Professor of Philosophy at
His work lies at the intersection of the
philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind, with an occasional
foray into the history of philosophy.
He is the author of many books
and articles, including Truth
and Meaning, Reference
the Rational Mind,
to the World.
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California
at Riverside, and Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy
He is a
member of the American Academy of
Sciences and a recipient of many honors and awards, including the
Nicod and Humboldt Prizes. A popular lecturer, in 1990 he was awarded
the Dinkelspiel Award for undergraduate teaching.
He is the
over 100 articles and books, including A
Dialogue on Personal
Identity and Immortality, Knowledge,
Possibility, and Consciousness,
He also has
the internet’s most
essay on procrastination.
Corneli made her
radio debut at WNYU, the college radio
station of New York
University, where she ran the News Department. She also interned at
WNYC New York Public Radio in the newsroom and on the Brian Lehrer Show.
From New York
(via Italy, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, China,
Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, and Egypt), she made her way to the Bay
Area. In addition to her work for Philosophy Talk, Zoe reports
News, NPR, PRI's 'The World,"
America. She was the
co-recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Northern
California award for Explanatory Journalism in 2006. Oh, and not to be
one-upped by the other bios on this page, Zoe speaks French and
Mandarin Chinese, and pretends to speak Spanish, Italian, Arabic and
various other languages with varying degrees of success.
is a writer and radio producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area,
where she covers health, immigration, arts & culture, death,
philosophy. Her radio work has aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition
Things Considered, American
Public Media’s Marketplace,
KQED’s The California Report
and KALW’s Crosscurrents.
Her print work has appeared in the New
York Times, the San Jose
Mercury News, the Sacramento
Bee, and San Francisco,
and Diablo Magazines.
speaks French and Spanish, and is a classically trained violinist.
is a journalist in Oakland. Her radio, print and video work
appeared on KQED’s The
California Report, NPR, The
Express, The Oakland Tribune,
Wall Street Journal.
a recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s journalism school.
came to radio from a
print background, having worked for several years at Mother Jones
magazine. In addition
to Philosophy Talk, her writing and reporting has appeared on
well as in the American Prospect,
and the San
|Julie Napolin is
a cultural theorist working at the intersections of sound, literature,
philosophy, and media. Before joining New York's Yeshiva University as
an Assistant Professor of English, she taught critical theory and media
studies at CCA, and writing and composition at UC Berkeley. She is
currently completing her PhD in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley where she was
also a Mellon and Jacob K. Javits fellow. She plays guitar and sings,
and is finishing her first record with her band, Meridians. Only
becoming a radio producer in 2007, her stories have aired on KALX,
WAMC, KBUT, Mississippi Public Radio, Illinois Public Radio, and the
PRX NPR Station Showcase
for outstanding public radio.
working as a public radio producer in 1997, while earning a graduate
degree in history. She realized that public radio work is remarkably
like being a perpetual graduate student, so she stayed. Polly has
worked for a variety of news and public affairs programs,
Radio, and These Days
KPBS Radio. She considers
herself to be a citizen of the world, having grown up in Cairo and
having lived in Vienna, Germany, England and Kenya before coming to
America. She speaks Arabic and German and can say, "I want a Martini"
Kessler is a writer,
humorist, and performer, best known
by his pen name, Ian Shoales. As Ian Shoales he has been churning out
cranky yet strangely humorous commentaries since 1979. First heard on
he has been featured on Morning
Edition, ABC's Nightline,
and the online magazine, Salon. In addition, his pieces have been
published in the New York Times,
Francisco Examiner, USA Today,
Post, and the Minneapolis
publications. Merle (as Ian Shoales) recently co-starred in, and
co-wrote (with composer partner J. Raoul Brody) Slouching Towards
wild story of the history of the world.
Kessler is also a founding member of Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre, the
legendary yet obscure sketch comedy group. He co-created, with Dan
Coffey, the character of Dr. Science, he of Ask Dr. Science. He is the
author or co-author of five books. Despite this, he was actively
employed in the nineties at various videogame and dotcom industries -
until everything went kerflooey. He is thrilled to be working in radio
again, because it is more fun than anything. As a bonus, on the radio
nobody knows if you've shaved or not.
He is also writing a web-based comedy series, called KollegeTV, which
should baffle many when it launches, and writing the scripts for a
video documentary series called Great
Libraries of the World. Look
for it next year on a public radio
station near you.
He is married to Amy Kessler, who likes bad movies almost as much as he
does. He speaks no languages. None.
Ben Hersh (Director
(Director of Research)
Stone (Board Operator)
2004-2009 Stanford University