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Philosophy Talk in the News
Reed Magazine covers Philosophy Talk's live broadcast of "Should Marraige be Abolished?" with Reed College's Professor Tamara Metz, aired on April 14, 2011 from Oregon Public Broadcasting's Portland studios. (4/19/11)

Theory to the People! (4/20/11)  The East Bay Express covers Philosophy Talk's upcoming live recording sessions at The Marsh, Berkeley.

Philosophy Talk Live at Oregon State University

Back by popular demand after last year's overflow-attendance show, on Wednesday April 13th 2011, Philosophy Talk recorded "Latin-American Philosophy" with Oregon State University's own Joseph Orosco.

Philosophy Talk Live at The Marsh on Sunday, October 17th
Join Philosophy Talk on Sunday, October 17th for two new exciting live recording sessions at San Francisco's Marsh Theater (to be broadcast at a later date).
  • 12 pm: The Moral Costs of Free Markets (with guest Debra Satz).  We live in a market-driven society—our day-to-day lives consist of buying and selling goods and services, and to some, our ability to do so without government regulation is the underpinning of democratic freedom itself.  Everything has a price, and pretty much everything is for sale, from concert tickets to political influence. But should it be this way?  In this episode, philosopher Debra Satz joins John and Ken to discuss the moral limits of the free market.
  • 3pm: Abortion (with guest Cynthia Gorney).  Nothing stirs up controversy like abortion. To some, it carries the steep moral cost of destroying human life, and to others, it represents an inviolable bastion of women’s rights over their own bodies. Despite the polarizing nature of the debate, it covers broad philosophical ground, and touches on religious, political, social and moral considerations.  In this show, award-winning journalist Cynthia Gorney helps John and Ken unravel the complicated issues surrounding abortion and see what can be gained by a rational philosophical approach to the discussion. 
Can't make this date?  Come join us for one or all of our other dates at The Marsh!

Tickets for are $15 for one show or $25 for both shows if purchased in advance; or $20 per show if purchased at the door.  Tickets for this date can also be combined with ticket purchases for any of our future Marsh dates.  Multiple ticket pricing (advance sales only) is as follows: $25 for any two shows (same or different dates); $45 for any four shows; or $80 for all eight shows.

Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets, or by phone or in person through The Marsh's box office.

Philosophy Talk Live at The Marsh Theater, Berkeley
Philosophy Talk records two new shows in front of a live audience at The Marsh Theater's Berkeley location on Sunday, April 25, 2010: "Democracy and the Press" with guest Leslie Griffith, and "Social Reality" with guest John Searle.
Ken, Ian Shoales, and John at The Marsh
"Democracy and the Press" with guest Leslie Griffith
60-Second Philosopher, Ian Shoales; and Roving Philosophical Reporter, Zoe Corneli
"Social Reality" with guest John Searle
Live in Berkeley

Bringing Deep Thought to "Live" in San Francisco
The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Philosophy Talk's two latest live recording sessions at The Marsh Theater: "What is a Wife?" with guest Marilyn Yalom and "Faces, Feelings, and Lies" with guest Paul Eckman.

Check back and stay tuned to our regular weekly broadcast for information on our next live session at The Marsh, slotted for Sunday, April 25 (topics and guests TBA).

Philosophy Talk Records "Is It Wrong to Wreck the Earth?" at Oregon State University
On October 22nd, Philosophy Talk recorded a brand new show in front of an overflow audience at OSU's LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis, Oregon.

The house is overflowing at OSU's
LaSells Stewart Center

John & Ken discuss environmental ethics with
guest Kathleen Moore

The 60-Second Philosopher

A question from the audience

SF Weekly Feature on Philosophy Talk's Upcoming Live Shows
"On the Erudite Air" -- the San Francisco Weekly previews Philosophy Talk's two upcoming live recordings at The Marsh Theater.

Philosophy Talk Records Live in Portland, Oregon: 2009 Illahee Lectures
Philosophy Talk kicked off this year's Illahee Lectures in Portland, Oregon with a live recording on January 30.  Ken and John Perry interviewed William Irvine, author of On Desire: Why We Want What We Want.  Ken and John will host an encore show on Saturday, January 31st with Portland's own Michael Philips, author of The Undercover Philosopher: A Guide to Detecting Shams, Lies and Delusions.

Audience for the live recording Ken chats with fans in Portland
Ian Shoales, 60 Second Philosopher John and Ken with Michael Philips
John meets some young fans Julie Napolin, Roving Philosphical Reporter

Philosophy Talk Featured in the Los Angeles Times
Read the Saturday July 5, 2008 article here.

Philosophy Talk Now on Facebook
Visit our new Facebook page and show your support by becoming a fan!  You can connect with the hosts, other fans and subscribe to receive updates.

Philosophy Talk Records "Varieties of Love" Live in Portland 

Philosophy Talk recorded "Varieties of Love" live at Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon on February 8, 2008.  Christopher Phillips, author of Socrates in Love, joined John and Ken to discuss whether love is a single thing, or just a word we use to express any number of unrelated emotions.  The show will air live on KALW on April 20, 2008.

Philosophy Talk Records "Why Music Matters" Live in San Francisco

Philosophy Talk recorded "Why Music Matters," with guest David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet and musical guest Nanos Operetta in front of a live studio audience at San Francisco's Biscuits and Blues on December 3, 2007.  Thanks to everyone who took part in this event!

Philosophy Talk Records "Immigration" Show Live at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California

John and Ken engage guest Noe Lozano, Associate Dean of Student and Diversity Affairs at the Stanford School of Engineering, in a philosophical conversation about "Immigration" in front of a live studio audience at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California.  The program is scheduled to air on November 11th.

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Philosophy Talk wins Radio Broadcasting Award
Philosophy Talk won a Silver World Medal in Social Issues and Current Events in the 2007 Radio Broadcasting Awards competition from the New York Fesitvals.

Philosophy Talk at Powell's City of Books

Philosophy Talk at the Smithsonian

On Tuesday, September 12, Philosophy Talk recorded an episode in front of a live audience at the Smithsonian, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program. Our guest was famed scientist and entrepreneur J. Craig Venter, founder and former CEO of Celera Genomics, founder and current director of the J. Craig Venter Institute, founder, chairman and CEO of Synthetic Genomics.
John and Ken with Craig Venter
John and Ken with Craig Venter

John with Barbara Tuceling of the Smithsonian
Ian Shoales getting ready   and performing
Ian Shoales getting ready and performing

John cracks wise
Production Team
The Production Team in Action
Audience Participation
Audience Participation

Philosophy Talk moves to Sundays at 10am

Imagine the perfect Sunday morning: fresh coffee, the Sunday paper… and now, the most intelligent radio program on the airwaves.

The first Sunday morning episode, October 1, 2006 will tackle Jewish Philosophy at the start of Yom Kippur.  Our guest will be Paul Franks from the University of Toronto.

Download the press release.

Philosophy Talk in the News

The Palo AltoWeekly catches up with Philosophy Talk during the live broadcast of "Science vs. Pseudo-Science" (March 5, 2008).

Stuart Jeffries from The Guardian says on his blog that Philosophy Talk is an example of the "best kind of talk radio" and is "one of the great joys of American radio."

An article on Ken by his alma mater, the University of Chicago (published June 2006 in The University of Chicago Magazine).

And an article on Philosophy Talk's recent trip to Oregon (published March 23, 2006 in The Oregonian).

Philosophy Talk on TV

Check out some shots of John and Ken recording a special for Oregon Public Broadcasting

photos by Pete Springer

Philosophy Talk with a room full of philosophers

Philosophy Talk recorded a show in front of a live audience of professional philosophers at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association.
photos by Pete Springer
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