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The 100th episode of Why? Radio is now available online:
"Feminism as Philosophy, Politics, and Friendship"
with guests Gloria Steinem and Suzanne Braun Levine
click here.

Listen to an Interview with Why? Host Jack Russell Weinstein about the 100th episode and the last eight years.
On Prairie Public's "Main Street"
click here.

The next Why? Radio Senior Citizens' Discussion Group:
Monday, February 13 at 5 pm
Topic: "Should we be citizens of the world or just our home country? A discussion about cosmopolitanism. .

Click here for more information and directions.

(November 22): It has been a heck of a week here at PQED and Why? Radio. We had to cancel our planned guest on Why? Radio and reran our interview with Daniel Goldhagen called “How to Think About Antisemitism.” Two days later, our host, Jack Russell Weinstein received an antisemitic screed via email. He responded on PQED, the Why? Radio blog in, in the words of one religion scholar, an “amazing calm” and “powerful” way. It took a lot out of him.

Then ac ouple of days after that, the world found out that Jack is the only North Dakotan listed on Professor Watch List, a website dedicated to surveilling professors who, they say, “promote anti-American values:”

We feel a little exposed right now. We are looking over our shoulders a lot.

But we will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced.

Now we need your help. Find out how by reading more of this message here.


IPPL bridges the gap between academic philosophy and the general public. Its purpose is to cultivate discussions between professional philosophers and those who have interest in the subject regardless of experience or credentials. The Institute was founded on the premise that anyone can do philosophy; that philosophy relates to day-to-day life; and that philosophical communities are fun, fulfilling, and essential for democracy.

Through radio, films, blogs, books and magazines, discussions, and digital archives, IPPL creates a world-wide philosophical community. Through fellowships and publications, it provides opportunities for professional and amateur philosophers alike. It is proving, time and time again, that people like philosophy and that philosophy is good for people. It aims to show that despite the tenor of the time, deep thought and philosophical contemplation can be in vogue.