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April 22, 2021

This Will Be Your Legacy

My guest for today’s season finale is Bob Karp (@BobKarpDR). Bob is a photographer whom I first learned about through his amazing photos of endangered lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center . I assumed Bob had always been a wildlif...

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April 15, 2021

Quality of Life

Kate Tomlinson is a nurse who specialises in palliative care. I wanted to talk with her more about why it’s so hard to talk about death, what it’s like being with people and their families in their last few months, …

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April 8, 2021

Border Crossing

Eric Reidy (@Eric_Reidy) is a journalist and the migration editor-at-large for The New Humanitarian . He has reported extensively on migration in the Mediterranean as well as on humanitarian aid work and vigilante groups at t...

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April 1, 2021

"I Am Not Okay." Revisting Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

Jennifer Chen (@jchenwriter) is a freelance journalist who has written for print and online media, including pieces in the New York Times, Oprah Magazine , and many other publications. Over the past year, she has written four...

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March 11, 2021

Church and State

My guest today is Patrick Cacchione. He’s been working at the intersection of politics, religion, and health policy for the past three decades, and he’s one of my favorite people to speak with on these topics. Patrick has bee...

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Feb. 24, 2021

Pandemic Ethics

What are some of the competing ethical considerations that have defined how we respond to the pandemic? Dr. Gry Wester is a Lecturer in Bioethics and Global Health Ethics at Kings College London. This year she was also a memb...

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Feb. 6, 2021

Common Good

Today my guest is Christopher Tutor, the Chairman of the Republican Party in Shelby County, Tennessee. Chris has lived a life of public service, trying to develop what he calls the ‘common good’ in his hometown of Memphis, in...

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Jan. 31, 2021

Exiting Violent Extremism

My guest today is Tony McAleer (@mcaleer), the author of the book, The Cure For Hate: A Former White Supremacist’s Journey From Violent Extremism To Radical Compassion . Tony spent 15 years in white supremacist and neo-nazi m...

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Jan. 16, 2021

Political Violence

This is the second of two episodes in my doubleheader kickoff to Season 2, which is starting in the wake of the Capitol riot, the second impeachment of outgoing US President Donald Trump, and ongoing tensions in the US and …

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Jan. 16, 2021

Dangerous Speech

I’m delighted to kick off this season with an incredibly timely conversation with Dr. Jeffrey Howard (@jeffhowarducl). Jeff is an Associate Professor of Political Theory at UCL’s Department of Political Science, where he work...

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Sept. 10, 2020

Plato's Horses

To close out the season, I’m delighted to have Dr Cara Heuser (@caraheuser) back on the show. As some listeners may remember, Cara was my guest on the pilot episode of the JNS in the spring, when we spoke about …

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Aug. 27, 2020

Keep Writing

As the coronavirus has surged across the United States, so have racist attacks against Asian Americans. My guest this week is Jennifer Chen (@jchenwriter), a freelance journalist who has written two articles calling attention...

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Aug. 13, 2020

Being There

Middle school is pretty tough for most people at the best of times. During the coronavirus, being an adolescent can be really hard. Cut off from friends, school, activities, and routines, young people are finding themselves s...

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July 30, 2020


How do the ways we get around intersect (har!) with ethics, politics, and equality? How does something as seemingly banal as transportation impact major issues like poverty, climate, development, and security? Why are transpo...

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July 16, 2020

Paying Attention

How does faith intersect with social justice? What is the role of churches, synogogues, mosques, and other religious organizations in times of crisis? To what extent has religion become politicized? As more people identify as...

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July 2, 2020

Injustice Anywhere...

Do human rights campaigns work? Does advocacy from activists in the US or UK actually help political prisoners overseas get released? In this episode, I’m delighted to be in conversation with Geoffrey Mock, the Egypt and Syri...

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June 19, 2020

Breaking the Stigma

How might we have better conversations about tough topics like race, sexuality, religion, politics, and mental health? How can we reduce social stigma? Today my guest is Dr. Adrienne Williams (@AAWilliamsPhD), a clinical heal...

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June 12, 2020

Changing the Narrative

How do questions of race, justice, and equality transcend national borders? How is the past tied to the present? How do ideas that were once labelled ‘radical’ become mainstream? In light of the ongoing Black Lives Matter mov...

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June 5, 2020

Uncomfortable Conversations

What does a process of institutional police reform look like? How do you build trust after years of distrust, resentment, and structural inequalities? This is a bonus episode that I’m running in light of the ongoing protests ...

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May 28, 2020

Hook Me Up

Nearly 1 billion people around the world lack access to electricity. What does this mean for hospitals and clinics in low-income countries trying to treat patients during Covid-19? In this episode, I speak with Dr. James Knuc...

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May 14, 2020

Be the Change

What makes community work different from charity? How can those seeking to ‘do good’ avoid creating unintentional dynamics of us and them, of givers and receivers? In this episode, I discuss these questions with Liz Griffith,...

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April 27, 2020

They Call Us And We Go?

What are our moral obligations in times of crisis? Are those who step up heroes, or simply human? In this pilot episode, we delve into these questions with Dr Cara Heuser, a medical doctor on the frontlines of the corona …

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