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Season 1

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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