The Gray Area with Sean Illing

The Gray Area with host Sean Illing is a philosophical take on culture, politics, and everything in between. We don鈥檛 pretend to have the answers, but we do offer a space for real dialogue. Resist certainty, embrace ambiguity, and get some cool takes on a very hot world. Formerly the Vox Conversations podcast. New episodes drop every Monday.
The Gray Area with Sean Illing

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3,000 years of The Iliad
37 minutes

3,000 years of The Iliad

Late-stage liberalism
54 minutes

Late-stage liberalism

The case against free will
59 minutes

The case against free will

How to keep panic from attacking
50 minutes

How to keep panic from attacking

We Are What We Watch
57 minutes

We Are What We Watch

The lessons of Sam Bankman-Fried
56 minutes

The lessons of Sam Bankman-Fried

Is America getting meaner?
55 minutes

Is America getting meaner?

Should we press pause on AI?
57 minutes

Should we press pause on AI?

Democracy鈥檚 existential crisis
51 minutes

Democracy鈥檚 existential crisis

Conservative socialism?
56 minutes

Conservative socialism?

The benefits of utopian thinking
54 minutes

The benefits of utopian thinking

The new crisis of masculinity
62 minutes

The new crisis of masculinity

How we all became a brand
53 minutes

How we all became a brand

The therapeutic potential of MDMA
48 minutes

The therapeutic potential of MDMA

Seeing ourselves through darkness
56 minutes

Seeing ourselves through darkness

Best of: A new philosophy of love
59 minutes

Best of: A new philosophy of love

The future of tribalism
53 minutes

The future of tribalism

The case for not killing yourself
58 minutes

The case for not killing yourself

Clickbait鈥檚 destructive legacy
53 minutes

Clickbait鈥檚 destructive legacy

Peter Singer on his ethical legacy
65 minutes

Peter Singer on his ethical legacy

Why the poor in America stay poor
55 minutes

Why the poor in America stay poor

Mysteries of the mind
53 minutes

Mysteries of the mind

Being human in the age of AI
53 minutes

Being human in the age of AI

The chemistry of connection
53 minutes

The chemistry of connection

What a slow civil war looks like
56 minutes

What a slow civil war looks like

How to listen
55 minutes

How to listen

Why we can't give up on persuasion
54 minutes

Why we can't give up on persuasion

How corporations got all your data
55 minutes

How corporations got all your data

The case for failure
49 minutes

The case for failure

Poetry as religion
57 minutes

Poetry as religion

Revisiting the American Dream
43 minutes

Revisiting the American Dream

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