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Hi-Phi Nation
Hi-Phi Nation is philosophy in story-form, integrating narrative journalism with big ideas. We look at stories from everyday life, law, science, popular culture, and strange corners of human experiences that raise thought-provoking questions about things like justice, knowledge, the self, morality, and existence. We then seek answers with the help of academics and philosophers. The show is produced and hosted by Barry Lam of Vassar College.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.8 stars from 522 ratings
Smart, entertaining, diverse
This is my new favorite podcast. The stories are highly relevant, thoughtful, engaging and cover a range of topics. I am about halfway through the previous episodes and have thoroughly enjoyed every one so far.
Knickknock via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/28/20
Lam can do no wrong. He’s a great storyteller and a savvy intellectual. Can’t get enough to this podcast.
Gorduscho via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/12/20
Pretty awesome
Want to listen to smart people discussing interesting ideas? This is the spot.
Indolge via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/08/20
Recent Episodes
Barry updates listeners on what to expect in Season 5 of the show, currently in production. In the meantime, he introduces you to Into the Zone, a Pushkin podcast by writer Hari Kunzru from. This episode is about the time Hari was in philosophy graduate school in the 90s and attended an early...
Published 10/21/20
A woman spends 40 years in and out of prison for shoplifting and finally gets a break from a judge in her late 50s. She uses the opportunity to abolish a jail and transform her city. This week we look at prison abolition and the arguments for eliminating all punishment from the system. From the...
Published 06/27/20
Two men committed a double murder in rural Maine in 1990. Only one pulled the trigger. The state prosecutor decided to try them separately, but that was a mistake, and both were acquitted. Then the Feds came in, and sentenced one man to life in prison for a crime he was already acquitted of...
Published 06/13/20
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