Reviews
I love the interesting topics and insightful discussion. Sean Illing is perfect. Keep up the great work!
hellodaylight via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 04/11/24
What you are doing is so important! I just listened to the episode “The American Dream is a Pyramid Scheme” and I was just flabbergasted at the truth you were spitting. Thank you for telling us the truth about really important issues. And that episode led me to Jane Marie and her Podcast “The...Read full review »
McNafty via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/05/24
For fans of Plain English looking for something a little more philosophical, this is the podcast for you. It’s a small thing, but I like Sean’s pace and cadence with questions. Not too rapid fire.
portlanding via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/31/24
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Dallas Awad via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/31/24
I value this podcast more than any other I listen to. The breadth and depth of selected topics are unparalleled. I’m only glad Sean stopped asking the listeners to email him because I did and never heard back 😂
Wojciech_ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/20/24
Terrific podcast! Fascinating & scary. The book is on my reading list. Both host & author - so compelling!
newsjunqui via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/18/24
This podcast has become my go-to listen. I love the thought provoking guests and Sean is relatable and asks great questions. I’m always learning something new or getting inspiration. Thank you!
EmoEmu86 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/12/24
My deepest gratitude to you for showcasing this stunningly meaningful book. I read it over 20 years ago; at some level it’s lived in me since. Must watch the documentary and reread the book. Regards, Dan Torlone
Drdanprofman via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/04/24
I really appreciate this podcast. Interesting, engaging, sound—such a great resource. I’m often sending episodes to friends and family!
katie-gray via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/26/24
Stop. Talking about. Trump. You. Just. Giving. More. Creat. When. He should be in jail
dts45 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/24/24
Always thought-provoking. My favorite podcast!
DivaMommy19 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/24
Fantastic
Billybill1984 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/12/24
I love how Sean is all over the board as far as topics and is willing to dive deep and be intellectually honest.
wisco.mom via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/12/24
It keeps expanding the conversation. Big part of why I sub to VOX
Civ's via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/05/24
Always interesting and thought provoking guests and discussions
riskiii777 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/30/24
I love the depth and realism of the convos. Keep up the good work!
Danielntlions via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/29/24
This podcast is very thought provoking.
SAV 74 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/15/24
I particularly enjoyed the “Seeing ourselves through darkness” episode featuring Mariana Alessandri, who speaks meaningfully and expansively about emotions we often choose to ignore (e.g., pain, depression, and grief). Her insights on the human experience are moving.
Lonz Bee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/03/24
I always look forward to the next episode of the gray area with Sean. Wonderfully stimulating!
Queens Chambers’ via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 12/30/23
Good choice interviewing Mariana Alessandri about Night Vision at this time. Live the book. And obviously live the show.
BoL Fan via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 12/26/23
Always interesting. Sean Illing is thoughtful, articulate and authentic. I always look forward to this podcast.
berliner1000 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/19/23
My favorite moment was with Jon Kabat-Zinn where Shaun asked about meditation being used as a tool to help us cope with a broken world rather than encouraging us fix the brokenness.
coggel via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/18/23
I love the content, the host, and the guests. Even subjects like cannibalism that I have no interest in learning about, I manage to stay engaged. I also appreciate that it’s short(ish). For some inane reason, people who make smart podcasts want to pontificate for 3+ hours about it. Who has time...Read full review »
TampaPierce via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/14/23
That Israel Palestine episode where he said the bombing was not genocidal. I mean wiping out an entire people can only be one thing.
Crazy Sere via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/06/23
I’ve long recommended this podcast, but have stopped doing so since listening to the episode on the Israeli siege of Gaza. For both parties to have claimed that this isn’t a genocide is blatant propaganda. There are mountains of evidence to prove otherwise. One need only scroll on social media...Read full review »
happy buyer ~ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/03/23
Provative, thoughtful with a variety of interesting guests.
EdPlum via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/28/23
Sapolsky said in the 11-20-23 show that his position on the subject of free will was established as a teen and that he has thought this way for 50 years. It seems that open minded, curious intellectual development would be valuable among the philosophical elite.
Deep South Listener via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/27/23
That episode of a Muslim and a Jew discuss Israel is miserable. You guys are writers?! What do you write about? The absurdity of defining people and rules of engagements as if we are ruled by gods on mount olympics? You write about the definition of normalcy according to previous colonialist...Read full review »
Tezak! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/13/23
I’m grateful to have found this podcast after wading through so much ego-addled “public intellectual” fare (paging Sam Harris). These are substantive conversations, and Sean Iling is a flexible thinker and clear communicator with many and varied interests. That he is not seeking my subscription...Read full review »
djamesf via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/02/23
I’ve been trying to figure out exactly how this show went wrong since Ezra Klein’s departure despite ample interesting topics. The lasted conversation with Michael Lewis on SBF came as a perfect example of how the host seemed incapable of (or not willing to?) understanding the the guest, and...Read full review »
Crystalash via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/17/23
My favorite podcast! No matter the subject, Sean engages listeners with expansive thought on some of the most important philosophical foundations of modern life. Brilliant!
Tulsa Cat via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/12/23
By far #1 in my top ten podcasts. In a tribal reactionary world this podcast encourages you to question and think about the world and your place in a complex society. Sean is an excellent host.
Tom Chicago Edgewater via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/07/23
If you want to hear the most basic analysis of an issue from some of the shallowest thinkers of the past 50 years look no further, this week they have David Brooks! My recommendation? Listen to the If Books Could Kill podcast and then try listening to this garbage.
Woofee Boi via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 10/02/23
Interesting discussion. What I think David Brooks misses is the notion that in a society with very few safety nets where we are told that it is our responsibility to provide for all of our own needs it is a matter of survival for a lot of the population. This contributes to the individualistic...Read full review »
CEG 2316 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/02/23
Great topics and guests.
yiela via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/28/23
I love listening to this podcast. The discussions are serious and thoughtful. I always learn something new. 5 stars!!!!
cookieswrilc lover😀 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/06/23
Hi from Devon, England… Genuinely, I treasure this pod and anticipate each ep with much glee! Its not just that I chime personally with Sean’s outlook and values, but that the generosity and magnanimous spirit he approaches each guest (esp one’s he has disagreement with) fills a much needed...Read full review »
MAIGRET JNR via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/30/23
I love the deeper treatment of social issues.
Vive le Apple via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/30/23
Love this conversation about Hannah Arendt. Some of the guests just dominate but this one able to scope current events, history and insights.
fdhjduya via Apple Podcasts · Philippines · 08/27/23
Just had to unsubscribe from this show because it has descended into dorm room level pseudo-philosophy in almost every episode. Sean frequently muddles concepts and seems not to put much effort into understanding the intellectual contexts for his guests’ ideas, which means he is basically at...Read full review »
g3h93 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/24/23
Worth listening to… if you can tolerate Sean Illing’s frustratingly ‘noisy’ interviewing style. Too often he pre-loads his question with flawed assumptions and misses the opportunity to pose the really ‘big’ question. Ironically, his self-congratulatory style sounds like he thinks he nails it!
NZL8970 via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 07/24/23
If you’re going through very very difficult, tough times, then keep going.
Andante' via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/11/23
Just listened to the episode on climate change and parenting. Feel as though the host pressed his own agenda on the question of having kids in the end. A little odd. It’s like he wanted to avoid the controversy from the guest. Lots of great material but not the first episode that I heard a sort...Read full review »
paintaimee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/10/23
...this is one the best pods out there. Always relevent. Always makes you think. Whether you like it or not. Keep it up..!
Mr.Clark's via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/03/23
Constance Grady has a horrible vocal fry!! Please teach her to talk like a normal human. Otherwise love this show.
Mis Misty via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/26/23
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