Podcasts

Teachers have indicated that they use the transcripts and podcasts of the following programs in their classes.

ABC’s Short & Curly Ethics podcast for children. Covers great topics such as

  • Is Professor Dumbledore from Harry Potter as great as he seems?
  • Should we eat our pets?
  • Are some lies actually okay?
  • Can you ever trust a robot?

The Philosopher’s Zone is broadcast on ABC Radio National Saturday 1.30 pm (repeated Wednesday 9.35 pm) and is also available for audio download. The Philosopher’s Zone is your guide through the strange thickets of logic, metaphysics and ethics. As well as looking at the world of philosophy, The Philosopher’s Zone will also look at the world through philosophy. Today fundamental and perplexing issues – risk assessment, bio-technology, our relations with animals, relations between cultures, the question whether a society can be open, tolerant and, at the same time, secure and the Philosopher’s Zone will look at what philosophical analysis can contribute to our understanding of these issues.

For Philosopher’s Zone programs on Philosophy for Children check out:

2015 ‘The Young & The Reasonable’

2011 ‘Philosothon 2011’   and ‘High School Philosophy’

2010 ‘Ethics in the Classroom’

2007 ‘Philosophy in Schools’

Philosophy talk is a weekly, one-hour US radio series produced by Ben Manilla. The hosts’ down-to-earth and no-nonsense approach brings the richness of philosophic thought to everyday subjects. Topics are lofty (Truth, Beauty, Justice), arresting (Terrorism, Intelligent Design, Suicide), and engaging (Baseball, Love, Happiness).

On Philosophy bites, Nigel Warburton presents podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics. This is a marvellous source of brief, accessible interviews on a broad range of philosophic issues.

Nigel Warburton reads from his book Philosophy: The Classics. In his exemplary clear style, Warburton introduces and assesses philosophical classics from Plato’s Republic to Rawls’ A Theory of Justice. This brisk and invigorating tour through the great books of western philosophy explores the works of Plato, Aristotle, Boethius, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Schopenhauer, Mill, Kierkegaard, Marx and Engels, Nietzsche, Russell, Ayer, Sartre, Wittgenstein, and Rawls.

The History of Philosophy… Without any Gaps is a series of podcasts on the history of philosophy being created by philosopher Peter Adamson (King’s College, London). In time, this series will cover at least all of ancient and medieval philosophy “without any gaps.”

The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, they pick a text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don’t have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text they’re talking about to follow and enjoy the discussion.

The Conversation – Promoting Critical Creative and caring thinking in schools. – Dr Laura D’Olimpio.

The Conversation  – The Case for compulsory Philosophy in Education – Dr Michael Hand

The Conversation – “Why Children Should Study Philosophy” – Dr Laura D’Olimpio

The Minefield on Radio National with Scott Stephens and Waleed Aly. In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.

Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. In this beautifully produced podcast series, big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow – so bring your curiosity, and Radiolab will feed it with possibility! Radiolab is presented by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich on New York public radio. Many episodes have philosophical themes, including Time, Choice, Morality, Mind, Emergence, Mortality, Deception, and Animal minds.

Entitled Opinions – hosted by Professor Robert Harrison of Stanford University – is a weekly literary talk show that ranges broadly on issues related to literature, ideas, and lived experience. The show consists of a conversations with a special guest about select topics or authors about which he or she is especially entitled to an opinion. Past guests have included Orhan Pamuk, Paul Ehrlich, Richard Rorty, Shirley Hazzard, Andrei Linde, Rene Girard and Michel Serres. Search through the archives – there’s a lot on Philosophy.

In Our Time (BBC Radio 4): Melvyn Bragg and guests investigate the history of ideas. A monthly podcast from the University of Chicago Philosophy department. Faculty members and guests talk with two graduate students (Matt Teichman and Mark Hopwood) about their latest work, covering a range of topics from the theoretical to the practical, including perception, moral motivation, and sexual orientation.

Justice with Michael Sandel: Professor Sandel lectures at Harvard University about justice, equality, democracy, and citizenship. This video series aims to help viewers become more critically minded thinkers about the moral decisions we face in our everyday lives. Sandel challenges us with difficult moral dilemmas, asks our opinion about the right thing to do, and then asks us to examine our answers in the light of new scenarios. This sharpens our own moral convictions and gives us the moral clarity to better understand the opposing views we confront in a democracy. This course also addresses the hot topics of our day including same sex marriage, affirmative action, patriotism and rights.

The Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford podcast page, including interviews with philosophers, philosophy for beginners, critical reasoning for beginners, general philosophy, and Nietzsche on Mind and Nature.

The Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge offers several podcast on diverse philosophical themes.

UC Berkeley Webcasts is a podcast feed for a wide range of subjects, including Philosophy, taught at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Help! My child is a Philosopher