17-08 Segment 1: The Funny Side of Philosophy

Plato the philosopher with a funny hat and Athena, godess of wisdom and philosophy

 

Often, philosophy is so dense and hard to fully process that it feels impossible to understand and enjoy. Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein are trying to fix that problem. Their book, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar explains some of the deepest thinkers of all time, like Immanuel Kant or John Locke, with humor. Both authors join the show to tell stories, crack jokes, and clarify some of the big ideas of philosophy.

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17-08 Segment 2: Civil Rights History: The March Against Fear

By Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. News & World Report [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AJames_Meredith.jpg

 

In 1966, Civil Rights pioneer James Meredith set out on The March Against Fear, a walk to prove black citizens no longer needed to fear white people. Soon after beginning, he was ambushed and shot. The march was continued by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael, and countless others. Weeks later, Meredith had recovered and rejoined the walk, giving history an enduring image of persistence and determination. We talk to historian Ann Bausum about the history and impact of the march.

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