WHY? Philosophical Discussions about everyday life
may be the world's
first call-in philosophy show. It cultivates a large-scale
conversation between philosophical professionals and the general public.
Even more so, it illustrates how day-to-day
life is steeped in deep philosophical commitments, providing a venue
for exploration of these same commitments.
Hosted by Jack Russell Weinstein
WHY? features guests who either work in academic philosophy or
whose professions are ideal for bringing out the philosophical issues and assumption of their work.
Each episode begins with a monologue establishing the themes of the upcoming conversation,
then features a discussion with the guest
about their work and how it relates to general audiences. Then the questions
come in. Anyone is welcome to write in, but those with philosophical
expertise are asked to show how their questions, no matter how obscure,
relate to ordinary experience.
WHY? can be heard live on Prairie Public
radio stations across the
state, in Winnipeg on Shaw Cable, 107.9, and online anywhere in the world.
Questions can be submitted in advance or during the show via the internet
. They can also be asked
live on the air by calling 888-755-6377.
WHY? is funded by the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life and Prairie
Meet the Host
Jack Russell Weinstein
Dr. Jack Russell Weinstein is a Professor of Philosophy at the
University of North Dakota and the Director of the Institute for
Philosophy in Public Life. He has had a career-long interest in
public philosophy as well as long-term interest in radio. WHY? is
the combination of the two. He has authored three books, four
edited collections and journal symposia, and over two dozen articles
and reviews. He has contributed work for lay audiences to newspapers,
magazines, and public radio. He lives in Grand Forks with his wife
Kim, their daughter Adina, and their dog Rosie. His webpage can be
found at www.jackrussellweinstein.com
Meet the Producer
Skip Wood was the news producer at Channel 4 in Fargo/Grand Forks
for 22 years. He left to pursue various independent projects, including
"The Next Governor", a television documentary for Prairie Public and
became the longtime producer for Prairie Public's daily talk show
Hear It Now. Skip lives in Moorhead with his wife Stacy.
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