In addition to music, I tend to listen to a lot of Podcasts. Besides subscribing to NPR’s All Songs Considered and Fresh Air, Monocle, This American Life and TEDTalks, I frequently listen to WNYC’s Radiolab. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, each hour-long show focuses on a topic of a scientific and philosophical nature, through stories, interviews, and thought experiments. The show attempts to approach broad, difficult topics such as “time” and “race” in an accessible and light-hearted manner. Its audio production style is distinctive, often using rapid edits to construct an expository conversation.
One of the first episodes I listened to, Morality, was recently rebroadcast. I wanted to share it since it posed a lot of questions I find myself still thinking about. In addition to asking the greater queries like, “where does our sense of right and wrong come from?” it tackles everything from the development of moral reasoning as a child, to the neuroscience of ethical decision-making, to the psychology of prisons and solitary confinement.
edit note: I’m hoping to enable comments soon on this blog, as I would really enjoy reading your thoughts.