Hi-Phi Nation is philosophy in story-form, integrating narrative journalism with big ideas. We look at stories from everyday life, law, science, popular culture, and strange corners of human experiences that raise thought-provoking questions about things like justice, knowledge, the self, morality, and existence. We then seek answers with the help of academics and philosophers. The show is produced and hosted by Barry Lam of Vassar College.
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Dawg14
Jul 18 '19
Rating:   10
wonderfully produced

Great for the culture: Extremely well produced, with both the pro credentials behind it and the audience-friendly hook. Yay Barry! Yay public philosophy!

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LauraOleson
Jun 14 '19
Rating:   10
Love it!!

Hands down my favorite podcast. I love the narrative style and Hi-Phi Nation always gets me thinking. Thank you so much!

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spacebag
Jun 14 '19
Rating:   6
Pretty good

Not my favorite. Kinda wish it was a little deeper but over all pretty good.

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Dave Hamilton
Jun 13 '19
Rating:   10
Relevant philosophy

What a great way they’ve found to make philosophy relatable. Kudos!

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Joeb3028
May 15 '19
Rating:   10
Good podcast

“For women Only” is one of the better more well put together podcasts. I have been listening to Slates’ Waves and Gabfest for over a decade and and half. This podcast is an example of the amazing uptick that Slate has taken in bringing excellent content to their lineup.

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rarer.avis
May 8 '19
Rating:   10
They get it.

If, in consuming your media, you’ve ever felt frustrated that they didn’t go *there*—you know, deeper, or more broadly, or more specifically... like, yeah, but *now* what? What are the implications of *that*? Or but where did *that* idea come from and what does *that* portend?—your philosophical and practical frustrations are answered here.

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redcat73
Apr 20 '19
Rating:   10
Great

Awesome Podcast!!

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CoconutD
Mar 19 '19
Rating:   10
Always interesting

The brilliant concept for this podcast, exploring topics in philosophy through compelling storytelling, meets fantastic execution. One of my favorite podcasts.

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Jager DeBrün
Mar 9 '19
Rating:   4
Interesting but intellectually subversive

If you enjoy having various facts and truths about a topic presented to you in a manner flavored with bias and limited perspectives that more greatly serve the thinly veiled agenda than your intellectual development, then go no further. Counterpoints are presented poorly and only serve to trick you into a false sense that you are getting perspectives on both sides of the topic while the undertow is trying to persuade you into conforming to the narrator’s chosen stance. Well produced with a charming narrator.

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Elphilipe
Feb 10 '19
Rating:   2
Hack philosophy

After a few episodes, I realized this is not for anyone very thoughtful. Listen to “VERY BAD WIZARDS” if you want real debate and not this drivel. What broke me was the episode that was overly sympathetic to the plight of volunteer US military personnel. In the episode about the wishes of the dead affecting the living, the professor of philosophy made a comparison that was fundamentally inaccurate to drive home a point. I had high hopes.

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this nickbane taken 2018
Feb 4 '19
Rating:   10
Brilliant and entertaining

I put this podcast in the same league as 99% invisible, song exploder, flash forward, the allusionist, dirty words, and zig zag (to name a few).

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Wizard of Noodles
Jan 26 '19
Rating:   10
Humanity needs more of this

Fantastic. This is out of the box thinking that has really challenged my perceptions about the nature of human cognition and of “truth.” The “Be a Man” episode about the ways in which traditional male and female roles/expectations harms boys and men has been useful in my practice as a psychiatrist who primarily treats active duty service members with post-traumatic stress injuries, as have been the episodes about the morality of war. I have directed my patients to these podcasts as they work to transform their relationships with their traumatic experiences.The “Soul and Its Survival” episode blew my mind-I actually yelled out, “What?!” while listening to it by myself on a bike ride. Please keep up the excellent work—this kind of thinking and teaching gives me hope that humanity may continue to evolve its consciousness enough and in time to prevent its own extinction.

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Em0102
Jan 19 '19
Rating:   10
THANK GOODNESS YOURE BACK !!!!!!

I have missed this podcast so so so much. Can’t wait to hear the new season. Seeing this promo made my day, maybe even entire 2019

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ersmed
Jan 8 '19
Rating:   10
Great Philosophy Podcast,

I doubt I could be as eloquent at most the prior ratings. I only recently found this podcast and as a lover and daily listener of Philosophy Podcasts, this is one of my top 5 favorite podcasts.

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Lucasmill
Nov 2 '18
Rating:   10
Well produced and thought provoking

Hi-phi Nation is my favourite podcast find of 2018. The ideas presented are thought provoking and relevant. The story driven format bring the ideas to life. The show has improved my understanding opened my mind. Great work!

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dcmarty
Sep 23 '18
Rating:   10
Waiting for season three

I recently discovered this show (via Very Bad Wizards) and really enjoy it. I’m looking forward to the start of season three in January 2019. As an individual listener, I’m spreading the word to all and hope the podcast is a big success.

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nhock1
Sep 7 '18
Rating:   10
Marvelous mash up of reality and philosophy

I think this is a wonderful podcast that mashes real world with bigger philosophical questions in an incredibly enjoyable way. Highly recommended listening

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Hadley1964
Aug 19 '18
Rating:   10
Intellectually rich and emotionally rich

This podcast series is wonderful in every way: great content, good production and fascinating subjects. Its most outstanding characteristic to me is that it blends honest and insightful inquisistiveness with richness of analysis and (most unusual in podcasts of this type) profound richness of emotion: considering the deep effects these ssues have on people and their lives and motivations. Ideas are tackled by considering not only logical disputation, but with the full range of the human artillery: heart, body and mind (although that's a controversial statement considering the mind-body problem!) I started listening after hearing about it on The Philosophers' Zone podcast and listened to episodes whose philosophical subjects interested me. But now I'm listening to the lot, because it has opened up my interest in other areas, as it's so good! This is my podcast find of the year.

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ClairBearBabyGirl
May 31 '18
Rating:   10
Fascinating and thought provoking

I decided earlier this year to start engaging with content that encouraged me to think and learn, rather than to zone out. This podcast has ABSOLUTELY fulfilled that need. Every episode leaves me feeling like I’ve not only learned something, but that I’ve actually exercised my brain in doing it. Definitely recommend it to anyone who’s looking to improve their focus and critical reasoning, and learn about a wide variety of philosophical topics

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Daz656
Jul 9 '17
Rating:   10
Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant. Very interesting and thought provoking.

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