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Rationally Speaking

Rationally Speaking

Rationally Speaking

256 podcast episodes


Rationally Speaking is the bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics. Join host Julia Galef and guests as they explore the borderlands between reason and nonsense, likely from unlikely, and science from pseudoscience. Any topic is fair game as long as we can bring reason to bear upon it, with both a skeptical eye and a good dose of humor!
We agree with the Marquis de Condorcet, who said that in an open society we ought to devote ourselves to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them."Rationally Speaking was co-created with Massimo Pigliucci, is produced by Benny Pollak, and is recorded in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village.

Episodes1 - 10 of 256 episodes


How to be a data detective (Tim Harford)

When you see a statistic reported in the news, like "10% of University of California Be...

62 minutes
Jun 10, 2021

Are Uber and Lyft drivers being exploited?

How much do Uber and Lyft drivers really earn, after expenses? Are they getting a raw d...

61 minutes
Apr 09, 2021

Unfair laws / Why judges should be originalists (William Baude)

Is there any justification for seemingly unjust laws like "qualified immunity," which a...

63 minutes
Mar 19, 2021

Intellectual honesty, cryptocurrency, & more (Vitalik Buterin)

Julia and guest Vitalik Buterin (creator of the open-source blockchain platform Ethereu...

76 minutes
Mar 04, 2021

Understanding moral disagreements (Jonathan Haidt)

Julia and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt (The Righteous Mind) discuss his moral fou...

66 minutes
Feb 18, 2021

The case for one billion Americans, & more (Matt Yglesias)

Matt Yglesias talks about One Billion Americans, his book arguing that it’s in the Unit...

100 minutes
Feb 03, 2021

What’s wrong with tech companies banning people? (Julian Sanchez)

Companies like Twitter and Facebook are increasingly willing to ban users -- and even i...

56 minutes
Jan 20, 2021

The case for racial colorblindness (Coleman Hughes)

Coleman Hughes explains why he favors a "colorblind" ideal and why the "race-conscious"...

70 minutes
Jan 05, 2021

Are Democrats being irrational? (David Shor)

Data scientist David Shor discusses some of the bad choices made by Democratic politica...

81 minutes
Dec 22, 2020

The moral limits of markets / The problem with meritocracy (Michael Sandel)

Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel argues with Julia about human dignity, consensual ca...

59 minutes
Dec 08, 2020

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