In this new narrative podcast Dr Barry Lam, an associate professor at Vassar, wants to make philosophy feel human. In Hi-Phi Nation's premise and form, we were reminded of Revisionist History: like Gladwell's 2016 hit, each episode is inspired by real-world events that reveal and test (in this case) philosophical ideas; it's hosted by Lam, an engaging academic who translates philosophy into story; and it's out in 10 meaty parts. Episode 1 asks why we allow the dead to exert their wishes on the living and looks at the strange case of Milton Hershey's charity school for orphan boys. Future episodes will dig into the study of ESP, soldiers reckoning with the question of war, and the morality of mash-ups. The show is even more impressive, given its ambitious scope and quality, for having been produced independently. Hear this winning first instalment now and subscribe for the rest of the series.
Gateway episodes: The Wishes of the Dead / Hackademics I: The Control / The Name of God