The Gray Area with Sean Illing

The Gray Area with host Sean Illing is a philosophical take on culture, politics, and everything in between. We don’t pretend to have the answers, but we do offer a space for real dialogue. Resist certainty, embrace ambiguity, and get some cool takes on a very hot world. Formerly the Vox Conversations podcast. New episodes drop every Monday.

Philosophy
Politics
News Commentary
251
Best of: Michael Lewis reads my mind
101 min
252
Best of: Tracy K. Smith changed how I read poetry
85 min
253
What I’ve learned, and what comes next.
Ezra reflects on his time with Vox, what he's learned, and what comes next.
38 min
254
Best of: An inspiring conversation about democr...
67 min
255
Michael Pollan on the psychedelic society
70 min
256
Best of: Robert Sapolsky on the toxic intersect...
75 min
257
Joe Biden and "the new progressivism"
58 min
258
Best of: Frances Lee on why bipartisanship is i...
57 min
259
The most important book I've read this year
91 min
260
Best of: Alison Gopnik changed how I think abou...
92 min
261
Best of: Vivek Murthy on America’s loneliness e...
76 min
262
What Democrats got wrong about Hispanic voters
60 min
263
Antitrust, censorship, misinformation, and the ...
How 2020 changed Facebook and Twitter for the better
55 min
264
The crisis isn’t Trump. It’s the Republican Party.
60 min
265
The Joe Biden experience
63 min
266
Chris Hayes and I process this wild election
Polarization, polling error, and the Latino vote
59 min
267
Stacey Abrams on minority rule, voting rights, ...
In 2020, democracy is on the ballot.
65 min
268
Nate Silver on why 2020 isn't 2016
The Wizard of Odds on 2016's mistakes, polling error, and Trump's chances
65 min
269
Sarah Kliff grades Biden and Trump's health car...
Sarah Kliff and I wonk out on the 2020 healthcare stakes
73 min
270
Trumpism never existed. It was always just Trump.
American Affairs editor Julius Krein on Donald Trump and the decay of the American right
55 min
271
What should Democrats do about the Supreme Court?
Ganesh Sitaraman on court packing, democracy reform, and the future of the Democratic Party
81 min
272
Marilynne Robinson on writing, metaphysics, and...
A joyful, cathartic conversation with Marilynne Robinson
70 min
273
The case for Trump’s foreign policy
Rebeccah Heinrichs on great power competition, China, and how Trump sees the world
68 min
274
Fareed Zakaria on how Biden and Trump see the w...
The scholar and pundit discusses China, American exceptionalism, and foreign policy
76 min
275
How a climate bill becomes a reality
How to craft a climate bill that will actually work
82 min