The Gray Area with Sean Illing

The Gray Area with Sean Illing takes a philosophy-minded look at culture, technology, politics, and the world of ideas. Each week, we invite a guest to explore a question or topic that matters. From the the state of democracy, to the struggle with depression and anxiety, to the nature of identity in the digital age, each episode looks for nuance and honesty in the most important conversations of our time. New episodes drop every Monday.

Philosophy
Politics
News Commentary
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What Nate Silver's learned about forecasting el...
75 min
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Jay Rosen is pessimistic about the media. So am I.
78 min
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Why Bill Gates is worried
56 min
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Reihan Salam makes the case against open borders
86 min
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Jose Antonio Vargas on living undocumented in T...
84 min
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Rebecca Traister: Women's rage is transforming ...
67 min
507
Patrick Deneen says liberalism has failed. Is h...
56 min
508
Francis Fukuyama’s case against identity politics
88 min
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Carol Anderson on the myth of American democracy
52 min
510
Martha C. Nussbaum on how fear deforms our poli...
54 min
511
David French on “The Great White Culture War"
89 min
512
Your attention is being hijacked. Chris Bailey ...
62 min
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Anand Giridharadas on the elite charade of chan...
90 min
514
I build a world with fantasy master N.K. Jemisin
79 min
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Reup: Zephyr Teachout vs. Corruption
89 min
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Is our economy totally screwed? Andrew Yang and...
68 min
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Chef Marcus Samuelsson on immigration, creativi...
69 min
518
Why online politics gets so extreme so fast
62 min
519
Taking Trump’s corruption seriously
62 min
520
The surprising story of how American politics p...
62 min
521
The most important idea for understanding Ameri...
73 min
522
What economists and politicians get wrong about...
54 min
523
How to disagree better
94 min
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Jaron Lanier’s case for deleting social media r...
77 min
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The most clarifying conversation I’ve had about...
65 min