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 and Thursday.

Philosophy
Politics
News Commentary
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Rep. Mark Sanford on losing the Republican Part...
60 min
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Doris Kearns Goodwin (live!) on how great presi...
79 min
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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
406
Reihan Salam makes the case against open borders
86 min
407
Jose Antonio Vargas on living undocumented in T...
84 min
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Rebecca Traister: Women's rage is transforming ...
67 min
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Patrick Deneen says liberalism has failed. Is h...
56 min
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Francis Fukuyama’s case against identity politics
88 min
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Carol Anderson on the myth of American democracy
52 min
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Martha C. Nussbaum on how fear deforms our poli...
54 min
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David French on “The Great White Culture War"
89 min
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Your attention is being hijacked. Chris Bailey ...
62 min
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Anand Giridharadas on the elite charade of chan...
90 min
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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
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Why online politics gets so extreme so fast
62 min
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Taking Trump’s corruption seriously
62 min
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The surprising story of how American politics p...
62 min
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The most important idea for understanding Ameri...
73 min
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What economists and politicians get wrong about...
54 min
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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
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The Supreme Court vs. Democracy
64 min
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Eric Garcetti on the lessons of Los Angeles
60 min
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What Ellen Pao saw coming
51 min
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The Green Pill
57 min
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How Jane Mayer exposed Eric Schneiderman, Bush’...
71 min
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Political power and the racial wealth gap
77 min
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Tyler Cowen on the painful end of American comp...
84 min
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A mind-expanding conversation with Michael Pollan
79 min
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Optimism about America
78 min
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The New York Times’s lead Clinton reporter refl...
55 min
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The age of "mega-identity" politics
74 min
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Is American democracy really in decline? A debate.
110 min
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Special episode: The Syrian conflict, explained...
57 min
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Is modern society making us depressed?
87 min
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Carol Anderson on White Rage and Donald Trump
91 min
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The Sam Harris Debate
128 min
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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s hardest year, and...
46 min
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Is Mitch Landrieu the "White, Southern Anti-Tru...
80 min
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Melinda Gates (live!) on stopping climate chang...
50 min
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A better conversation on guns
49 min
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This isn’t Joe Kennedy’s grandfather’s Democrat...
61 min
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Amy Chua on how tribalism is tearing America apart
59 min
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How technology brings out the worst in us, with...
69 min
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Steven Pinker: enlightenment values made this t...
65 min
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Why my politics are bad with Bhaskar Sunkara
71 min
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How Democracies Die
72 min
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How to oppose Trump without becoming more like him
69 min
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You will love this conversation with Jaron Lani...
95 min
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The most clarifying conversation I’ve had on Tr...
73 min
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Pod Save America’s Jon Favreau on Trump’s first...
58 min
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The inside story of Doug Jones’s win in Alabama
59 min
459
What life is like in North Korea
46 min
460
"An orgy of serious policy discussion" with Pau...
93 min
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The case for impeachment
66 min
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What Buddhism got right about the human brain
75 min
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Rebecca Traister on #MeToo, female rage, and An...
86 min
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Ai-jen Poo: the future of work isn’t robots. It...
61 min
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Evan Osnos on the North Korea crisis, Trump’s m...
82 min
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Why politics needs more conflict, not less
72 min
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Why the Weinstein scandal gives Tig Notaro hope...
41 min
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What happens when human beings take control of ...
61 min
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is not here to comfort you
67 min
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How the Republican Party created Donald Trump
105 min
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Reihan Salam wants to remake the Republican Par...
76 min
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David Remnick on journalism in the Trump era an...
82 min
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What Hillary Clinton really thinks
54 min
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Dan Rather thought he'd seen it all. But then c...
65 min
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From 4Chan to Charlottesville: where the alt-ri...
83 min
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Why prosecutors, not cops, are the keys to crim...
73 min
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Chris Hayes on whether Trump should be removed ...
64 min
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Sen. Michael Bennet on why this is a dismal, so...
75 min
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What’s scary isn’t Trump’s illiberalism but Ame...
62 min
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Julia Galef on how to argue better and change y...
88 min
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Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, the first psychologist t...
65 min
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Eddie Izzard on World War I, cake or death, and...
65 min
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Avik Roy and Ezra debate the Senate GOP's healt...
83 min
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danah boyd on why fake news is so easy to believe
84 min
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Al Franken on learning to be a politician
52 min
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Zephyr Teachout on suing Trump, fighting corrup...
89 min
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Masha Gessen offers a plausible Trump-Russia th...
63 min
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Kwame Anthony Appiah on cosmopolitanism
63 min
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Yascha Mounk: Is Trump’s incompetence saving us...
91 min
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Bryan Stevenson on why the opposite of poverty ...
89 min
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Death, Sex, and Money’s Anna Sale on bringing e...
50 min
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Cory Booker returns, live, to talk trust, Trump...
67 min
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VC Bill Gurley on transforming health care
69 min
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Elizabeth Warren on what Barack Obama got wrong
43 min
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Cal Newport on doing Deep Work and escaping soc...
80 min
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G. Willow Wilson on religion, comics, and moder...
72 min
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Chris Hayes on the crisis of elites and the pol...
99 min
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Tyler Cowen explains it all
91 min
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Molly Ball on whether facts matter in politics
73 min
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Denis McDonough on how to run the White House
78 min