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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Kara Swisher interviews me on the Future of Jou...
90 min
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TED’s Chris Anderson on the lessons of listening
66 min
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Rep. Katie Porter on how capitalism is failing
76 min
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How Hasan Minhaj is reinventing political comedy
98 min
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Adam Serwer on white political correctness
47 min
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Will Storr on why you are not yourself
82 min
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How to be a better carnivore
32 min
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Peter Beinart on anti-Semitism in America and i...
83 min
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Where Jonathan Haidt thinks the American mind w...
108 min
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The Impact: Deportation without representation
30 min
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Molly Ball on Nancy Pelosi’s future and Paul Ry...
59 min
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Whitney Phillips explains how Trump controls th...
106 min
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Ask Ezra Anything
92 min
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Presidents in crisis with Slow Burn’s Leon Neyfakh
80 min
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Sandy Darity has a plan to close the wealth gap
47 min
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How identity politics elected Donald Trump
94 min
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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
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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
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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
448
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
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What life is like in North Korea
46 min
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"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