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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Cecile Richards on Planned Parenthood, labor or...
72 min
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Tim Ferriss on suffering, psychedelics, and spi...
108 min
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Yuval Harari, author of “Sapiens,” on AI, relig...
67 min
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Elizabeth Drew covered Watergate. Here's what s...
68 min
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Avik Roy on why conservatives need to embrace d...
88 min
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Kara Swisher gives a master class on reporting ...
95 min
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David Miliband explains the global refugee crisis
46 min
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Jennifer Lawless on why you — yes, you — should...
61 min
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JD Vance: the reluctant interpreter of Trumpism
100 min
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Keith Ellison: The Democratic National Committe...
60 min
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Elizabeth Kolbert: We have locked in centuries ...
78 min
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Sarah Kliff and Ezra Interview Obama About Obam...
72 min
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You Ask, Ezra Answers
93 min
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Evelyn Farkas explains the crisis in Syria and ...
77 min
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Tim Wu's interesting, unusual, fascinating life
89 min
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Ta-Nehisi Coates: "There’s not gonna be a happy...
100 min
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Stripe CEO Patrick Collison on management, rati...
87 min
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Award-winning chef José Andrés on cooking, crea...
86 min
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Heather McGhee returns to talk Trump, race, and...
59 min
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Ron Brownstein: Clinton didn’t lose because of ...
63 min
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David Frum on the 2016 election, and the long d...
92 min
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Deborah Tannen on gendered speech, Hillary Clin...
89 min
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Joseph Stiglitz on broken markets, bad trade de...
66 min
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Let's talk about Hillary Clinton's policy ideas...
70 min
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Francis Fukuyama on whether America's democracy...
67 min
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Tyler Cowen interviews Ezra Klein about politic...
73 min
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The best conversation I’ve had about the electi...
68 min
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HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell on runnin...
43 min
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Dr. Leana Wen on why the opposite of poverty is...
96 min
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Arlie Hochschild on how America feels to Trump ...
55 min
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Stewart Butterfield on creating Slack, learning...
91 min
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W. Kamau Bell on the lessons of parenthood, Twi...
88 min
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Malcolm Gladwell on the danger of joining conse...
90 min
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Grant Gordon on studying the world's worst conf...
86 min
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Melissa Bell on starting Vox, managing media, a...
79 min
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Atul Gawande on surgery, writing, Obamacare, an...
94 min
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Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show
73 min
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Conservative intellectual Yuval Levin on how th...
74 min
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Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.
44 min
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Patrick Brown on plant-meat that bleeds and the...
42 min
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Heather McGhee on what Democrats get wrong abou...
74 min
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Jesse Eisenberg on Jewish humor, writing lesson...
58 min
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Jessica Valenti on honesty, internet trolls, an...
68 min
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Moby on how cheap rent leads to great art
55 min
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Secretary of Labor (and maybe VP?) Tom Perez
63 min
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Andrew Sullivan on quitting blogging, fearing p...
111 min
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Alice Rivlin, queen of Washington's budget wonks
54 min
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Arianna Huffington on sleep, death, and social ...
81 min
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Robert Reich on supporting Bernie Sanders, dati...
98 min
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Bruce Friedrich on how technology will reduce a...
74 min
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Ben Thompson on how to make it in media in 2016
91 min
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Ben Thompson on how the media business is changing
91 min
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Grover Norquist explains what it takes to chang...
84 min
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Neera Tanden on what it's like to work for Hill...
66 min
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David Chang, head of the Momofuku empire
82 min
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Cory Booker on the spiritual dimension of politics
105 min
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Michael Needham on the Republican Party's crack-up
68 min
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Jim Yong Kim on revolutionizing how we treat th...
72 min
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Theda Skocpol on how political scientists think...
57 min
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Bill Gates on stopping climate change, building...
40 min
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How lobbying works, with super-lobbyist Tony Po...
55 min
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Rachel Maddow on skinhead rallies, AIDS activis...
100 min