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
126
Even Better: Setting your boundaries
43 min
127
Your gut instinct is usually wrong
A data scientist on how to make decisions
49 min
128
Even Better: Workplace equality 2.0
51 min
129
Why we're still postmodern (whatever that means)
53 min
130
Even Better: Activism when you don't know where...
47 min
131
The Supreme Court's power grab
60 min
132
How middlemen took over the economy
60 min
133
The necessity — and danger — of free speech
Free speech is essential for democracy. It may also be democracy's downfall.
50 min
134
Hacking coral sex to save the reefs
49 min
135
The price of keeping secrets
47 min
136
Does China control Hollywood?
58 min
137
Steve Bannon is still at war
45 min
138
The Fortress of Solitude saw it all coming
Constance Grady talks with author Jonathan Lethem about his prescient 2003 novel
34 min
139
The Philosophers: Stoic revival
59 min
140
Station Eleven's creator on the end of the world
Showrunner Patrick Somerville on why hope is necessary for survival
47 min
141
The racist origins of fat phobia
49 min
142
The fight for Ukraine — and democracy
49 min
143
The war on trans people
49 min
144
Michael Ian Black on being a better man
50 min
145
Carmen Maria Machado's haunted feminine
36 min
146
The rise and fall of America's monuments
45 min
147
The Philosophers: America's philosophy, with Co...
55 min
148
Why accidents aren't accidental
47 min
149
Rethinking the "end of history"
56 min
150
Anita Hill finally gets even
55 min