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.

Philosophy
Politics
News Commentary
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Station Eleven's creator on the end of the world
Showrunner Patrick Somerville on why hope is necessary for survival
47 min
127
The racist origins of fat phobia
49 min
128
The fight for Ukraine — and democracy
49 min
129
The war on trans people
49 min
130
Michael Ian Black on being a better man
50 min
131
Carmen Maria Machado's haunted feminine
36 min
132
The rise and fall of America's monuments
45 min
133
The Philosophers: America's philosophy, with Co...
55 min
134
Why accidents aren't accidental
47 min
135
Rethinking the "end of history"
56 min
136
Anita Hill finally gets even
55 min
137
Elites have captured identity politics
52 min
138
The moral dangers of dirty work
54 min
139
Did the sexual revolution go wrong?
53 min
140
Who decides how to conserve nature?
55 min
141
The Philosophers: Loneliness and totalitarianism
58 min
142
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 4: The fut...
59 min
143
Michael Lewis on why Americans distrust experts
52 min
144
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 3: The nuc...
51 min
145
The case for regret
45 min
146
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 2: Sanctions
56 min
147
The spirituality of parenting
43 min
148
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 1: Why did...
55 min
149
The Philosophers: Resisting despair
How can Albert Camus help us understand the war in Ukraine, post-pandemic life, and the absurdity of our modern world?
51 min
150
What happened to American conservatism?
55 min