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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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
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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
535
Heather McGhee returns to talk Trump, race, and...
59 min
536
Ron Brownstein: Clinton didn’t lose because of ...
63 min
537
David Frum on the 2016 election, and the long d...
92 min
538
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
542
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