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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 1h9m. Bisher sind 583 Folge(n) erschienen. .

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 29 days 8 hours 54 minutes


The power of attention in a world of distraction

Sean Illing talks with L.M. Sacasas, whose writing on technology and society highlights how much we've been changed by the digital revolution — and reminds us: we're still in control


 2022-12-08  46m

A veteran reporter on how to fix the news

Sean Illing talks with James Fallows, former White House speechwriter and longtime reporter & editor, on what's wrong with the political press in America — and how to fix it


 2022-12-05  56m

The end of social media

Sean Illing talks with technology writer and philosopher Ian Bogost about the state of social media — and what Elon's Twitter takeover has revealed


 2022-12-01  50m

If society is making us sick, how can we heal?

Sean Illing talks with Dr. Gabor Maté, who argues that Western culture is making us sick, and the Western paradigm of health has gotten some very important things wrong


 2022-11-28  57m

The free-market century is over

Sean Illing is joined by economist and author Brad DeLong, whose new book tells the economic history of mankind's most consequential era — and explains how and why it just ended


 2022-11-21  57m

Your identity is a story you tell yourself

Sean Illing talks with neuroscientist and author Gregory Berns, whose new book argues that the idea of a unified "self" is just a delusion


 2022-11-17  45m

James Carville unpacks the midterms

Sean Illing is joined by political strategist James Carville to process the surprising outcomes in the midterm elections, and assess the state of both parties in the aftermath


 2022-11-14  49m

Why are billionaires prepping for the apocalypse?

Sean Illing talks with Douglas Rushkoff about the apocalyptic mindset of Silicon Valley tech billionaires, and why the ultra-wealthy are preparing for the end times


 2022-11-10  55m

Today's Republicans were made in the 1990s

Sean Ililing talks with author Nicole Hemmer, who shows how the GOP became what it is today


 2022-11-07  1h6m

Yuval Noah Harari thinks humans are unstoppable

Sean is joined by Yuval Noah Harari, whose bestselling books take a zoomed-out view of the history of human beings — and a glimpse at what our future might hold


 2022-11-03  1h2m