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 585 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle 4 Tage erscheint eine Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 29 days 10 hours 40 minutes


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

Dying with dignity

Sean Illing talks with journalist Katie Engelhart about the morality and legality of physician-assisted dying — asking what a death with dignity really looks like


 2022-10-31  59m

Finding hope in a world on the brink

Sean talks with philosopher and psychoanalyst Jonathan Lear about how to keep flourishing as human beings in a world that feels like it's falling apart all around us


 2022-10-27  58m

The new American Reconstruction

Sean Illing talks with author and historian Peniel Joseph about whether we're living in a new era of reconstruction, and the two warring ideas shaping American history


 2022-10-24  1h6m

Is America losing its religion?

Sean is joined by religious scholar and bestselling author Reza Aslan to discuss the state of religion in America today


 2022-10-20  54m

How we got to January 6th

Sean talks with reporter Luke Mogelson, who was amongst the rioters as they broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6, about how it happened, what led up to it, and what comes next


 2022-10-17  59m

Neil deGrasse Tyson gets political

America's personal astrophysicist takes on our most vexing societal problems. But can science really make political struggles disappear?


 2022-10-13  58m

Introducing The Gray Area

Embrace uncertainty


 2022-10-11  1m

Best of: Why America's obsession with rights is wrong

In this episode originally recorded in July 2021, Vox's Zack Beauchamp talks with Columbia law professor Jamal Greene about his book How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession With Rights Is Tearing America Apart. They discuss how the US obsession with rights and their protections gives too much power to judges and the courts, makes it difficult for ordinary citizens to find reasonable solutions to legitimate problems, and has made this country's legal system not only nonsensical but dangerous...


 2022-10-06  59m