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Join us each month as we engage in philosophical discussions about the most common-place topics with host Jack Russell Weinstein, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Dakota. He is the director of The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life.
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“How Does Misinformation Spread?”

April 14, 2019 - 20:44
Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall, authors of "The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread." They expolore why, apart from any evidence, people's beliefs can depend on several social factors, allowing even demonstrably false beliefs to persist.

"The Logic of Jazz"

March 27, 2019 - 17:02
This episode celebrates Why? Radio’s tenth birthday with a musical exploration of the origins, meaning, experience, and, of course, music of jazz. How do newcomers start listening to the music? How do musicians discover new ways to play? And, what makes the best jazz tracks important and enjoyable? Join us as Mark Weinstein, jazz flutist, philosopher, and our host’s father, explores America’s music, explaining music theory, improvisation, and whether music is discovered or invented. This episode was recorded before a live audience at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks, ND.

"What is Sharia Law?"

February 10, 2019 - 21:51
Some Americans have been haunted by the specter of Sharia law, but how many really know what it is? Surely, it’s not the caricature of religious fascism and xenophobia that some claim. On this episode of Why? Radio, we take a philosophical look at Sharia law, its tradition, variations, and the worldview it provides. Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Gleave, professor of Arabic studies, University of Exeter.

"What is Sharia Law?"

February 10, 2019 - 21:51
Some Americans have been haunted by the specter of Sharia law, but how many really know what it is? Surely, it’s not the caricature of religious fascism and xenophobia that some claim. On this episode of Why? Radio, we take a philosophical look at Sharia law, its tradition, variations, and the worldview it provides. Host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Robert Gleave, professor of Arabic studies, University of Exeter.

"What Is Literacy?"

January 13, 2019 - 22:29
When people think of literacy, they think of simple reading and writing. But literacy is more complicated than that. On this episode of WHY, host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Kim Donehower, UND professor of English.

"What Is Literacy?"

January 13, 2019 - 22:29
When people think of literacy, they think of simple reading and writing. But literacy is more complicated than that. On this episode of WHY, host Jack Russell Weinstein visits with Kim Donehower, UND professor of English.