MINISTRY OF IDEAS IS
A PODCAST ABOUT THE IDEAS
THAT SHAPE OUR WORLD.
Introducing Ministry of Ideas
Ministry of Ideas is a podcast devoted to exploring the philosophy, history and ideas of our world.
The way we think about history can affect our belief that we can change it.
Who gets to define generational cohorts and do they obscure more than illuminate?
Efficiency has moved from a technique for measuring machines to a widely held moral value. But at what cost?
Understanding race in America requires understanding its relationship to class.
16th-century glass mirrors and 21st-century camera phones actually share a lot in common; they both are technologies that shaped new forms of the self.
What does it mean to be a citizen in America in 2017?
The decline of organized religion in the West has opened up new paths for individuals to pursue what once was once understood to be salvation.
Total faith in meritocracy leads to the dangerous belief that all social winners and losers are wholly deserving. Instead, we need an economy of grace.
- Victor Tan Chen, assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy
- Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal
Trust in government, media, organized religion, businesses and even democracy is at historic lows. But what if the answer to declining faith in institutions isn’t more hope, but more cynicism?
- Sharon Stanley, Professor of Political Science at the University of Memphis and the author of The French Enlightenment and the Emergence of Modern Cynicism.
- David Mazella, Professor of English at the University of Houston and the author of The Making of Modern Cynicism