Rights, Reason, and Representation

On my new podcast (and occasional vlog) you’ll find engaging, short interviews with global scholars, public intellectuals, and activists discussing their work relating to:

  • Rights because democratic backsliding puts human dignity at risk, and liberal conceptions of rights are facing new demands for recognition
  • Reason because democracy has the tools to discover and defend facts
  • Representation because from Occupy Nigeria to Black Lives Matter, new modes of participation are driving innovation and challenging the limitations of conventional democratic institutions

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Episode #2 – Author Lee McIntyre visits the flat earth society (really!)

During a visit to my class on “Post-Truth America,” I interview Lee McIntyre, the author of “How to Talk to a Science Denier.” We talk about his previous book, Post-Truth, which discusses how factors ranging from the decline of traditional media to the rise of post-modernism in the humanities undermined our shared understanding of truth. The book also has a great overview of classic findings on cognitive bias, and in this dialogue he gives us an update from the latest psychology research. Professor McIntyre is Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension School.

Episode #1 – Military Coup in Burkina Faso
Austin Aigbe of the Centre for Democracy and Development joins me for a conversation with Jean-Baptiste Guiatin, a PhD candidate at Université Thomas Sankara Ecole Doctorale Sciences Politiques et Juridiques in Ouagadougou about the coup in Burkina Faso. An alum of American University’s School of International Service, his dissertation uses neo-realism to understand state response to jihadist insurgencies in the Sahel. We ask him about coups in comparative perspective, misinformation, French foreign policy, and the geopolitics of Russian and Chinese engagement. (31 minutes)

Jean-Baptiste Guiatin

I hope to post an audio only version of the interview, which took place on February 2, 2022, here.