Questions for Panel

I will be sending you a link to the Zoom Meeting ID on the morning (Eastern time) of Wednesday, June 17th for the upcoming Protesting Police and Policing Protests Zoom discussion with Ekow YankahMichele Moody-AdamsBrandon del Pozo, and Jason Brennan, hosted by me.
There will be an opportunity for some people to ask questions during the event itself. But we are thinking that some people might already have some issues or questions that they would be interested in having addressed. If you have one to suggest, please use this FORM. 
Looking forward to having you join us. The last episode of this season will be released on Saturday June 27th, a week later than originally planned.

Panel Discussion on Policing and Black America

In collaboration with the Marc Sanders Foundation and the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Society, I am putting together a Zoom panel discussion with distinguished philosophers, legal scholars, and law enforcement professionals to talk about the justification of violence in response to unjust police conduct, and the future of policing. The event will take place the week of June 15th, although exact dates and times are still being finalized. Attendance is free, but requires registration to prevent disruptions to the event. Please subscribe to this blog, and you will be sent the final date/times and emailed the Zoom link. Our new episode on collateral consequences is out today.

Episode 2 and Zoom events

Dear Hi-Phi Nation blog readers, Episode 2 on the history and ethics of police discretionary power is out now. I also want to let you know that our first ever Zoom event went incredibly well. I started the event by asking Gideon Yaffe about the theory of social relationships underlying mens rea requirements, to which Gideon responded about the theory of citizenship he is developing. We went on to take listener questions about provocation, hate crimes, and other mens rea states of mind that matter in law. The next Zoom event will feature Brandon del Pozo, whose work is discussed in Episode 2. Become a patron now to get an invitation to all Zoom events.

Ready to launch; Zoom invite-only events

Dear Hi-Phi Nation listeners.

The season will begin May 2nd, 2020 for a weekly, 8 episode run. A trailer is available in your feed first thing Saturday morning. In the trailer, I announce that I will be doing invite-only Zoom events for every episode, featuring me talking and taking questions about the philosophical issues of each episode, as well as special guests.

To receive the invitation, become a patron of the show, which will require as little as a dollar a month for as long as you wish. As a bonus, you will receive an ad-free version of every episode, and access to eight bonus episodes this season. To become a monthly patron, visit our Patreon page at

Postponing release of Season 4

Due to reasons surrounding the timing of the Coronavirus that has affected not only my production, but also the consumption of podcasts, we are postponing the release of Season 4 by a month. The new date for episode 1 will be May 2nd, and it will run for 8 weeks, with exclusive content for Slate Plus and Patreon members. Here’s a picture of me and The Appeal’s Sarah Lustbader recording today from attic to closet. Screen Shot 2020-04-02 at 4.33.22 PM

Season 4 launch date, April 4th, 2020

Dear Hi-Phi Nation listeners,

I’ve been hard at work on Season 4, our first serialized season dedicated to the philosophy underlying a single institution, criminal justice. This season we will look at police discretion, solitary confinement, criminalization, moral responsibility, sentencing, retributive punishment, collateral consequences, and all of the questions about the self, the state, and morality they come with.

Slate and I have made an official launch date of April 4th, 2020, will weekly releases until the end of the season. You will be getting a preview coming very soon in your feeds!

Full transcripts of Season 3 now available

For those of you who are teaching, or hearing-impaired, or otherwise like written transcripts, they are now available for every episode of Season 3 (as well as Season 2 and Season 1). You can find them on the show page for each episode. Also, if you are teaching with Hi-Phi Nation, send me a note so I know!

Public Life of the Mind interview

Ciaran Cummins of the London Public Philosophy Club just published an interview with me about Hi-Phi Nation, public philosophy, and the philosophy profession at The Public Life of the Mind here. An excerpt:

Ciaran: So everything we’ve been talking about so far is premised on you being a philosopher and you engaging in this public philosophical project. But I’d like to know whether, through doing Hi-Phi Nation, has it changed you? Some people I speak to, for example, have talked about how doing what they’ve done has made them a better listener. Thankfully no one so far has said it’s brought out something really awful!

Barry: Yeah, absolutely. So one thing that you know philosophers don’t get to do is to sit down, as part of the job, one-on-one with lots of different people and have a conversation for an hour, hour-and-a-half. Every interview that you hear, even if it’s a one-minute clip or a 10 minute clip or something, came out of an hour, hour-and-a-half interview. So every person that I’ve ever had on the show I’ve sat down and spoken to. These have run the gamut from all of the different philosophers who I would never otherwise meet or speak to because the field is large enough, to the person who’s the reincarnation of Anne Frank! Or, you know, the guy who makes the annual pop music mashups. The same goes for the people I work with through Hi-Phi Nation, like my editor at Slate. These are interactions that you don’t have as an academic and so playing journalist is an interesting experience that most other philosophers don’t have. I mean some have, some have actually been journalists. So that’s one thing. It’s something that I didn’t know was going to benefit me positively, but it really has. It’s helped me come out of my shell a little bit and it’s also helped me learn to, yeah, be a better listener and to talk. I’ve learned a lot of skills, like an enormous amount of skills, from interviewing skills, to audio editing skills, to music making and so on.

I guess, gosh, it’s changed me a lot. Weirdly though, one thing I’ve noticed is it hasn’t changed this aspect of me which I’d like changed….. (read more at the Public Life of the Mind).