Barry in the media today

Hi everyone, just a couple of announcements today. I’m appearing in two pieces of media today. Clifford Sosis’ series “What its Like Being a Philosopher” is an interview series talking about the life and times of people who work in philosophy. I’m the subject today here. Also, Episode Party is a British podcast about podcast, hosted by Jack Chutner and Freddie Harrison. This week, I’m the guest on the show and we review three shows, Mothers of Invention, Love + Radio, and Science Vs. Check it out here.

Big news for Hi-Phi Nation

Dear Hi-Phi Nation followers and listeners,

At the end of last season, I promised big news.

But first of all, let me say that I am deep into production of Season 3. After trips to Australia, LA, Boston, and elsewhere, I’m planning out 10 full episodes to be released every other week, starting in the last week of January. So if you haven’t subscribed to the show yet, please do so on your mobile device. Just follow the instructions on the homepage,

So here is the news. For Season 3, Hi-Phi Nation has been picked up by Slate. Hi-Phi Nation will be distributed by the Slate network, added to Slate’s daily podcast feed, and will be a featured show at Slate in the winter season. This does not mean any changes for you, you’ll keep getting the show the way you’ve been listening, but it means that a big-time podcast network will help me publicize the show in a way that I just couldn’t do on my own. This marks the very first philosophy podcast, and indeed the only narrative philosophy show, that exist on ANY major podcast network, public or private. Its a major and important step in making philosophy accessible to everyone.

The partnership with Slate makes it much likelier that I can sustain the show. Nothing changes on the production side. I am still sole producer and host, and I am still making the show from the attic of Rockefeller Hall at Vassar out of pocket, with total freedom but also little budget. But it does mean less concern about how to advertise and increase listenership, and it means better access to potential guests.

Thank you for your ongoing support and be on the lookout in the next month for more news and trailers for Season 3.

Season Finale and special message

My dear blog followers. It has been a very challenging season to produce, but I got through 10 episodes. The latest is available in your podcast feeds, or by clicking below. Note that there is also bonus content for this episode.

I am writing to you from Canberra, Australia, where I have resided for the past month to bring your stories and philosophy from down under for Season 3. The next season will bring you a big surprise, one so surprising that I may not want to wait to tell you, so make sure you subscribe to the podcast on your mobile devices so you’ll get the message. Short of that, you should know that Season 3 is in full production and will come out in late January 2019 on a more regular and closer schedule.

The most important thing you can do to help the show is to write to journalists, teachers, publishers, and other podcasters and tell them how much you love the show and why they should listen. Hopefully one of them will write, teach, or podcast about the show. This helps me promote the show to a larger audience and keep growing. I’d also love to hear from you, so if you have story tips, ideas, or just want to say any words of thanks, you can email me through the contact page on the website.

The Decision

The Massachusetts Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Commonwealth versus Julie Eldred and I called attorney Lisa Newman-Polk to get her reaction and her opinion about its implications for the treatment of addicts in the criminal justice system. I produced a follow-up mini-episode available now, just refresh your podcast feeds or go to the website link below to get it now. The next full episode of Hi-Phi Nation will be available next week.

Hi-Phi Nation featured at Humanities for All

Hi-Phi Nation and an interview with Barry is featured at the brand new Humanities for All website, where the National Humanities Alliance in Washington DC has organized all public humanities programs across the country, from sociology, religion, literature, classics, theater and more. Its a great resource and you can read the interview below.

If you haven’t discovered Lend me Your Ears, it is the new Slate Podcast about Shakespeare and politics. This week’s episode is on King Lear, and Barry went in to talk about King Lear with Isaac Butler, the show’s host, and Gabriel Roth, editor at Slate, to talk about Lear on the Slate Plus podcast for the show.

Episode 10 of Season 2 will be coming out very soon about partisan beliefs in facts.

Episode 9 out now!

Greetings from down under. I am writing this to you at the end of a 26 hour trip that brings me to Canberra Australia, where I will be recording and producing the last episode of Season 2, as well as a lot of content for Season 3. I have a lot of potentially big news about Hi-Phi Nation coming at the end of the summer, so please subscribe to the show if you haven’t already.

The ninth episode of Season 2 is released now. It will be in your podcast feeds first thing in the morning, but as usual, subscribers to the blog have early access. Here’s a link and description:

Hi-Phi Nation stays overnight at the Brooklyn Public Library during the 2018 Night of Philosophy. From 7pm to 7am on a Saturday night, thousands of New Yorkers swarmed the central library for acrobats, musicians, and philosophy. Meanwhile, we present philosophy shorts about the definition of life, the nature of good and the morality of revenge, and moral relativism. At the event, producer Sandra Bertin confronts some white privilege, while Barry wanders the floors trying to get people to differentiate between philosophy and bullshit. Guest voices include George Yancy, Cian Dorr, Kieran Setiya, Ian Olasov, with philosophy by Emily Parke, Joshua Gert, and David Wong.

Episode 8 is available now!

I don’t always express my opinion on episodes, and even more rarely do I express a strong opinion. But there is a new episode out today in which I do so, partly out of principle, partly out of personal experience. In any case, I’ve worked hard on it and its available now, on the website, and in your podcast feeds. The show is about addiction, freedom of the will, moral responsibility, and the criminal justice system.

Please do help continue to spread the word about Hi-Phi Nation as Season 2 starts to wind down. I need your help to keep the show going!


Episode 5 of Season 2 out now!

Hello Hi-Phi Nation blog followers! As per usual, you are first to have access to the next episode. This is another fun one about the philosophy of music. Here is the link to the show description and episode. It will be in your podcast feeds first thing tomorrow morning.

We are also thanking our Patreon supporters on this episode. Even $1/month helps a great deal. Ryan Samarakoon, Emily Baliestri, Rick Grush, Greg Poulos, and Pamela O’Neill have been particularly generous.

You too can support the show monthly here.

Our other Patreon supporters are:

Kristi Reuille, Shawn Eng, Adil Haque, Andrew Szekely, Antonio Minichilli, Josh Cohn, Skylar Primm, James Lohner, Lauren Bacon, Cody Sehl, Karl Young, Olga Z, Vance Ricks, Simon Jones, Laurent Shupbach, Kay Reeves, RC, Justin Brauer, Neil Ashworth, Andrew Yoder, Adam Zendel, Michelle Li, and Angie Whitiken.

One time donors to the show on Paypal have also really helped with production costs.

William Manson, Sandra Alvarez, Jesus Andrade Guzman, Kayla Hinrich, Susan McKenzie, Emily Balistrieri, Sam Denison, Jennifer Nield, Kristen Bruxvoort, Oona Junni, John Shelby, Laurent Schupbach, Adam Zendel, Markus Wagner, Philip Klay, George Vulov, Kieran Setiya, Faith Dower, Misofa PTY LTD, Yunyun Cheng Turim, Creighton Rosenthal, Wade Roush, Simeon Fitch, James Barnett III, Leslie Dema.

The Podcast Bracket

Hi Everyone, March Madness has hit the podcast industry, and one newsletter has set up a bracket that includes Hi-Phi Nation as an up and coming indie. Your vote will help us move along in the competition, hopefully we can get some more attention if we get far enough to square off against the big hitters, the Marons, Gimlets, Panoplys of the world! Vote this week, and if we make it, vote next week!