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The Hub for Important Ideas is an award-winning podcast about the serious issues of our time. Social critics Stephen James and Ken Swain challenge conventional thinking about contemporary problems including Mental Health, Economic Inequality, the Environment, Bigotry, and War in intelligent conversations with thought leaders in various disciplines. Drawing on the groundbreaking work of Ernest Becker, author of The Denial of Death, and the cutting-edge research of Terror Management Theory, thi… Continue Reading >>
The Hub for Important Ideas is an award-winning podcast about the serious issues of our time. Social critics Stephen James and Ken Swain challenge conventional thinking about contemporary problems including Mental Health, Economic Inequality, the Environment, Bigotry, and War in intelligent conversations with thought leaders in various disciplines. Drawing on the groundbreaking work of Ernest Becker, author of The Denial of Death, and the cutting-edge research of Terror Management Theory, this podcast will enable you to think through urgent issues that have the media stumped. << Show Less
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Political Fantasy and Illusion featuring Jerry Piven - Episode 31 How do we improve our lives and our society through a better understanding of political fantasy and illusion? This episode discusses rationalization, decision making, our society, and possibilities for hope. It features an interview with psychologist Jerry Piven who teaches in the Department of Philosophy atRutgers University.
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A House Divided Part 2 featuring Sheldon Solomon - Episode 46 – The Hub for Important Ideas How do we go beyond the divisions in our society? This episode features part two of a conversation with social psychologist Sheldon Solomon who offers a unique perspective on our polarized country that goes beyond the standard political, social, historical, and economic explanations.
A House Divided featuring Sheldon Solomon - Episode 45 – The Hub for Important Ideas How can we get a better understanding of the divisions in our society? This episode features a conversation with social psychologist Sheldon Solomon who offers a unique perspective on our polarized country that goes beyond the standard political, social, historical, and economic explanations.
Ukraine War - Episode 44 – The Hub for Important Ideas What does the War in Ukraine mean to us in America? This episode discusses the war in Ukraine from a different perspective, its implications, and the most difficult aspects for us Americans.
Mortality in this Diverse Culture featuring Dan Liechty - Episode 43 – The Hub for Important Ideas How do we face up to our Mortality in this Diverse Culture? This episode discusses mortality and human flourishing in a diverse culture from a religious perspective. We talk with Dan Liechty, an expert on the works of Ernest Becker and interreligious beliefs.
Free speech - Episode 42 – The Hub for Important Ideas What is happening to free speech in America? This episode discusses free speech, cancel culture, book banning, wokeism, lies, post-truth, the equal time rule, conspiracy theories, and the human need for control.
The Abortion Issue featuring Miriam Piven Cotler - Episode 41 How do we get a handle on the complex issue of abortion? This episode discusses the abortion issue, pro-choice, anti-abortion, and the ethical problem from the discerning standpoint of clinical bioethicist Miriam Piven Cotler.
Beyond a Recap What were some of the important ideas from 2021? This episode, sums up some of the most thought-provoking ideas from our guests, who included Jack Moscou, Lyla Rothschild, Henry Richards, Jerry Piven, Pelin Kesebir, Dan Liechty, Sheldon Solomon, Merlyn Mowrey, and Tomi-Ann Roberts.
Critical Race Theory featuring Henry Richards - Episode 39 How do we understand the problematic reaction to Critical Race Theory in America? This episode discusses Critical Race Theory, wokeism, racial prejudice and discrimination in our society and internationally from the perceptive standpoint of psychologist Henry Richards.
The Psychology of War featuring Jerry Piven - Episode 38 – The Hub for Important Ideas How do we understand the complex psychology of war? This episode wrestles with a distinction between the realistic danger and the fantastical nature of war from the insightful perspective of psychologist Jerry Piven.
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