Episode 201: The Great Lesser, Vulnerability

Although vulnerability and openness offer rich and meaningful connection to the world, mainstream Western culture appears directly opposed to its philosophy. Concerns about appearances, status, and fame treat vulnerability as a weakness and a non-essential element to life. This week, we welcome Kate Krosschell to discuss the dichotomy and cultural divide. How are these perspectives not only different, but in sharp contrast to one another? What can each worldview learn from the other?

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Episode 199: Addressing the Toxic Workplace

For all the time many of us will spend with others in a workplace, circumstances aren't always positive or healthy. Some work environments deteriorate so thoroughly that health, productivity and interpersonal trust collapse as a result. This week, Ina Coveney joins us to share her insights on the topic of toxic workplaces. How to destructive habits become silently interwoven into work culture? How does work culture make it difficult to change problems we observe and experience?

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Episode 198: 'Twixt Art and Media, Fair Use

As long as art has helped human beings go beyond traditional limits, understandings and perceptions, legal systems have attempted to impose order, rules and confines within which to live. At their intriguing intersection, among other concepts, exists Fair Use and other approaches to regulating some artistic practices. But how do limits interact with the realm of the boundless? How do terms like parody and satire muddy the waters and complicate our understanding of unfair duplication or artistic augmentation?

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Episode 197: "Can We Be Friends?"

Although friendships often promote compassion, shared perspectives and overall understanding, getting there from a state of non-acquaintance isn't always straightforward. Younger years offer more chances to tumble into lifelong bonds, but as we grow older, the transition from stranger to friend can become more rocky. This week, we welcome Sarah Pruski to explore the nuances of the question "Can we be friends?" What vulnerabilities does it illuminate? How is it uncomfortable for some and appealing for others? How does it create attention where some might prefer subtlety?

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