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Podcast Profile: Hi-Phi Nation

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64 episodes
2016 to 2023
Median: 48 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Hi-Phi Nation is philosophy in story-form, integrating narrative journalism with big ideas. We look at stories from everyday life, law, science, popular culture, and strange corners of human experiences that raise thought-provoking questions about things like justice, knowledge, the self, morality, and existence. We then seek answers with the help of academics and philosophers. The show is produced and hosted by Barry Lam of UC Riverside.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Philosophy in everyday life • Law and justice • AI and technology • Creativity and art • Ethical issues • Social and political themes • Cultural trends • History and science • Identity and existence • Morality and human behavior

"Hi-Phi Nation" is a podcast that merges philosophical inquiry with narrative storytelling. The show, produced and hosted by Barry Lam of UC Riverside, engages with various thought-provoking issues through the lens of philosophy, often integrating academic perspectives from philosophers and other experts.

The content spans a diverse range of topics, encapsulating themes from everyday experiences, popular culture, and more abstract philosophical dilemmas. Episodes explore the intersection of artificial intelligence and creativity, the ethics of the gig economy, and the philosophical implications of relationships with AI chatbots as indicative of future societal trends. Another recurring focus is on the implications of emerging technologies, such as AI in music composition and digital resurrection, and their impact on concepts of creativity, grief, and memory.

The show also delves into ethical and moral questions surrounding effective altruism, criminal justice reform, and the nature of punishment. For example, episodes scrutinize the principles of retributive justice, the reform of mens rea in criminal law, and the motivations behind altruistic acts like kidney donation. Through narrative episodes, the podcast investigates social and legal policies, such as the nuances of gender categorization or the ethics of genetic engineering and its ecological impacts.

Furthermore, the program includes in-depth narrative series on philosophical figures—such as David Lewis—exploring their theories and life stories. Another thematic area covered involves the cultural and philosophical significance of mythical creatures like zombies, vampires, and cannibals, examining how these figures raise questions about consciousness, morality, and the human condition.

In "Hi-Phi Nation," each episode serves as a philosophical investigation into contemporary and historical issues, fostering deep reflection on justice, identity, technology, morality, and existence. The podcast aims to make philosophy accessible through engaging stories and expert insights, providing listeners with an immersive experience into the world of big ideas and ethical quandaries.


Episodes:
Episode Image Rise of the Music Machines
2023-May-16
53 minutes
Episode Image Effective Altruism and its Critics
2023-May-09
61 minutes
Episode Image The Problem with Gig Work
2023-May-02
54 minutes
Episode Image Love in the Time of Replika
2023-Apr-25
53 minutes
Episode Image Living in a Zoopolis
2023-Apr-18
47 minutes
Episode Image The Digital Future of Grief
2023-Apr-11
57 minutes
Episode Image Season 6 Trailer
2023-Apr-04
1 minute
Episode Image Cannibals
2022-Feb-12
37 minutes
Episode Image Zombies
2022-Jan-22
37 minutes
Episode Image Vampires
2022-Jan-08
41 minutes
Episode Image Memorials
2021-Dec-18
53 minutes
Episode Image Life, Edited
2021-Dec-04
44 minutes
Hi-Phi Nation Presents: Decoder Ring, The Alberta Rat War
2021-Nov-27
44 minutes
Episode Image The Selfless Kidney Donor
2021-Nov-20
45 minutes
Episode Image The Man of Many Worlds IV
2021-Nov-06
41 minutes
Episode Image The Man of Many Worlds III
2021-Oct-30
50 minutes
Episode Image The Man of Many Worlds II
2021-Oct-23
42 minutes
Episode Image The Man of Many Worlds I
2021-Oct-16
45 minutes
Hi-Phi Nation Presents: Into the Zone (When We Were Cyber)
2020-Oct-21
49 minutes
Episode Image Justice and Retribution
2020-Jun-27
55 minutes
Episode Image The Loophole
2020-Jun-13
43 minutes
Episode Image Punishment without End
2020-Jun-06
56 minutes
Episode Image Redemption in Solitary
2020-May-30
51 minutes
Episode Image Gender Justice
2020-May-23
57 minutes
Episode Image The Informant
2020-May-16
52 minutes
Episode Image Police Discretion
2020-May-09
52 minutes
Episode Image Hi-Phi Nation Plus: Mens Rea versus Moral Luck
2020-May-02
21 minutes
Episode Image Criminal Minds
2020-May-02
56 minutes
Episode Image Sponsored: Delivering Extraordinary Experiences with Customer Experience Expert Liliana Petrova
2020-Apr-16
31 minutes
Season 4: Crime and Punishment (Trailer)
2020-Apr-11
3 minutes
Episode Image YOLO Apologetics
2019-Jun-22
44 minutes
Episode Image The Illusionist
2019-Jun-08
37 minutes
Episode Image Uncivil Disobedience
2019-May-25
49 minutes
Episode Image For Women Only (pt. 2)
2019-May-11
48 minutes
Episode Image For Women Only (pt. 1)
2019-Apr-27
51 minutes
Episode Image Demons of Democracy
2019-Apr-13
54 minutes
Episode Image Name of God (2019)
2019-Mar-30
54 minutes
Episode Image The Forever War
2019-Mar-16
50 minutes
Episode Image No Offense
2019-Mar-02
48 minutes
Episode Image Risky Business
2019-Feb-16
49 minutes
(Bonus) The Battle over CSOCs
2019-Feb-02
18 minutes
Episode Image The Precrime Unit
2019-Jan-31
48 minutes
Season 3 Preview
2019-Jan-18
3 minutes
Episode Image Chamber of Facts
2018-Jul-23
47 minutes
Episode Image A Night of Philosophy
2018-Jun-19
48 minutes
Episode Image Willful Acts
2018-May-30
58 minutes
Episode Image Creed and Credences
2018-May-01
44 minutes
Episode Image The Self and Survival
2018-Mar-27
46 minutes
Episode Image Cover Me Softly
2018-Feb-28
49 minutes
Episode Image Freedom and Hostile Design
2018-Jan-23
30 minutes
Episode Image Drowned at Sea
2017-Dec-19
31 minutes
Episode Image The Ethics Bowl
2017-Nov-28
51 minutes
Episode Image The Bottom of the Curve
2017-Oct-31
39 minutes
Episode Image A Better Love
2017-May-03
50 minutes
Episode Image The Ashes of Truth
2017-Apr-18
51 minutes
Episode Image Be a Man
2017-Mar-21
37 minutes
Episode Image Hackademics II: The Hackers
2017-Mar-14
44 minutes
Episode Image Hackademics I: The Control
2017-Mar-07
46 minutes
Episode Image The Cops of Pop
2017-Feb-21
47 minutes
Episode Image The Name of God
2017-Feb-14
50 minutes
Episode Image Soldier Philosophers Part 2: The Morality of War
2017-Feb-07
49 minutes
Episode Image Soldier Philosophers Part 1: Moral Exploitation
2017-Jan-31
48 minutes
Episode Image The Wishes of the Dead
2017-Jan-24
49 minutes
Season One Trailer #1
2016-Dec-24
3 minutes