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Podcast Profile: The Happier Hour

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54 episodes
2018 to 2019
Median: 26 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Equal parts philosophy and self-help (with a dash of humor thrown in for taste), The Happier Hour aims to make philosophy useful for the rest of us. Each episode explores a modern-day dilemma, via the lens of the greatest philosophers of all time, and often with special guests in the hot seat who know about stuff. Like the joy that comes from a strong drink at half the price, this show is for curious minds who want to know more about philosophy, without going back to school. Join your host Monica McCarthy, because it’s time to get happier!


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

➤ Philosophy discussions • Self-help insights • Audience Q&A sessions • Special guest interviews • Modern-day dilemmas • Humility • Science and skepticism • Design and branding • Identity and empowerment • Rebellion and activism

The Happier Hour podcast blends philosophy, self-help, and humor to present philosophical concepts in an accessible and relatable manner. Hosted by Monica McCarthy, the show aims to make philosophical ideas applicable to modern-day dilemmas. The episodes often feature special guests, ranging from philosophers and professors to authors and experts from various fields, who discuss themes relevant to everyday life.

Recurring themes in the podcast include humility, happiness, morality, and creativity. The episodes explore these themes through discussions on identity, self-promotion, ethics, doubt, science, and legacy. Notably, the show draws on the wisdom of historical and contemporary philosophers such as Auguste Comte, Immanuel Kant, Karl Popper, and Jean-Paul Sartre, as well as cultural figures like Audre Lorde and Michel Foucault.

Each episode delves into philosophical teachings and their relevance to issues like self-care, social media, skepticism, failure, storytelling, and design. For instance, discussions might include how the philosophical ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche can inform our understanding of success or how the thoughts of Albert Einstein intersect with modern scientific and technological advancements.

The podcast also addresses social and cultural questions, examining the intersections of philosophy with feminism, racial issues, authenticity, and the human experience. Listeners can expect to hear about the philosophical underpinnings of practical topics such as personal finance, career transitions, and the creative process.

The show frequently utilizes audience Q&A segments to engage with listeners' queries, offering insights into how philosophical principles can be applied to real-life situations. Overall, The Happier Hour fosters an environment where complex ideas are discussed in a digestible and often entertaining manner, making philosophy relevant for a contemporary audience seeking personal growth and better understanding of the world.


Episodes:
#054 Humility Q&A: Self-Care, Self-Promotion, And The Myth of Being Self-Made
2019-May-28
22 minutes
#053 Losing My Religion With Auguste Comte and AJ Jacobs
2019-May-21
38 minutes
#052 Speaking Up With Audre Lourde and Serene J Khader
2019-May-14
46 minutes
#051 Design Q&A: Designing Our Dreams With Derrida and Kant
2019-May-07
18 minutes
#050 Moral By Design With Immanuel Kant and Kathleen Wallace
2019-Apr-30
34 minutes
#049 Designing Your Life With Debbie Millman and Jacques Derrida
2019-Apr-23
40 minutes
#048 Doubt Q&A: On Skepticism, Cynicism, and Optimism
2019-Apr-18
30 minutes
#047 Weird Science With Karl Popper and Maryam Zaringhalam
2019-Mar-26
34 minutes
#046 Doubt With Socrates and Nick Pappas
2019-Mar-19
38 minutes
#045 Failure With Jean-Paul Sartre and Olivia Goldhill
2019-Mar-07
36 minutes
#044 Reflecting On The Year That Was
2018-Dec-29
34 minutes
#043 Legacy Q&A: On Sacrifice, Success, and Selfies
2018-Dec-23
26 minutes
#042 Achievement With Friedrich Nietzsche and Mary Pilon
2018-Dec-19
30 minutes
#041 Storytelling With David Hume and Barry Lam
2018-Dec-16
29 minutes
#040 Practice With William James and Scott Barry Kaufman
2018-Dec-12
34 minutes
#039 Revelry Q&A: On Beauty, Bacchae, and Becoming
2018-Dec-09
26 minutes
#038 Sexy Time with Michel Foucault and Jezebel Express
2018-Dec-05
22 minutes
#037 Fiestas & Solitude With Octavio Paz and Daniel Campos
2018-Nov-29
27 minutes
#036 Nostalgia With Svetlana Boym and Not Your Average Cotton
2018-Nov-26
27 minutes
#035 DISCOVERY Q&A: On Cruises, Knowledge, Books, and Brains
2018-Nov-21
21 minutes
#034 Your Brain On Avicenna and Shannon Odell
2018-Oct-30
28 minutes
#033 It's All Relative With Albert Einstein and Dr. Elise Crull
2018-Oct-24
24 minutes
#032 Bonus Episode: Well-Placed Travels with Jessica Parker
2018-Oct-21
28 minutes
#031 The Road Less Travelled With Santayana and David Farley
2018-Oct-17
29 minutes
#030 Lessons Learned: On Podcasting & Philosophy
2018-Oct-08
35 minutes
#029 CREATIVITY Q&A: On Art, Madness, and the Middle East
2018-Oct-04
19 minutes
#028 Facing Our Fears With Montaigne and Adam Valen Levinson
2018-Oct-02
23 minutes
#027 Reflections In Wonderland with Gwenda-lin Grewal
2018-Sep-27
26 minutes
#026 The Third Way With Émilie Du Châtelet and Amber Baldet
2018-Sep-25
29 minutes
#025 And The Tree Was Happy: A Story of Generosity
2018-Sep-23
7 minutes
#024 Money Q&A: The Value of Currency
2018-Sep-20
13 minutes
#023 Making Money Work With Voltaire And Jill Schlesinger
2018-Sep-18
25 minutes
#022 Act II: Existential Angst and Career Change
2018-Sep-16
39 minutes
#021 Moral Money With Adam Smith and Jennifer Morton
2018-Sep-13
27 minutes
#020 Do The (Side) Hustle With Epicurus and Chris Guillebeau
2018-Sep-11
30 minutes
#019 The Write Life With Jenny Blake
2018-Sep-09
43 minutes
#018 Rebellion Q&A: I’ll Have What She’s Having
2018-Sep-06
14 minutes
#017 Making A Racket with Hypatia and Simone de Beauvoir
2018-Sep-04
24 minutes
#016 Labor Of Truth: Ain't I A Woman
2018-Sep-02
9 minutes
#015 Sinners and Saint Teresa of Avila with Dr. Christia Mercer
2018-Aug-30
29 minutes
#014 Radical Resistance With Hannah Arendt and Genesis Be
2018-Aug-28
29 minutes
#013 Embracing The Amateur
2018-Aug-26
9 minutes
#012 LOVE Q&A: Love, Loss, and Loving More
2018-Aug-23
10 minutes
#011 Commit To A Character with Aristotle and William Beteet
2018-Aug-21
26 minutes
#010 Getting To The Good Place
2018-Aug-19
12 minutes
#009 Soulmates, Sartre, and Beauvoir with Skye Cleary
2018-Aug-16
25 minutes
#008 Your Love Blueprint and Sigmund Freud with Terri Cole
2018-Aug-14
22 minutes
#007 Ancient Wisdom For Modern Anxiety with Jules Evans
2018-Aug-12
29 minutes
#006 Resolutions Q&A: Plato, Seneca and Camus Walk Into A Bar
2018-Aug-09
14 minutes
#005 Just Your Imagination with Albert Camus and Rita J King
2018-Aug-07
24 minutes
#004 How A Dinner Party Can Change Your Life
2018-Aug-02
12 minutes
#003 Keep Calm And Carry On with Seneca and Massimo Pigliucci
2018-Aug-02
28 minutes
#002 Beginnings with Plato and Dorie Clark
2018-Aug-02
19 minutes
#001 It's About Time To Get Happier
2018-Jul-24
2 minutes