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Podcast Profile: Making Sense with Sam Harris

podcast imageTwitter: @SamHarrisOrg (followed by 162 philosophers)
Site: samharris.org
305 episodes
2013 to present
Average episode: 49 minutes
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Categories: Interview-Style • Philosophy+/Philosophyish/Ideas/Etc.

Podcaster's summary: Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. | | Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. | | Harris's work has been published in more than 20 languages and has been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. He has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere. | | Sam Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.

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List Updated: 2022-Aug-10 11:32 UTC. Episodes: 305. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2022-Jul-28 • 64 minutes
#291 — Where is Happiness?
Sam Harris speaks with Arthur C. Brooks about what it takes to build a good life. They discuss the power of social comparison, the intelligence taboo, political dignity and ethical hierarchy, the Dalai Lama, the nature of love, fluid and crystallized...
2022-Jul-21 • 48 minutes
#290 — What Went Wrong?
A Conversation with Marc Andreessen
2022-Jul-18 • 39 minutes
#289 — Time Management for Mortals
A Conversation with Oliver Burkeman
2022-Jul-14 • 54 minutes
#288 — The End of Global Order
A Conversation with Peter Zeihan and Ian Bremmer
2022-Jul-05 • 50 minutes
#287 — Why Wealth Matters
A Conversation with Morgan Housel
2022-Jun-28 • 42 minutes
#286 — The Paradox of Psychedelics
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris shares an audio essay exploring how psychedelics are, for many, the only way to glimpse "the vast firmament beyond the prison walls” of the “conceptual mind”—and often serve as the gateway to...
2022-Jun-24 • 47 minutes
#285 — American Division
A Conversation with David French
2022-Jun-07 • 40 minutes
#284 — The Funny Business
A Conversation with Judd Apatow
2022-May-30 • 95 minutes
#283 — Gun Violence in America
A Conversation with Graeme Wood
2022-May-23 • 54 minutes
#282 — Do You Really Have a Self?
A Conversation with Jay Garfield
2022-May-02 • 72 minutes
#281 — Western Culture and Its Discontents
A Conversation with Douglas Murray
2022-Apr-22 • 38 minutes
#280 — The Future of Artificial Intelligence
A Conversation with Eric Schmidt
2022-Apr-18 • 35 minutes
#279 — The Rules of the Stage
A Conversation with Ricky Gervais
2022-Apr-13 • 38 minutes
#278 — The Man Who Will Be King
A Conversation with Graeme Wood
2022-Apr-03 • 38 minutes
#277 — How Does the War in Ukraine End?
A Conversation with Ian Bremmer
2022-Mar-22 • 36 minutes
#276 — Defending the Global Order
A Conversation with Yuval Noah Harari
2022-Mar-10 • 37 minutes
#275 — The Russian War in Ukraine
A Conversation with Garry Kasparov
2022-Mar-02 • 49 minutes
Absolutely Mental Season 3
Sam Harris and Ricky Gervais
2022-Feb-28 • 118 minutes
Special Episode: Recipes for Future Plagues
A Conversation with Rob Reid and Kevin Esvelt
2022-Feb-11 • 140 minutes
#274 — The Future of American Democracy
A Conversation with Anne Applebaum, David Frum, Barton Gellman, and George Packer
2022-Feb-07 • 20 minutes
#273 — Joe Rogan and the Ethics of Apology
In this episode of the podcast, Sam responds to the controversy over his friend Joe Rogan's use of the N-word and his subsequent public apology. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all full-length episodes at .
2022-Jan-31 • 29 minutes
Vaccine Mandates, transgender athletes, billionaires… (AMA #19)
Questions: What is your position on vaccine mandates, school closures, etc.? Do you think painful memories remain painful because there is something left unresolved? How can you forgive a consequential lie? Can you clarify your plans to support...
2022-Jan-11 • 47 minutes
#272 — On Disappointing My Audience
In this episode, Sam discusses some of the topics he has and hasn't covered, to the disappointment of many Making Sense listeners. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all full-length episodes at . Learning how to train your mind is the single greatest...
2021-Dec-24 • 76 minutes
#271 — Earning to Give
A Conversation with Sam Bankman-Fried
2021-Dec-14 • 171 minutes
#270 — What Have We Learned from the Pandemic?
A Conversation with Nicholas Christakis
2021-Dec-03 • 40 minutes
#269 — Deep Time
A Conversation with Oliver Burkeman
2021-Nov-24 • 36 minutes
#268 — The Limits of Self-Knowledge
A Conversation with Stephen Fleming
2021-Nov-10 • 50 minutes
#267 — The Kingdom of Sleep
A Conversation with Matthew Walker
2021-Nov-02 • 47 minutes
#266 — The Limits of Pleasure
A Conversation with Paul Bloom
2021-Oct-27 • 35 minutes
#265 — The Religion of Anti-Racism
A Conversation with John McWhorter
2021-Oct-21 • 48 minutes
#264 — Consciousness and Self (Rebroadcast)
A Conversation with Anil Seth
2021-Oct-18 • 18 minutes
#263 — The Paradox of Death
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris reflects on the subjective continuity of consciousness, the nature of identity, and the possibility that death isn’t the end of experience. SUBSCRIBE to listen to the rest of this episode and gain access to...
2021-Oct-05 • 33 minutes
#262 — The Future of American Democracy
A Conversation with Andrew Yang
2021-Sep-30 • 40 minutes
#261 — Belief & Identity
A Conversation with Jonas Kaplan
2021-Sep-24 • 17 minutes
Absolutely Mental Season Two
In this episode, Sam shares a clip from the second season of Absolutely Mental, his audio series with Ricky Gervais. All 10 episodes have been released today (Friday September 24th, 2021) and are available for purchase at . SUBSCRIBE to gain access to...
2021-Sep-20 • 28 minutes
Ask Me Anything #18
Questions answered: Why won’t you discuss COVID vaccines and Ivermectin with Bret Weinstein on the podcast? What do you think about the recent prosecution of a 100-year-old Nazi in Germany? How can we understand voluntary behavior without free will?...
2021-Sep-09 • 16 minutes
#260 — The Second Plane
Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
2021-Sep-01 • 73 minutes
#259 — The Reckoning to Come
A Conversation with Balaji Srinivasan
2021-Aug-23 • 47 minutes
#258 — The Fall of Afghanistan
A Conversation with Peter Bergen
2021-Aug-13 • 61 minutes
#257 — The State of the World
A Conversation with Dambisa Moyo
2021-Aug-08 • 24 minutes
Ask Me Anything #17
In this episode of the podcast, Sam takes your questions. He begins by addressing the blowback that followed his previous podcast on “vaccine hesitancy” with Eric Topol. And then he answers the following questions: How can I inoculate my biracial...
2021-Jul-23 • 87 minutes
#256 — A Contagion of Bad Ideas
A Conversation with Eric Topol
2021-Jul-09 • 58 minutes
#255 — The Future of Intelligence
A Conversation with Jeff Hawkins
2021-Jun-25 • 49 minutes
#254 — The Mating Strategies of Earthlings
A Conversation with David Buss
2021-Jun-17 • 45 minutes
#253 — Corporate Courage
A Conversation with Jason Fried
2021-Jun-10 • 52 minutes
#252 — Are We Alone in the Universe?
A Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson
2021-May-26 • 39 minutes
#251 — Corporate Cowardice
A Conversation with Antonio García-Martínez
2021-May-21 • 45 minutes
#250 — Broken Conversations
A Conversation with Jesse Singal
2021-May-14 • 33 minutes
#249 — Distance & Arrival
A Conversation with David Whyte
2021-Apr-30 • 39 minutes
#248 — Order & Freedom
A Conversation with Michele Gelfand
2021-Apr-24 • 221 minutes
Special Episode: Engineering the Apocalypse
By Rob Reid and Sam Harris
2021-Apr-22 • 68 minutes
#247 — Constructing Minds
A Conversation with Lisa Feldman Barrett
2021-Apr-16 • 102 minutes
#246 — Police Training & Police Misconduct
A Conversation with Rener Gracie
2021-Apr-12 • 43 minutes
#245 — Can We Talk About Scary Ideas?
A Conversation with Peter Singer, Francesca Minerva, and Jeff McMahan
2021-Apr-06 • 73 minutes
#244 — Food, Climate, and Pandemic Risk
A Conversation with Bruce Friedrich and Liz Specht
2021-Mar-28 • 10 minutes
#243 — A Few Points of Confusion
SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all full-length episodes at .
2021-Mar-23 • 64 minutes
#242 — Psychedelics and the Self
A Conversation with James Fadiman
2021-Mar-12 • 44 minutes
#241 — Final Thoughts on Free Will
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris presents his full argument on the illusoriness of free will—and explores its ethical and psychological implications. SUBSCRIBE to listen to the rest of this episode and gain access to all full-length...
2021-Mar-07 • 44 minutes
#240 — The Boundaries of Self
A Conversation with David Whyte
2021-Feb-24 • 22 minutes
#239 — Yet Another Call from Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais calls Sam to ask if AI will replace comedians. They also discuss the implications of not having free will and if a chimp has ever asked, "what does it all mean?" They agree that bears are dangerous. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all...
2021-Feb-23 • 59 minutes
#238 — How to Build a Universe
A Conversation with Frank Wilczek
2021-Feb-16 • 42 minutes
#237 — Another Call from Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais calls to discuss Sam's monster joke from their last conversation and then other things happen... SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all full-length episodes at .
2021-Feb-11 • 48 minutes
#236 — Rebooting New York City
A Conversation with Andrew Yang
2021-Feb-10 • 29 minutes
#235 — A Call from Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais calls Sam to ask why we dream? They discuss why puns are terrible and breakdown some of the mechanics of comedy. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all full-length episodes at .
2021-Feb-05 • 55 minutes
#234 — The Divided Mind
A Conversation with Iain McGilchrist
2021-Feb-02 • 51 minutes
#233 — The Groves of Misinformation
A Conversation with Zeynep Tufekci
2021-Jan-27 • 42 minutes
#232 — Inequality and Revolution
A Conversation with Jack Goldstone
2021-Jan-17 • 74 minutes
#231 — Crossing the Abyss
A Conversation with Stanley McChrystal and Chris Fussell
2021-Jan-11 • 41 minutes
#230 — An Insurrection of Lies
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris discusses two dangerous misconceptions about the siege of the Capitol. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all full-length episodes at .
2021-Jan-06 • 30 minutes
#229 — A Few Thoughts for a New Year
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris analyzes a few disturbing trends and shares his hopes for 2021. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all full-length episodes at .
2020-Dec-14 • 135 minutes
#228 — Doing Good
A Conversation with William MacAskill
2020-Dec-07 • 47 minutes
#227 — Knowing the Mind
A Conversation with Steven Laureys
2020-Dec-07 • 2 minutes
Making Sense with Sam Harris
Join Sam Harris as he explores some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all full-length episodes at .
2020-Nov-27 • 44 minutes
#226 — The Price of Distraction
A Conversation with Adam Gazzaley
2020-Nov-18 • 32 minutes
#225 — Republic of Lies
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris discusses President Trump's failure to concede the 2020 presidential election. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all content on
2020-Nov-03 • 8 minutes
#224 — The Key to Trump's Appeal
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris describes his new understanding of why people support President Trump. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all content on
2020-Oct-30 • 96 minutes
#223 — A Conversation with Andrew Sullivan
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan sing the praises of President Trump. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all full-length episodes at .
2020-Oct-28 • 65 minutes
#222 — A Pandemic of Incompetence
A Conversation with Nicholas Christakis
2020-Oct-22 • 47 minutes
#221 — Success, Failure, & the Common Good
A Conversation with Michael Sandel
2020-Oct-17 • 48 minutes
#220 - The Information Apocalypse
A Conversation with Nina Schick
2020-Oct-08 • 48 minutes
#219 — The Power of Compassion
A Conversation with James R. Doty
2020-Sep-24 • 47 minutes
#218 — Welcome to the Cult Factory
A Conversation with Tristan Harris
2020-Sep-17 • 72 minutes
#217 — The New Religion of Anti-Racism
A Conversation with John McWhorter
2020-Sep-03 • 51 minutes
#216 — A Conversation with Graeme Wood
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Graeme Wood about the breakdown of social order in the U.S. They discuss the recent eruptions of violence, the loss of trust in the media, the cases of Jacob Blake and Kyle Rittenhouse, how to...
2020-Aug-21 • 49 minutes
#215 — A Conversation with David Miliband
In this episode the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Miliband about his work with the International Rescue Committee. They discuss the crisis of internally displaced peoples and refugees, the problem with open borders, the vetting of refugees,...
2020-Aug-13 • 46 minutes
#214 — A Conversation with Siddhartha Mukherjee
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Siddhartha Mukherjee about our ongoing failure to adequately respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. They discuss the significance of asymptomatic spread, the lack of Chinese cooperation, the failures...
2020-Aug-04 • 134 minutes
#213 — The Worst Epidemic
A Conversation with Gabriel J.X. Dance
2020-Jul-29 • 49 minutes
#212 — A Conversation with Kathryn Paige Harden
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kathryn Paige Harden about public controversy over group differences in traits like intelligence and ongoing research in behavioral genetics. They discuss Harden’s criticism of the Making Sense...
2020-Jul-17 • 72 minutes
#211 — The Nature of Human Nature
A Conversation with Robert Plomin
2020-Jul-09 • 106 minutes
#210 — The Logic of Doomsday
A Conversation with William J. Perry
2020-Jul-03 • 58 minutes
#209 — A Good Life
A Conversation with Scott Barry Kaufman
2020-Jun-23 • 65 minutes
#208 — Existential Risk
A Conversation with Toby Ord
2020-Jun-13 • 113 minutes
#207 — Can We Pull Back From The Brink?
In this episode of the podcast, Sam discusses the recent social protests and civil unrest, in light of what we know about racism and police violence in America. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all full-length episodes at .
2020-May-26 • 45 minutes
#206 — A Conversation with David Frum
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum about the shifting political landscape. They discuss the secularization of politics, distrust of the media and other institutions, voter suppression, the 2020 elections, what happens if...
2020-May-22 • 59 minutes
#205 — The Failure of Meritocracy
A Conversation with Daniel Markovits
2020-May-18 • 66 minutes
#204 — A Conversation with Jonathan Haidt
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jonathan Haidt about the maintenance of a healthy society. They discuss the problem of orthodoxy, the history of political polarization in the US, the breakdown of public conversation, remaining...
2020-May-13 • 68 minutes
#203 — A Conversation with Caitlin Flanagan
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Caitlin Flanagan about her cancer recurrence and the response to her recent article in The Atlantic discussing it. They discuss the dynamics of apologies and forgiveness, the #MeToo movement and...
2020-May-11 • 38 minutes
#202 — A Conversation with Andrew Yang
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Andrew Yang about the Covid-19 pandemic. They discuss the future of the middle class, Andrew’s experience campaigning for President, the need to build new digital infrastructure, universal basic...
2020-May-01 • 69 minutes
#201 — A Conversation with Yuval Noah Harari
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about the Covid-19 pandemic and its future implications. They discuss the failures of global leadership, the widespread distrust of institutions, the benefits of nationalism and...
2020-Apr-29 • 33 minutes
#200 — Creatures of Habit
A Conversation with James Clear
2020-Apr-24 • 38 minutes
#199 — A Conversation with Caitlin Flanagan
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Caitlin Flanagan discuss the ethics of abortion, the fact that universities with immense endowments are laying off staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Woody Allen autobiography, the moral hypocrisy of...
2020-Apr-16 • 59 minutes
#198 — A Conversation with Paul Bloom
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom discuss the false tradeoff between the economy and public health, putting a price on human life, framing effects for moral questions, how Covid-19 may change human behavior, "turn-key...
2020-Apr-12 • 31 minutes
#197 — A Conversation with Caitlin Flanagan
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Caitlin Flanagan. They discuss the different sorts of experiences people are having during the Covid-19 pandemic, what it has exposed about our education system, the 2020 election and the many...
2020-Apr-10 • 60 minutes
#196 — The Science of Happiness
A Conversation with Laurie Santos
2020-Apr-06 • 68 minutes
#195 — Social Cohesion is Everything
A Conversation with Stanley McChrystal and Chris Fussell
2020-Mar-25 • 105 minutes
#194 — The New Future of Work
A Conversation with Matt Mullenweg
2020-Mar-20 • 22 minutes
#193 — Meditation in an Emergency
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks about social contagion and about the importance of understanding one's own mind in an emergency. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all full-length episodes at .
2020-Mar-17 • 38 minutes
#192 — A Conversation with Paul Bloom
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom speak about the psychology of adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, the disastrous analogy between coronavirus and flu, the political siloing of information, true and false concerns over...
2020-Mar-11 • 66 minutes
#191 — Early Thoughts on a Pandemic
A Conversation with Amesh Adalja
2020-Mar-10 • 79 minutes
#190 — How Should We Respond to Coronavirus?
A Conversation with Nicholas Christakis
2020-Mar-02 • 71 minutes
#189 — Wealth & Happiness
A Conversation with Scott Galloway
2020-Feb-28 • 32 minutes
#188 — A Conversation with Paul Bloom
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom speak about the virtues of President Trump, the campaign prospects of Bloomberg and Sanders, the asymmetrical norms of the Democratic and Republican parties, the marginal role that parents play...
2020-Feb-21 • 28 minutes
#187 — A Conversation with Paul Bloom
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom speak about the epidemic of child sexual abuse, the ethics of loyalty, eugenics, existential risk, the Bloomberg and Sanders campaigns, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to listen to the rest of this...
2020-Feb-18 • 80 minutes
#186 — The Bomb
A Conversation with Fred Kaplan
2020-Feb-07 • 30 minutes
#185 — A Conversation with Paul Bloom
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom speak about "Trump Derangement Syndrome," inequality, the relationship between wealth and happiness, the downside of fame, psychological impediments to noticing progress, and other topics....
2020-Feb-03 • 29 minutes
#184 — The Conversational Nature of Reality
A Conversation with David Whyte
2020-Jan-28 • 28 minutes
#183 — A Conversation with Paul Bloom
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom discuss topics in the news including the tragic death of Kobe Bryant. They also explore the paradoxes of moral responsibility. SUBSCRIBE to listen to the rest of this episode and...
2020-Jan-23 • 40 minutes
#182 — Unlearning Race
A Conversation with Thomas Chatterton Williams
2020-Jan-13 • 92 minutes
#181 — The Illusory Self
A Conversation with Richard Lang
2019-Dec-30 • 48 minutes
#180 — Sex & Power
A Conversation with Meghan Daum
2019-Dec-17 • 34 minutes
#179 — The Unquiet Mind
A Conversation with Judson Brewer
2019-Dec-11 • 67 minutes
#178 — The Reality Illusion
A Conversation with Donald Hoffman and Annaka Harris
2019-Dec-02 • 87 minutes
#177 — Psychedelic Science
A Conversation with Roland Griffiths
2019-Nov-23 • 64 minutes
#176 — Knowledge & Redemption
A Conversation with Lynn Novick and Jule Hall
2019-Nov-11 • 37 minutes
#175 — Leaving the Faith
A Conversation with Yasmine Mohammed
2019-Nov-04 • 49 minutes
#174 — Life & Mind
A Conversation with Richard Dawkins
2019-Oct-28 • 28 minutes
#173 — Anti-Semitism and Its Discontents
A Conversation with Bari Weiss
2019-Oct-21 • 52 minutes
#172 — Among the Deplorables
A Conversation with Andrew Marantz
2019-Oct-08 • 42 minutes
#171 — Escaping a Christian Cult
A Conversation with Megan Phelps-Roper
2019-Oct-02 • 47 minutes
#170 — The Great Uncoupling
A Conversation with Andrew McAfee
2019-Sep-20 • 43 minutes
#169 — Omens of a Race War
A Conversation with Kathleen Belew
2019-Sep-11 • 37 minutes
#168 — Mind, Space, & Motion
A Conversation with Barbara Tversky
2019-Aug-26 • 17 minutes
#167 — A Few Thoughts on White Supremacy
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris addresses listener concerns that he uses a "double standard" to evaluate the relative threats of white supremacy and jihadism. SUBSCRIBE to listen to the rest of this episode and gain access to...
2019-Aug-21 • 25 minutes
#166 — The Plague Years
A Conversation with Matt McCarthy
2019-Aug-14 • 61 minutes
#165 — Journey into Wokeness
A Conversation with Caitlin Flanagan
2019-Aug-05 • 49 minutes
#164 — Cause & Effect
A Conversation with Judea Pearl
2019-Jul-12 • 55 minutes
#163 — Ricky Gervais
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ricky Gervais. They discuss fame, the effect of social media, the changing state of comedy, offensive jokes, Louis CK, political hypocrisy, Brexit and Trump, the state of journalism, and other...
2019-Jul-03 • 36 minutes
#162 — Medical Intelligence
A Conversation with Eric Topol
2019-Jun-24 • 43 minutes
#161 — Rise & Fall
A Conversation with Jared Diamond
2019-Jun-17 • 57 minutes
#160 — The Revenge of History
A Conversation with Michael Weiss and Yascha Mounk
2019-Jun-06 • 30 minutes
#159 — Conscious
A Conversation with Annaka Harris
2019-May-30 • 58 minutes
#158 — Understanding Humans in the Wild
A Conversation with Adam Grant
2019-May-20 • 35 minutes
#157 — What Does the Mueller Report Really Say?
A Conversation with Benjamin Wittes
2019-May-13 • 40 minutes
#156 — The Evolution of Culture
A Conversation with Nicholas Christakis
2019-Apr-29 • 48 minutes
#155 — Mental Models
A Conversation with Shane Parrish
2019-Apr-25 • 21 minutes
#154 — What Do Jihadists Really Want? (2019)
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads from an issue of Dabiq, the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide. SUBSCRIBE to listen to the rest of this episode and gain access to all full-length...
2019-Apr-15 • 98 minutes
#153 — Possible Minds
Conversations with George Dyson, Alison Gopnik, and Stuart Russell
2019-Mar-27 • 50 minutes
#152 — The Trouble with Facebook
A Conversation with Roger McNamee
2019-Mar-18 • 42 minutes
#151 — Will We Destroy the Future?
A Conversation with Nick Bostrom
2019-Mar-12 • 50 minutes
#150 — The Map of Misunderstanding
A Conversation with Daniel Kahneman
2019-Mar-04 • 40 minutes
#149 — The Problem of Addiction
A Conversation with Sally Satel
2019-Feb-05 • 36 minutes
#148 — Jack Dorsey
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jack Dorsey about how he manages his dual CEO roles at Square and Twitter, the role that Twitter plays in journalism, how it’s different from other social media, what makes a...
2019-Jan-28 • 50 minutes
#147 — Stephen Fry
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Stephen Fry about comedy, atheism, political correctness, meditation, ambition, empathy, psychedelics, Christopher Hitchens, Stephen's experience of manic depression, and much else....
2019-Jan-16 • 44 minutes
#146 — Digital Capitalism
A Conversation with Douglas Rushkoff
2019-Jan-02 • 31 minutes
#145 — The Information War
A Conversation with Renee Diresta
2018-Dec-20 • 174 minutes
The Drive Interview with Peter Attia
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Peter Attia about meditation and the nature of mind. They discuss types of meditation, the difference between pain and suffering, the difference between joy and wellbeing, the half-life of...
2018-Dec-07 • 70 minutes
#144 — Conquering Hate
A Conversation with Deeyah Khan
2018-Nov-21 • 42 minutes
#143 — The Keys to the Mind
A Conversation with Derren Brown
2018-Nov-13 • 47 minutes
#142 — Addiction, Depression, and a Meaningful Life
A Conversation with Johann Hari
2018-Nov-05 • 39 minutes
#141— Is #MeToo Going Too Far?
A Conversation with Rebecca Traister
2018-Oct-30 • 67 minutes
The TED Interview
Sam talks to the head of TED, Chris Anderson, about using reason to build our morality. Sam makes the case that reason can indeed answer moral questions, and then explores the many controversies that emerge from that claim. Moral superiority? Cultural...
2018-Oct-17 • 45 minutes
#140 — Burning Down the Fourth Estate
A Conversation with Matt Taibbi
2018-Oct-03 • 42 minutes
#139 — Sacred & Profane
A Conversation with Bill Maher and Larry Charles
2018-Sep-25 • 10 minutes
Introducing Waking Up
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris introduces Waking Up. More information can be found at . You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
2018-Sep-20 • 49 minutes
#138 — The Edge of Humanity
A Conversation with Yuval Noah Harari
2018-Sep-10 • 40 minutes
#137 — Safe Space
A Conversation with Jonathan Haidt
2018-Aug-30 • 27 minutes
#136 — Digital Humanism
A Conversation with Jaron Lanier
2018-Aug-20 • 37 minutes
#135 — Navigating Sex and Gender
A Conversation with Martie Haselton
2018-Jul-29 • 50 minutes
#134 — Beyond the Politics of Race
A Conversation with Coleman Hughes
2018-Jul-18 • 24 minutes
#133 — Globalism on the Brink
A Conversation with Ian Bremmer
2018-Jul-09 • 26 minutes
#132 — Freeing the Hostages
A Conversation with Chriss Voss
2018-Jul-03 • 36 minutes
#131 — Dictators, Immigration, #MeToo, and Other Imponderables
A Conversation with Masha Gessen
2018-Jun-19 • 24 minutes
#130 — Universal Basic Income
A Conversation with Andrew Yang
2018-Jun-12 • 28 minutes
#129 — An Insider’s View of Medicine
A Conversation with Dr. Nina Shapiro
2018-Jun-04 • 68 minutes
#128 — Transformations of Mind
A Conversation with Geoffrey Miller
2018-May-28 • 38 minutes
#127 — Freedom from the Known
A Conversation with Michael Pollan
2018-May-08 • 50 minutes
#126 — In Defense of Honor
A Conversation with Tamler Sommers
2018-May-01 • 49 minutes
#125 — What Is Christianity?
A Conversation with Bart Ehrman
2018-Apr-21 • 47 minutes
#124 — In Search of Reality
A Conversation with Sean Carroll
2018-Apr-09 • 52 minutes
#123 — Identity & Honesty
A Conversation with Ezra Klein
2018-Apr-03 • 17 minutes
#122 — Extreme Housekeeping Edition
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris responds to the ongoing controversy over his interview with Charles Murray and discusses his upcoming conversation with Ezra Klein. He also announces a change he will be making to the format of...
2018-Mar-25 • 60 minutes
#121 — White Power
A Conversation with Christian Picciolini
2018-Mar-19 • 50 minutes
#120 — What Is and What Matters
A Conversation with Rebecca Goldstein and Max Tegmark
2018-Mar-12 • 59 minutes
#119 — Hidden Motives
A Conversation with Robin Hanson
2018-Feb-27 • 28 minutes
# 118 — The View from Trumpistan
A Conversation with Preet Bharara
2018-Feb-19 • 41 minutes
#117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos
A Conversation with Niall Ferguson
2018-Feb-09 • 121 minutes
The Russell Brand Interview
This episode of the Making Sense podcast features an interview that Sam did with Russell Brand on the Under the Skin podcast. They speak about religion, terrorism, politics, meditation, psychedelics, and other topics. SUBSCRIBE to gain access to all...
2018-Feb-06 • 55 minutes
#116 — AI: Racing Toward the Brink
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eliezer Yudkowsky about the nature of intelligence, different types of AI, the "alignment problem," IS vs OUGHT, the possibility that future AI might deceive us, the AI arms race,...
2018-Jan-29 • 39 minutes
#115 — Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, and Matt Dillahunty (1)
A Live Recording from New York City Center in NYC
2018-Jan-22 • 50 minutes
#114 — Politics and Sanity
A Conversation with David Frum and Andrew Sullivan
2018-Jan-09 • 103 minutes
#113 — Consciousness and the Self
A Conversation with Anil K. Seth
2018-Jan-02 • 55 minutes
#112 — The Intellectual Dark Web
A Conversation with Eric Weinstein and Ben Shapiro
2017-Dec-28 • 41 minutes
#111 — The Science of Meditation
A Conversation with Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson
2017-Dec-23 • 45 minutes
#110 — The Change Artist
A Conversation with A.J. Jacobs
2017-Dec-19 • 55 minutes
#109— Biology and Culture
A Conversation with Bret Weinstein
2017-Dec-14 • 42 minutes
#108 — Defending the Experts
A Conversation with Tom Nichols
2017-Dec-06 • 48 minutes
#107 — Is Life Actually Worth Living?
A Conversation with David Benatar
2017-Nov-29 • 19 minutes
#106 — Humanity 2.0
A Conversation with Jennifer A. Doudna
2017-Nov-20 • 38 minutes
#105 — Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty
A Live Recording from the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver
2017-Nov-15 • 28 minutes
#104 — The Lessons of Death
A Conversation with Frank Ostaseski
2017-Nov-09 • 25 minutes
#103 — American Fantasies
A Conversation with Kurt Andersen
2017-Oct-30 • 55 minutes
#102 — Is Buddhism True?
A Conversation with Robert Wright
2017-Oct-17 • 33 minutes
#101 — Defending the Republic
A Conversation with Cass R. Sunstein
2017-Oct-09 • 39 minutes
#100 — Facing the Crowd
A Conversation with Nicholas Christakis
2017-Oct-06 • 108 minutes
The "After On" Interview
A Conversation with Rob Reid
2017-Sep-28 • 32 minutes
#99 — What Happened to Liberalism?
A Conversation with Mark Lilla
2017-Sep-21 • 30 minutes
#98 — Into the Dark Land
A Conversation with Siddhartha Mukherjee
2017-Sep-15 • 25 minutes
#97 — The Impossible War
A Conversation with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
2017-Sep-10 • 50 minutes
#96 — The Nature of Consciousness
A Conversation with Thomas Metzinger
2017-Sep-05 • 46 minutes
#95 — What You Need to Know About Climate Change
A Conversation with Joseph Romm
2017-Aug-29 • 36 minutes
#94 — Frontiers of Intelligence
A Conversation with Max Tegmark
2017-Aug-21 • 39 minutes
#93 — Identity & Terror
A Conversation with Douglas Murray
2017-Aug-16 • 59 minutes
#92 — The Limits of Persuasion
A Conversation with David Pizarro and Tamler Sommers
2017-Aug-09 • 43 minutes
#91 — The Biology of Good and Evil
A Conversation with Robert Sapolsky
2017-Aug-06 • 61 minutes
#90 — Living With Violence
A Conversation with Gavin de Becker
2017-Jul-25 • 22 minutes
#89 — On Becoming a Better Person
A Conversation with David Brooks
2017-Jul-21 • 26 minutes
#88 — Must We Accept a Nuclear North Korea?
A Conversation with Mark Bowden
2017-Jul-19 • 52 minutes
#87 — Triggered
A Conversation with Scott Adams
2017-Jul-14 • 50 minutes
#86 — From Cells to Cities
A Conversation with Geoffrey West
2017-Jul-07 • 40 minutes
#85 — Is this the End of Europe?
A Conversation with Douglas Murray
2017-Jul-01 • 45 minutes
#84 — Landscapes of Mind
A Conversation with Kevin Kelly
2017-Jun-23 • 38 minutes
#83 — The Politics of Emergency
A Conversation with Fareed Zakaria
2017-Jun-15 • 42 minutes
#82 — The End of the World According to ISIS
A Conversation with Graeme Wood
2017-Jun-09 • 49 minutes
#81 — Leaving Islam
A Conversation with Sarah Haider
2017-Jun-04 • 24 minutes
#80 — The Unraveling
A Conversation with David Frum
2017-May-29 • 31 minutes
#79 — The Road to Tyranny
A Conversation with Timothy Snyder
2017-May-26 • 40 minutes
#78 — Persuasion and Control
A Conversation with Zeynep Tufekci
2017-May-22 • 43 minutes
#77 — The Moral Complexity of Genetics
A Conversation with Siddhartha Mukherjee
2017-May-18 • 39 minutes
#76 — The Path to Impeachment
Conversations with Anne Applebaum and Juliette Kayyem
2017-May-12 • 58 minutes
#75 — Ask Me Anything 7
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about the illusion of the self, his podcast with Charles Murray, the future of brain-machine interfaces, his BJJ practice, reasoning with the extreme Left,...
2017-May-06 • 46 minutes
#74 — What Should We Eat?
A Conversation with Gary Taubes
2017-Apr-23 • 50 minutes
#73 — Forbidden Knowledge
A Conversation with Charles Murray
2017-Apr-17 • 13 minutes
#72 — Privacy and Security
A Conversation with Gen. Michael V. Hayden
2017-Apr-14 • 45 minutes
#71 — What Is Technology Doing to Us?
A Conversation with Tristan Harris
2017-Apr-10 • 50 minutes
#70 — Beauty and Terror
A Conversation with Lawrence Krauss
2017-Mar-24 • 37 minutes
#69 — The Russia Connection
A Conversation with Anne Applebaum
2017-Mar-19 • 38 minutes
#68 — Reality and the Imagination
A Conversation with Yuval Noah Harari
2017-Mar-13 • 44 minutes
#67 — Meaning and Chaos
A Conversation with Jordan Peterson
2017-Mar-01 • 24 minutes
#66 — Living with Robots
A Conversation with Kate Darling
2017-Feb-20 • 25 minutes
#65 — We're All Cucks Now
A Conversation with David Frum
2017-Feb-16 • 87 minutes
#64 — Ask Me Anything 6
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about his conversation with Jordan Peterson, the reaction to Milo Yiannopoulos at U.C. Berkeley, the “Muslim ban,” the echo chamber of social media, Trump’s...
2017-Jan-31 • 48 minutes
#63 — Why Meditate?
Sam Talks to Joseph Goldstein
2017-Jan-21 • 55 minutes
#62 — What is True?
A Conversation with Jordan Peterson
2017-Jan-15 • 49 minutes
#61 — The Power of Belief
A Conversation with Lawrence Wright
2017-Jan-10 • 36 minutes
#60 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (2)
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins at a live event in Los Angeles (second of two). They discuss Richard’s experience of having a stroke, the genetic future of humanity, the analogy between genes and...
2017-Jan-05 • 48 minutes
#59 — Friend & Foe
Sam talks to Maajid Nawaz
2016-Dec-27 • 41 minutes
#58 — The Putin Question
Sam Talks to Garry Kasparov
2016-Dec-19 • 42 minutes
#57 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (1)
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins at a live event in Los Angeles (first of two). They cover religion, Jurassic Park, artificial intelligence, elitism, continuing human evolution, and other topics.
2016-Dec-12 • 68 minutes
#56 — Abusing Dolores
A Conversation with Paul Bloom
2016-Dec-06 • 74 minutes
#55 — Islamism vs Secularism
A Conversation with Shadi Hamid
2016-Dec-01 • 36 minutes
#54 — Trumping The World
A Conversation with James Kirchick
2016-Nov-24 • 36 minutes
#53 — The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence
A Conversation with Stuart Russell
2016-Nov-16 • 44 minutes
#52 — Finding Our Way in the Cosmos
A Conversation with David Deutsch
2016-Nov-10 • 12 minutes
#51 — The Most Powerful Clown
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks about the results of the 2016 presidential election and the prospects of a President Trump.
2016-Nov-02 • 24 minutes
#50 — The Borders of Tolerance
A Conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali
2016-Oct-26 • 64 minutes
#49 — The Lesser Evil
A Conversation with Andrew Sullivan
2016-Oct-21 • 47 minutes
#48 — What Is Moral Progress?
A Conversation with Peter Singer
2016-Oct-06 • 48 minutes
#47 — The Frontiers of Political Correctness
A Conversation with Gad Saad
2016-Sep-28 • 26 minutes
#46 — The End of Faith Sessions 3
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the third chapter of "The End of Faith." Topics covered: Christianity, Judaism, the Inquisition, witchcraft, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust.
2016-Sep-13 • 80 minutes
#45 — Ask Me Anything 5
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about how 9/11 changed his life, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, free will, why he podcasts, Milo and the alt-Right, identity politics, Clinton vs. Trump, vegetarianism, and...
2016-Aug-29 • 55 minutes
#44 — Being Good and Doing Good
A Conversation with William MacAskill
2016-Aug-17 • 20 minutes
#43 — What Do Jihadists Really Want?
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads from the latest issue of "Dabiq," the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide.
2016-Aug-09 • 56 minutes
#42 — Racism and Violence in America
A Conversation with Glenn C. Loury
2016-Aug-01 • 63 minutes
#41 — Faith in Reason
A Conversation with Eric Weinstein
2016-Jul-12 • 47 minutes
#40 — Complexity & Stupidity
A Conversation with David Krakauer
2016-Jul-04 • 44 minutes
#39 — Free Will Revisited
A Conversation with Daniel Dennett
2016-Jun-15 • 39 minutes
#38 — The End of Faith Sessions 2
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the second chapter of "The End of Faith." However, the first hour of this podcast focuses on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the political implications of the recent terrorist...
2016-May-31 • 46 minutes
#37 — Thinking in Public
A Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson
2016-May-02 • 37 minutes
#36 — What Makes Us Safer?
A Conversation with Juliette Kayyem
2016-Apr-25 • 51 minutes
#35 — The End Of Faith Sessions 1
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the first chapter of "The End of Faith."
2016-Apr-18 • 47 minutes
#34 — The Light of the Mind
A Conversation with David Chalmers
2016-Mar-26 • 58 minutes
#33 — Ask Me Anything 4
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about the recent attacks in Brussels, dealing with anxiety, the science of immortality, fame, liberalism, the Golden Age of Islam, and other topics.
2016-Mar-12 • 96 minutes
#32 — The Best Podcast Ever
A Conversation with Omer Aziz
2016-Mar-09 • 42 minutes
#31 — Evolving Minds
A Conversation with Jonathan Haidt
2016-Mar-06 • 42 minutes
#30 — Inside the Crucible
A Conversation with Michael Weiss
2016-Feb-24 • 51 minutes
#29 — Throw Open the Gates
A Conversation with Maryam Namazie
2016-Feb-20 • 20 minutes
#28 — Meat Without Misery
A Conversation with Uma Valeti
2016-Feb-13 • 70 minutes
#27 — Ask Me Anything 3
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about free will, meditation, Noam Chomsky, the illusion of the self, Clinton vs. Sanders, the de-platforming of Richard Dawkins, wealth inequality, and other topics.
2016-Jan-19 • 42 minutes
#26 — The Logic of Violence
A Conversation with Jocko Willink
2016-Jan-14 • 44 minutes
#25 — Behind the Gun
A Conversation with Scott Reitz
2016-Jan-04 • 93 minutes
#24 — Ask Me Anything 2
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about Islamism, free will, honesty, vegetarianism, why he doesn’t publish more in academic journals, and other topics.
2015-Dec-21 • 38 minutes
#23 — Islam and the Future of Tolerance (Audiobook Excerpts)
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris introduces the audio edition of his book with Maajid Nawaz, "Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue."
2015-Dec-16 • 49 minutes
#22 — Surviving the Cosmos
A Conversation with David Deutsch
2015-Nov-22 • 57 minutes
#21 — On the Maintenance of Civilization
A Conversation with Douglas Murray
2015-Nov-15 • 10 minutes
#20 — Still Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reflects on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
2015-Oct-08 • 39 minutes
#19 — The Riddle Of The Gun (Revisited)
In this episode of the Waking Up Podcast, Sam Harris discusses his views about guns and gun control in light of a recent mass shooting.
2015-Sep-23 • 44 minutes
#18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You...)
A Conversation with Max Tegmark
2015-Sep-16 • 12 minutes
#17 — What I Really Think About Profiling
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris responds to misrepresentations of his views (again).
2015-Aug-26 • 42 minutes
#16 — The Dark Side
A Conversation with Paul Bloom
2015-Aug-11 • 46 minutes
#15 — Questions Along the Path
A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein
2015-Jul-29 • 42 minutes
#14 — The Virtues of Cold Blood
A Conversation with Paul Bloom
2015-Jul-21 • 33 minutes
#13 — The Moral Gaze
A Conversation with Joshua Oppenheimer
2015-Jul-03 • 31 minutes
#12 — Leaving the Church
A Conversation with Megan Phelps-Roper
2015-Jun-27 • 58 minutes
#11 — Shouldering the Burden of History
A Conversation with Dan Carlin
2015-May-19 • 25 minutes
#10 — Faith vs. Fact
A Conversation with Jerry Coyne
2015-May-15 • 11 minutes
#9 — Final Thoughts On Chomsky
Sam Harris reflects on his failure to have a productive conversation with Noam Chomsky.
2015-Apr-24 • 70 minutes
#8 — Ask Me Anything 1
In this episode of the Waking Up Podcast, Sam Harris talks about atheism, artificial intelligence, rape, public speaking, meditation, consciousness, free will, intellectual honesty, and other topics.
2015-Mar-25 • 12 minutes
#7 — Through the Eyes of a Cult
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris discusses the Heaven's Gate suicide cult and argues that we all have something important to learn from them about the power of belief.
2015-Feb-18 • 12 minutes
#6 — The Chapel Hill Murders and 'Militant' Atheism
Sam Harris responds to the charge that "militant" atheism is responsible for the murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina.
2015-Jan-22 • 16 minutes
#5 — After Charlie Hebdo and Other Thoughts
Sam Harris answers reader questions in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
2014-Oct-28 • 51 minutes
#4 — The Path and the Goal
A Conversation with Joseph Goldstein
2014-Aug-21 • 41 minutes
#3 — WAKING UP — Chapter One
This is the complete first chapter of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris. To purchase the audiobook: To purchase the print edition: SUBSCRIBE to listen to the rest of this episode and gain access to all full-length...
2014-Jul-27 • 16 minutes
#2 — Why Don't I Criticize Israel?
In the wake of the recent war in Gaza, many readers have asked "Why don't you criticize Israel?" Here is my response. You can read an annotated transcript of this podcast at: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/why-dont-i-criticize-israel...
2014-Jun-05 • 20 minutes
#1 — Drugs And The Meaning Of Life
The full text of this essay can be read here: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/drugs-and-the-meaning-of-life...
2013-Nov-12 • 8 minutes
How to talk to a Christian
This is an edited excerpt from remarks that Sam H…