Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Radio for Thought

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Radio for Thought

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Does the mention of philosophy professors conjure up images of esoteric eggheads? If so, you might think again.

Two California philosophy professors have mused and opined on the radio airwaves for six years. Their growing audience illustrates the receptiveness among the public to set aside time for quiet reflection.

Welcome to "Philosophy Talk," a nationally syndicated call-in public radio show that bills itself as a "program that questions everything--except your intelligence," and closes by thanking listeners--for thinking.

The weekly, one-hour broadcast is the brainchild of Dr. John Perry, a University of California, Riverside philosophy professor. His co-host is Dr. Ken Taylor, the Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. They recently taped their 200th episode.

The program began with seed money from Stanford in a tiny broadcast booth in San Francisco. Media observers doubted it would survive more than a few months, but its improbable theme became a magnet for audiences. The show was picked up in states such as Louisiana, New York and Oregon and now airs on several stations. …

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