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Philosophy Talk: The New Golden Age of Television

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How do today's best TV shows explore questions about identity, morality, and the human condition?

They called it a “vast wasteland” in the 1960s, but TV is very different today. Freedom from the broadcast schedule means TV makers can create longer, more complex, more philosophical stories, while binge-watching and on-demand viewing have changed the way we see those stories. Josh and Ken talk to philosophers and others about television's new golden age.

• Alexander Nehamas from Princeton on serious watching
• Katherine Tullmann from Northern Arizona University on Game of Thrones
• Jorah Dannenberg from Stanford on Westworld
• Pamela Hieronymi from UCLA on The Good Place (where she worked as a philosophical consultant!)

Plus suggestions from listeners like youSunday 9/30 at 11 am and Tuesday 10/02 at 12 noon.