Food for thought about life and leadership, a radio show and podcast
Welcome to the Web home for the new, 2017 Philosophy Bakes Bread, a radio show and podcast that first airs on WRFL Lexington, 88.1 fm, subsequently released as a podcast. Philosophy Bakes Bread is a production of the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA) and is intended to showcase the public importance of philosophy, both for our everyday lives and for leadership in the policy world.
The show originated as a pilot with four episodes that SOPHIA’s Executive Director, Dr. Eric Thomas Weber, tested out over the course of a year. You can find those episodes at PhilosophyBakesBread.com. As SOPHIA’s mission was redesigned in 2015, we sought to develop a number of avenues for building communities of philosophical conversation. One such effort was in transitioning this show to become a SOPHIA production on the radio, with co-hosts and interview guests. Part of the mission of WRFL Lexington is to offer “it’s listeners a source of music, news, and other programming not regularly found through other media outlets in central Kentucky.” We were very fortunate to be welcomed and encouraged to develop this show. Also, the station will provide the invaluable service of turning the broadcast show into a podcast to which people can subscribe. More info on how to do that is coming soon. That technical work is challenging and SOPHIA is very grateful to the staff at WRFL for helping us share our shows both in Lexington and around the interwebs.
Dr. Anthony Cashio of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise is our first guest on the show, in our first episode, and is serving as a co-host thereafter. Dr. Cashio was recognized with two major awards simultaneously in 2016 at UVA Wise, one issued from students and the other from faculty colleagues. He received the Student Government Association’s Professor of the Year award as well as the faculty nominated Outstanding Teaching Award.
In October of 2017, the blog of the American Philosophical Associate release a great interview that they completed with Cashio and Weber about the show. Response to the show has been very exciting to watch. Since the show’s first airing in mid-January of 2017, it has had over 24,000 downloads from 94 countries around the world, as of early November 2017. We are hoping to reach 30,000 by the end of our first year (mid-January 2018). Fingers crossed!
We have been honored to have spoken with a wonderful list of guests. They have included
Dr. Martha Nussbaum, recipient of the 2016 Kyoto Prize, who joined us to talk about her latest book and its relevance to the anger we see today in American politics. Her book is titled Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice (Oxford University Press, 2016).
In addition to interview a number of SOPHIA members and friends, we have also been fortunate to have had the chance to interview Matthew Yglesias of Vox.com. If you’ve got ideas for us about people who would make great guests, or topics you really want to hear about, let us know!
The show features a special segment called “You Tell Me!” We ask our guest(s) and we as co-hosts think too about what provocative question would be great to hear about from our listeners. Listen for those questions and if you’re interested, reach out to us. We also welcome comments, questions, and lavish praise, and there are a number of ways of contacting us. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re on Twitter, follow us @PhilosophyBB. You can also like us on Facebook @PhilosophyBakesBread. While you’re there, check our our profiles for the Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA), which are also linked to on the society’s Web site, PhilosophersInAmerica.com. Last but not least, you can also call us and leave us a short, recorded voicemail that we might be able to play on the show, if you call us at 859.257.1849.
In addition to general comments and questions, or to your answers to our “You Tell Me!” segment questions, consider sending us your thoughts about topics that you want to hear us cover on the show. We want to hear from you and it’s never been easier than it is today for radio listeners to get in touch with us and help us craft the show you will enjoy most.
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After you’ve headed over to iTunes and other places to leave your 5 star reviews, consider that you can also show your support with a cool Philosophy Bakes Bread t-shirt, travel coffee mug, or mouse pad. Each purchase on our CafePress site contributes around $5 to SOPHIA! Check out our new swag, featuring the new logo for the show! You’ll want to head to the Philosophy Bakes Bread collection on SOPHIA’s CafePress page.
About the 2017 radio show and podcast release:
Thanks for the show. I really appreciate the philosophical method manifest in the your communication style. Your questions seem to get directly at the implicit premises that might go unnoticed on other shows. This allows me to keep my blood pressure down while listening. so again, thanks. ~ Shane Hillyer
Just want to say this is my favorite podcast. Thank you for bringing us a wide range of discussions on how to “bake bread” with philosophy… [When asked how she found the show:] Stumbled upon it. I enjoy learning about philosophy and I have listened to a variety of philosophy podcasts. Your show is by far the best. ~ Julia Nye from Plaistow, NH
Great episode. [About Ep49 with @MattYglesias] Worth a listen just to hear @mattyglesias set the record for bleeps on a @PhilosophyBB episode. Also “Lazy journalist epistemology” is a great turn of phrase that needs to be used more. @Mark Sanders (@citizensanders)
You guys at @PhilosophyBB rock! ~ Brian (@BrianVondruska)
Great interview with Martha Nussbaum on @PhilosophyBB. ~Rachel Farrell (@econrachel)
Excellent interview! [about episode 17 with Cathcart & Klein] ~ David (@slim_swede)
This is awesome @cplong! [about Long’s interview, episode 18] ~ Dan Colling (@dan_colling)
Funny and engaging introduction to selfish ethics by @PhilosophyBB. ~ Marnie Hughes-Warrington (@Marnie_HW)
Really enjoying the latest @PhilosophyBB. Great insights by Kegley & Manninen on teaching 1st gen students. Resonates with my experiences. ~ André de Avillez (@AndreAvillez)
Engaging discussion. ~ The Pod Playlist (@ThePodPlaylist)
This is incredible! ~ Aggie P4C (@Aggie_P4C)
There is a small contingent of us that listen in here… I think it’s important simply because the impact of what you and Dr. Cashio do and your guests has no measurable limit and I hope that is encouraging. ~ Kris, in Federal prison, Lexington, KY
Great episode. Inspiring stuff. Excited to design a Philosophy curriculum for HS students with my Phil of Ed class in the fall. ~ Mark Sanders (@citizen_sanders)
[Re: Episode with Tommy Curry] Officially the most important thing I have listened to this year. Already recommended it to friends. ~ Patrick
Great show! This is an excellent show. ~ JB424242 (on iTunes)
This is a great set of podcasts! ~ TheNonSequitur (@NonsequiturThe)
just listened to the podcast with Prof Lachs. Really good one. Enjoyed it a lot and several key messages have stuck with me. Very helpful explanatory note you added between segments to clarify the terminology. Keep it up! ~ Scott
Heard last part of your program on radio the other day. Really enjoyed it and I look forward to more! ~ Stephanie Barker
I’m a big fan of Philosophy Bakes Bread! Our body politic is better for it. ~ J.D.
I LOVE BREAD!! u r great. ~ Amy (@info_nymph)
This podcast by @PhilosophyBB on #teaching #1stgen students hits home. [It] provides great advice for #pedagogy in #humanities. I love the advice @philosophybb gives for stimulating interest in class via #popculture. [It] shows how we need to be cognizant of our privilege. Thank you for the podcast! ~ Victoria Burmeister (@mercury_witch)
Listened to @PhilosophyBB w @danieljbrunson while working out. Nice episode! I too am a 1st gen college grad; terrible HS student who found phil in 1st semester by complete happenstance. Forever grateful and led to passion for phil. So I found the discussion very nice! ~ Thomas Ames (@tbhames)
Wow! My boyfriend and I listen to the show almost everytime it airs. We love it. Its almost as if you read our minds about our thoughts and opinions of the future to come… To a t. Definitely something I will remember forever. ~Sara King
I listened to Episode 2 yesterday. Love it! ~ William Yearout
I love listening to 88.1 and your show. ~ Mathew Acra
@PhilosophyBB caught the show on WRFL today. Can’t wait to listen every week. ~ Devin Beech (@Beech_Devin)
Looking forward to hearing more of your topics in the future. ~ Ronnie Hood
Great show, BTW, keep up the good work, good guests and discussion. ~ Tread
About the PILOT season:
Seems like a GREAT podcast in the making. Eric, Thanks for sharing you personal story. Your ability to make “bread” despite challenges in your life is inspiring. I enjoyed the first episode of your podcast and am looking forward to future episodes. ~ MikeKDidit (on iTunes)
The [pilot] episodes were great. ~ Charles Woods, III
Excellent podcast Eric. Really enjoyed this. ~ Dave G
Hello, Eric… I want to thank you for your wonderful [pieces]. They are very useful for me. ~ Clara Fenoll
Eric, just wanted to say I enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing . . . looking forward to hearing more. ~ Mike Korner