Philosophy Bakes Bread

Food for thought about life and leadership, a radio show and podcast

The logo for WRFL Lexington, 88.1 FM.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.

Podcast archive (below)

Logo for Philosophy Bakes Bread, which includes the name of the show written over top of a loaf of bread.

Dr. Eric Thomas Weber

Co-host Dr. Eric Thomas Weber

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 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.

Photo of Dr. Anthony Cashio.

Co-host Dr. Anthony Cashio of UVA Wise

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. Photo by Robin Holland.

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 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 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, 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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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)

Excellent episode! [About Ep44, with @EricTWeber] ~ Marjorie Jolles (@MarjorieJolles)

Tweet by @artsletterskuar, which reads, "We SO agree--there's no better fun than assessment assessing!!!!!"

We SO agree–there’s no better fun than assessment assessing!!!!! [on Ep 25, with @AnnieDavisWeber] ~ Arts & Letters Radio (@Artsletterskuar)

This episode was so great. 😍  [about episode 13 on philosophy for children with Jana Mohr Lone] ~ Phoenix (@The_Street_Kid)

Super interviews by in #Philosophy heaven 😇 #Student. ~ Helena Tubridy, Mearth, Ireland (@FertilityExpert)

Magnificent! Anger’s desire for revenge is a misplaced emphasis on the past. Forgiveness is about living & loving into the future. [About Ep19 with Martha Nussbaum] ~ Della Z (@StreetTheorist)

You guys at @PhilosophyBB rock! ~ Brian (@BrianVondruska)

Brian Vondruska's tweet!

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)

Kind comment on Twitter about our episode with Dr. Shane Courtland. It reads "Funny and engaging introduction to selfish ethics by @PhilosophyBB." LInk goes to the original Tweet.

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)

Photo of a Tweet from Aggie P4C, who said "This is incredible!" about Philosophy Bakes Bread's Episode 15, part 2 of 2 on teaching philosophy to first generation college students.

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)

So fun! ~ Judy Whipps (commenting on Facebook)

[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)

Great interview with @DrTJC really insightful. ~ Deonte‏ (@igotawywitwords)

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

Really enjoying the stories and #newperspectives shared in @PhilosophyBB, the show that shows how we’re engaged in #Philosophy every day. ~ The Cross Examiner (@CELpodcast)

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.

Feedback from Amy on Philosophy Bakes Bread.

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)

Feedback on Philosophy Bakes Bread from Sara King, who wrote "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."

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


Podcast Archive
# Title Released
63 Ep59 – Finding Peace 02/16/2018
62 Ep58 – Posthumanism and the Media 02/07/2018
61 Ep57 – Philosophy Outdoors 01/26/2018
60 Ep56 – Inclusion and Philosophy 01/19/2018
59 Ep55 – Evaluating Public Philosophy 12/21/2017
57 Ep53 – Kneeling and Civil Protest 12/14/2017
56 Ep 52 – Against the Common Core 12/09/2017
55 Ep 51 – What Philosophers Owe Society 11/28/2017
54 Ep50 – Transitional Justice 11/18/2017
58 Ep54 – BC11 – Super Cute PBB Promo 11/08/2017
53 Ep49 – Public Philosophy and Polarization 11/02/2017
52 Ep48 – BC10 – How to Read Philosophy? The Answer Might Surprise You 10/29/2017
51 Ep47 – Philosophy and Social Change 10/25/2017
50 Ep46 – Philosophy at Home 10/21/2017
49 Ep45 – Experimentation in Art and Law 10/16/2017
48 Ep44 – On Philosophy, Leadership, & SOPHIA 10/06/2017
47 Ep43 – The Stories of Our Day 1, Game of Thrones 09/29/2017
46 Ep42 – BC9 – Overcoming Redneck State Stigma 09/23/2017
45 Ep41 – BC8 – The Meaning of Life? Answered. 09/22/2017
44 Ep40 – Democracy and Education Today 09/17/2017
43 Ep39 – BC7 – Stoicism Today 09/07/2017
42 Ep38 – The YouTube Philosopher 09/05/2017
41 Ep37 – Philosophy in High School 08/30/2017
40 Ep36 – Quality Philosophy for Everyone 08/25/2017
39 Ep35 – BC6 – 10,000 Downloads Celebration & Giveaway! 08/19/2017
38 Ep34 – Saving American Culture in a Yurt 08/18/2017
37 Ep33 – Cakes, Capes, and Culture Wars 08/10/2017
36 Ep32 – The Public Philosopher and the Gadfly 08/05/2017
35 Ep31 – Sports Fan I Am 07/31/2017
34 Ep30 – Private Government 07/26/2017
33 Ep29 – What’s the Public Got to Do with It? 07/22/2017
32 Ep28 – Philosophy in Nature 07/18/2017
31 Ep27 – Leadership and Civic Engagement 07/17/2017
30 Ep26 – BC5 – Thanks and an Outtake 07/12/2017
29 Ep25 – Assessing Assessment 07/05/2017
28 Ep24 – BC4 – Teaching Kids about Pessimism 07/04/2017
27 Ep23 – BC3 – Who Bakes Bread Anymore? 06/30/2017
26 Ep22 – The Little Engine that Couldn’t 06/29/2017
25 Ep21 – BC2 – What to Do About Wicked Problems? Voicemail and Response Breadcrumb 06/23/2017
24 Ep20 – Is the Cross Examined Life Worth Living? 06/22/2017
23 Ep19 – On Anger and Forgiveness 06/15/2017
22 Ep18 – Creating Community through Dialogue 06/05/2017
21 Ep17 – The Wisdom in Humor 05/31/2017
20 Ep16 – On Disability & American Philosophy 05/24/2017
19 Ep15 – Pt2of2 on Teaching Philosophy to First-Gen College Students 04/26/2017
18 Ep14 – BC1 – How to Begin Philosophy with Children 04/21/2017
17 Ep13 – Philosophy for Children 04/12/2017
16 Ep12 – That’s a Wicked Problem You’ve Got There 03/31/2017
15 Ep11 – Mass Incarceration 03/28/2017
14 Ep10 – Media Ethics 03/23/2017
13 Ep9 – Studying Black Men 03/20/2017
12 Ep8 – Selfish Ethics? 03/05/2017
11 Ep7 – How to Live the Deepest Human Life 02/24/2017
10 Ep6 – Pt1of2 on Teaching Philosophy to First-Gen College Students 02/16/2017
9 Ep5 – John Lachs on Stoic Pragmatism 02/09/2017
8 Ep4 – Shared Values in the Abortion Debate 02/07/2017
7 Ep3 – All Shook Up about World War III 02/01/2017
6 Ep2 – The Ethics of Dentistry 01/22/2017
5 Ep1 – The Molemen and Plato’s Cave Today 01/19/2017
4 PILOT Ep0.4 – Uniting Mississippi 02/06/2016
3 PILOT Ep0.3 – Coping with Uncertainty 08/01/2015
2 PILOT Ep0.2 – Purpose in Life and Work 05/21/2015
1 PILOT Ep0.1 – Acceptance & Happiness with Stoicism 03/14/2015
0 PILOT Ep0.0 – Background for “Philosophy Bakes Bread,” Award Acceptance Speech 02/16/2015