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

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.

We are pleased to announce a great and growing list of guests for our first season. They include:

Dr. Anthony Cashio, Episode 1, “Molemen and Plato’s Cave Today”

Dr. Bill Myers, Episode 2, “The Ethics of Dentistry: Wrong in the Tooth?”

Dr. John Shook, “Understanding Generations and Predicting World War III”

Dr. Bertha Manninen, “Common Ground in Abortion Debates”

Dr. John Lachs, “Ancient and Modern Insights for Happiness: Stoic Pragmatism”

Dr. Martha Nussbaum. Photo by Robin Holland.

and in May, Dr. Martha Nussbaum, recipient of the 2016 Kyoto Prize, will join 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).

The show features a special segment called “You Tell Me!” We ask our guest 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 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.

Feedback from Amy on Philosophy Bakes Bread.Testimonials

About the 2017 radio show and podcast release:

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. ~ 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)

I LOVE BREAD!! u r great. ~ Amy (@info_nymph)

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:

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

iTunes logo.RSS logo feed icon and link.Subscribe to the podcast! 



Podcast Archive
# Title Released
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