Two new episodes of Why? Radio are available

Two new episodes of Why? Radio are available.

“A Philosophical Look at Ska and Jamaican Music” with guest Heather Augustyn

Jamaica is the home of a great musical tradition. Most people know about reggae, but before that, there was dancehall, rocksteady, and our host’s personal favorite, ska. It’s a rich and diverse dance music that mixes Caribbean sounds with jazz, R&B, and punk rock, to explore politics, history, and the legacy of slavery. Join Why? Radio and our guest Heather Augustyn as we explore how this little-known genre spread around the world, racking up hit, after hit, after hit.

Heather Augustyn is an author, photographer, and a continuing lecturer at Purdue University, Northwest. She’s written seven books on Jamaican music, including Ska: An Oral History, Ska The Music of Liberation, and Women in Jamaican Music, was just released this past May. She maintains a blog at

Make sure to scroll down the episode page for links to many great songs on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube!

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“How Important is the Brain to the Great Philosophical Questions” with guest Patricia Churchland

 Are the brain and mind really different things? If not, is there free will? Where does conscience come from? Is altruism a myth?  These are question in neurophilosophy, research that uses the modern science of the brain to explore philosophical dilemmas. Join host Jack Russell Weinstein and his guest Patrician Churchland, the founder of nuerophilosophy, as they explore the boundaries between philosophy and cognitive science.

Patricia Churchland is University of California President’s Professor of Philosophy Emerita at the University of California, San Diego, where she has taught since 1984. She is the author of six books, including most recently, Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition.

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— Jack Weinstein, Philosophy & Religious Studies