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Why the Waking Up Podcast Rejects Ads and Relies on Audience Support

Hear from Sam as to why this decision was made and why it will continue

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#141 - Is #MeToo Going Too Far? A Conversation with Rebecca Traister

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rebecca Traister about her new book Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger. Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment … Continued

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The TED Interview

Sam talks to the head of TED, Chris Anderson, about using reason to build our morality. Sam makes the case that reason can indeed answer moral questions, and then explores the many controversies that emerge from that claim. Moral superiority? Cultural superiority? Moral progress? Chris and Sam dig in to discuss the right ways to … Continued

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#140 - Burning Down the Fourth Estate A Conversation with Matt Taibbi

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Matt Taibbi about the state journalism and the polarization of our politics. They discuss the controversy over Steve Bannon at the New Yorker Festival, monetizing the Trump phenomenon, the Jamal Kashoggi murder, the Kavanaugh hearing, the Rolling Stone reporting on the UVA rape … Continued

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#139 - Sacred & Profane A Conversation with Bill Maher and Larry Charles

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris gets together with Bill Maher and Larry Charles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their film “Religulous.” They discuss religion, politics, comedy, and other dangerous topics. Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically … Continued

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Introducing the Waking Up Course

Welcome to the Waking Up Course. In this special edition of the podcast, Sam introduces his new meditation app, explaining his reasons for building it and what makes it different from other meditation apps. Visit WakingUp.com for more information.

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#138 - The Edge of Humanity A Conversation with Yuval Noah Harari

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. They discuss the importance of meditation for his intellectual life, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilization, the threats to liberal democracy, a … Continued

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#137 - Safe Space A Conversation with Jonathan Haidt

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jonathan Haidt about his new book The Coddling of the American Mind. They discuss the hostility to free speech that has grown more common among young adults, recent moral panics on campus, the role of intentions in ethical life, the economy of prestige … Continued

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#136 - Digital Humanism A Conversation with Jaron Lanier

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jaron Lanier about the economics, politics, and psychology of our digital lives. They discuss the insidious idea that information should be free, what we should want from an advanced economy, the role of advertising, libertarianism in Silicon Valley, the problems with social media, … Continued

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#135 - Navigating Sex and Gender A Conversation with Martie Haselton

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Martie Haselton about sex and gender, the role of hormones in human psychology, “Darwinian feminism,” the unique hormonal experience of women, transgenderism, the Google Memo, and other topics. Martie Haselton is an interdisciplinary evolutionary scientist and Professor of Psychology at UCLA. She is … Continued

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