Spoken Essays

Evolution

Yanomami Indians from two different villages meet in Novo Demini on the border between the states of Amazonas and Roraima, October 15, 2012. Photo by Odair Leal/Reuters

Is there a war instinct?

Many evolutionists believe we have a drive for waging war. They are wrong and the idea is dangerous. Read by Sam Dresser

David P Barash 19 September 2013
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Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth

Counterintuitive as it sounds, extra testosterone can suppress sperm-cell production. Photo by Dennis Kunkel Microscopy/Corbis

Where’s the male Pill?

Many promising male contraceptives are in development, but none has come to market. Why? Read by Sam Dresser

Jalees Rehman 31 July 2013
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Culture

The band YACHT, pictured in Mexico in 2011. Photo courtesy Claire Evans

On tour

On the road with a rock band: memories blur, cities blend. Only in performance does the world pause. Read by the author

Claire L Evans 19 July 2013
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Death

A funeral in Italy, 1951. Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

The death of my father

Julian Baggini asks, Would philosophy help me to deal with my father's death? Read by Sam Dresser

Julian Baggini 05 July 2013
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Economics

Relax, you're at work. Photo by Jason Madara/Gallery Stock

Are coders worth it?

Web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect. But is there value in what we do? Read by Sam Dresser

James Somers 06 June 2013
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Health

Shanghai 1993. Photo by Stuart Franklin/Magnum

Their good life

Should the state legislate for individual happiness? Jules Evans on psychotherapy and the state. Read by the author

Jules Evans 30 May 2013
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Culture

Illustration by Thomas Danthony

The art of attention

Paying close attention is an art and an act of the spirit. Sven Birkerts on the power of looking. Read by Sam Dresser

Sven Birkerts 24 May 2013
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General Philosophy

Illustration by Stephen Collins

I still love Kierkegaard

Happy birthday Kierkegaard, we need you now. Julian Baggini on his lasting relevance. Read by Sam Dresser

Julian Baggini 06 May 2013
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Philosophy

Fifth grade students engage in Yoga during a class  at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School in Encinitas, Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Corbis

Is yoga a religion?

Are you flexible enough to worship the sun? Erik Davis reads his essay on yoga's role in America's culture wars

Erik Davis 03 May 2013
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