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May 20, 2019
#157 — What Does the Mueller Report Really Say?
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Benjamin Wittes about both volumes of the Mueller Report. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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77 min
May 13, 2019
#156 — The Evolution of Culture
In the episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about his new book, "Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only contentatsamharris.org/subscribe.
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97 min
April 29, 2019
#155 — Mental Models
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Shane Parrish about some of the mental models that should guide our thinking and behavior. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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121 min
April 25, 2019
#154 — What Do Jihadists Really Want? (2019)
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads from an issue of Dabiq, the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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54 min
April 15, 2019
#153 — Possible Minds
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris introduces John Brockman's new anthology, "Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI," in conversation with three of its authors: George Dyson, Alison Gopnik, and Stuart Russell. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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229 min
March 27, 2019
#152 — The Trouble with Facebook
In the episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Roger McNamee about his book Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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113 min
March 18, 2019
#151 — Will We Destroy the Future?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nick Bostrom about the problem of existential risk. They discuss public goods, moral illusions, the asymmetry between happiness and suffering, utilitarianism, "the vulnerable world hypothesis," the history of nuclear deterrence, the possible need for "turnkey totalitarianism," whether we're living in a computer simulation, the Doomsday Argument, the implications of extraterrestrial life, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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102 min
March 12, 2019
#150 — The Map of Misunderstanding
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Daniel Kahneman at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. They discuss the replication crisis in science, System 1 and System 2, where intuitions reliably fail, expert intuitions, the power of framing, moral illusions, anticipated regret, the asymmetry between threats and opportunities, the utility of worrying, removing obstacles to wanted behaviors, the remembering self vs the experiencing self, improving the quality of gossip, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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121 min
March 4, 2019
#149 — The Problem of Addiction
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sally Satel about addiction. They discuss whether addiction should be considered a disease, the opiate epidemic in the U.S., the unique danger of fentanyl, the politicization of medicine, PTSD, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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92 min
February 5, 2019
#148 — Jack Dorsey
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jack Dorsey about how he manages his dual CEO roles at Square and Twitter, the role that Twitter plays in journalism, how it’s different from other social media, what makes a conversation healthy, the logic by which Twitter suspends people, the argument for kicking Trump off the platform, Jack’s practice of meditation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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86 min
January 28, 2019
#147 — Stephen Fry
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Stephen Fry about comedy, atheism, political correctness, meditation, ambition, empathy, psychedelics, Christopher Hitchens, Stephen's experience of manic depression, and much else. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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120 min
January 16, 2019
#146 — Digital Capitalism
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Rushkoff about the state of the digital economy. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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98 min
January 2, 2019
#145 — The Information War
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Renee Diresta about Russia's "Internet Research Agency" and its efforts to amplify conspiracy thinking and partisan conflict in the United States. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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80 min
December 20, 2018
The Drive Interview with Peter Attia
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Peter Attia about meditation and the nature of mind. They discuss types of meditation, the difference between pain and suffering, the difference between joy and wellbeing, the half-life of negative emotions, thinking and dreaming, the power of culture, the power of language, letting go of anger, MDMA, loving one's enemies, moral luck, the ethics of lying, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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174 min
December 7, 2018
#144 — Conquering Hate
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Deeyah Khan about her groundbreaking films "Jihad" and "White Right." They discuss her history as a target of religious intolerance, her adventures with neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, the similarities between extremist groups, the dangers of political correctness, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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148 min
November 21, 2018
#143 — The Keys to the Mind
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Derren Brown about his work as a "psychological illusionist." They discuss the power of hypnosis, the power of expectations, the usefulness of Stoic philosophy, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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101 min
November 13, 2018
#142 — Addiction, Depression, and a Meaningful Life
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Johann Hari about his books "Chasing the Scream" and "Lost Connections." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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106 min
November 5, 2018
#141— Is #MeToo Going Too Far?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rebecca Traister about her new book "Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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100 min
October 30, 2018
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 think about defining right from wrong, and reason’s role in it all. This is an episode of The TED Interview, a new podcast from TED. It's available wherever you get your podcasts. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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67 min
October 17, 2018
#140 — Burning Down the Fourth Estate
In this episode of the Making Sense 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 case, the viability of a political center, the 2020 Presidential election, the Russia investigation, our vanishing attention span, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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106 min
October 3, 2018
#139 — Sacred & Profane
In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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102 min
September 25, 2018
Introducing the Waking Up Course
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris introduces the Waking Up Course. More information can be found at WakingUp.com. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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10 min
September 20, 2018
#138 — The Edge of Humanity
In this episode of the Making Sense 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 world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism, the implications of AI and automation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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115 min
September 10, 2018
#137 — Safe Space
In this episode of the Making Sense 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 in “call out” culture, how we should define bigotry, systemic racism, the paradox of progress, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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86 min
August 30, 2018
#136 — Digital Humanism
In this episode the Making Sense 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, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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62 min
August 20, 2018
#135 — Navigating Sex and Gender
In this episode of the Making Sense 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. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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88 min
July 29, 2018
#134 — Beyond the Politics of Race
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Coleman Hughes about race, racism, and identity politics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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106 min
July 18, 2018
#133 — Globalism on the Brink
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ian Bremmer about the failure of globalism and rise of populism. They discuss immigration, trade, automation, wealth inequality, Trump, identity politics and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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64 min
July 9, 2018
#132 — Freeing the Hostages
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Chris Voss about his experience as a hostage negotiator for the FBI. They discuss different types of hostage crises, along with many of the lessons that apply to negotiating in normal life. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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67 min
July 3, 2018
#131 — Dictators, Immigration, #MeToo, and Other Imponderables
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Masha Gessen about Vladimir Putin, the problem of gauging public opinion in Russia, Trump's fondness for dictators, the challenges of immigration, comparisons between Christian and Muslim intolerance, "fake news" and the health of journalism, the #MeToo movement, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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82 min
June 19, 2018
#130 — Universal Basic Income
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with presidential candidate Andrew Yang about "universal basic income" (UBI). They discuss the state of the economy, the rise of automation and AI, the arguments for and against UBI, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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65 min
June 12, 2018
#129 — An Insider’s View of Medicine
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Dr. Nina Shapiro about the practice of medicine. They discuss the unique resiliency of children, the importance of second opinions, bad doctors, how medical training has changed in recent years, medical uncertainty, risk perception, vaccine safety, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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73 min
June 4, 2018
#128 — Transformations of Mind
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Geoffrey Miller about evolutionary psychology. They discuss sexual selection, virtue signaling, social media, public shaming, monogamy and polyamory, taboo topics in science, genetic engineering, gender differences and the “Google memo,” moral psychology, existential risk, AI, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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156 min
May 28, 2018
#127 — Freedom from the Known
In this episode the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Michael Pollan about his new book “How to Change Your Mind.” They cover the the resurgence of interest in psychedelics in clinical practice and end-of-life care, the “betterment of well people,” the relationship between thinking and mental suffering, the differences between psychedelics and meditation, the non-duality of consciousness, the brain’s “default mode network,” their experiences with various psychedelics, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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79 min
May 8, 2018
#126 — In Defense of Honor
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast Sam Harris speaks with Tamler Sommers about cultures of honor. They discuss the difference between honor and dignity, “justice porn,” honor killings, honor and interpersonal violence, prison and gang culture, collective responsibility and collective punishment, retributive vs restorative justice, the ethics of forgiveness and redemption, #metoo, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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121 min
May 1, 2018
#125 — What Is Christianity?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks to Bart Ehrman about his experience of being a born-again Christian, his academic training in New Testament scholarship, his loss of faith, the most convincing argument in defense of Christianity, the status of miracles, the composition of the New Testament, the resurrection of Jesus, the nature of heaven and hell, the book of Revelation, the End Times, self-contradictions in the Bible, the concept of a messiah, whether Jesus actually existed, Christianity as a cult of human sacrifice, the conversion of Constantine, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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111 min
April 21, 2018
#124 — In Search of Reality
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sean Carroll about our understanding of reality. They discuss consciousness, the many worlds view of quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, free will, facts and values, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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106 min
April 9, 2018
#123 — Identity & Honesty
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ezra Klein, Editor-at-Large for Vox Media, about racism, identity politics, intellectual honesty, and the controversy over his podcast with Charles Murray (Making Sense #73).  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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125 min
April 3, 2018
#122 — Extreme Housekeeping Edition
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris responds to the ongoing controversy over his interview with Charles Murray and discusses his upcoming conversation with Ezra Klein. He also announces a change he will be making to the format of the podcast. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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43 min
March 25, 2018
#121 — White Power
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Christian Picciolini about his experience as a neo-Nazi skinhead. They discuss how Christian got out of the movement, the limits of shame and forgiveness, the cult-like dynamics of white supremacy, the alt-Right, Russian support for white supremacy in the US, “fake news”, the significance of Charlottesville, the SPLC, and many other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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140 min
March 19, 2018
#120 — What Is and What Matters
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rebecca Goldstein and Max Tegmark about the foundations of human knowledge and morality. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
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114 min
March 12, 2018
#119 — Hidden Motives
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robin Hanson about our hidden motives in everyday life. They discuss selfishness, hypocrisy, norms and meta-norms, cheating, deception, self-deception, education, the evolutionary logic of conversation, social status, signaling and counter-signaling, common knowledge, AI, and many other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.  
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137 min
February 27, 2018
# 118 — The View from Trumpistan
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Preet Bharara about President Trump and the Russia investigation.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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67 min
February 19, 2018
#117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Niall Ferguson about his new book "The Square and the Tower." They discuss his career as a writer, networks and hierarchies, how history gets written, the similarity between the 16th century and the 21st, the role of social media in the 2016 Presidential election, the influence of advertising on the public sphere, Trump, the Russian investigation, Islamic extremism, counterfactuals, what would have happened if Clinton had won the presidency, immigration in Europe, conspiracy theories, capitalism, globalization, communism, wealth inequality, universal basic income, Henry Kissinger, the prospect of a US war with China, cyberwar, and other topics.  You support the Making Sense podcast at SamHarris.org/subscribe.   
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113 min
February 9, 2018
The Russell Brand Interview
This episode of the Making Sense podcast features an interview that Sam did with Russell Brand on the Under the Skin podcast. They speak about religion, terrorism, politics, meditation, psychedelics, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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121 min
February 6, 2018
#116 — AI: Racing Toward the Brink
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eliezer Yudkowsky about the nature of intelligence, different types of AI, the "alignment problem," IS vs OUGHT, the possibility that future AI might deceive us, the AI arms race, conscious AI, coordination problems, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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127 min
January 29, 2018
#115 — Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, and Matt Dillahunty (1)
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Lawrence Krauss and Matt Dillahunty about the threat of nuclear war, Christian support for Trump, science and a universal conception of morality, the role of intuition in science, the primacy of consciousness, the nature of time, free will, the self, meditation, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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91 min
January 22, 2018
#114 — Politics and Sanity
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum and Andrew Sullivan about the Trump presidency, hyper-partisanship, how democracies fail, immigration, the lowering life expectancy in the U.S., racism, social media, the opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, religion, what a healthy politics might look like, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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134 min
January 9, 2018
#113 — Consciousness and the Self
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anil Seth about the scientific study of consciousness, where consciousness emerges in nature, levels of consciousness, perception as a “controlled hallucination,” emotion, the experience of “pure consciousness,” consciousness as “integrated information,” measures of “brain complexity,” psychedelics, different aspects of the “self,” conscious AI, and many other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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185 min
January 2, 2018
#112 — The Intellectual Dark Web
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Weinstein and Ben Shapiro about the breakdown of shared values, the problem with identity politics, religion, free will, the primacy of reason, and many other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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130 min
December 28, 2017
#111 — The Science of Meditation
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson about the current scientific understanding of meditation practice. They speak about the original stigma associated with meditation, the history of introspection in eastern and western cultures, the recent collaboration between Buddhism and western science, the difference between altered states and altered traits, an alternate conception of mental health, “meta-awareness,” the relationship between mindfulness and “flow,” the difference between pain and suffering, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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85 min
December 23, 2017
#110 — The Change Artist
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with AJ Jacobs about religion, gossip, polyamory, health advice, our past and future selves, “radical honesty,” human genealogy, tribalism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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109 min
December 19, 2017
#109— Biology and Culture
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Bret Weinstein about the moral panic at Evergreen State College, the concept of race, genetic differences between human populations, intersectionality, sex and gender, “metaphorical truth,” religion and “group selection,” equality, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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128 min
December 14, 2017
#108 — Defending the Experts
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tom Nichols about his book The Death of Expertise. They discuss the “Dunning-Kruger Effect,” the growth of knowledge and reliance on authority, when experts fail, the repudiation of expertise in politics, conspiracy thinking, North Korea, Trump, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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90 min
December 6, 2017
#107 — Is Life Actually Worth Living?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Benatar about his philosophy of “anti-natalism." They discuss the asymmetry between the good and bad things in life, the ethics of existential risk, the moral landscape, the limits and paradoxes of introspection, the “experience machine” thought experiment, population ethics, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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113 min
November 29, 2017
#106 — Humanity 2.0
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jennifer Doudna about the gene-editing technology CRISPR/cas9. They talk about the biology of gene editing, how specific tissues in the body can be targeted, the ethical implications of changing the human genome, the importance of curiosity-driven science, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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44 min
November 20, 2017
#105 — Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty
The following conversation between Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty was recorded at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on November 2, 2017. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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97 min
November 15, 2017
#104 — The Lessons of Death
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Frank Ostaseski about death and dying—and about how the awareness of death can improve our lives in each moment. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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67 min
November 9, 2017
#103 — American Fantasies
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kurt Andersen about the American aptitude for unfounded belief, the religious lunacy of the Puritans, populist mistrust of authority, the link between postmodernism and religious fundamentalism, the unique history of American religious entrepreneurship, the Trump phenomenon, the effect of fame on politics, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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67 min
October 30, 2017
#102 — Is Buddhism True?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robert Wright about his book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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122 min
October 17, 2017
#101 — Defending the Republic
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Cass Sunstein about the polarization and fragmentation of American society, “choice architecture,” the importance of face-to-face interactions for problem solving, group polarization and identity politics, virtuous extremism, the wisdom of crowds, direct democracy, the limits of free speech, the process of Presidential impeachment, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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77 min
October 9, 2017
#100 — Facing the Crowd
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about mob behavior, moral panics, and current threats to free speech. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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99 min
October 6, 2017
The "After On" Interview
This episode of the Making Sense podcast features an interview that Sam Harris did with Rob Reid on the After On podcast. They speak about publishing, psychedelics, terrorism, meditation, free speech and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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107 min
September 28, 2017
#99 — What Happened to Liberalism?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Mark Lilla about the fate of political liberalism in the United States, the emergence of a new identity politics, the role of class in American society, wealth inequality, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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76 min
September 21, 2017
#98 — Into the Dark Land
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Siddhartha Mukherjee about his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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67 min
September 15, 2017
#97 — The Impossible War
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their latest film, The Vietnam War. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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61 min
September 10, 2017
#96 — The Nature of Consciousness
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Thomas Metzinger about the scientific and experiential understanding of consciousness. They also talk about the significance of WWII for the history of ideas, the role of intuition in science, the ethics of building conscious AI, the self as an hallucination, how we identify with our thoughts, attention as the root of the feeling of self, the place of Eastern philosophy in Western science, and the limitations of secular humanism. You can support the Making Sense podcast at samharris.org/support.
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112 min
September 5, 2017
#95 — What You Need to Know About Climate Change
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Joseph Romm about how the climate is changing and how we know that human behavior is the primary cause. They discuss why small changes in temperature matter so much, the threats of sea-level rise and desertification, the best and worst case scenarios, the Paris Climate Agreement, the politics surrounding climate science, and many other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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124 min
August 29, 2017
#94 — The Future of Intelligence
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Max Tegmark about his new book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. They talk about the nature of intelligence, the risks of superhuman AI, a nonbiological definition of life, the substrate independence of minds, the relevance and irrelevance of consciousness for the future of AI, near-term breakthroughs in AI, and other topics.   You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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85 min
August 21, 2017
#93 — Identity & Terror
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Murray about identity politics, the rise of white nationalism, the events in Charlottesville, guilt by association, the sources of western values, the problem of finding meaning in a secular world, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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87 min
August 16, 2017
#92 — The Limits of Persuasion
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Pizarro and Tamler Sommers about free speech on campus, the Scott Adams podcast, the failings of the mainstream media, moral persuasion, moral certainty, the ethics of abortion, Buddhism, the illusion of the self, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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140 min
August 9, 2017
#91 — The Biology of Good and Evil
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robert Sapolsky about his work with baboons, the opposition between reason and emotion, doubt, the evolution of the brain, the civilizing role of the frontal cortex, the illusion of free will, justice and vengeance, brain-machine interface, religion, drugs, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe. 
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98 min
August 6, 2017
#90 — Living With Violence
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gavin de Becker about the primacy of human intuition in the prediction and prevention of violence. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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134 min
July 25, 2017
#89 — On Becoming a Better Person
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Brooks about his book The Road to Character, the importance of words like “sin” and "virtue," self-esteem vs. self-overcoming, the significance of keeping promises, honesty, President Trump, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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52 min
July 21, 2017
#88 — Must We Accept a Nuclear North Korea?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Mark Bowden about the problem of a nuclear-armed North Korea. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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68 min
July 19, 2017
#87 — Triggered
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Scott Adams debate the character and competence of President Trump. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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137 min
July 14, 2017
#86 — From Cells to Cities
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Geoffrey West about how biological and social systems scale, the significance of fractals, the prospects of radically extending human life, the concept of “emergence” in complex systems, the importance of cities, the necessity for continuous innovation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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124 min
July 7, 2017
#85 — Is this the End of Europe?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Murray about his book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.  
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88 min
July 1, 2017
#84 — Landscapes of Mind
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kevin Kelly about why it’s so hard to predict future technology, the nature of intelligence, the “singularity,” artificial consciousness, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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99 min
June 23, 2017
#83 — The Politics of Emergency
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Fareed Zakaria about his career as a journalist, Samuel Huntington's "clash of civilizations," political partisanship, Trump, the health of the news media, the connection between Islam and intolerance, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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84 min
June 15, 2017
#82 — The End of the World According to ISIS
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Graeme Wood about his experience reporting on ISIS, the myth of online recruitment, the theology of ISIS, the quality of their propaganda, the most important American recruit to the organization, the roles of Jesus and the Anti-Christ in Islamic prophecy, free speech and the ongoing threat of jihadism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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97 min
June 9, 2017
#81 — Leaving Islam
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Sarah Haider about her organization Ex-Muslims of North America, how the political Left is confused about Islam, "rape culture" under Islam, honesty without bigotry, stealth theocracy, immigration, the prospects of reforming Islam, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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105 min
June 4, 2017
#80 — The Unraveling
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum about political partisanship, recent security leaks, Trump's foreign policy, the Russia investigation, Kathy Griffin's joke, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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56 min
May 29, 2017
#79 — The Road to Tyranny
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Timothy Snyder about his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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75 min
May 26, 2017
#78 — Persuasion and Control
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Zeynep Tufekci about "surveillance capitalism," the Trump campaign's use of Facebook, AI-enabled marketing, the health of the press, Wikileaks, ransomware attacks, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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89 min
May 22, 2017
#77 — The Moral Complexity of Genetics
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Siddhartha Mukherjee about the human desire to understand and manipulate heredity, the genius of Gregor Mendel, the ethics of altering our genes, the future of genetic medicine, patent issues in genetic research, controversies about race and intelligence, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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101 min
May 18, 2017
#76 — The Path to Impeachment
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anne Applebaum and Juliette Kayyem about the unfolding Russia scandal in the White House. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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79 min
May 12, 2017
#75 — Ask Me Anything 7
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about the illusion of the self, his podcast with Charles Murray, the future of brain-machine interfaces, his BJJ practice, reasoning with the extreme Left, mindfulness and parenting, his experience of going back to school after a long break, transgenderism, increasing one’s vocabulary, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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58 min
May 6, 2017
#74 — What Should We Eat?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gary Taubes about his career as a science journalist, the difficulty of studying nutrition and public health scientifically, the growing epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the role of hormones in weight gain, the controversies surrounding his work, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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120 min
April 23, 2017
#73 — Forbidden Knowledge
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Charles Murray about the controversy over his book "The Bell Curve," the validity and significance of IQ as a measure of intelligence, the problem of social stratification, the rise of Trump, universal basic income, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.  
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137 min
April 17, 2017
#72 — Privacy and Security
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with General Michael V. Hayden about the reality of spying, the difference between the NSA and the CIA, the ethics of secrecy, Edward Snowden, the Russian Hacking of the 2016 US Presidential election, and other topics.  You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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38 min
April 14, 2017
#71 — What Is Technology Doing to Us?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the arms race for human attention, the ethics of persuasion, the consequences of having an ad-based economy, the dynamics of regret, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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105 min
April 10, 2017
#70 — Beauty and Terror
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with physicist Lawrence Krauss about the utility of public debates, the progress of science, confusion about the role of consciousness in quantum mechanics, the present danger of nuclear war, the Trump administration, the relative threats of Christian theocracy and Islamism, and realistic fears about terrorism. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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132 min
March 24, 2017
#69 — The Russia Connection
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anne Applebaum about Russia's meddling in the U.S. Presidential election and Trump's troubling affinity for Vladimir Putin. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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81 min
March 19, 2017
#68 — Reality and the Imagination
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about meditation, the need for stories, the power of technology to erase the boundary between fact and fiction, wealth inequality, the problem of finding meaning in a world without work, religion as a virtual reality game, the difference between pain and suffering, the future of globalism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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80 min
March 13, 2017
#67 — Meaning and Chaos
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson discuss science, religion, archetypes, mythology, and the perennial problem of finding meaning in life. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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109 min
March 1, 2017
#66 — Living with Robots
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Kate Darling about the ethical concerns surrounding our increasing use of robots and other autonomous systems. Kate Darling is a leading expert in robot ethics. She’s a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Kate is also a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Yale Information Society Project, and is an affiliate at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. She explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and public policy. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Kate has a background in law & economics and intellectual property.   You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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64 min
February 20, 2017
#65 — We're All Cucks Now
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum about the presidency of Donald Trump. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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69 min
February 16, 2017
#64 — Ask Me Anything 6
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about his conversation with Jordan Peterson, the reaction to Milo Yiannopoulos at U.C. Berkeley, the “Muslim ban,” the echo chamber of social media, Trump’s lies, the value of the humanities, the ethics of ending aging, whether consciousness can be an illusion, evolution and morality, free speech and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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86 min
January 31, 2017
#63 — Why Meditate?
In this episode the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Joseph Goldstein answer questions about the practice of mindfulness. They discuss the nature negative emotions, the importance of ethics, the concept of enlightenment, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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106 min
January 21, 2017
#62 — What is True?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Jordan B. Peterson about freedom of speech and the nature of truth. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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135 min
January 15, 2017
#61 — The Power of Belief
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with author Lawrence Wright about al-Qaeda & ISIS, Arab culture, 9/11 conspiracy theories, the migrant crisis in Europe, Scientology, parallels between L. Ron Hubbard and Donald Trump, the Satanic cult panic, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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125 min
January 10, 2017
#60 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (2)
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins at a live event in Los Angeles (second of two). They discuss Richard’s experience of having a stroke, the genetic future of humanity, the analogy between genes and memes, the “extended phenotype,” Islam and bigotry, the biology of race, how to find meaning without religion, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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83 min
January 5, 2017
#59 — Friend & Foe
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Maajid Nawaz about the Southern Poverty Law Center, Robert Spencer, Keith Ellison, moderate Muslims, Shadi Hamid’s notion of “Islamic exceptionalism," the migrant crisis in Europe, foreign interventions, Trump, Putin, Obama’s legacy, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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116 min
December 27, 2016
#58 — The Putin Question
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Garry Kasparov about the problem of waning American power, the rise of Putin, the coming presidency of Donald Trump, computer chess, the future of artificial intelligence, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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90 min
December 19, 2016
#57 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (1)
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Richard Dawkins at a live event in Los Angeles (first of two). They cover religion, Jurassic Park, artificial intelligence, elitism, continuing human evolution, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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93 min
December 12, 2016
#56 — Abusing Dolores
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Paul Bloom about empathy, meditation studies, morality, AI, Westworld, Donald Trump, free will, rationality, conspiracy thinking, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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139 min
December 6, 2016
#55 — Islamism vs Secularism
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Shadi Hamid about the power of religious belief, the failure of the Left, Islamist democracy, free speech, profiling, white nationalism, Obama’s foreign policy and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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156 min
December 1, 2016
#54 — Trumping The World
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with journalist James Kirchick about the coming Trump presidency, liberalism vs illiberalism, fake news, Russia, Syria, Iran, and the future of American power. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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81 min
November 24, 2016
#53 — The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with computer scientist Stuart Russell about the challenge of building artificial intelligence that is compatible with human well-being. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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75 min
November 16, 2016
#52 — Finding Our Way in the Cosmos
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with physicist David Deutsch about the foundations of knowledge, the moral landscape, possible futures for conscious beings, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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107 min
November 10, 2016
#51 — The Most Powerful Clown
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks about the results of the 2016 presidential election and the prospects of a President Trump. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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29 min
November 2, 2016
#50 — The Borders of Tolerance
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ayaan Hirsi Ali about Islamism, the migrant crisis in Europe, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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58 min
October 26, 2016
#49 — The Lesser Evil
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Andrew Sullivan about the 2016 presidential election. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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137 min
October 21, 2016
#48 — What Is Moral Progress?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher Peter Singer about the foundations of morality, expanding the circle of our moral concern, politics, free speech, conspiracy thinking, Edward Snowden, the importance of intentions, WWII, euthanasia, eating “happy cows,” and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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117 min
October 6, 2016
#47 — The Frontiers of Political Correctness
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gad Saad about political correctness, academic taboos, Islam, immigration, Donald Trump, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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108 min
September 28, 2016
#46 — The End of Faith Sessions 3
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the third chapter of "The End of Faith." Topics covered: Christianity, Judaism, the Inquisition, witchcraft, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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65 min
September 13, 2016
#45 — Ask Me Anything 5
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about how 9/11 changed his life, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, free will, why he podcasts, Milo and the alt-Right, identity politics, Clinton vs. Trump, vegetarianism, and the Hannibal Buress episode. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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80 min
August 29, 2016
#44 — Being Good and Doing Good
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Oxford philosopher William MacAskill about effective altruism, moral illusions, existential risk, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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130 min
August 17, 2016
#43 — What Do Jihadists Really Want?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads from the latest issue of "Dabiq," the magazine of ISIS, and discusses the beliefs and goals of jihadists worldwide. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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48 min
August 9, 2016
#42 — Racism and Violence in America
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to economist Glenn C. Loury about racism, police violence, the Black Lives Matter movement, and related topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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126 min
August 1, 2016
#41 — Faith in Reason
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Eric Weinstein about the relationship between faith and reason and about some of the factors that make conversations on important topics so difficult. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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142 min
July 12, 2016
#40 — Complexity & Stupidity
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to biologist David Krakauer about information, complex systems, and the future of humanity. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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102 min
July 4, 2016
#39 — Free Will Revisited
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher Daniel Dennett about free will. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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103 min
June 15, 2016
#38 — The End of Faith Sessions 2
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the second chapter of "The End of Faith." However, the first hour of this podcast focuses on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the political implications of the recent terrorist attack in Orlando. Discussion of The End of Faith begins at 1:04:30. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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95 min
May 31, 2016
#37 — Thinking in Public
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about the public understanding of science, his career as an educator, political atheism, racism, artificial intelligence, alien life, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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104 min
May 2, 2016
#36 — What Makes Us Safer?
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with a leading expert on homeland security about the war on terror, profiling, Islamism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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82 min
April 25, 2016
#35 — The End Of Faith Sessions 1
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the first chapter of "The End of Faith." You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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120 min
April 18, 2016
#34 — The Light of the Mind
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher David Chalmers about the nature of consciousness, the challenges of understanding it scientifically, and the prospect that we will one day build it into our machines. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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104 min
March 26, 2016
#33 — Ask Me Anything 4
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about the recent attacks in Brussels, dealing with anxiety, the science of immortality, fame, liberalism, the Golden Age of Islam, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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58 min
March 12, 2016
#32 — The Best Podcast Ever
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to Omer Aziz about Islam, Islamism, free speech, and related topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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210 min
March 9, 2016
#31 — Evolving Minds
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris responds to Omer Aziz and Salon magazine, and then speaks with Jonathan Haidt about the scientific study of morality, the problem of political correctness, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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91 min
March 6, 2016
#30 — Inside the Crucible
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris briefly revisits the Apple-FBI controversy and then speaks with Michael Weiss about ISIS and the ongoing civil war in Syria.  You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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98 min
February 24, 2016
#29 — Throw Open the Gates
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris responds to criticism of his views on the Apple-FBI controversy and then speaks with Maryam Namazie about friendly fire among secularists, profiling, the immigration crisis in Europe, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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119 min
February 20, 2016
#28 — Meat Without Misery
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris offers a few more thoughts on Clinton vs Sanders, as well as on the ethics of strong encryption. He then speaks with Uma Valeti, cardiologist and CEO of Memphis Meats, about the future of food production.  You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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48 min
February 13, 2016
#27 — Ask Me Anything 3
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about free will, meditation, Noam Chomsky, the illusion of the self, Clinton vs. Sanders, the de-platforming of Richard Dawkins, wealth inequality, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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70 min
January 19, 2016
#26 — The Logic of Violence
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with retired Navy SEAL and author, Jocko Willink. They discuss U.S. foreign policy, war, human evil, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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104 min
January 14, 2016
#25 — Behind the Gun
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with former SWAT operator and lead weapons and tactics instructor for the LAPD Metro Division, Scott Reitz. They discuss guns, gun control, police violence, and related topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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103 min
January 4, 2016
#24 — Ask Me Anything 2
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris answers questions from listeners about Islamism, free will, honesty, vegetarianism, why he doesn’t publish more in academic journals, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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92 min
December 21, 2015
#23 — Islam and the Future of Tolerance (Audiobook Excerpts)
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris introduces the audio edition of his book with Maajid Nawaz, "Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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69 min
December 16, 2015
#22 — Surviving the Cosmos
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris talks to physicist David Deutsch about the reach and power of human knowledge, the future of artificial intelligence, and the survival of civilization. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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112 min
November 22, 2015
#21 — On the Maintenance of Civilization
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with author Douglas Murray about Islamism, liberalism, civil society, and the migrant crisis in Europe. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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131 min
November 15, 2015
#20 — Still Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris reflects on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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23 min
October 8, 2015
#19 — The Riddle Of The Gun (Revisited)
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris discusses his views about guns and gun control in light of a recent mass shooting. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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95 min
September 23, 2015
#18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You...)
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with MIT cosmologist Max Tegmark about the foundations of science, our current understanding of the universe, and the risks of future breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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85 min
September 16, 2015
#17 — What I Really Think About Profiling
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris responds to misrepresentations of his views (again). You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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12 min
August 26, 2015
#16 — The Dark Side
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom talk about Donald Trump, torture, trophy hunting, and other terrors. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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93 min
August 11, 2015
#15 — Questions Along the Path
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Joseph Goldstein discuss the practice of meditation and answer questions that came from listeners in response to their first conversation, "The Path and the Goal." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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98 min
July 29, 2015
#14 — The Virtues of Cold Blood
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Paul Bloom about the limitations of empathy as a guide to moral reasoning. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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89 min
July 21, 2015
#13 — The Moral Gaze
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with the filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer about his remarkable documentaries, "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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70 min
July 3, 2015
#12 — Leaving the Church
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Fred Phelps of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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73 min
June 27, 2015
#11 — Shouldering the Burden of History
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris and Dan Carlin (host of the Hardcore History and Common Sense podcasts) discuss American interventionism, the war on terror, and related topics. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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126 min
May 19, 2015
#10 — Faith vs. Fact
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris interviews biologist Jerry Coyne about his new book, "Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible." You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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65 min
May 15, 2015
#9 — Final Thoughts On Chomsky
Sam Harris reflects on his failure to have a productive conversation with Noam Chomsky. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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10 min
April 24, 2015
#8 — Ask Me Anything 1
In this episode of the Making Sense Podcast, Sam Harris talks about atheism, artificial intelligence, rape, public speaking, meditation, consciousness, free will, intellectual honesty, and other topics.
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69 min
March 25, 2015
#7 — Through the Eyes of a Cult
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris discusses the Heaven's Gate suicide cult and argues that we all have something important to learn from them about the power of belief. You can support the Making Sense podcast at samharris.org/support.
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28 min
February 18, 2015
#6 — The Chapel Hill Murders and 'Militant' Atheism
Sam Harris responds to the charge that "militant" atheism is responsible for the murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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24 min
January 22, 2015
#5 — After Charlie Hebdo and Other Thoughts
Sam Harris answers reader questions in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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39 min
October 28, 2014
#4 — The Path and the Goal
In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Joseph Goldstein about the practice of meditation. You can support the Making Sense podcast at samharris.org/support.
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124 min
August 21, 2014
#3 — WAKING UP — Chapter One
This is the complete first chapter of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris. To purchase the audiobook: http://amzn.to/1v1NEIK To purchase the print edition: http://amzn.to/1mqiAKL You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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87 min
July 27, 2014
#2 — Why Don't I Criticize Israel?
In the wake of the recent war in Gaza, many readers have asked "Why don't you criticize Israel?" Here is my response. You can read an annotated transcript of this podcast at: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/why-dont-i-criticize-israel   You can support the Making Sense Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.
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16 min
June 5, 2014
#1 — Drugs And The Meaning Of Life
The full text of this essay can be read here: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/drugs-and-the-meaning-of-life You can support the Making Sense podcast at samharris.org/support.
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20 min
November 12, 2013
How to talk to a Christian
This is an edited excerpt from remarks that Sam Harris made in a debate with a Christian apologist at Notre Dame University in 2011. The full debate can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqaHXKLRKzg
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7 min
September 26, 2013
Looking for the Self (26 Minutes)
This is a 26-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.
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26 min
September 26, 2013
Mindfulness Meditation (9 Minutes)
This is a 9-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.
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8 min
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