Philosophy Talk asks about Identity Politics

Jul 15, 2016

Is Identity politics the problem or the solution to what divides us? 

Philosophy Talk asks about the Limits of Self-Knowledge

Jun 26, 2016

How reliable are the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves? 

Kristina Loring


Many spaces are designated for either men or women: bathrooms, clothing stores, hair salons. But some people don’t subscribe to being a man or a woman. This is true for Clem Breslin, who identifies as being genderqueer. 

Alyssa Kapnik Portraiture



We are always adjusting the way we sound. It especially depends on the social situation we are in. Linguists call it "code switching," a term originally used for people who would switch between two different languages like Spanish and English.

Philosophy Talk asks which you is the real you

Dec 4, 2015

Is there such a thing as 'one true self', or is the self merely a conglomerate of 'mini-selves' shaped by cultural and social forces?  

Philosophy Talk asks about living on through others

Nov 3, 2015

Could a “collective afterlife” through the lives of others be more important than the “personal afterlife” we're often preoccupied with?

Derek Bridges

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Philosophy Talk asks: Why believe in Reincarnation?

May 1, 2015

According to Buddhist tradition, all people must suffer illness, aging, and death. Yet the universe is seen as a vast living entity, in which cycles of individual life and death are repeated without cease. Therefore death is a necessary part of the process of life, making renewal and new growth possible. So what does this view mean about the eternality of the self? Is there a single subject or consciousness that persists through all the cycles of death and rebirth? What are the karmic consequences of one’s moral acts for future lives?

Commentary: Washington High School students on being "American"

Feb 6, 2013

Students at Washington High School in San Francisco’s outer Richmond neighborhood were recently asked to respond to the question: what was a time your identity mattered? KALW producers went out to Washington to hear their answers.

On today's Your Call, we’ll speak with the authors of Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women.  25 women share their stories of reconciling who they are with where they have come from.  One writes “I fear being forced to choose between two integral components of my identity: my faith and my sexuality.”  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here.  What are your stories of self-discovery in the conte