Exploring the intersection where theory meets life.


Exploring the intersection where theory meets life.

Season 3

It’s the holidays! We LOVE the holidays. What are some of the ways we can enter more thoughtfully into this celebratory time, to take seriously embedded exhortations to be grateful, generous, and generative? Join us as we celebrate the season the best way we know how: by talking about all the things we think and love about it.

episode 17 - gratitude/guilt
Nov. 20, 2018

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we discuss Gratitude/Guilt and everyone's favorite proto emo boy, Friedrich Nietzsche. Jana is living her best fall life. Diane does not drink the bone broth.

We love you, Tom Hanks…


Season 2

Where does all this “stuff” come from? What are the first principles that guide/shape/instruct reality as we know it? We examine some of the (weird, interesting, crazy, thought-provoking) ways some of the great minds have described what makes the universe tick, with ideas from Aristotle, Sally Haslanger, and Albert Einstein, among others.

episode 16 - metaphysics interlude
Oct. 31, 2018

We close out our series on Metaphysics with a solo Jana interlude. We'll see you in a couple of weeks for the start of our holiday series. Go forth and do good!

Don’t forget to vote…

Episode 15 - mind/body
Oct. 17, 2018

Philosophical zombies are coming to eat your brains! It's the spookiest time of year, and we're discussing Mind/Body and the philosophy of David Chalmers. Jana and Diane compose piano duets and discover their next vacation destination. Bring back Qualia Fest!


Episode 14 - Space/Time
Oct. 3, 2018

With a little help from our very special guest, Chris Light, and a little help from Einstein (oh, that guy), we delve into the infinite mysteries of Space/Time. Jana and Chris are trapped in a time loop of Chicago-based television. Diane confronts her childhood space anxiety.

Listen in, but not simultaneously

Episode 13 - optimism/pessimism
Sept. 19, 2018

This episode we discuss Optimism/Pessimism and the philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Jana has beef with Isaac Newton. Diane is full of cake.

Be optimistic, give us a listen!…

episode 12 - endurance/purdurance/exdurance
Sept. 5, 2018

It's a triple threat episode as we examine Endurance/Perdurance/Exdurance (gesundheit!) with some help from Sally Haslanger. Jana is officially internet ordained. Diane is haunted by the '90s.

Holier than thou…

episode 11 - essential/accidental
Aug. 22, 2018

It's a philosophy throwdown as we discuss Essential/Accidental and two philosophers with opposing views. Will there be a rumble? Jana has a little too much fun in the sun. Diane empathizes with bread.

Put up your dukes…

episode 10 - actuality/potentiality
Aug. 8, 2018

This episode we spend a little more quality time with Aristotle as we dig into Actuality/Potentiality. Jana is really into the ceramic arts. Diane shares her love for song and dance.

Will we sing? You’ll have to find out…

episode 9 - beginning/end
July 25, 2018

We begin our new series on Metaphysics by discussing Aristotle and Beginning/End. Jana preps for a grand adventure. Diane provides tips for how to spot a super villain.

Let’s get OG philosophied…


Season 1

Our inaugural season focuses on what it means to be a free, will-full, responsible person in the world, and how we can use those ideas to become our most authentic selves. We examine contributions from Soren Kierkegaard, Martin Buber, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone deBeavoir, among others.

episode 8 - interlude (existentialism)
July 4, 2018

We pause for a moment as we officially close out our series on Existentialism. Next up, Metaphysics!

Take a breather…

episode 7 - self/no-self
June 20, 2018

Closing out our series on Existentialism, we take a look at Self/No-Self. Jana is a mermaid princess. Diane gets emotional about raccoons.

Come be part of our world…

episode 6 - social self/essential self
June 6, 2018

We unpack Social Self/Essential Self with a little help from the très chic Simone de Beauvoir. Jana cleans house. Diane tries to blend into the background.

Where’s Buster?…

episode 5 - Honesty/kindness
May 23, 2018

Cheerio, old chap! We discuss Honesty/Kindness and the philosophical musings of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury. Oooooo, fancy! Jana loves amicable collisions. Diane readies her smelling salts. Jana and Diane are both freaked out by old-timey puppets.

Onward, Jeeves! …

episode 4 - self/others
May 9, 2018

We explore the push and pull dynamic that is Self/Others. Jana and Kierkegaard have a love for the ages. Diane eats all the bagels.

Everything or blueberry…

episode 3 - social meaning/personal meaning
Apr. 25, 2018

This one gets pretty heavy, friends. We dive into Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning and explore Social Meaning/Personal Meaning. Jana practices her daily affirmations. Diane waits for her Hallmark movie lifestyle.

Affirm with us…

episode 2 - anxiety/peace
Apr. 11, 2018

Continuing our series on Existentialism, we discuss Anxiety/Peace and Sartre. Bad French accents abound. Jana is overwhelmed by jam. Diane contemplates chestnut trees.


episode 1 - authenticity/inauthenticity
Mar. 28, 2018

Season One of And/Or/Versus kicks off with our series on Existentialism and a discussion on Authenticity/Inauthenticity. Jana crushes hard on Kierkegaard. Diane is confused by romantic comedy tropes. 

Get authentified