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# 118 — The View from Trumpistan

1:09:15 | Feb 27th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Preet Bharara about President Trump and the Russia investigation.  You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/subscribe. Supporters get exclusive access to Sam's AMA episode...Show More

#117 — Networks, Power, and Chaos

2:03:10 | Feb 19th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 ce...Show More

#152 — The Trouble with Facebook

1:53:30 | Mar 27th

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.

#103 — American Fantasies

1:11:23 | Nov 9th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 fundam...Show More

#90 — Living With Violence

4:20:03 | Aug 6th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#87 — Triggered

2:17:32 | Jul 19th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Scott Adams debate the character and competence of President Trump. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#71 — What Is Technology Doing to Us?

1:48:29 | Apr 14th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 suppo...Show More

#107 — Is Life Actually Worth Living?

1:56:09 | Dec 6th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 limit...Show More

#149 — The Problem of Addiction

1:32:00 | Mar 4th

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 medi...Show More

#148 — Jack Dorsey

1:26:10 | Feb 5th

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jack Dorsey about how he manages his dual CEO roles at Square and Twitter, the role that Twitter places in journalism, how it’s different from other social media, what makes a conversation health...Show More

#144 — Conquering Hate

2:41:50 | Dec 7th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 suprem...Show More

#127 — Freedom from the Known

1:21:54 | May 28th, 2018

In this episode the Waking Up 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 pe...Show More

The Russell Brand Interview

2:01:01 | Feb 9th, 2018

This episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podca...Show More

#116 — AI: Racing Toward the Brink

2:10:52 | Feb 6th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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, consc...Show More

#109— Biology and Culture

2:09:01 | Dec 19th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 tru...Show More

#106 — Humanity 2.0

48:20 | Nov 29th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#104 — The Lessons of Death

1:08:00 | Nov 15th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

#89 — On Becoming a Better Person

58:17 | Jul 25th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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, Presi...Show More

#73 — Forbidden Knowledge

2:18:08 | Apr 23rd, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 ...Show More

#141— Is #MeToo Going Too Far?

1:48:51 | Nov 5th, 2018

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." You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/...Show More

#125 — What Is Christianity?

1:51:41 | May 1st, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Christi...Show More

#123 — Identity & Honesty

2:11:56 | Apr 9th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 (Waking Up #73).  You can supp...Show More

#121 — White Power

2:31:18 | Mar 25th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 whit...Show More

#120 — What Is and What Matters

1:55:47 | Mar 19th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Rebecca Goldstein and Max Tegmark about the foundations of human knowledge and morality. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subsc...Show More

#119 — Hidden Motives

2:21:57 | Mar 12th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#113 — Consciousness and the Self

3:06:11 | Jan 9th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 experienc...Show More

#111 — The Science of Meditation

1:27:53 | Dec 28th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#108 — Defending the Experts

1:38:20 | Dec 14th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 exp...Show More

#102 — Is Buddhism True?

2:13:03 | Oct 30th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

#100 — Facing the Crowd

1:41:20 | Oct 9th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about mob behavior, moral panics, and current threats to free speech. You can support the Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

#98 — Into the Dark Land

1:09:51 | Sep 21st, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#97 — The Impossible War

1:01:30 | Sep 15th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their latest film, The Vietnam War. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#95 — What You Need to Know About Climate Change

2:06:52 | Sep 5th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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-...Show More

#93 — Identity & Terror

1:29:33 | Aug 21st, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#91 — The Biology of Good and Evil

1:38:14 | Aug 9th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 fre...Show More

#88 — Must We Accept a Nuclear North Korea?

1:09:08 | Jul 21st, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Mark Bowden about the problem of a nuclear-armed North Korea. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#86 — From Cells to Cities

2:09:37 | Jul 14th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#81 — Leaving Islam

1:45:50 | Jun 9th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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, ...Show More

#79 — The Road to Tyranny

1:19:40 | May 29th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Timothy Snyder about his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.

#52 — Finding Our Way in the Cosmos

1:49:08 | Nov 16th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samh...Show More

#19 — The Riddle Of The Gun (Revisited)

1:35:54 | Oct 8th, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up Podcast, Sam Harris discusses his views about guns and gun control in light of a recent mass shooting. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#153 — Possible Minds

3:49:04 | Apr 15th

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 ...Show More

#151 — Will We Destroy the Future?

1:42:36 | Mar 18th

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 h...Show More

#150 — The Map of Misunderstanding

2:01:58 | Mar 12th

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 f...Show More

#147 — Stephen Fry

2:00:21 | Jan 28th

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. ...Show More

#146 — Digital Capitalism

1:40:25 | Jan 16th

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Rushkoff about the state of the digital economy. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

#145 — The Information War

1:20:20 | Jan 2nd

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 Waking Up Podcast and receiv...Show More

The Drive Interview with Peter Attia

2:54:06 | Dec 20th, 2018

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 negati...Show More

#143 — The Keys to the Mind

1:52:35 | Nov 21st, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 ca...Show More

#142 — Addiction, Depression, and a Meaningful Life

1:56:28 | Nov 13th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Johann Hari about his books "Chasing the Scream" and "Lost Connections." You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

The TED Interview

1:07:05 | Oct 30th, 2018

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? Cultura...Show More

#140 — Burning Down the Fourth Estate

1:56:53 | Oct 17th, 2018

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, ...Show More

#139 — Sacred & Profane

2:03:48 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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. You can support th...Show More

Introducing the Waking Up Course

10:25 | Sep 25th, 2018

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris introduces the Waking Up Course. More information can be found at WakingUp.com.

#138 — The Edge of Humanity

2:06:26 | Sep 20th, 2018

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 o...Show More

#137 — Safe Space

1:36:03 | Sep 10th, 2018

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 ca...Show More

#136 — Digital Humanism

1:03:37 | Aug 30th, 2018

In this episode 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 econo...Show More

#135 — Navigating Sex and Gender

1:30:09 | Aug 20th, 2018

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...Show More

#134 — Beyond the Politics of Race

1:56:02 | Jul 29th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Coleman Hughes about race, racism, and identity politics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.

#133 — Globalism on the Brink

1:14:12 | Jul 18th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 sup...Show More

#132 — Freeing the Hostages

1:17:33 | Jul 9th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 l...Show More

#131 — Dictators, Immigration, #MeToo, and Other Imponderables

1:33:50 | Jul 3rd, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Musl...Show More

#130 — Universal Basic Income

1:08:51 | Jun 19th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 oth...Show More

#129 — An Insider’s View of Medicine

1:16:31 | Jun 12th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 rece...Show More

#128 — Transformations of Mind

2:38:00 | Jun 4th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 en...Show More

#126 — In Defense of Honor

2:11:38 | May 8th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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, ...Show More

#124 — In Search of Reality

1:58:09 | Apr 21st, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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....Show More

#122 — Extreme Housekeeping Edition

43:56 | Apr 3rd, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#115 — Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, and Matt Dillahunty (1)

1:40:10 | Jan 29th, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 p...Show More

#114 — Politics and Sanity

2:18:45 | Jan 22nd, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 opi...Show More

#112 — The Intellectual Dark Web

2:15:47 | Jan 2nd, 2018

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 suppo...Show More

#110 — The Change Artist

1:53:19 | Dec 23rd, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up po...Show More

#105 — Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Matt Dillahunty

1:38:04 | Nov 20th, 2017

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 Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/support.

#101 — Defending the Republic

1:22:11 | Oct 17th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 an...Show More

The "After On" Interview

1:47:58 | Oct 6th, 2017

This episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podca...Show More

#99 — What Happened to Liberalism?

1:17:37 | Sep 28th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 top...Show More

#96 — The Nature of Consciousness

1:54:22 | Sep 10th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 s...Show More

#94 — The Future of Intelligence

1:28:59 | Aug 29th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 defin...Show More

#92 — The Limits of Persuasion

2:20:49 | Aug 16th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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, B...Show More

#85 — Is this the End of Europe?

1:28:33 | Jul 7th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Douglas Murray about his book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#84 — Landscapes of Mind

1:43:09 | Jul 1st, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up...Show More

#83 — The Politics of Emergency

1:24:44 | Jun 23rd, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 ...Show More

#82 — The End of the World According to ISIS

1:45:46 | Jun 15th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 org...Show More

#80 — The Unraveling

1:00:12 | Jun 4th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up p...Show More

#78 — Persuasion and Control

1:29:50 | May 26th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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.

#77 — The Moral Complexity of Genetics

2:12:35 | May 22nd, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 ...Show More

#76 — The Path to Impeachment

1:20:21 | May 18th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Anne Applebaum and Juliette Kayyem about the unfolding Russia scandal in the White House. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#75 — Ask Me Anything 7

58:15 | May 12th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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, mindfuln...Show More

#74 — What Should We Eat?

2:07:24 | May 6th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 h...Show More

#72 — Privacy and Security

38:47 | Apr 17th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#70 — Beauty and Terror

2:17:14 | Apr 10th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#69 — The Russia Connection

1:22:05 | Mar 24th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at SamHarris.org/suppor...Show More

#68 — Reality and the Imagination

1:32:12 | Mar 19th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 ...Show More

#67 — Meaning and Chaos

1:49:53 | Mar 13th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson discuss science, religion, archetypes, mythology, and the perennial problem of finding meaning in life. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#66 — Living with Robots

1:06:59 | Mar 1st, 2017

In this Episode of the Waking Up 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 th...Show More

#65 — We're All Cucks Now

1:09:59 | Feb 20th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Frum about the presidency of Donald Trump.  You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#64 — Ask Me Anything 6

1:26:47 | Feb 16th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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, t...Show More

#63 — Why Meditate?

1:46:06 | Jan 31st, 2017

In this episode the Waking Up 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 ...Show More

#62 — What is True?

2:15:42 | Jan 21st, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Jordan B. Peterson about freedom of speech and the nature of truth.   You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#61 — The Power of Belief

2:07:36 | Jan 15th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 S...Show More

#60 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (2)

1:23:23 | Jan 10th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#59 — Friend & Foe

1:56:24 | Jan 5th, 2017

In this episode of the Waking Up 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, fore...Show More

#58 — The Putin Question

1:31:34 | Dec 27th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 top...Show More

#57 — An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (1)

1:36:57 | Dec 19th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 ...Show More

#56 — Abusing Dolores

2:19:42 | Dec 12th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podca...Show More

#55 — Islamism vs Secularism

2:36:23 | Dec 6th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 c...Show More

#54 — Trumping The World

1:21:48 | Dec 1st, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking U...Show More

#53 — The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence

1:15:53 | Nov 24th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris....Show More

#51 — The Most Powerful Clown

30:10 | Nov 10th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks about the results of the 2016 presidential election and the prospects of a President Trump.   You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#50 — The Borders of Tolerance

58:54 | Nov 2nd, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ayaan Hirsi Ali about Islamism, the migrant crisis in Europe, and other topics.   You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#49 — The Lesser Evil

2:26:59 | Oct 26th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Andrew Sullivan about the 2016 presidential election.   You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#48 — What Is Moral Progress?

1:57:42 | Oct 21st, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 inte...Show More

#47 — The Frontiers of Political Correctness

1:51:45 | Oct 6th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gad Saad about political correctness, academic taboos, Islam, immigration, Donald Trump, and other topics.   You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#46 — The End of Faith Sessions 3

1:05:39 | Sep 28th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up po...Show More

#45 — Ask Me Anything 5

1:20:28 | Sep 13th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 t...Show More

#44 — Being Good and Doing Good

2:10:21 | Aug 29th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Oxford philosopher William MacAskill about effective altruism, moral illusions, existential risk, and other topics.   You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#43 — What Do Jihadists Really Want?

48:45 | Aug 17th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#42 — Racism and Violence in America

2:06:27 | Aug 9th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#41 — Faith in Reason

2:24:03 | Aug 1st, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podc...Show More

#40 — Complexity & Stupidity

1:42:59 | Jul 12th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks to biologist David Krakauer about information, complex systems, and the future of humanity. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#39 — Free Will Revisited

1:44:13 | Jul 4th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with philosopher Daniel Dennett about free will. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#38 — The End of Faith Sessions 2

2:39:34 | Jun 15th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 terroris...Show More

#37 — Thinking in Public

1:44:30 | May 31st, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#36 — What Makes Us Safer?

1:22:47 | May 2nd, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#35 — The End Of Faith Sessions 1

2:00:53 | Apr 25th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reads and discusses the first chapter of "The End of Faith." You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#34 — The Light of the Mind

1:44:45 | Apr 18th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 ca...Show More

#33 — Ask Me Anything 4

58:11 | Mar 26th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#32 — The Best Podcast Ever

3:31:28 | Mar 12th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks to Omer Aziz about Islam, Islamism, free speech, and related topics. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#31 — Evolving Minds

1:57:56 | Mar 9th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Wak...Show More

#30 — Inside the Crucible

1:49:22 | Mar 6th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#29 — Throw Open the Gates

2:07:02 | Feb 24th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 top...Show More

#28 — Meat Without Misery

1:07:10 | Feb 20th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 prod...Show More

#27 — Ask Me Anything 3

1:10:15 | Feb 13th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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...Show More

#26 — The Logic of Violence

1:45:28 | Jan 19th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#25 — Behind the Gun

1:43:59 | Jan 14th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 suppo...Show More

#24 — Ask Me Anything 2

1:32:58 | Jan 4th, 2016

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samh...Show More

#23 — Islam and the Future of Tolerance (Audiobook Excerpts)

1:12:06 | Dec 21st, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#22 — Surviving the Cosmos

1:53:24 | Dec 16th, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samh...Show More

#21 — On the Maintenance of Civilization

2:11:54 | Nov 22nd, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with author Douglas Murray about Islamism, liberalism, civil society, and the migrant crisis in Europe. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#20 — Still Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon

23:41 | Nov 15th, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris reflects on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#18 — The Multiverse & You (& You & You & You...)

1:26:30 | Sep 23rd, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 suppor...Show More

#17 — What I Really Think About Profiling

13:12 | Sep 16th, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris responds to misrepresentations of his views (again). You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#16 — The Dark Side

1:38:17 | Aug 26th, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Paul Bloom talk about Donald Trump, torture, trophy hunting, and other terrors. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#15 — Questions Along the Path

1:39:33 | Aug 11th, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up...Show More

#14 — The Virtues of Cold Blood

1:30:30 | Jul 29th, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with psychologist Paul Bloom about the limitations of empathy as a guide to moral reasoning. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#13 — The Moral Gaze

1:10:58 | Jul 21st, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#12 — Leaving the Church

1:14:29 | Jul 3rd, 2015

In this episode, Sam Harris speaks with Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Fred Phelps of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#11 — Shouldering the Burden of History

2:07:47 | Jun 27th, 2015

In this episode, 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#10 — Faith vs. Fact

1:06:32 | May 19th, 2015

In this episode, Sam Harris interviews biologist Jerry Coyne about his new book, "Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible."

#9 — Final Thoughts On Chomsky

10:47 | May 15th, 2015

Sam Harris reflects on his failure to have a productive conversation with Noam Chomsky.

#8 — Ask Me Anything 1

1:09:47 | Apr 24th, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up Podcast, Sam Harris talks about atheism, artificial intelligence, rape, public speaking, meditation, consciousness, free will, intellectual honesty, and other topics.

#7 — Through the Eyes of a Cult

30:46 | Mar 25th, 2015

In this episode of the Waking Up 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 Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support...Show More

#6 — The Chapel Hill Murders and 'Militant' Atheism

24:47 | Feb 18th, 2015

Sam Harris responds to the charge that "militant" atheism is responsible for the murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina.

#5 — After Charlie Hebdo and Other Thoughts

39:36 | Jan 22nd, 2015

Sam Harris answers reader questions in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

#4 — The Path and the Goal

2:04:36 | Oct 28th, 2014

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Joseph Goldstein about the practice of meditation. You can support the Waking Up podcast at samharris.org/support.

#3 — WAKING UP — Chapter One

1:26:37 | Aug 21st, 2014

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 Waking Up podcast at ...Show More

#2 — Why Don't I Criticize Israel?

16:44 | Jul 27th, 2014

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

How to talk to a Christian

07:50 | Nov 12th, 2013

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

Looking for the Self (26 Minutes)

26:14 | Sep 26th, 2013

This is a 26-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.

Mindfulness Meditation (9 Minutes)

08:54 | Sep 26th, 2013

This is a 9-minute mindfulness meditation, led by Sam Harris. For more information visit www.samharris.org.