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Episode 18. Prakash Sethi on Apple’s Labor Standards [FIXED]

[UPDATE: Reposted to fix audio problems] For a famously perfectionist company, the labor standards at Apple’s Chinese factories leave much to be desired. And yet, despite months of bad press, Apple’s sales show no sign of flagging. When the media … Continue reading

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Episode 18. Prakash Sethi on Apple’s Labor Standards

For a famously perfectionist company, the labor standards at Apple’s Chinese factories leave much to be desired. And yet, despite months of bad press, Apple’s sales show no sign of flagging. When the media focus dies out, what forces can … Continue reading

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Episode 17. Seth Lazar on Self-Defense in War

Why are soldiers allowed to kill in war? For philosophers who believe in what Seth Lazar calls the “new orthodoxy,” the answer is that soldiers can kill for the same reason anyone can kill: self-defense. War is just individual self-defense writ … Continue reading

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Episode 16. Samantha Brennan on Microinequalities

[UPDATED] In the West, women and men share equal status under the law. But in countless practical ways, women experience inequality on a daily basis. Why is it that a woman can lead a country, yet women are slower to … Continue reading

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Special Episode: Queens College Part II

This is the second half of our special episode featuring contributions by the students of Queens College. The students spent the semester in an upper-level philosophy class developing and recording short podcasts. In this two-part episode, we present those student-produced … Continue reading

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Special Episode: Queens College Part I

Welcome to a very special episode of Public Ethics Radio. This podcast is the result of a semester-long experiment conducted by a class of students at Queens College of the City University of New York. The students took an upper-level … Continue reading

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Episode 15. Joy Gordon on Iraq Sanctions

The United States has faced an uphill battle this summer in its attempts to impose international sanctions on Iran and North Korea. In this episode of Public Ethics Radio, we consider why it might not be such a bad thing … Continue reading

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Episode 14. Matthew Rimmer on Intellectual Property and Clean Technologies

Climate change exposes the trade-off inherent in intellectual property protection. Research and development is expensive; companies won’t invest in it if they don’t expect to profit. Traditionally, profits from new technologies are provided by the exclusive rights granted by the … Continue reading

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Episode 13. Sarah Holcombe on Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights

Western pharmaceutical and agricultural businesses have long recognized that there is money to be made from the traditional knowledge of local, indigenous communities. Sociologists and anthropologists also seek to gain—intellectually and academically—from conducting research on and with these communities. What … Continue reading

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Episode 12. Anne Phillips on Ownership and the Body

Is the human body a piece of property? We certainly object to the sale of whole human beings, but what about cases where a person merely wants to sell a part of her body? If I am free to donate … Continue reading

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