Bring out the marching band, episode one of the brand new British philosophy podcast, The Philosofa, is now available online at www.philosofa.org.
If you like the Partially Examined Life then you will love this podcast.
The Philosofa discusses the practical, real-world significance of abstract philosophical problems, balancing a fine-line between wit and wisdom along the way. Its purpose - to let the grizzly philosophy bear out of its cage and unleash it on a frightened public.
The format is a playful yet penetrating parley between panellists. Each episode the hosts, comedians Omar Hamdi and Helen Arney, introduce the philosophical quandary of the day. They are joined in the studio by an academic philosopher, who offers his or her expertise, and at least two other guests from beyond the academy, who give their own perspectives and discuss the ways in which the topic is important and applies within their own fields.
Discussions are witty and off-the-cuff, whilst still being edifying and insightful. No prior knowledge needed. The podcast is aimed as much at the philosophical fledgling as at the most wise and wizened of initiates.
In the first and latest episode, the glorious Omar and Helen are joined by philosopher and Nietzsche scholar, Professor Ken Gemes of Birkbeck University; and veteran TV producer and author of, Into the Woods, a bestselling book about how narratives work, John Yorke.
Go to www.philosofa.org/episodes to download, tune-in and enjoy!