Launched in August 2008, Public Ethics Radio features thinkers who engage with ethics in public life. It connects vibrant debates in philosophy with real-world politics, on issues such as military intervention, international trade, and political corruption.

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"The idea behind the show is to get careful thinking about political problems out into the world in a new way," says host Christian Barry. "Many of our discussions will be with people who call themselves philosophers, but we hope to be both intellectually rigorous and engaging for non-philosophers at the same time." PER's inaugural guest is the philosopher Thomas Pogge, followed by Leif Wenar on the resource curse, Jessica Wolfendale on so-called torture lite, and Larry Temkin on extending human lifespans.

"We've had some great assistance in putting the show together, both from the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, whose staff has enthusiastically supported this project, and from our sponsors," said Barry. "The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs has agreed to add Public Ethics Radio to its own podcast stream, and the superb German record label Kompakt has generously allowed us to use their music in our show. The producer Steve Rennicks has also composed some original music that appears in the show, and we thank him as well."

Public Ethics Radio is a production of the  Centre for Moral, Social, and Political Theory (CMSPT) in Canberra, Australia—the world's largest concentration of applied philosophers—in association with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City. Public Ethics Radio is hosted by Christian Barry and produced by Matt Peterson.

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Christian Barry
Global Ethics Fellow; Ethics & International Affairs Editorial Board

Matt Peterson
Managing Editor, World Politics Review

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