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The podcast of Liberties, a Journal of Culture and Politics.
LibertiesTalk will be an irregular series of wide-ranging conversations on culture and politics hosted by Celeste Marcus, the managing editor of Liberties. These lively discussions will feature our writers and the larger Liberties community.
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Twenty-Second Episode - Laura Kipnis
Laura Kipnis joins Celeste Marcus to discuss Laura's most recent essay for Liberties, "Gender: A Melee," in which she debunks the bad faith arguments and fear mongering which frequently plague conversations about gender. 
April 07, 2022
Twenty-First Episode - Richard Thompson Ford
Richard Thompson Ford joins Leon Wieseltier to discuss what the legacy of slavery can and cannot explain about America.
April 04, 2022
Twentieth Episode - Martha Nussbaum
Martha Nussbaum joins Leon Wieseltier for a conversation about the relationship between the body and the soul. 
March 10, 2022
Nineteenth Episode - Becca Rothfeld and Agnes Callard
Agnes Callard and Becca Rothfeld join Celeste Marcus to discuss the movie The Night Porter.
March 03, 2022
Eighteenth Episode - Leon Wieseltier
Leon Wieseltier and Celeste Marcus discuss the many dimensions of the horror in Ukraine. “If you want to deter such obscenities, and if you want to be able to resist such obscenities then you need to have a world view that will prepare you for such obscenities to occur.”
March 02, 2022
Seventeenth Episode - Holly Brewer
Holly Brewer joins Celeste Marcus to discuss the intellectual history of a pernicious racist idea contemporary scholars wrongly attributed to John Locke.  
February 01, 2022
Sixteenth Episode - Michael Kimmage
Michael Kimmage and Leon Wieseltier discuss the rhetoric of declinism which is both ubiquitous and inaccurate, its origins, and the dangers it poses.
January 24, 2022
Fifteenth Episode - Benjamin Moser
Benjamin Moser, in conversation with Leon Wieseltier and Celeste Marcus, argues that translation is a form of cultural appropriation that does not appropriate nearly enough.
December 22, 2021
Fourteenth Episode - Jewher Ilham
Jewher Ilham, Uyghur activist and the daughter of celebrated economist Ilham Tohti (now serving a life sentence in jail in China), joins Leon Wieseltier and Celeste Marcus to discuss the Uyghur Genocide. Jewher describes how the conditions for Uyghurs have changed in China over the past few decades, what the concentration camps are and what goes on in them, who her father is and what he was fighting for, and what the international community can and should be doing to help the Uyghurs. 
December 02, 2021
Thirteenth Episode - Agnes Callard
Agnes Callard joins Celeste Marcus to discuss the movie Winter Light (1963), faith, faithlessness, body hatred, and, of course, Ingmar Bergman. 
November 09, 2021
Twelfth Episode - Mamtimin Ala
Mamtimin Ala, a Uyghur activist and intellectual, talks with Celeste Marcus not only about the Uyghur genocide in China, but also about the syncretistic beauty and wealth of Uyghur tradition. Among the tragedies of the Uyghur story is that they are known most often for the horrors they now endure, and not for their vast, rich history. The Analysis of Uyghur culture - and Chinese culture - sheds much light on the origins of the current outrage.
September 20, 2021
Eleventh Episode - Michelle Dauphinais Echols
Michelle Dauphinais Echols talks with Celeste Marcus about the alleged rape and torture of her nine cousins, the Charbonneau sisters, at St. Paul's Indian School in the 1960s and 1970s. 
July 02, 2021
Tenth Episode - Becca Rothfeld
Becca Rothfeld and Celeste Marcus discuss Sanctimony Literature, the relationship between art and politics, and how to evaluate political art. 
June 09, 2021
Ninth Episode - Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha talks with Leon Wieseltier and Celeste Marcus about Modi's disastrous mishandling of the pandemic in India, the ensuing disaster, and the historical and political context for the current crisis.
May 19, 2021
Eighth Episode - Andrea Marcolongo
Andrea Marcolongo talks with Celeste Marcus about how the pandemic has altered her self-perception as a writer, and about what a writer's role is. 
May 04, 2021
Seventh Episode - Elliot Ackerman and Leon Wieseltier
Elliot Ackerman and Leon Wieseltier talk with Celeste Marcus about American foreign policy. Regarding the decision to pull all troops out of Afghanistan: "We'll either never think about this again or we'll think about this in eighteen months when Kabul falls to the Taliban and people are being executed in the streets and we have to answer for it in some way."
April 30, 2021
Sixth Episode - David Greenberg
David Greenberg talks with Celeste Marcus about the process of renaming public spaces and buildings, concerns about how such decisions are  made, and suggestions for how best to think about them.
April 25, 2021
Fifth Episode - Leon Wieseltier
Leon Wieseltier and Celeste Marcus discuss the catastrophe in Syria: "We’re commemorating two terrible things: the destruction of a country and a society by the worst imaginable means… and the failure of the United States to do a damn thing about it.”
April 16, 2021
Fourth Episode - Thomas Chatterton Williams
Thomas Chatterton Williams talks with Celeste Marcus about making sense of and participating in the vicissitudes of American culture from across the ocean in Paris. 
February 23, 2021
Third Episode - Shawn McCreesh
Shawn McCreesh talks with Celeste Marcus about what it was like to grow up in a suburb of Philadelphia ravaged by the opioid crisis.
January 18, 2021
Second Episode - Michael Ignatieff
Michael Ignatieff, rector of Central European University, chats with Celeste Marcus about what it was like to watch America desecrate its own sacred institutions from Europe, and what that desecration represents for the United States and the world.
January 14, 2021
First Episode - Leon Wieseltier
 Leon Wieseltier and Celeste Marcus talk about hope and fear, and how to keep our heads in all our crises. 
January 04, 2021