Though a wide array of humans with pulses have been doling out their two cents since the Dawn of Time, no advisor has been held in such high ethical regard as, well, The Ethicist. Answering hundreds of queries ranging from the Seinfeld-ian mundane (BYOSnacks to the movies?) to the Shakespearian tragedy (BYOAffair to the marriage?), Ethicist Randy Cohen spent twelve years putting Dear ole Abby to shame with his column for the New York Times.
Cohen's raising funds on Kickstarter to launch a weekly ten-minute podcast responding to listeners' phone calls, discussing current events, and hosting an eclectic mix of guests. With a professional start in humor writing for magazines like the New Yorker and Harper's, and winning Emmy's for his work on Late Night With David Letterman, Cohen is a most light-hearted dude who promises "moral advice without a lot of damn moralizing." While that's typically hard to do, he's been doing it pretty damn well for over a decade.
We asked The Ethicist if he had any podcast samples we could share for a sneak preview of what's to come. To our pleasant dismay he replied (most ethically of course!) that he had no podcasts to share yet because the podcast really.is.what.he.is.raising.funds.for. BUT, he did share this recent Big Think video clip as a "lively alternative" to offer a feel for what he's up to. Check out Cohen's thoughts on the ethics of asymmetrical relationships (and/or his unrequited crush on Emmylou Harris).