For twelve years, I wrote The Ethicist for the New York Times. Now I’d like to produce a weekly ten-minute podcast akin to the column.
A Question of Ethics: the podcast
For twelve years, I wrote “The Ethicist” for the New York Times. Now I’d like to produce a weekly ten-minute podcast akin to that column.
In the Times column, I answered readers’ queries about their moral dilemmas: May I smuggle my own food into the movies? Must I tell my best friend that her husband is having an affair? Should I spend $3,000 on medical care for my cat even though many human beings lack real access to a doctor? In the podcast, I’ll respond to listener phonecalls about everyday ethics questions that bedevil us.
In the Times, I could respond only to a question put to me; I could not initiate the discussion. Listener questions will be at the heart of the podcast, but I’ll also be able to discuss the events of the day from an ethical perspective -- marriage equality, climate change, our nation’s bountiful supply of sex scandals -- even when no adulterous senator has sought my advice. For those segments, I’ll bring in savvy guests with interesting ideas.
The tone of the podcasts should be much like the column: serious but not somber, moral advice without a lot of damn moralizing.
I’m working with Media Syndication Services, a DC company that’s produced a lot of talk radio. They’ll handle the production and distribution, via iTunes and the like.
We hope to raise enough money to produce and distribute a ten-minute weekly podcasts for three months, giving us a chance to experiment with different kinds of segements. We think this could evolve into a weekly one-hour public radio program. Or perhaps a line of colorful sportswear or some delicious baked goods. We’ll go where it takes us.
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