The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast
The Partially Examined Life is a podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a short text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion. For links to the texts we discuss and other info, check out We also feature episodes from other podcasts by our hosts to round out your partially examined life, including Pretty Much Pop (, covering all media), Nakedly Examined Music (, deconstructing songs), Philosophy vs. Improv (, fun with performance skills and philosophical ideas), and (sub)Text (, looking deeply at lit and film). Learn about more network podcasts at

Victor Krummenacher and Jonathan Segel join Mark and Wes to discuss songwriting and authenticity in the age of Internet consumerism. This episode prefigured Mark's Nakedly Examined Music podcast.

Includes a preview of the Aftershow featuring more musicians including ex-Camper Chris Molla.

End songs: "The Bastards Never Show Themselves" by the Monks of Doom and Mike Wilson's "RG."

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Philosophically considering the ancient Greek tragedy, which we also performed with Lucy Lawless and Paul Provenza. Listen to Part One first or get the two parts combined without ads. Attend the aftershow on 6/28 at 3pm Eastern. Please visit
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Philosophically considering the ancient Greek tragedy, which we also performed with Lucy Lawless and Paul Provenza.

End song: "Woe Is Me" (live, 2002) by Madison Lint.

Features a preview of the Aftershow, feat. Wes and host Danny Lobell.

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An unrehearsed, fun read-through of the Greek Tragedy from 441 BCE, plus some discussion with the cast of Greek drama, our selected translation, and other stuff. Enjoy!

PEL Citizens can get an ad-free, extended version.

End song: "Antigone (Choragos Speaks)" by Mark Lint. Read about it.

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Continuation of our discussion of dream interpretation in "On Dreams" (1902). What can dreams tell us about the mind? Listen to Part One first. Sponsor: (enter code PEL)

For Wes Alwan's Freud summaries, go here:

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