iTunes Listener Rating: 5 Stars
Format: General Topics & Interviews
Hosts: Mark Linsenmayer
The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy 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 www.partiallyexaminedlife.com.
I have learned during my time in reviewing podcasts that there is a magic time frame for a podcast and the time for this podcast is not favorable to me. Shows of between 88 minutes and 144 minutes to me are too long. Sitting and listening to a podcast for almost two hours just does not fit my life. While the discussions are interesting, the discussions can tend to go a little above my head. A true philosopher would probably love this show and its format, but I found myself ready for the show to be over after 45 minutes. At one point I place my ear buds down and walked away for 15 or 20 minutes to come back and the discussion didn’t seem to have gone any further than it was when I left. I am sure there is a pretty good following for this site otherwise it would not have lasted over 100+ episodes, but this one is not for me. I invite you to listen and make your own judgement and if you disagree or agree with me leave your comments below.
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