SuchThatCast is a podcast dedicated to getting to know some of the most influential philosophers (broadly speaking) of today. It seeks to provide an alternative to most other philosophy podcasts (many of which are excellent), by taking the form of a face-to-face conversation (I will never do a phone/skype interview) where the guest is free (and encouraged) to share information about themselves that may not be appropriate in other forums: this includes stories about their unique and often unconventional career paths, seminal events and figures in their lives, undeveloped ideas and generally whatever they are passionate about.
The inspiration for the podcast comes from having attended numerous conference pub crawls, which is when the outrageous stories and philosophies often come out – and I just felt that it was a shame that these incredible stories would be restrained to these events (in particular, Terrell Ward Bynum’s story about when he met Bertrand Russell was the decisive factor – hopefully to be documented on the podcast one day).
The podcast is also inspired by some of the early pioneers of this medium, in particular Kevin Smith’s SmodCast, and Marc Maron’s WTF. Their style of podcasting does not only place the guest in the foreground, but also (over time) creates a relationship between the host and the listener that is rarely found in more “serious” podcasts. This is certainly something I want to translate into a philosophical setting, which is why I really appreciate any form of feedback you may have (unless you’re a troll).
The name of the podcast may sound obscure at first, but it is inspired by the way in which logicians bind variables, to entities (what is unique about you) and domains (what do we have in common) — which is often expressed in the form of “there is an x such that x is y” or “For every x there is a y such that x loves y”. Basically, the title expresses my hope of binding stories, properties and opinions to these individuals.
Please confer Such That Who for more information about your humble host.