The 5 Best Podcasts on Ethics

The word Ethics is derived from the Greek word for character (ethos) and the Latin word for customs (mores). It is a word to describe how individuals interact with each other. Ethics is about what standards and virtues we uphold in our societies, from rights to justice. The origin of our beliefs have a lot to do with what we were taught when we were younger or what environment we use to justify that principle. It is necessary to examine one’s own values to make sure they are reasonable. A society’s ethical standards must be bolstered by consistent reason. Here is a list of 5 podcasts that consider the nature of ethics:

  1. The notion of moral responsibility can be impossible to find in an organization which is in and of itself, emotionless, however the assembly of people within that group can be morally and socially responsible if held accountable. This podcast is heavily complex to listen to, but makes a strong case for business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

  1. This is an interesting podcast series where we hear many different views on ethics within various professions. The voices we hear are primarily those of people in the 20’s and 30’s discussing everything from the ethics of archeology to the ethical issues surrounding athletic trainers. The variety of these podcasts presents a perspective that goes beyond social responsibility, it deconstructs the big picture so we can understand how ethics plays an important role in our everyday lives.

  1. This podcast tackles the issue of neuro-pharmacology (smart drugs and substances) taken by healthy people to enhance their performance, however, the assumption with this is that we know what is considered an improvement in the species. But a much greater concern is what kind of a society are we if we believe, for example, working excessively just because we can (with cognitive enhancement) is the right way to live. The serious ethical issue is that we don’t know the long term effects of these drugs, especially when children are given cognitive drugs.

  1. Meta ethics tries to understand what it means for something to be right or wrong. Is it an opinion or is it fact independent of your opinion? Ethics begins with an assumption of what is right or wrong and meta ethics discovers whether they are right or wrong. It is difficult to verify moral claims however, if you perceive that if morality of an act is judged by its consequences, then that can be a measure of verification. Can one be objective about morality? This podcast is incredibly interesting in discussing these ideas.

  1. This podcast examines the myth of ‘patient zero’, when one man was mistakenly blamed as the originator of HIV in North America. In storytelling, (and in this case, a media story) we always try to get to the bigger truths by taking liberties with smaller truths. There seems to be a culture that wants to find blame when we have an epidemic, so there is a search for a place of origin. This podcast considers the ethics surrounding our need to identify its source.

Ethics is one of the most important values one can hold, as from an early age we are told what is ‘fair’, and what ‘is not fair.’ To answer these questions or to teach these values to our future generations or even to ourselves, requires one to have a constant dialogue with others and attune ourselves to what is truly ethical in terms of its benefits for society as a whole.

Do you read a great blog about ethics that’s not on the list? Leave a comment on FB!

Larissa Gomes is a breast cancer survivor and single mom to her spirited baby boy! Originally from Toronto turned Angeleno, she has worked in roles from writer, actor and producer for well over a decade. In that time, she’s developed concepts, film and television screenplays, short stories, along with freelance articles, blogging and editing work.



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