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Saying goodbye to the leap second, misinterpreting animism, and a look at verdicts

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This hour we explain why we're saying goodbye to the leap second.

This hour: why timekeepers are getting rid of the leap second, how animism is misinterpreted, and whether we should have a spectrum of verdicts beyond “guilty” and “not guilty.”


  • Judah Levine: Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado and a Physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Justine Buck Quijada: Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Wesleyan University
  • Barry Lam: Philosophy Professor at the University of California, Riverside, and Executive Producer of Hi-Phi Nation, a philosophy podcast

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.