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Did we even have a choice to do this episode about free will?

A woman is inside a clear air bubble going across a river.
Christopher Furlong
Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
-Jawaharlal Nehru

This hour, we revisit the classic debate about whether or not we have free will.

Plus: Is there anything that makes you feel like you have free will more than a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book? We revisit the series … if you choose to listen, that is.



  • “Can’t Help Myself” by Four Tops
  • “You’re Made That Way” by Mavis Staples 
  • “Metacognition” by High School for the Recording Arts Los Angeles
  • “Make Your Own Kind of Music” by Cass Elliot 
  • “Choose your own adventure (Kyle Watson Remix)” by GoldFish

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Colin McEnroe and Dylan Reyes contributed to this show.

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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.