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Philosophy faculty member featured in recent Hi-Phi Nation podcast

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—Dr. Christopher Bartel, an associate professor of philosophy at Appalachian State University, has contributed to “The Cops of Pop,” the fifth episode of “Hi-Phi Nation,” a story- and sound-driven podcast about philosophy.

“Cops of Pop,” which first aired Feb. 21, is available online at It explores the aesthetics of popular music, using two records from 1983 as a starting point.

One of Bartel’s specialty areas is the philosophy of music.

Hosted and produced by Dr. Barry Lam, an associate professor of philosophy at Vassar College, “Hi-Phi Nation” focuses on the philosophical examination of ideas that arise from ordinary and remarkable stories of human life. It aims to be an audio documentary in the vein of “This American Life,” a popular public radio program.

The first episode of “Hi-Phi Nation” aired Jan. 24. The podcast’s first season will conclude in April, having aired 10 episodes on such topics as war, religion, gender and public policy.

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The Department of Philosophy and Religion invites students to explore the world, examine beliefs, understand a diversity of worldviews, and challenge the ideas and values that instruct our lives. The department offers a B.A. in philosophy and a B.A. in religious studies, as well as a minor in both of these areas. It also offers a concentration for education majors. Learn more at

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Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.