The Detour

Exploring tough questions about how we live together

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The Detour is a monthly podcast and radio program from Oregon Humanities. In each episode, host Adam Davis and guests explore tough questions about how we live together. Conversations on The Detour connect ideas and personal experiences without looking for easy solutions. Here we find the path to understanding often takes unexpected turns.

The show takes its name from a passage by Hans Jonas in his essay “Tool, Image, and Grave”: “It is not only our relationship to the world that is indirect, but also our relationship to ourselves. We arrive at our own being only via the detour of ideas about it. Knowing of our mortality, we must live as a human being with a self-image that is by no means self-evident, but is the tentative result of questioning and speculation.”

The Detour is hosted by Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, and produced by Keiren Bond. Oregon Humanities connects people and communities through conversation, storytelling, and participatory programs to inspire understanding and collaborative change. We are an independent nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities and a statewide partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

We are happy to offer this show entirely free of charge to nonprofit and community radio stations. If you’d like to air The Detour on your station, please get in touch at The show has been featured on the following radio stations:

  • KBOG Bandon
  • KLCC Eugene
  • KMUZ Turner
  • KMWV Salem
  • KOCF Fern Ridge
  • KXCR Florence
  • KXRY Portland
  • KPRP Portland

The Detour is made possible by the support of Echo Fund and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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