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  • All episodes of the PEL after show, Nightcap. Listen to the guys respond to listener email and chat more causally about their lives and the making of the show. Episodes include behind-the-scenes discussions of what we might be reading for future episodes, giving you the chance to weigh in on the options. 
  • All behind-the-paywall PEL episodes (i.e. episodes 16-84). 
  • Immediate access to ad-free versions of new episodes (including Parts 1 and 2 combined, with Part 2 a week before its public release date). 
  • Accurate transcripts (done by human beings) of newer episodes. (We'll be doing transcripts for episode 257 and after; and may gradually do transcripts for the back catalogue). 
  • Additional archive bonus content, including a Part 3 for some episodes, close readings, and more.
  • An exclusive RSS feed that you can use to get all Nightcap, bonus, and ad-free regular episodes via your favorite podcast app. 
  • Access to a Discord server for fan discussion. 
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  • Everything in the $5 tier.
  • Access to the actual notes for each new episode used by one of the hosts.
  • When there are at least 10 patrons in this tier: Exclusive monthly live one-hour Q&A with one or more of the guys via Zoom. 
  • Access to previously recorded Q&As (recorded via zoom, unedited).
  • Discounts on live events.
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  • Everything in the lower tiers.
  • Priority attendance/seating and discounts for live events (whether via Zoom or in person).
  • Priority consideration for feedback and episode requests.
  • When available: access to the notes we take in preparation for episodes.
  • An on-air thank you (message us to opt-in, and let us know if you'd like us to use just your first name or both first and last names). 
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About Partially Examined Life

The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Each episode, we pick a text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. You don't have to know any philosophy, or even to have read the text we're talking about to (mostly) follow and (hopefully) enjoy the discussion.

With more than 250 episodes, eleven years, and 36 million downloads behind us, we've established ourselves as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes. But creating these episodes takes a lot of work. Your donations allow us to keep making podcasts and other bonus content; support our blog; and help fund other efforts, such as live events and other projects under the PEL Podcast Network.
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Patreon supporters at the $5 or higher level will have access to all PEL Citizen Feed content: Ad-free versions of every episode, all Not School audio and other bonus recordings.

Some of these recordings will also be released to $1 and $3 subscribers.
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