Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Voting for the lesser of two evils

Illustration of the "which way" concept, with a businessman standing on an arrow sign with two opposite directional signs and a question mark over his head.

Getty Images
Which way concept, businessman standing on an arrow sign with two opposite directional sign.

"The lesser of two evils" is a phrase we hear a lot during election cycles. Why is that? This hour, we look to philosophy, the polls, and forensic psychiatry to explore the meaning of this idiom.


  • Lakshya Jain: Partner at the election analysis website
  • Julia Maskivker: Professor of Political Theory and Political Science at Rollins College in Florida. She wrote the book “The Duty to Vote.”
  • Dr. Michael Welner: Forensic psychiatrist and chairman of The Forensic Panel

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

The Colin McEnroe Show is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode!

Subscribe to The Noseletter, an email compendium of merriment, secrets, and ancient wisdom brought to you by The Colin McEnroe Show.

Colin McEnroe and Dylan Reyes contributed to this show.

Stay Connected
Carolyn McCusker helps produce The Colin McEnroe Show. She loves making true radio stories and listening to fake ones. In the past, she’s worked for NPR and WNYC, and she’s glad to be back at CT Public after interning in 2019. Carolyn can be reached at [email protected].