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The Colosseum
Air Dates:
  • March 30, 2019
  • December 23, 2017
  • November 20, 2016

There's a lot of hand-wringing these days about the American Empire. Is it doomed to come crashing down the way the Roman Empire did?Read more

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World
Air Dates:
  • March 30, 2019
  • June 02, 2018
  • October 14, 2017

Amidst economic devastation, producer Charles Monroe-Kane asks what it takes to survive in the Rust Belt.Read more

A ship on the rocks
Air Dates:
  • March 23, 2019
  • July 28, 2018
  • December 23, 2017

Who really runs the world? Presidents and prime ministers, or CEOs and bankers? And who’s responsible when everything falls apart?Read more

into the internet
Air Dates:
  • March 23, 2019

They say "don't feed the trolls" — but why should sexist and racist trolls get to own the web? Was it built for them, or for all of us?Read more

Playing jazz
Air Dates:
  • March 16, 2019
  • June 16, 2018
  • November 11, 2017

There's a new kind of music packing nightclubs with young fans. It's jazz — but not the sound of your grandparents' supper club. Infused with hip hop and other popular musical forms, jazz is being remade.Read more

Closet attack
Air Dates:
  • March 16, 2019

Whether you know it or not, your closets are filled with personal information. Do you think about what are you saying with your clothes?Read more

A ray of hope
Air Dates:
  • March 09, 2019
  • August 11, 2018

Why is the world so damn cynical? Rather than surrendering to corrosive, hopeless snark, we look to some unexpected sources to make the case for sincerity.Read more

CC BY-SA 2.0
Air Dates:
  • March 09, 2019
  • April 14, 2018
  • November 20, 2016

Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What's next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy?Read more

Crochet hyperbolic plane (by Anitra Menning), from the "Crochet Coral Reef" project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring.
Air Dates:
  • March 02, 2019
  • May 05, 2018
  • October 07, 2017

For centuries, mathematicians have been looking for the deep design, the mathematical code to explain everything from microorganisms to spacetime. But it’s a dangerous quest.Read more

border
Air Dates:
  • March 02, 2019

Today, borders are a political flashpoint. But in a highly connected world, does the idea of a national border even make sense anymore?Read more

vinyl is back
Air Dates:
  • February 23, 2019
  • March 24, 2018
  • April 09, 2017

Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s something more. But analog is back in style.Read more

The wonderful human body
Air Dates:
  • February 23, 2019

Sometimes, we take our body for granted. But even the everyday things it can do – keep our heart beating, fight off illness – are pretty extraordinary. Do you know what your body can do?Read more

ate that cake
Air Dates:
  • February 16, 2019
  • June 23, 2018

It creeps into everything: guilt that we're not good enough, fit enough, smart enough. As we peruse Instagram, all we see is the perfection of others reflecting our own failures back at us. Why do we spend so much time feeling guilty? Should we?Read more

So very tired by work
Air Dates:
  • February 16, 2019
  • June 09, 2018
  • November 18, 2017

Across professions, half of Americans surveyed say they’re exhausted from work. More and more of us feel scrambled, tired and drained. Are we facing daily lives more prone to burnout? And what can we do about it?Read more

The flurry of creative forces around the brain.
Air Dates:
  • February 09, 2019

Where does creativity come from? And what exactly is going on in your brain when the Muse descends?Read more

The Majestic Theater in Madison
Air Dates:
  • February 09, 2019
  • February 10, 2018
  • February 26, 2017

What can science reveal about lust, romance, and compassion?Read more

Cacao beans
Air Dates:
  • February 02, 2019
  • June 30, 2018

What if the guiding principle we used in cooking, eating and growing food was love? From an Iranian-American kitchen to the chocolate forests of Ecuador, we explore new ways to express deep flavors and personal identity through food and cooking.Read more

Wolf in Yellowstone
Air Dates:
  • February 02, 2019
  • January 27, 2018
  • August 06, 2017

While their domesticated cousins sleep on our beds, Congress debates wild wolves’ survival. This hour, we’ll explore our complicated relationship with our canine cousins, and the feelings they evoke – fear, hatred, and also love.  Read more

Man in virtual reality
Air Dates:
  • January 30, 2019
  • October 26, 2017

Remember virtual reality? Back in the 1990’s, it was going to be the technology of the future.  Today, it’s here. But we're still figuring out what to do with it.Read more

Writing the future
Air Dates:
  • January 26, 2019

Every so often, a new literary movement coalesces. A new generation of writers finds a voice. This time they’re young, gifted, and Native American.Read more

Paramount Theatre in Newark, NJ
Air Dates:
  • January 26, 2019
  • March 31, 2018
  • October 21, 2017

Home entertainment options have never been richer, but public places like movie theaters and performance spaces are suffering. What do we lose when everyone stays home?Read more

Prison bars
Air Dates:
  • January 19, 2019
  • April 28, 2018
  • June 24, 2017

Most of us will never know what really happens behind bars. Prisons are generally off limits to the public and press, but several new investigations are drawing attention to the conditions in many of our nation's jails. This hour, what should a prison be?...Read more

The women who rule (this hour)
Air Dates:
  • January 19, 2019
  • June 09, 2018

Where do you go to find models of powerful women? The ancient world was full of them, real and mythic, but today we barely know their names. Why? This week we rediscover the women of ancient myths and legends.Read more

Teens march in Madison on March 14, one month since a deadly shooting in Parkland, FL.
Air Dates:
  • January 12, 2019
  • March 17, 2018

A chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to shape the world.Read more

Putting off the work
Air Dates:
  • January 12, 2019
  • December 30, 2017
  • January 03, 2016

Procrastination can be an occasional bad habit, but it can also be a lot worse. It can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety. Today, we try to answer the question, Why do we put things off and how can we stop?

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Abstaining from alchohol in January?
Air Dates:
  • January 05, 2019
  • January 04, 2018
  • January 01, 2017

Ah, January. Season of diets and fasts and cleanses, of "Drynuary" and "Veganuary." Why does being virtuous always seem to mean giving up pleasure?Read more

Final curtain
Air Dates:
  • January 05, 2019
  • May 19, 2018

If life is a play, what happens during the last act? What’s it like to live knowing you have a limited amount of time left?Read more

Octopus
Air Dates:
  • December 29, 2018
  • April 07, 2018

Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how an octopus or a parrot thinks? Also, the fascinating story of Charles Foster's attempt to act like a badger, when he lived in a hole in the ground and ate worms.Read more

The End
Air Dates:
  • December 29, 2018
  • December 30, 2017

We don’t handle endings well, in general. So this hour, let’s learn about how to make a good ending — whether leaving a lover, quitting a job, or getting ready for the end of life itself.Read more

Typewriter
Air Dates:
  • December 22, 2018
  • January 13, 2018
  • July 29, 2017

Psychologists say telling a good life story can make you happier. But do we also create an inauthentic version of ourselves if we turn everything into a narrative?Read more

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