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Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World

Center of the World
October 14, 2017

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

Crochet hyperbolic plane (by Anitra Menning), from the "Crochet Coral Reef" project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring.

Is the Universe a Number?
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.

A lone school desk

What is School For?
September 30, 2017

Why do we have schools? To build a workforce? To create democratic citizens? 

Swirls

Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life?
September 23, 2017

Psychedelic science is back — and they could help heal people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety.

Making notes

Rethinking The Reviewer
September 16, 2017

If everyone’s a critic online, does it mean that cultural criticism doesn’t matter anymore?

Photograph of Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 02/23/1945, National Archives

Why We War
September 09, 2017

Armed conflicts. Insurgencies. Civil Wars. Invasions. Syria. Iraq. Afghanistan. Nigeria. Ukraine. South Sudan. Gaza. Yemen. The world is at war. Why?

Your electronic best friend

Sentimentality for Silicon
September 02, 2017

Do you love your laptop? Feel affection for your phone? Some of us spend more time with our devices than our families. How deep do those attachments go?

Seeing the universe

Striving To See In A Vast, Invisible Universe
August 19, 2017

The latest total solar eclipse will cross the US for the first time in a hundred years. But besides chasing eclipses, how else can we see what's out there, beyond our skies?

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Imagining Climate Change
August 12, 2017

“The climate crisis is a crisis of culture and thus of imagination,” says writer Amitav Ghosh. So what changes in our conversation about global warming when we tap into the imaginative worlds of novelists and artists?

Wolf in Yellowstone

In The Company Of Wolves
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.  

home

Making A Home
December 04, 2016

Anyone who’s moved knows how difficult it can be to settle into a new place. Whether it’s another country or an apartment just down the block, it takes time and work to get comfortable. We’re living through a period of mass human migration, with people on the move all over the planet. This hour...

Saddam Hussein

Can An Evil Man Be A Decent Person?
July 30, 2017

How can someone be a monster — a brutal dictator, a mass murderer, a serial killer — and up close seem like a decent, caring person? What happens when you find yourself liking someone who’s done terrible things?

Typewriter

Telling A Life
October 23, 2016

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?

shame statue

Shame
July 23, 2017

Social media has brought us all closer together.  Sometimes that's a good thing.  But when it comes to online shaming, it's a bad thing. 

Sound and Color

The Art of Reinventing Yourself
July 16, 2017

Do you ever wish you could reinvent yourself? This hour, we hear from four noted artists who experienced pivotal turns in their own lives: artist Rashid Johnson, writer/photographer Teju Cole, singer Nikka Costa, and musician Michael Nesmith.


Get Happy
January 11, 2016

Can science tell you how to "get happy?"  This hour,  the psychology and history behind the very idea of happiness. 

airport protest

Do Protests Still Matter?
June 26, 2016

When you don't have a voice, when you feel like lawmakers just won't listen to you, protest is one way of capturing the world's attention. But does it work? 

Feet out the window

When Is A Road Trip Something More?
July 09, 2017

We take road trips and endless highways for granted, but there are other countries where people can pay a heavy price just for getting behind a wheel.

Twitterstorm of bots

The Real Ways That "Fake News" Shapes What We Believe
July 02, 2017

Everyone in your Facebook feed is falling for fake news–sharing it even when there's no way it can be true. But not you, right? You can tell the difference. Or can you?

Prison bars

Locked Up
June 25, 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?...

Alex Honnold

Peak Performance
June 18, 2017

Yosemite is climbing’s mecca. It’s where Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell stunned the world with their dazzling climbs.

Live in St. Louis

Gateway Moments: Live from St. Louis
June 11, 2017

We’ve all had them—the big, significant, transformations that take your life in a new direction. And even though those gateway moments present new and exciting opportunities, they are almost always by definition uncomfortable.

This hour, in partnership with St. Louis Public Radio, To The...

Syna So Pro

One Woman Who Sounds Like Twenty
June 09, 2017

Low-fi artist Syna So Pro loops with love.

art

This Will Shock You
June 04, 2017

The virtues of transgressive, subversive, rule-breaking art, both as an aesthetic and as a way of life.  

Joe at Catfish Bend

Changing A Place By Documenting It
June 01, 2017

Filmmaker Laura Stewart on how being filmed affects documentary subjects, and how that affects the truth you can tell.

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