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Be quiet, world

Taking Comfort in the Sound of Silence
December 09, 2017

Do you ever crave silence? Maybe some can’t stand to hear themselves thinking, but others go to great lengths to find respite from a blaringly loud world.

When women in science feel trapped by harassers, how do they (and science) suffer as a result?

Harassment In The Lab
December 02, 2017

Sexism has no boundaries, as we're quickly discovering. But what impact does it have on scientific discovery if sexist behavior drives women out of science entirely?

Chimpanzee

Worshipping Waterfalls: The Evolution of Belief
November 25, 2017

Do chimpanzees have spiritual experiences? A remarkable discovery in West Africa suggests they might.

Still from "My Friend Dahmer"

Making Peace With Monsters
November 22, 2017

This is the story of a lonely, disturbed teenager desperately in need of a friend. His name was Jeff. Or as you know him, Jeffrey Dahmer — the serial killer.

So very tired by work

Working For A Weekend That Never Seems To Come
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?

The Parthenon

A New Clash Of Civilizations?
November 11, 2017

When we hear from politicians and activists that "the West is at risk, that a clash of civilizations threatens Western culture," what does that mean exactly? And who do we think is coming for it?

A cosmopolitan Japanese street.

Discovering the Hidden Roots of Koreans Living In Japan
November 09, 2017

One of the finalists for the National Book Award this year is Min Jin Lee, for her novel "Pachinko."

Blue bubble, red bubble

Beyond the Echo Chamber
November 04, 2017

We live, work and play in Red and Blue tribal bubbles, filling our social media feeds with news sources that affirm our place in that order, rather than challenging it. What is that isolation doing to us? What can we do to escape it?

Spooky train tracks in the woods

Even Stranger Things
October 28, 2017

Did you know that the U.S. military has a long history of working with psychics to try to discover enemy secrets? We examine this history and take a deep dive into the paranormal.

Man in virtual reality

Virtually Anywhere
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.

Paramount Theatre in Newark, NJ

You Had To Be There
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?

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?

ice

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.  

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?

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.

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?

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