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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.  

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.


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.

David Byrne

David Byrne is Thinking About How Music Works
May 25, 2017

The former Talking Heads frontman is one of those artists who just keeps reinventing himself.

Woman staring into the distance

Forgiving the Unforgivable
May 21, 2017

When you’re hurt and the only way out of toxic bitterness and resentment is to let go, how do you summon the resolve to reach out to the person who hurt you most?

Twin Peaks  Agent Cooper

Mark Frost Takes Us Inside the Secret History of Twin Peaks
May 18, 2017

"Twin Peaks" co-creator Mark Frost takes a deep dive into the history of the strange Pacific Northwest town and its surreal residents in “The Secret History of Twin Peaks.”

Praying in nature

The Evolutionary Advantage of Faith
May 11, 2017

Is there an inherent conflict between science and religion? Jeff Schloss doesn’t think so. He’s a biologist who studies the evolutionary origins of religion. He’s also an observant Christian who’s had his own profound...


Frankly, I Don’t Give a Damn
May 07, 2017

In this hour, we explore what the superpower of not giving a f--- might allow you to do. 

Fall leaves

The News From Poems: “November Eyes on Main Street”
May 04, 2017

Richard Blanco’s poem begins the day after the November election, as he struggles to make sense of a new political mood.

Stop Light

The News From Poems: "WTF"
April 27, 2017

A near-accident has poet Laura Kasischke marveling at the fearlessness of young adults and also worrying about their future. 


Repeat When Necessary
April 23, 2017

Whether it’s nail biting or handwashing, most of us have a compulsion we can’t give up. Maybe that’s a good thing?

fake news

The News From Poems: "Ode To The Dead At Bowling Green"
April 20, 2017

Poet Nick Lantz has a darkly satirical take on American culture. Lately, he’s been thinking about political spin and how politicians speak. In this interview—the third in our series ...

Fargo quilt

"Fargo" Showrunner Noah Hawley
April 18, 2017

How he transformed the iconic film into the critically-acclaimed, award-winning TV series.


How To Think Like A Scientist
April 16, 2017

Do scientists see the world in a different way? Not really. Just be curious.

tech love

The News From Poems: “Brush With Cymbals”
April 13, 2017

In his new poem, Fady Joudah explores questions about exile, suffering and the language of nation states.

vinyl is back

The Revenge of Analog
April 09, 2017

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

Wendell Berry

‘He’s My Shakespeare’: Nick Offerman on the Craft and Wisdom of Wendell Berry
April 06, 2017

An unlikely hero for TV's "Ron Swanson."

Writing poems

The Poem is You: New Voices in American Poetry
April 02, 2017

In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity.