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Ballot box and stickers
Air Dates:
  • November 03, 2018
  • August 26, 2017
  • October 30, 2016

How do we put the fairness and the fun back in American elections? In this hour, we present a few simple ideas for how to remake the electoral process.Read more

Glitch lady
Air Dates:
  • April 07, 2018
  • August 26, 2017
  • March 19, 2017

Why do women have to put up with this? And how do they fight back?Read more

At the fair
Air Dates:
  • May 26, 2018
  • August 26, 2017
  • May 17, 2015

It doesn't matter whether you grew up going to Coney Island, Six Flags, or Pacific Park — to a kid, all amusement parks are magical. This hour we take a trip to the land of funnel cake, freak shows and fast rides.Read more

Air Dates:
  • November 08, 2015
  • August 19, 2017
  • March 10, 2018

Short stories can be harder to write than novels, but just as great.Read more

Seeing the universe
Air Dates:
  • August 18, 2018
  • August 19, 2017

From our narrow vantage point on Earth, how can we see what's out there, beyond our skies?

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ce matin, un lapin in middle school
Air Dates:
  • December 20, 2015
  • August 12, 2017
  • March 17, 2018

When was the last time you said something so mortifying that all you wanted to do was crawl under a rock and hide? From teenage angst to cringe comedy, we're setting aside the shame and reveling in all things awkward.Read more

Air Dates:
  • November 24, 2018
  • February 10, 2018
  • 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?Read more

Wolf in Yellowstone
Air Dates:
  • 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

Air Dates:
  • May 19, 2018
  • August 05, 2017
  • December 04, 2016

We’re living through a period of mass human migration, with people on the move all over the planet. What does it take to take an unfamiliar place and make it yours?Read more

Saddam Hussein
Air Dates:
  • October 27, 2018
  • January 20, 2018
  • 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?Read more

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

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti
Air Dates:
  • September 08, 2018
  • July 23, 2017
  • October 18, 2015

Checking someone else’s privilege can be a form of hostility. Checking your own can be an act of humility. Does anyone actually benefit from talking about privilege? This hour, the benefits and drawbacks of talking about privilege.Read more

shame statue
Air Dates:
  • November 10, 2018
  • January 20, 2018
  • July 22, 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. Read more

Air Dates:
  • May 12, 2018
  • July 15, 2017
  • January 11, 2016

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

Sound and Color
Air Dates:
  • October 06, 2018
  • July 15, 2017
  • December 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.Read more

Feet out the window
Air Dates:
  • July 07, 2018
  • 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.Read more

airport protest
Air Dates:
  • June 26, 2016
  • July 08, 2017

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? Read more

Twitterstorm of bots
Air Dates:
  • 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?Read more

time travel clock
Air Dates:
  • February 03, 2018
  • July 02, 2017
  • October 09, 2016

This hour, we explore our obsession with time travel. Why is such a recurring them in movies and TV shows? And what can time travel teach us about ourselves?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

Alex Honnold
Air Dates:
  • December 15, 2018
  • December 16, 2017
  • June 18, 2017

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

Live in St. Louis
Air Dates:
  • March 03, 2018
  • 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.Read more

Air Dates:
  • June 10, 2017
  • September 03, 2016

Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how a chimp or a parrot thinks and experiences the world?Read more

Syna So Pro
Air Dates:
  • June 09, 2017

Low-fi artist Syna So Pro loops with love.Read more

Air Dates:
  • November 17, 2018
  • June 04, 2017

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

Joe at Catfish Bend
Air Dates:
  • June 01, 2017

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

David Byrne
Air Dates:
  • May 25, 2017

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

Woman staring into the distance
Air Dates:
  • September 15, 2018
  • December 07, 2017
  • 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?Read more

Twin Peaks  Agent Cooper
Air Dates:
  • 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.”Read more

Price is right
Air Dates:
  • June 23, 2018
  • May 14, 2017
  • February 14, 2016

You score a royal flush in poker!  Do you credit your skill? Or luck?  We talk with a poker champion, a game designer, an investment banker and a choreographer about how to untangle skill from luck.Read more