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Chimpanzee
Air Dates:
  • July 14, 2018
  • November 25, 2017
  • May 14, 2017

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

Praying in nature
Air Dates:
  • 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...Read more

Nope
Air Dates:
  • December 02, 2017
  • May 06, 2017

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

Fall leaves
Air Dates:
  • 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.Read more

Stop Light
Air Dates:
  • April 27, 2017

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

repeat
Air Dates:
  • August 11, 2018
  • November 04, 2017
  • 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?Read more

fake news
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  • 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 ...Read more

Fargo quilt
Air Dates:
  • April 18, 2017

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

Stars
Air Dates:
  • June 30, 2018
  • September 30, 2017
  • April 16, 2017

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

tech love
Air Dates:
  • April 13, 2017

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

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

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

Wendell Berry
Air Dates:
  • April 06, 2017

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

Writing poems
Air Dates:
  • April 02, 2017

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

Cracked pair of glasses
Air Dates:
  • April 02, 2017
  • July 03, 2016

Have you ever thought about tracking down someone who bullied you when you were a child? Allen Kurzweil thought about it and actually confronted him. We'll hear his story in this hour as we explore the bullying epidemic. Also, we'll find out how the Internet has transformed bullying into a...Read more

Vietnamese refugees
Air Dates:
  • March 30, 2017

Quan Barry is writing a new poem each week in response to current events.Read more

Protester
Air Dates:
  • July 21, 2018
  • March 26, 2017
  • October 21, 2017

Wherever you turn, it seems like someone’s angry — on Facebook and cable news, in street marches and congressional town halls. It would seem that we’ve entered a new era of increased hostility. But how did we, as a nation, get here?Read more

Women in STEM
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  • March 23, 2017

Emily Temple-Wood has been an avid Wikipedia editor since she was pretty young.  And early on, she noticed that Wikipedia has a serious gender bias problem, so she began recruiting more women editors to write more Wikipedia articles about notable women.  And in return she got… rape and...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

jet engine
Air Dates:
  • March 16, 2017

We talk to two experts who think about the role empathy can play in tackling big problems.Read more

Candles
Air Dates:
  • July 21, 2018
  • March 12, 2017
  • July 16, 2016

When suicide bombers blow up crowded marketplaces, or a lone shooter attacks a nightclub, one question we’re always left with is why. This hour, a look at the underlying psychology of political violence.Read more

Swirls
Air Dates:
  • August 25, 2018
  • September 23, 2017
  • March 05, 2017

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

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

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

People on an island
Air Dates:
  • February 24, 2017

Forty years ago Richard Dawkins wrote the landmark book “The Selfish Gene,” where he argued that the gene is what drives evolution. But what if he got it all wrong?Read more

RR cafe sign
Air Dates:
  • October 20, 2018
  • October 28, 2017
  • February 19, 2017

In this show, we explore storyworlds — the fictional universes that continue to enchant us.  Like the ghostly supernatural realm in which Abe Lincoln’s dead son, Willie, finds himself and the surreal Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks, the home of some damn fine coffee....Read more

Apple on the tree of knowledge
Air Dates:
  • August 25, 2018
  • February 05, 2017
  • September 16, 2017

A garden, a tree, an apple and a serpent. The story of Adam and Eve is as old as sin. But it’s a lot more than a Bible story.Read more

Satellite image of Europe
Air Dates:
  • May 01, 2016
  • January 29, 2017

There are nearly 250 million migrants across the world right now. Some will be escaping war or oppression, others will be seeking out freedom or economic prosperity, but whatever the reason, the kind of life they're looking for lies across a border that's policed and restricted. What if it didn'...Read more

on stage
Air Dates:
  • June 02, 2018
  • January 22, 2017
  • October 14, 2017

How do you cope with unpleasant people? We consider the adage “hell is other people.”Read more

running is pointless
Air Dates:
  • January 19, 2017

Every generation has one or two critics with an unparalleled ability to capture the cultural moment they’re living in. Now, that critic may be Mark Greif. He’s one of the founders of the literary magazine n+1, who’s just come out with a new essay collection, “Against Everything.” In this...Read more

Machines
Air Dates:
  • July 07, 2018
  • November 11, 2017
  • January 15, 2017

Computer scientists are closing in on the next frontier in artificial intelligence — machines that can create. Make art. Write stories. Compose music. The dream is to open the door to a whole new kind of creativity. Read more

Chicago skyline
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  • January 12, 2017

Charles Monroe-Kane talks to David Nagler about adapting Carl Sandburg's poems to music. Read more

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