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AOC, Bernie, and the young socialists
  • April 06, 2019

Look around the political landscape and you see something we haven’t seen for decades — politicians proudly identifying as socialists. Has their moment arrived?Read more

The Colosseum
  • March 30, 2019

There's a lot of hand-wringing these days about the American Empire. Is it doomed to come crashing down the way the Roman Empire did?Read more

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World
  • June 02, 2018
  • March 30, 2019

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

A ship on the rocks
  • July 28, 2018
  • March 23, 2019

Who really runs the world? Presidents and prime ministers, or CEOs and bankers? And who’s responsible when everything falls apart?Read more

into the internet
  • March 23, 2019

They say "don't feed the trolls" — but why should sexist and racist trolls get to own the web? Was it built for them, or for all of us?Read more

Closet attack
  • March 16, 2019

Whether you know it or not, your closets are filled with personal information. Do you think about what are you saying with your clothes?Read more

Playing jazz
  • June 16, 2018
  • March 16, 2019

There's a new kind of music packing nightclubs with young fans. It's jazz — but not the sound of your grandparents' supper club. Infused with hip hop and other popular musical forms, jazz is being remade.Read more

CC BY-SA 2.0
  • April 14, 2018
  • March 09, 2019

Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What's next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy?Read more

A ray of hope
  • August 11, 2018
  • March 09, 2019

Why is the world so damn cynical? Rather than surrendering to corrosive, hopeless snark, we look to some unexpected sources to make the case for sincerity.Read more

Crochet hyperbolic plane (by Anitra Menning), from the "Crochet Coral Reef" project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring.
  • May 05, 2018
  • March 02, 2019

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.Read more

border
  • March 02, 2019

Today, borders are a political flashpoint. But in a highly connected world, does the idea of a national border even make sense anymore?Read more

The wonderful human body
  • February 23, 2019

Sometimes, we take our body for granted. But even the everyday things it can do – keep our heart beating, fight off illness – are pretty extraordinary. Do you know what your body can do?Read more

vinyl is back
  • March 24, 2018
  • February 23, 2019

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

So very tired by work
  • June 09, 2018
  • February 16, 2019

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?Read more

ate that cake
  • June 23, 2018
  • February 16, 2019

It creeps into everything: guilt that we're not good enough, fit enough, smart enough. As we peruse Instagram, all we see is the perfection of others reflecting our own failures back at us. Why do we spend so much time feeling guilty? Should we?Read more

The flurry of creative forces around the brain.
  • February 09, 2019

Where does creativity come from? And what exactly is going on in your brain when the Muse descends?Read more

The Majestic Theater in Madison
  • February 10, 2018
  • February 09, 2019

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

Cacao beans
  • June 30, 2018
  • February 02, 2019

What if the guiding principle we used in cooking, eating and growing food was love? From an Iranian-American kitchen to the chocolate forests of Ecuador, we explore new ways to express deep flavors and personal identity through food and cooking.Read more

Wolf in Yellowstone
  • January 27, 2018
  • February 02, 2019

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

Man in virtual reality
  • January 30, 2019

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.Read more

Writing the future
  • January 26, 2019

Every so often, a new literary movement coalesces. A new generation of writers finds a voice. This time they’re young, gifted, and Native American.Read more

Paramount Theatre in Newark, NJ
  • March 31, 2018
  • January 26, 2019

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?Read more

The women who rule (this hour)
  • June 09, 2018
  • January 19, 2019

Where do you go to find models of powerful women? The ancient world was full of them, real and mythic, but today we barely know their names. Why? This week we rediscover the women of ancient myths and legends.Read more

Prison bars
  • April 28, 2018
  • January 19, 2019

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

Putting off the work
  • January 12, 2019

Procrastination can be an occasional bad habit, but it can also be a lot worse. It can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety. Today, we try to answer the question, Why do we put things off and how can we stop?

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Teens march in Madison on March 14, one month since a deadly shooting in Parkland, FL.
  • March 17, 2018
  • January 12, 2019

A chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to shape the world.Read more

Abstaining from alchohol in January?
  • January 04, 2018
  • January 05, 2019

Ah, January. Season of diets and fasts and cleanses, of "Drynuary" and "Veganuary." Why does being virtuous always seem to mean giving up pleasure?Read more

Final curtain
  • May 19, 2018
  • January 05, 2019

If life is a play, what happens during the last act? What’s it like to live knowing you have a limited amount of time left?Read more

The End
  • December 29, 2018

We don’t handle endings well, in general. So this hour, let’s learn about how to make a good ending — whether leaving a lover, quitting a job, or getting ready for the end of life itself.Read more

Octopus
  • April 07, 2018
  • December 29, 2018

Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how an octopus or a parrot thinks? Also, the fascinating story of Charles Foster's attempt to act like a badger, when he lived in a hole in the ground and ate worms.Read more

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