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Automatic
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September 01, 2018

Automated machines are taking over our lives. They're not the scary robots you see in movies, but more and more of today's technology — from smart phones to airplanes — is automated. But do we want to give machines so much control?More

Workers of all stripes
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September 01, 2018

It's not easy in America today to find work that matters, that’s meaningful, and that pays enough to live on. Which is the one thing we don’t talk about. What’s wrong with work — and how do we fix it?More

Swirls
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August 25, 2018

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

Apple on the tree of knowledge
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August 25, 2018

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.More

Mileva Marić-Einstein and Albert Einstein, 1912
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August 23, 2018

There are the female scientists you can name, and the ones forgotten by history. Like Mileva Marić-Einstein. She might just have been more brilliant than Albert was — but we'll never know. More

When women in science feel trapped by harassers, how do they (and science) suffer as a result?
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August 18, 2018

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?More

Seeing the universe
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August 18, 2018

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

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repeat
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August 11, 2018

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

A ray of hope
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August 11, 2018

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.More

A Medicare for all rally
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August 04, 2018

It was a dirty word 25 years ago. But now, more and more people are identifying as Socialists…in America and on the ballot.More

Be quiet, world
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August 04, 2018

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.More

Bee collecting pollen
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July 28, 2018

Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban Detroit.More

A ship on the rocks
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July 28, 2018

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

The spiral of the edges of belief
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July 26, 2018

Jeff Kripal is a highly original, even maverick, historian of religion. In this conversation — part of a collaboration with the LA Review of Books — Kripal takes Steve to where all the weird stuff we can’t explain lives ... or hides.More

Protester
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July 21, 2018

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?More

Candles
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July 21, 2018

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.More

Chimpanzee
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July 14, 2018

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

The Parthenon
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July 14, 2018

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?More

Machines
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July 07, 2018

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. More

Feet out the window
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July 07, 2018

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.More

Cacao beans
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June 30, 2018

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.More

Stars
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June 30, 2018

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

Price is right
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June 23, 2018

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.More

ate that cake
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June 23, 2018

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?More

Playing jazz
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June 16, 2018

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.More

Blue bubble, red bubble
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June 16, 2018

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?More

So very tired by work
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June 09, 2018

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?More

The women who rule (this hour)
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June 09, 2018

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.More

on stage
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June 02, 2018

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

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World
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June 02, 2018

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

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