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Be quiet, world
Air Dates:
  • August 04, 2018
  • December 09, 2017

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.Read more

Bee collecting pollen
Air Dates:
  • 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.Read more

A ship on the rocks
Air Dates:
  • July 28, 2018
  • December 23, 2017

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

The spiral of the edges of belief
Air Dates:
  • 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.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

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

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

The Parthenon
Air Dates:
  • July 14, 2018
  • November 11, 2017

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?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

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

Cacao beans
Air Dates:
  • February 02, 2019
  • 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.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

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

ate that cake
Air Dates:
  • February 16, 2019
  • 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?Read more

Blue bubble, red bubble
Air Dates:
  • June 16, 2018
  • November 04, 2017

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?Read more

Playing jazz
Air Dates:
  • June 16, 2018
  • November 11, 2017

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

So very tired by work
Air Dates:
  • February 16, 2019
  • June 09, 2018
  • November 18, 2017

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

The women who rule (this hour)
Air Dates:
  • January 19, 2019
  • 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.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

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World
Air Dates:
  • June 02, 2018
  • October 14, 2017
  • April 30, 2016

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

A lone school desk
Air Dates:
  • May 26, 2018
  • September 30, 2017

Why do we have schools? To build a workforce? To create democratic citizens? Read more

home
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

Final curtain
Air Dates:
  • January 05, 2019
  • May 19, 2018

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

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

A splintering world.
Air Dates:
  • November 03, 2018
  • May 12, 2018

All over the world, nation states are splintering. Separatism is on the rise. What causes nation states to erode? And what happens when they do?Read more

Live from the Turner Hall ballroom.
Air Dates:
  • May 05, 2018

Milwaukee is a city on water, right on the shore of Lake Michigan, split by the historic Milwaukee River. How did it shape the city's history, politics, culture, and people? We find out in this live broadcast from Turner Hall in Milwaukee.Read more

Crochet hyperbolic plane (by Anitra Menning), from the "Crochet Coral Reef" project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring.
Air Dates:
  • May 05, 2018
  • October 07, 2017

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

A tree in Sequoia National Forest
Air Dates:
  • December 15, 2018
  • April 28, 2018

Trees talk to each other, and even form alliances with other trees or other species. Some are incredibly old — the root mass of aspens might live 100,000 years. In this hour, we explore the science and history of trees.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

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