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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

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

Writing the future
  • January 26, 2019
  • September 07, 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

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

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

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

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

Delete your account
  • December 22, 2018
  • August 24, 2019

You're thinking about hitting “delete” on all of it — Facebook, Twitter. But is that the answer, or should we resolve to stick around and make things better?Read more

Typewriter
  • January 13, 2018
  • December 22, 2018

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

Alex Honnold
  • December 15, 2018

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

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

a gift
  • December 08, 2018

Even the most welcome gift can spark guilt, resentment, obligation or vulnerability. This hour, unwrapping the tangled emotions behind giving — and getting.Read more

A healing hand
  • March 31, 2018
  • December 08, 2018

As terrible as it sounds, most of us will go through something traumatic at some point in our lives. The experience can be deeply isolating and crushing, but it doesn't have to be. Read more

  • December 01, 2018
  • August 03, 2019

We’ve been taught to ignore, stifle, or just get over anger for many years — but what if we embraced it?Read more

Actress with long tongue
  • February 24, 2018
  • December 01, 2018
  • August 10, 2019

We delve into the new science of revulsion.Read more

ice
  • February 10, 2018
  • November 24, 2018
  • August 31, 2019

“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

  • November 24, 2018
  • July 06, 2019

What's the essence of religion? God? Scripture? Moral codes? Or is it really about something more unexplainable — primal spiritual experiences?Read more

art
  • November 17, 2018
  • August 24, 2019

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

  • March 24, 2018
  • November 17, 2018
  • August 17, 2019

Modern anti-depressants have saved a lot of minds. And lives. But what have they done to our bodies? And how do we navigate that trade-off between body and mind?Read more

  • November 10, 2018
  • July 20, 2019

It's a long walk from the truth to the whole truth. A biographer, a poet, a memoirist and a filmmaker describe the moral struggle and personal cost involved.Read more

shame statue
  • January 20, 2018
  • November 10, 2018

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

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