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ice
Airdates: 
February 10, 2018
November 24, 2018

“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?More

The Majestic Theater in Madison
Airdates: 
February 10, 2018

What can science reveal about lust, romance, and compassion?More

time travel clock
Airdates: 
February 03, 2018

This hour, we explore our obsession with time travel. Why is such a recurring them in movies and TV shows? And what can time travel teach us about ourselves?More

Eric, president of the Wisconsin chapter of the Proud Boys, shows off his tattoo, which is part of initiation into the group. Another ritual involves getting punched by other members while reciting breakfast cereal names. Photo taken Oct. 4, 2017.
Airdates: 
February 03, 2018
October 06, 2018

The right-wing politics and bro culture of The Proud Boys is attracting young, white men nationwide. Founder Gavin McInnes believes “95% of American women” would be happier at home. Where does his vision of “being a man” fit in 2018?More

Wolf in Yellowstone
Airdates: 
January 27, 2018

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.  More

Saddam Hussein
Airdates: 
January 20, 2018
October 27, 2018

How can someone be a monster — a brutal dictator, a mass murderer, a serial killer — and up close seem like a decent, caring person? What happens when you find yourself liking someone who’s done terrible things?More

shame statue
Airdates: 
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. More

Who's watching?
Airdates: 
January 13, 2018
September 22, 2018

Ever had the nagging suspicion that you’re being watched? You are. We all are.More

Typewriter
Airdates: 
January 13, 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?More

A future man (or lady)
Airdates: 
January 06, 2018

Why are we so obsessed with the future? Is it because we can't handle the present and all of our current problems, like climate change, racism and terrorism? That's one theory.More

Abstaining from alchohol in January?
Airdates: 
January 04, 2018

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

The End

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.More

Putting off the work

Procrastination can be an occasional bad habit, but it can also be a lot worse. It can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety....More

The Colosseum

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?More

A ship on the rocks
Airdates: 
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

Alex Honnold
Airdates: 
December 15, 2018

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

Sound and Color
Airdates: 
October 06, 2018

Do you ever wish you could reinvent yourself? This hour, we hear from four noted artists who experienced pivotal turns in their own lives: artist Rashid Johnson, writer/photographer Teju Cole, singer Nikka Costa, and musician Michael Nesmith.More

Be quiet, world
Airdates: 
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

Woman staring into the distance
Airdates: 
September 15, 2018

When you’re hurt and the only way out of toxic bitterness and resentment is to let go, how do you summon the resolve to reach out to the person who hurt you most?More

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

Nope

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

Chimpanzee
Airdates: 
July 14, 2018

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

Fermented tea

Fermentation revivalists share a slow food philosophy, a DIY approach to foodcraft, and a deep interest in the health of the American gut.More

Still from "My Friend Dahmer"

This is the story of a lonely, disturbed teenager desperately in need of a friend. His name was Jeff. Or as you know him, Jeffrey Dahmer — the serial killer.More

So very tired by work
Airdates: 
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

Machines
Airdates: 
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

Playing jazz
Airdates: 
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

The Parthenon
Airdates: 
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

A cosmopolitan Japanese street.

One of the finalists for the National Book Award this year is Min Jin Lee, for her novel "Pachinko."More

repeat
Airdates: 
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

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