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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

The spiral of the edges of belief
  • 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
  • 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?Read more

Candles
  • 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.Read more

The Parthenon
  • 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?Read more

Chimpanzee
  • July 14, 2018
  • June 22, 2019

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

Machines
  • July 07, 2018
  • April 13, 2019

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
  • 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.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

Stars
  • June 30, 2018
  • April 20, 2019

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

Price is right
  • June 23, 2018
  • September 07, 2019

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

Blue bubble, red bubble
  • 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?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

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

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

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

  • June 02, 2018
  • July 20, 2019

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

  • May 26, 2018
  • May 25, 2019

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

  • May 26, 2018
  • June 01, 2019

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

home
  • May 19, 2018

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
  • 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

A splintering world.
  • May 12, 2018
  • November 03, 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

  • May 12, 2018

Can science tell you how to "get happy?"  This hour,  the psychology and history behind the very idea of happiness. Read more

Live from the Turner Hall ballroom.
  • May 05, 2018
  • April 13, 2019

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.
  • 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

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

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

  • April 21, 2018
  • June 15, 2019

More than 38 million Americans knit or crochet. Not because they crave mittens and afghans, but because they like the way knitting feels. Handwork turns out be a powerful antidote for digital overload. Read more

  • April 21, 2018
  • April 06, 2019

Some people talk to God and some think God talks to them. Read more

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