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Abstaining from alchohol in January?
Air Dates:
  • January 05, 2019
  • January 04, 2018
  • January 01, 2017

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
Air Dates:
  • December 29, 2018
  • December 30, 2017

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

Putting off the work
Air Dates:
  • January 12, 2019
  • December 30, 2017
  • January 03, 2016

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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The Colosseum
Air Dates:
  • December 23, 2017
  • November 20, 2016
  • February 21, 2016

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?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

Alex Honnold
Air Dates:
  • December 15, 2018
  • December 16, 2017
  • June 18, 2017

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

Sound and Color
Air Dates:
  • October 06, 2018
  • July 15, 2017
  • December 16, 2017

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.Read more

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

Woman staring into the distance
Air Dates:
  • September 15, 2018
  • December 07, 2017
  • May 21, 2017

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?Read more

When women in science feel trapped by harassers, how do they (and science) suffer as a result?
Air Dates:
  • August 18, 2018
  • December 02, 2017

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?Read more

Nope
Air Dates:
  • December 02, 2017
  • May 06, 2017

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

Fermented tea
Air Dates:
  • November 25, 2017
  • October 02, 2016
  • March 15, 2015

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

Still from "My Friend Dahmer"
Air Dates:
  • November 22, 2017

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.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

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

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

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

A cosmopolitan Japanese street.
Air Dates:
  • November 09, 2017

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

repeat
Air Dates:
  • August 11, 2018
  • November 04, 2017
  • April 23, 2017

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

Spooky train tracks in the woods
Air Dates:
  • October 27, 2018
  • October 28, 2017

Did you know that the U.S. military has a long history of working with psychics to try to discover enemy secrets? We examine this history and take a deep dive into the paranormal.Read more

RR cafe sign
Air Dates:
  • October 20, 2018
  • October 28, 2017
  • February 19, 2017

In this show, we explore storyworlds — the fictional universes that continue to enchant us.  Like the ghostly supernatural realm in which Abe Lincoln’s dead son, Willie, finds himself and the surreal Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks, the home of some damn fine coffee....Read more

Man in virtual reality
Air Dates:
  • January 30, 2019
  • October 26, 2017

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
Air Dates:
  • January 26, 2019
  • March 31, 2018
  • October 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

Person walks in front of light wall.
Air Dates:
  • January 20, 2013
  • October 07, 2017

Is this Philip K. Dick's world and are we just living in it? It sure seems like it these days. This hour, we explore his life and work. Read more

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