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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

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

vinyl is back
Air Dates:
  • February 23, 2019
  • March 24, 2018
  • April 09, 2017

Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s something more. But analog is back in style.Read more

Swirls
Air Dates:
  • August 25, 2018
  • September 23, 2017
  • March 05, 2017

Psychedelic science is back — and they could help heal people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety.Read more

Apple on the tree of knowledge
Air Dates:
  • August 25, 2018
  • February 05, 2017
  • September 16, 2017

A garden, a tree, an apple and a serpent. The story of Adam and Eve is as old as sin. But it’s a lot more than a Bible story.Read more

Making notes
Air Dates:
  • September 16, 2017

If everyone’s a critic online, does it mean that cultural criticism doesn’t matter anymore?Read more

Photograph of Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 02/23/1945, National Archives
Air Dates:
  • December 13, 2015
  • September 09, 2017

Armed conflicts. Insurgencies. Civil Wars. Invasions. Syria. Iraq. Afghanistan. Nigeria. Ukraine. South Sudan. Gaza. Yemen. The world is at war. Why?Read more

A healing hand
Air Dates:
  • December 08, 2018
  • March 31, 2018
  • September 09, 2017

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

Automatic
Air Dates:
  • September 01, 2018
  • September 02, 2017
  • November 29, 2015

Automated machines are taking over our lives. They're not the scary robots you see in movies, but more and more of today's technology — from smart phones to airplanes — is automated. But do we want to give machines so much control?Read more

Your electronic best friend
Air Dates:
  • October 13, 2018
  • February 17, 2018
  • September 02, 2017

Do you love your laptop? Feel affection for your phone? Some of us spend more time with our devices than our families. How deep do those attachments go?Read more

Ballot box and stickers
Air Dates:
  • November 03, 2018
  • August 26, 2017
  • October 30, 2016

How do we put the fairness and the fun back in American elections? In this hour, we present a few simple ideas for how to remake the electoral process.Read more

Glitch lady
Air Dates:
  • April 07, 2018
  • August 26, 2017
  • March 19, 2017

Why do women have to put up with this? And how do they fight back?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

typewriter
Air Dates:
  • November 08, 2015
  • August 19, 2017
  • March 10, 2018

Short stories can be harder to write than novels, but just as great.Read more

Seeing the universe
Air Dates:
  • August 18, 2018
  • August 19, 2017

From our narrow vantage point on Earth, how can we see what's out there, beyond our skies?

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ce matin, un lapin in middle school
Air Dates:
  • December 20, 2015
  • August 12, 2017
  • March 17, 2018

When was the last time you said something so mortifying that all you wanted to do was crawl under a rock and hide? From teenage angst to cringe comedy, we're setting aside the shame and reveling in all things awkward.Read more

ice
Air Dates:
  • November 24, 2018
  • February 10, 2018
  • August 12, 2017

“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

Wolf in Yellowstone
Air Dates:
  • February 02, 2019
  • January 27, 2018
  • August 06, 2017

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

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

Saddam Hussein
Air Dates:
  • October 27, 2018
  • January 20, 2018
  • July 30, 2017

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?Read more

Typewriter
Air Dates:
  • December 22, 2018
  • January 13, 2018
  • July 29, 2017

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

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti
Air Dates:
  • September 08, 2018
  • July 23, 2017
  • October 18, 2015

Checking someone else’s privilege can be a form of hostility. Checking your own can be an act of humility. Does anyone actually benefit from talking about privilege? This hour, the benefits and drawbacks of talking about privilege.Read more

shame statue
Air Dates:
  • November 10, 2018
  • January 20, 2018
  • July 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

airport protest
Air Dates:
  • June 26, 2016
  • July 08, 2017

When you don't have a voice, when you feel like lawmakers just won't listen to you, protest is one way of capturing the world's attention. But does it work? Read more

Twitterstorm of bots
Air Dates:
  • July 02, 2017

Everyone in your Facebook feed is falling for fake news–sharing it even when there's no way it can be true. But not you, right? You can tell the difference. Or can you?Read more

time travel clock
Air Dates:
  • February 03, 2018
  • July 02, 2017
  • October 09, 2016

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?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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