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Price is right
Airdates: 
June 23, 2018

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.More

Chimpanzee
Airdates: 
July 14, 2018

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

Praying in nature

Is there an inherent conflict between science and religion...More

Nope

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

Fall leaves

Richard Blanco’s poem begins the day after the November election, as he struggles to make sense of a new political mood.More

Stop Light

A near-accident has poet Laura Kasischke marveling at the fearlessness of young adults and also worrying about their future. 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

fake news

Poet Nick Lantz has a darkly satirical take on American culture....More

Fargo quilt

How he transformed the iconic film into the critically-acclaimed, award-winning TV series.More

Stars
Airdates: 
June 30, 2018

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

tech love

In his new poem, Fady Joudah explores questions about exile, suffering and the language of nation states.More

vinyl is back
Airdates: 
March 24, 2018

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

Writing poems

In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity.More

Cracked pair of glasses

Have you ever thought about tracking down someone who bullied you when you were a child? Allen Kurzweil thought about it and actually...More

Vietnamese refugees

Quan Barry is writing a new poem each week in response to current events.More

Protester
Airdates: 
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?More

Women in STEM

Emily Temple-Wood has been an avid Wikipedia editor since she was pretty young.  And early on, she noticed that Wikipedia has a...More

Glitch lady
Airdates: 
April 07, 2018

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

jet engine

We talk to two experts who think about the role empathy can play in tackling big problems.More

Candles
Airdates: 
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.More

Swirls
Airdates: 
August 25, 2018

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

The Majestic Theater in Madison
Airdates: 
February 10, 2018

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

People on an island

Forty years ago Richard Dawkins wrote the landmark book “The Selfish Gene,” where he argued that the gene is what drives evolution. But what if he got it all wrong?More

RR cafe sign

In this show, we explore storyworlds — the fictional universes that continue to enchant us.  Like the ghostly supernatural realm in...More

Apple on the tree of knowledge
Airdates: 
August 25, 2018

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.More

Satellite image of Europe

There are nearly 250 million migrants across the world right now. Some will be escaping war or oppression, others will be seeking out...More

on stage
Airdates: 
June 02, 2018

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

running is pointless

Every generation has one or two critics with an unparalleled ability to capture the cultural moment they’re living in. Now, that critic...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

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