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vinyl is back
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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Sunday, April 9, 2017

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

Wendell Berry
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

An unlikely hero for TV's "Ron Swanson."Read more

Cracked pair of glasses
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Sunday, July 3, 2016
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Have you ever thought about tracking down someone who bullied you when you were a child? Allen Kurzweil thought about it and actually confronted him. We'll hear his story in this hour as we explore the bullying epidemic. Also, we'll find out how the Internet has transformed bullying into a...Read more

Writing poems
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

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

Vietnamese refugees
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

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Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saturday, 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

Women in STEM
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Emily Temple-Wood has been an avid Wikipedia editor since she was pretty young.  And early on, she noticed that Wikipedia has a serious gender bias problem, so she began recruiting more women editors to write more Wikipedia articles about notable women.  And in return she got… rape and...Read more

Glitch lady
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Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Saturday, April 7, 2018

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

jet engine
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

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

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Saturday, 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

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Sunday, March 5, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Saturday, August 25, 2018

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

The Majestic Theater in Madison
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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 10, 2018

What can science reveal about lust, romance, and compassion?Read more

People on an island
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Friday, February 24, 2017

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?Read more

RR cafe sign
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Saturday, October 20, 2018

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

Apple on the tree of knowledge
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Saturday, September 16, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Saturday, 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.Read more

Satellite image of Europe
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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Sunday, May 1, 2016

There are nearly 250 million migrants across the world right now. Some will be escaping war or oppression, others will be seeking out freedom or economic prosperity, but whatever the reason, the kind of life they're looking for lies across a border that's policed and restricted. What if it didn'...Read more

on stage
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Saturday, October 14, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Saturday, June 2, 2018

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

running is pointless
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Every generation has one or two critics with an unparalleled ability to capture the cultural moment they’re living in. Now, that critic may be Mark Greif. He’s one of the founders of the literary magazine n+1, who’s just come out with a new essay collection, “Against Everything.” In this...Read more

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Saturday, July 7, 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. Read more

Chicago skyline
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Charles Monroe-Kane talks to David Nagler about adapting Carl Sandburg's poems to music. Read more

A huddle
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Be strong, be tough, don’t cry – boys are bombarded with messages about being a man and the “male code” their whole lives. It's second nature, and also toxic. Read more

Abstaining from alchohol in January?
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Sunday, January 4, 2015
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Thursday, January 4, 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?Read more

A future man (or lady)
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Saturday, January 2, 2016
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Saturday, January 6, 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.Read more

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

It's December and time again for the annual media ritual — the best of list. We're sharing the best of the best of To the Best of Our Knowledge. 2016, the year in interviews.Read more

Shirley Jackson
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

On the centennial of Shirley Jackson's birth, we explore the great literary work that she left for us — the stories and novels that continue to resonate in our culture.Read more

Freeman Dyson
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

You get the sense that Freeman Dyson has seen everything. He's a legendary physicist who's had a front row seat on scientific breakthroughs for the past century. Read more

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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Saturday, 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

The Colosseum
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Sunday, February 21, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Saturday, December 23, 2017

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

CC BY-SA 2.0
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Sunday, November 20, 2016
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What's next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy?Read more

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

How does it feel to know that the commodity everyone wants is inside your skull?  This hour, we focus our attention — on attention. Read more