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Tree image
Airdates: 
April 12, 2018

Reading books isn't always the best way to learn. Some things you need to learn from your elders, and their wisdom has often been passed down through the generations. More

Ballot box and stickers
Airdates: 
November 03, 2018

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.More

Typewriter
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January 13, 2018

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?More

time travel clock
Airdates: 
February 03, 2018

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?More

Fermented tea

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

Airdates: 
April 21, 2018

Some people talk to God and some think God talks to them. More

Elephant

Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how a chimp or a parrot thinks and experiences the world?More

Actress with long tongue
Airdates: 
February 24, 2018
December 01, 2018

We delve into the new science of revulsion.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

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

airport protest

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? 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

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World
Airdates: 
June 02, 2018

Amidst economic devastation, producer Charles Monroe-Kane asks what it takes to survive in the Rust Belt.More

Airdates: 
April 21, 2018

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. More

Art is subjective.
Airdates: 
March 03, 2018

We grow up scribbling with crayons and covering sidewalks with chalk, and then around middle school most of us stop. Maybe we think it's childish or just too hard. So what can we learn from the people who never stopped making art?More

The Colosseum

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?More

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

Tree image
Airdates: 
April 12, 2018

Reading books isn't always the best way to learn. Some things you need to learn from your elders, and their wisdom has often been passed down through the generations. More

Abstaining from alchohol in January?
Airdates: 
January 04, 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?More

Airdates: 
May 12, 2018

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

Putting off the work

Procrastination can be an occasional bad habit, but it can also be a lot worse. It can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety....More

A future man (or lady)
Airdates: 
January 06, 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.More

Airdates: 
April 21, 2018

Some people talk to God and some think God talks to them. More

ce matin, un lapin in middle school
Airdates: 
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.More

Photograph of Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 02/23/1945, National Archives

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

Airdates: 
April 21, 2018

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. More

Automatic
Airdates: 
September 01, 2018

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?More

typewriter
Airdates: 
March 10, 2018

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

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti
Airdates: 
September 08, 2018

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.More

A healing hand
Airdates: 
March 31, 2018
December 08, 2018

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. More

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