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Audio

The poet Nikki Giovanni, reading her poem "One Ounce of Truth Benefits Like a Ripple on a Pond."

Length: 
2:22
Woman in mirror
Articles

Suzanne O’Sullivan on what medical science is missing about mysterious illnesses. 

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Articles

Philosopher John Kaag discusses how the 19th century thinker William James might help us seek meaning and purpose in a confusing time.

Length: 
10:36
Brandy Clark
Deep Tracks

One of Charles’ favorite musician interviews is with country music star Brandy Clark. Brandy and Charles have a similar upbringing and he had a strong connection with her album “Big Day in a Small Town.”

Length: 
10:21
Moken
Deep Tracks

Moken is from Cameroon. He is a storyteller, with a voice both beautiful, bold, and at times bizarre. Charles sat down with him to talk about his new album “Missing Chapters” and to hear some incredible live music.

Length: 
13:15
General Sherman, AKA Karl Marx
Audio

There's a famous sequoia named General Sherman that's the biggest tree on the planet. It has its own distinctive history linked to the Civil War general and a radical anarchist group. Cultural historian Daegan Miller tells this fascinating story.

Lisa Bielawa
Articles

With "Broadcast From Home," New York City composer and musician Lisa Bielawa hopes to set the thoughts and emotions of quarantine to music, in the voices of anyone willing to contribute a performance. 

Length: 
13:32
Tree
Articles

Richard Powers’ “The Overstory” has overturned a lot of conventional thinking. Though human characters shape the plot of this 500-page epic, the real heroes are trees.

Length: 
20:23