Episode Archives

through the doorway

Between masks and vaccinations, COVID-19 has added even more to the ethical baggage we carry with us when we travel. As we get back out there into the world, we revisit a show from 2019 about the ethical dilemmas travel poses.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 25, 2019

Previous Airdates:

May 25, 2019
May 14, 2022
January 28, 2023

Math, biology and the other follies of man trying to explain the universe.

When things don't go the way they're supposed to — viruses, star systems, presidents, even fish — why do we so quickly seek order to explain the chaos?Read more

Original Air Date:

August 08, 2020

Previous Airdates:

August 08, 2020
April 24, 2021
January 22, 2022
January 28, 2023

Pump-jack mining crude oil with the sunset

Floods, wildfires, winds and extreme temperatures. We talk with the people who are writing the story of climate change as we are living it.Read more

Original Air Date:

August 14, 2021

Previous Airdates:

August 14, 2021
April 02, 2022
January 21, 2023

You're not ok that's ok

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, producer Charles Monroe-Kane made 300 yard signs that read "You're not ok. That's ok." He put them on his porch. Soon they were gone.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 18, 2022

Previous Airdates:

June 18, 2022
January 21, 2023

Athlete Jim Thorpe

A Native American hero — one of the greatest athletes the world has ever known — is now being celebrated by a new generation.Read more

Original Air Date:

January 14, 2023

Previous Airdates:

January 14, 2023

a moose

What can we learn from the natural world — from animals, from the water — about surviving and even celebrating the cold?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 21, 2019

Previous Airdates:

December 21, 2019
December 19, 2020
January 08, 2022
January 14, 2023

bees?

Geometry is the secret sauce of mathematics. It's different from everything else, and it applies to everything from human evolution to romance novels.
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Original Air Date:

May 28, 2022

Previous Airdates:

May 28, 2022
January 07, 2023

The bright Addis Ababa skyline

Africans are moving into cities in unprecedented numbers. Lagos, Nigeria, is on track to have 100 million people. So how and why do cities thrive?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 14, 2019

Previous Airdates:

December 14, 2019
September 26, 2020
July 17, 2021
March 26, 2022
January 07, 2023

Clocks

Clocks and calendars chop time into increments. It’s efficient, and it helps us get to meetings on time. But what does time feel like when you stop counting it?Read more

Original Air Date:

January 04, 2020

Previous Airdates:

January 04, 2020
January 02, 2021
January 01, 2022
December 31, 2022

Woman gazing upon a lonely, infinite shore

In countries all over the world, rates of loneliness are skyrocketing. How did it become a condition of modern life?Read more

Original Air Date:

April 10, 2021

Previous Airdates:

April 10, 2021
November 13, 2021
May 21, 2022
December 31, 2022

 The Brooks Range divides the continent north and south.

Science tells us mountains are giant piles of rock, formed millions of years ago. But that's not all they are — there was a time when mountains were gods.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 24, 2021

Previous Airdates:

July 24, 2021
March 12, 2022
December 24, 2022

Be quiet, world

Do you ever crave silence? Maybe some can’t stand to hear themselves thinking, but others go to great lengths to find respite from a blaringly loud world.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 09, 2017

Previous Airdates:

December 09, 2017
August 04, 2018
April 27, 2019
February 22, 2020
August 07, 2021
December 24, 2022

Jazz legends go all the way back to African music.

Jazz wasn't just born in America. There's an alternative history — a story of colonial empires, grassroots revolutions and the global migration of sound.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 04, 2020

Previous Airdates:

July 04, 2020
March 06, 2021
October 09, 2021
March 05, 2022
December 17, 2022

A typewriter in Ukrainian light

We talk with poets and novelists about how they deeply notice the historical time we live in — through their words and voice.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 07, 2022

Previous Airdates:

May 07, 2022
December 17, 2022

an african imagination of the future.

Wakanda is a very American version of an idealized African future. So how do African science fiction writers tell stories about their own imagined future?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 10, 2022

Previous Airdates:

December 10, 2022

Octopus

Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how an octopus or a parrot thinks? Also, the fascinating story of Charles Foster's attempt to act like a badger, when he lived in a hole in the ground and ate worms.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 07, 2018

Previous Airdates:

April 07, 2018
December 29, 2018
November 16, 2019
June 05, 2021
December 10, 2022

tools

As our world gets more and more virtual, traditional skills like blacksmithing and woodworking are starting to look better and better to a lot of people.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 09, 2022

Previous Airdates:

April 09, 2022
December 03, 2022

Closet attack

Whether you know it or not, your closets are filled with personal information. Do you think about what are you saying with your clothes?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 16, 2019

Previous Airdates:

March 16, 2019
October 19, 2019
May 30, 2020
January 09, 2021
December 04, 2021
December 03, 2022

Woman staring into the distance

When you’re hurt and the only way out of toxic bitterness and resentment is to let go, how do you summon the resolve to reach out to the person who hurt you most?Read more

Original Air Date:

May 21, 2017

Previous Airdates:

May 21, 2017
December 07, 2017
September 15, 2018
September 21, 2019
July 24, 2021
November 26, 2022

Britney, LOONA and BTS around a microphone

What might seem like fleeting chart-topping fodder is actually a powerful vehicle for bringing people together, and music fans can teach us about community and hope.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 26, 2022

Previous Airdates:

March 26, 2022
November 26, 2022

Overstimulated and over everything.

The pandemic, the protests, the arguments on social media — everything is exhausting. But maybe it doesn’t have to be?Read more

Original Air Date:

October 24, 2020

Previous Airdates:

October 24, 2020
July 10, 2021
February 26, 2022
November 19, 2022

workers waiting for a job interview

In this final part of our series, we’re talking about work — specifically the right to meaningful work.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 19, 2022

Previous Airdates:

November 19, 2022

Music breaking genres

Even with all the music available today, most of us still listen primarily to just a few comfy genres. But there’s so much more out there — and so much of it defies neat, algorithm-friendly categorization.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 01, 2019

Previous Airdates:

June 01, 2019
March 21, 2020
February 06, 2021
November 20, 2021
November 12, 2022

An X-ray of a mind

PTSD and other mental health challenges can push people into poverty. How do you break the cycle? How do we truly care for people mentally and financially?Read more

Original Air Date:

November 12, 2022

Previous Airdates:

November 12, 2022

Tree image

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. Read more

Original Air Date:

January 31, 2016

Previous Airdates:

January 31, 2016
November 13, 2016
April 12, 2018
November 30, 2019
July 10, 2021
November 05, 2022

a row of apartment buildings

In the first of three episodes of "Going For Broke" all about the care economy, we're thinking about housing. Many of us would consider it a basic human right. But in America, it can be hard to come by.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 05, 2022

Previous Airdates:

November 05, 2022

ghosts

What if experiencing dread — the horror of it all — is good for you?Read more

Original Air Date:

October 26, 2019

Previous Airdates:

October 26, 2019
October 31, 2020
October 29, 2022

a witch in the skies

They’ve been hunted and silenced and burned at the stake, but witches are still practicing the craft. We take you from the 17th century to the online witch communities of today.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 30, 2021

Previous Airdates:

October 30, 2021
October 29, 2022

a pyramid among gold

We explore the ancient, obscure, occult science and art of alchemy — it turns out to be a lot more relevant to our lives than you’d believe.Read more

Original Air Date:

September 19, 2020

Previous Airdates:

September 19, 2020
June 05, 2021
March 19, 2022
October 22, 2022

cemetary

Is there a better way to talk about death? And to grieve? The pandemic has brought us a period of global mourning — and a new reckoning with loss.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 19, 2021

Previous Airdates:

June 19, 2021
January 29, 2022
October 22, 2022