Episode Archives

It doesn't matter whether you grew up going to Coney Island, Six Flags, or Pacific Park — to a kid, all amusement parks are magical. This hour we take a trip to the land of funnel cake, freak shows and fast rides.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 17, 2015

Previous Airdates:

May 17, 2015
August 26, 2017
May 26, 2018
May 25, 2019
July 03, 2021

book on a table

One of the most fun things we get to do is bring the soundscape of a novel to life — cue the monsters, the storms, the footsteps of a creature emerging slowly from the ocean. This week, we listen to our favorite cinema of the ear.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 03, 2021

Previous Airdates:

July 03, 2021

Books up close

Is there a book you can’t forget? A book that left a mark on you? We celebrate books and reading with an eclectic cast of writers from around the country.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 16, 2019

Previous Airdates:

November 16, 2019
September 12, 2020
June 26, 2021

eyes

Exchanging glances with the natural world happens more often than you’d think. It can be so profound, there’s a name for it: eye-to-eye epiphany.Read more

Original Air Date:

February 08, 2020

Previous Airdates:

February 08, 2020
October 03, 2020
June 26, 2021

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

Delete your account

You're thinking about hitting “delete” on all of it — Facebook, Twitter. But is that the answer, or should we resolve to stick around and make things better?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 22, 2018

Previous Airdates:

December 22, 2018
August 24, 2019
August 15, 2020
June 19, 2021

woman on beach

Summer reading lists are full of so-called "beach books." But if you’ve got enough time to lounge by a pool or swing in a hammock, why not tackle something more substantial?Read more

Original Air Date:

July 13, 2019

Previous Airdates:

July 13, 2019
July 11, 2020
June 12, 2021

A brain alive with energy

New experiences rewire the brain. So after all we’ve been through, are we different? We consider the "COVID brain" in both neuroscience and the arts.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 10, 2020

Previous Airdates:

October 10, 2020
June 12, 2021

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

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

Women awake in bed

Every night, millions of us turn out the lights hoping and praying for a good night’s sleep. And every night, millions of us lie awake in the dark.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 07, 2020

Previous Airdates:

March 07, 2020
August 29, 2020
June 05, 2021

The first birth is when you arrive here, as a wet, wiggling newborn. But there may be other transitions in your life that feel just as difficult and profound. Some people actually call those passages rebirth. Read more

Original Air Date:

September 15, 2018

Previous Airdates:

September 15, 2018
June 15, 2019
July 25, 2020
May 29, 2021

A bunch of stuff

We surround ourselves with possessions, but at what point do they start to possess us?Read more

Original Air Date:

September 05, 2020

Previous Airdates:

September 05, 2020
May 29, 2021

Working and parenting, a balancing act

The pandemic has made clear that parents are walking a tightrope with no safety net. Is it time for a parenting revolution?Read more

Original Air Date:

May 22, 2021

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May 22, 2021

greens

A new generation of Black farmers are working to reclaim land, hoping to grow justice along with vegetables and plants.Read more

Original Air Date:

August 22, 2020

Previous Airdates:

August 22, 2020
May 15, 2021

art

The virtues of transgressive, subversive, rule-breaking art, both as an aesthetic and as a way of life.  Read more

Original Air Date:

June 04, 2017

Previous Airdates:

June 04, 2017
November 17, 2018
August 24, 2019
August 01, 2020
May 15, 2021

Mushroom wonder

We owe our past and future existence on Earth to fungi. Some can heal you, some can kill you, and some can change you forever.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 08, 2019

Previous Airdates:

June 08, 2019
May 02, 2020
May 08, 2021

Are there new ways to treat depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder? We explore some unconventional treatments for mental illness, including exercise, psychedelics and even horror films.Read more

Original Air Date:

February 15, 2020

Previous Airdates:

February 15, 2020
August 15, 2020
May 08, 2021

Children's book art of mother goose, peter rabbit, jack climbing a beanstalk and a lion

Remember when reading still felt magical? We talk to authors about Wonderland, magic wands, unicorns and other children's stories that inspire.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 01, 2021

Previous Airdates:

May 01, 2021

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

into the internet

They say "don't feed the trolls" — but why should sexist and racist trolls get to own the web? Was it built for them, or for all of us?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 23, 2019

Previous Airdates:

March 23, 2019
February 22, 2020
July 04, 2020
April 24, 2021

Live from the Turner Hall ballroom.

Milwaukee is a city on water, right on the shore of Lake Michigan, split by the historic Milwaukee River. How did it shape the city's history, politics, culture, and people? We find out in this live broadcast from Turner Hall in Milwaukee.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 05, 2018

Previous Airdates:

May 05, 2018
April 13, 2019
April 18, 2020
April 17, 2021

happy pleasure

What if the most unselfish thing you could do was to pursue pleasure and joy? We make the case for the transformative power of joy, pleasure and delight.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 12, 2019

Previous Airdates:

October 12, 2019
July 11, 2020
April 17, 2021

Ever had the nagging suspicion that you’re being watched? You are. We all are.Read more

Original Air Date:

January 13, 2018

Previous Airdates:

January 13, 2018
September 22, 2018
June 29, 2019
June 13, 2020
April 10, 2021

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

A ship on the rocks

Who really runs the world? Presidents and prime ministers, or CEOs and bankers? And who’s responsible when everything falls apart?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 23, 2017

Previous Airdates:

December 23, 2017
July 28, 2018
March 23, 2019
May 02, 2020
April 03, 2021

man and woman singing

Millions of people are caring for someone with severe memory loss, trying to find ways to connect. One of the best ways anyone has found is music.Read more

Original Air Date:

August 17, 2019

Previous Airdates:

August 17, 2019
June 27, 2020
April 03, 2021

The women who rule (this hour)

Where do you go to find models of powerful women? The ancient world was full of them, real and mythic, but today we barely know their names. Why? This week we rediscover the women of ancient myths and legends.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 09, 2018

Previous Airdates:

June 09, 2018
January 19, 2019
November 09, 2019
June 06, 2020
March 27, 2021

seeds on the horizon

As monocropping and agribusiness continue to dominate modern farming, we speak to farmers, botanists and indigenous people about how they are reclaiming our seeds.Read more

Original Air Date:

September 14, 2019

Previous Airdates:

September 14, 2019
May 30, 2020
March 27, 2021

What's the essence of religion? God? Scripture? Moral codes? Or is it really about something more unexplainable — primal spiritual experiences?Read more

Original Air Date:

November 24, 2018

Previous Airdates:

November 24, 2018
July 06, 2019
July 18, 2020
March 20, 2021

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