Episode Archives

Some people talk to God and some think God talks to them. Read more

Original Air Date:

December 27, 2015

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December 27, 2015
September 04, 2016
April 21, 2018
April 06, 2019
December 05, 2020

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?Read more

Original Air Date:

September 03, 2016

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September 03, 2016
June 10, 2017

Actress with long tongue

We delve into the new science of revulsion.Read more

Original Air Date:

August 28, 2016

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August 28, 2016
February 24, 2018
December 01, 2018
August 10, 2019

We confront the politics of the voice, from stereotyping to vocal fry. And we also talk to a soundscape ecologist who listens—perhaps closer than anyone—to the voices of the natural world.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 22, 2015

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November 22, 2015
July 31, 2016

View from Yosemite

"We live by wild mercy," Terry Tempest Williams writes. In this hour, she takes us to some of her favorite national parks, from Big Bend to Arches. We also explore the desert wilderness of Utah's Escalante area, and hear about a father and daughter's remarkable adventure into the Arctic National...Read more

Original Air Date:

July 24, 2016

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July 24, 2016
May 28, 2017

Candles

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

Original Air Date:

July 16, 2016

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July 16, 2016
March 12, 2017
July 21, 2018

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 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

Original Air Date:

July 03, 2016

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July 03, 2016
April 02, 2017

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? Read more

Original Air Date:

June 26, 2016

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July 08, 2017
June 26, 2016

TTBOOK

We talk to two other septuagenarian musicians in addition to Moroder who are still productively making music: the 74-year-old political folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie, and the 78-year-old minimalist composer Philip Glass.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 19, 2015

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July 19, 2015
May 01, 2016

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 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

Original Air Date:

May 01, 2016

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May 01, 2016
January 29, 2017

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World

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

Original Air Date:

June 02, 2018

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April 30, 2016
October 14, 2017
June 02, 2018
March 30, 2019
September 26, 2020

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. Read more

Original Air Date:

December 05, 2015

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April 23, 2016
December 06, 2015
April 21, 2018
June 15, 2019

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?Read more

Original Air Date:

April 17, 2016

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April 17, 2016
March 03, 2018
February 05, 2017

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?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 21, 2016

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February 21, 2016
November 20, 2016
December 23, 2017
March 30, 2019

Price is right

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.Read more

Original Air Date:

February 14, 2016

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February 14, 2016
May 14, 2017
June 23, 2018
September 07, 2019

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

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

Abstaining from alchohol in January?

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

Original Air Date:

January 06, 2018

Previous Airdates:

January 04, 2015
January 17, 2016
January 01, 2017
January 04, 2018
January 05, 2019

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

Original Air Date:

January 11, 2016

Previous Airdates:

January 11, 2016
July 15, 2017
May 12, 2018
December 21, 2019

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. Today, we try to answer the question, Why do we put things off and how can we stop?

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Original Air Date:

January 03, 2016

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January 03, 2016
December 30, 2017
January 12, 2019

A future man (or lady)

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

Original Air Date:

January 02, 2016

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January 02, 2016
January 01, 2017
January 06, 2018

Some people talk to God and some think God talks to them. Read more

Original Air Date:

December 27, 2015

Previous Airdates:

December 27, 2015
September 04, 2016
April 21, 2018
April 06, 2019
December 05, 2020

ce matin, un lapin in middle school

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.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 20, 2015

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March 17, 2018
August 12, 2017
December 20, 2015
September 14, 2019

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?Read more

Original Air Date:

September 09, 2017

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September 09, 2017
December 13, 2015

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. Read more

Original Air Date:

December 05, 2015

Previous Airdates:

April 23, 2016
December 06, 2015
April 21, 2018
June 15, 2019

Automatic

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?Read more

Original Air Date:

November 29, 2015

Previous Airdates:

November 29, 2015
September 02, 2017
September 01, 2018

We confront the politics of the voice, from stereotyping to vocal fry. And we also talk to a soundscape ecologist who listens—perhaps closer than anyone—to the voices of the natural world.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 22, 2015

Previous Airdates:

November 22, 2015
July 31, 2016

sunflower

Experts agree, gratitude is good for you.  It lowers stress, increases happiness, improves physical health, decreases depression and even helps you sleep better.  So while it's great to celebrate a day of Thanksgiving, you'll feel even better if you cultivate an attitude of gratitude...Read more

Original Air Date:

November 22, 2015

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November 22, 2015

typewriter

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

Original Air Date:

November 08, 2015

Previous Airdates:

March 10, 2018
August 19, 2017
November 08, 2015

Cthulu

H.P. Lovecraft's weird tales of cosmic horror loom large 125 years after his birth. His literary tentatcles have oozed their way into movies, books, games and graphic novels. We explore Lovecraft's life, work and legacy.  Was he a literary master or a monster?Read more

Original Air Date:

October 25, 2015

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October 25, 2015
October 27, 2016

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti

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.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 18, 2015

Previous Airdates:

October 18, 2015
July 23, 2017
September 08, 2018
April 11, 2020

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