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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

ghostly hands

Does death gives life meaning? You might think so, looking at the prominence of death and the afterlife in so many religions. In this hour, we explore the philosophical and religious dimensions of mortality and the afterlife.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 07, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 30, 2015
December 07, 2014

Graveside service

How do we mark death and celebrate lost lives around the globe?Read more

Original Air Date:

November 30, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 23, 2015
November 30, 2014

candle in hand

In this hour, we explore the medical, spiritual and psychological questions about the moment of death.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 23, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 16, 2015
November 23, 2014

cemetary

We live much longer than we used to, thanks to medical advances, but what are the emotional and financial costs of extending life? Read more

Original Air Date:

November 16, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 09, 2015
November 16, 2014

skull

We talk with experts about how to begin difficult conversations about making death a greater part of life, and how they can transform both the dying and the surviving.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 09, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 02, 2015
November 09, 2014

reading a story

It used to be easy to get lost in a good book, but now lots of people say reading is boring. Scientists say all that skimming and surfing on electronic screens is actually rewiring our brains. So we examine the new science of reading.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 26, 2015

Previous Airdates:

July 26, 2015

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

Previous Airdates:

July 19, 2015
May 01, 2016

A healing hand

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. Read more

Original Air Date:

July 05, 2015

Previous Airdates:

July 05, 2015
September 09, 2017
March 31, 2018
December 08, 2018

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

boxer

We explore the popularity and enduring appeal of combat sports.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 03, 2015

Previous Airdates:

May 03, 2015

shame statue

Social media has brought us all closer together. Sometimes that's a good thing. But when it comes to online shaming, it's a bad thing. Read more

Original Air Date:

April 18, 2015

Previous Airdates:

April 18, 2015
July 22, 2017
January 20, 2018
November 10, 2018

Needle and vial

If there isn't any evidence that vaccines cause autism, then why is anti-vaccination on the rise? Read more

Original Air Date:

March 29, 2015

Previous Airdates:

March 29, 2015

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.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 15, 2015

Previous Airdates:

March 15, 2015
October 02, 2016
November 25, 2017

TTBOOK

The bedtime stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin are enchanting stories. They’re also much more: violent, sexually explicit, political, and feminist.Read more

Original Air Date:

February 02, 2014

Previous Airdates:

February 02, 2014
September 14, 2014
February 08, 2015

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

Karl Marx

Was Marx right after all in his critique of capitalism?  Our ongoing economic struggles have spawned a new generation of Marxist activists and intellectuals, and renewed interest in Karl Marx's own life. Read more

Original Air Date:

June 01, 2014

Previous Airdates:

June 01, 2014
January 04, 2015

TTBOOK

We take a closer look at negative stereotypes about African American men, how those biases affect our justice system, and what we might be able to do about it.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 21, 2014

Previous Airdates:

December 21, 2014

ghostly hands

Does death gives life meaning? You might think so, looking at the prominence of death and the afterlife in so many religions. In this hour, we explore the philosophical and religious dimensions of mortality and the afterlife.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 07, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 30, 2015
December 07, 2014

Graveside service

How do we mark death and celebrate lost lives around the globe?Read more

Original Air Date:

November 30, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 23, 2015
November 30, 2014

candle in hand

In this hour, we explore the medical, spiritual and psychological questions about the moment of death.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 23, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 16, 2015
November 23, 2014

cemetary

We live much longer than we used to, thanks to medical advances, but what are the emotional and financial costs of extending life? Read more

Original Air Date:

November 16, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 09, 2015
November 16, 2014

skull

We talk with experts about how to begin difficult conversations about making death a greater part of life, and how they can transform both the dying and the surviving.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 09, 2014

Previous Airdates:

August 02, 2015
November 09, 2014

TTBOOK

The bedtime stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin are enchanting stories. They’re also much more: violent, sexually explicit, political, and feminist.Read more

Original Air Date:

February 02, 2014

Previous Airdates:

February 02, 2014
September 14, 2014
February 08, 2015

Karl Marx

Was Marx right after all in his critique of capitalism?  Our ongoing economic struggles have spawned a new generation of Marxist activists and intellectuals, and renewed interest in Karl Marx's own life. Read more

Original Air Date:

June 01, 2014

Previous Airdates:

June 01, 2014
January 04, 2015

TTBOOK

The bedtime stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin are enchanting stories. They’re also much more: violent, sexually explicit, political, and feminist.Read more

Original Air Date:

February 02, 2014

Previous Airdates:

February 02, 2014
September 14, 2014
February 08, 2015

chairs on a beach

It's the "silver tsunami" — the massive numbers of people now entering their senior years.  And for all those now retiring? They’re trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives.Read more

Original Air Date:

January 26, 2014

Previous Airdates:

January 26, 2014

TTBOOK

How often do we credit children with deep thoughts?  With profound or subtle thinking?  In this hour, we introduce some youngsters who've accomplished remarkable things:  written books, gone viral on the internet, and helped heal a community.  And we talk with psychologists...Read more

Original Air Date:

December 15, 2013

Previous Airdates:

December 15, 2013

candle in the dark

We explore one of the world's most controversial and secretive religions — Scientology.  Also, how much do we really know about the Mormon faith?

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Original Air Date:

September 30, 2012

Previous Airdates:

September 30, 2012
September 15, 2013

brain

Certain brain disorders can lead to remarkable insights....even genius. We'll peer into the world of autistic savants and dyslexics, and contemplate our cyborg future, when our brains merge with tiny, embedded computers. Also, one of the most fascinating investigations of consciousness:...Read more

Original Air Date:

December 02, 2012

Previous Airdates:

December 02, 2012
August 11, 2013

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