Episode Archives

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

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Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What's next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy?Read more

Original Air Date:

November 20, 2016

Previous Airdates:

November 20, 2016
April 14, 2018
March 09, 2019
February 29, 2020

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We're always online but still have an innate need to meet in person. How can we make gatherings, from dinner parties to work meetings, more meaningful?Read more

Original Air Date:

June 22, 2019

Previous Airdates:

June 22, 2019
February 29, 2020

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

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

The Majestic Theater in Madison

What can science reveal about lust, romance, and compassion?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 26, 2017

Previous Airdates:

February 26, 2017
February 10, 2018
February 09, 2019
February 15, 2020

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

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

Headphones in the city

Cities can be cacophonous and loud, a chaos of sonic discord. If, that is, you don't really focus your listening. People who’ve trained their ears to hear urban soundscapes in new ways hear something different.Read more

Original Air Date:

September 29, 2018

Previous Airdates:

September 29, 2018
May 11, 2019
February 01, 2020
November 21, 2020

Hope means believing there’s a future. But can hope co-exist with cataclysmic realities like climate change, or disruptive technological advances like artificial intelligence? Read more

Original Air Date:

May 04, 2019

Previous Airdates:

May 04, 2019
February 01, 2020
February 06, 2021

Playing jazz

There's a new kind of music packing nightclubs with young fans. It's jazz — but not the sound of your grandparents' supper club. Infused with hip hop and other popular musical forms, jazz is being remade.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 27, 2016

Previous Airdates:

November 11, 2017
June 16, 2018
March 16, 2019
January 25, 2020

Hope

This hour we talk with people who’ve turned that around and made hope real, whether it’s through political activism, faith, music, or reading a life-changing novel.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 27, 2019

Previous Airdates:

April 27, 2019
January 25, 2020
January 30, 2021

Hope

Is hope something we’re innately born with, or something we can choose to have? We talk with people who tell us where they think hope lives in ourselves and our communities.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 20, 2019

Previous Airdates:

April 20, 2019
January 18, 2020
January 23, 2021

border

Today, borders are a political flashpoint. But in a highly connected world, does the idea of a national border even make sense anymore?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 02, 2019

Previous Airdates:

March 02, 2019
January 18, 2020

A ray of hope

Why is the world so damn cynical? Rather than surrendering to corrosive, hopeless snark, we look to some unexpected sources to make the case for sincerity.Read more

Original Air Date:

August 11, 2018

Previous Airdates:

August 11, 2018
March 09, 2019
January 11, 2020
October 24, 2020

War

What drives us toward armed conflict? And what does it take for peace activists to face down tyrants and military leaders?Read more

Original Air Date:

January 11, 2020

Previous Airdates:

January 11, 2020

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

Teens march in Madison on March 14, 2018

A chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to shape the world.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 17, 2018

Previous Airdates:

January 04, 2020
January 12, 2019
March 17, 2018

Cacao beans

What if the guiding principle we used in cooking, eating and growing food was love? From an Iranian-American kitchen to the chocolate forests of Ecuador, we explore new ways to express deep flavors and personal identity through food and cooking.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 30, 2018

Previous Airdates:

June 30, 2018
February 02, 2019
December 28, 2019
August 08, 2020
August 22, 2020

The End

We don’t handle endings well, in general. So this hour, let’s learn about how to make a good ending — whether leaving a lover, quitting a job, or getting ready for the end of life itself.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 30, 2017

Previous Airdates:

December 30, 2017
December 29, 2018
December 28, 2019
December 26, 2020

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

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

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

a gift

Even the most welcome gift can spark guilt, resentment, obligation or vulnerability. This hour, unwrapping the tangled emotions behind giving — and getting.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 08, 2018

Previous Airdates:

December 08, 2018
December 07, 2019

Paramount Theatre in Newark, NJ

Home entertainment options have never been richer, but public places like movie theaters and performance spaces are suffering. What do we lose when everyone stays home?Read more

Original Air Date:

October 21, 2017

Previous Airdates:

October 21, 2017
March 31, 2018
January 26, 2019
December 07, 2019

The game of life

The board games we play tell us so much more about ourselves than we think — our history, our politics and our inner psychology.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 30, 2019

Previous Airdates:

November 30, 2019
June 13, 2020
February 20, 2021

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

Prison bars

Most of us will never know what really happens behind bars. Prisons are generally off limits to the public and press, but several new investigations are drawing attention to the conditions in many of our nation's jails. This hour, what should a prison be?Read more

Original Air Date:

June 25, 2017

Previous Airdates:

June 24, 2017
April 28, 2018
January 19, 2019
November 23, 2019
October 10, 2020

ate that cake

It creeps into everything: guilt that we're not good enough, fit enough, smart enough. As we peruse Instagram, all we see is the perfection of others reflecting our own failures back at us. Why do we spend so much time feeling guilty? Should we?Read more

Original Air Date:

June 21, 2018

Previous Airdates:

June 23, 2018
February 16, 2019
November 23, 2019
August 08, 2020

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

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