Episode Archives

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

The wonderful human body

Sometimes, we take our body for granted. But even the everyday things it can do – keep our heart beating, fight off illness – are pretty extraordinary. Do you know what your body can do?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 23, 2019

Previous Airdates:

February 23, 2019
October 05, 2019
June 20, 2020
March 13, 2021

DNA tests are uncovering mixed bloodlines. For Black Americans, this can be emotionally-charged. What do you do when you find out one of your direct ancestors was a slave owner? Does it open the door to new conversations about racial justice?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 10, 2018

Previous Airdates:

March 10, 2018
October 20, 2018
June 08, 2019
May 16, 2020
March 13, 2021

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

woman with bullhorn

Your voice is unique. It's how your friends and family know you. But how comfortable are you with your voice? And how freely do you use it?Read more

Original Air Date:

July 27, 2019

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July 27, 2019
June 27, 2020
March 06, 2021
October 09, 2021

Writing the future

Every so often, a new literary movement coalesces. A new generation of writers finds a voice. This time they’re young, gifted, and Native American.Read more

Original Air Date:

January 26, 2019

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January 26, 2019
September 07, 2019
May 23, 2020
February 27, 2021

underground cave

Scientists and explorers have found a whole new world under our feet. It's an exciting place, and it's changing what we know about the planet and ourselves.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 02, 2019

Previous Airdates:

November 02, 2019
July 18, 2020
February 27, 2021

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
October 02, 2021

A parade of elephants in the Ngorongoro Crater

Millions of animals migrate every year to a destination they've never seen. How do they do it — and what can we learn from them?Read more

Original Air Date:

July 25, 2020

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July 25, 2020
February 20, 2021
October 16, 2021

many romances

Do the old dreams of true love and happiness ever after fit our new lives and new identities?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 13, 2021

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February 13, 2021

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

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

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

Pick Your Poison

Covert spies painting nerve agents on doorknobs? It's not the only way to poison someone. We hear stories of radioactive paint, formaldehyde-spiked baby formula, and a beautiful garden full of plants that could kill you.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 13, 2018

Previous Airdates:

October 13, 2018
June 29, 2019
March 14, 2020
January 23, 2021
September 25, 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

The flurry of creative forces around the brain.

Where does creativity come from? And what exactly is going on in your brain when the Muse descends?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 09, 2019

Previous Airdates:

February 09, 2019
September 21, 2019
May 09, 2020
January 16, 2021
October 16, 2021

Vaccines on the march

We’re in the midst of the largest vaccine rollout of our lives. A turning point, we hope. But it’s complicated — medically, logistically, philosophically.Read more

Original Air Date:

January 16, 2021

Previous Airdates:

January 16, 2021

Live from Mark's (in-game) yard.

Not everyone has a big yard to stretch out in while sheltering in place. But maybe all you need is a virtual space to call your own.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 16, 2020

Previous Airdates:

May 16, 2020
January 09, 2021
August 28, 2021

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

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

empty stage

In times of crisis, we need music. We look at how far people will go — even under quarantine, during a pandemic — to find ways to make music together.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 25, 2020

Previous Airdates:

April 25, 2020
January 02, 2021
September 18, 2021

lady among viruses

How can we, individually and collectively, find meaning in the experience of the coronavirus pandemic?Read more

Original Air Date:

May 23, 2020

Previous Airdates:

May 23, 2020
December 26, 2020
September 25, 2021

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

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

Plant as person

If plants are intelligent beings, how should we relate to them? Do they have a place in our moral universe? Should they have rights?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 19, 2020

Previous Airdates:

December 19, 2020
August 21, 2021

skin

We all miss touching things — groceries, door knobs, hands, faces. And most of all, skin. The living tissue that simultaneously protects us from the world, and lets us feel it. In this episode, the politics, biology, and inner life of your skin.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 18, 2020

Previous Airdates:

April 18, 2020
December 12, 2020
August 07, 2021

Traveling the world by book

From Africa to England, to a kamikaze cockpit, and to realms of fantasy. Books aren’t just books. They’re passports.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 14, 2020

Previous Airdates:

March 14, 2020
December 05, 2020
September 04, 2021

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

It's a long walk from the truth to the whole truth. A biographer, a poet, a memoirist and a filmmaker describe the moral struggle and personal cost involved.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 10, 2018

Previous Airdates:

November 10, 2018
July 20, 2019
April 11, 2020
November 28, 2020

Zoom holidays

What are you doing for the holidays this year? We know we need to keep it small, keep it safe. But maybe we can be creative, too.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 28, 2020

Previous Airdates:

November 28, 2020

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