Episode Archives

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

Previous Airdates:

May 22, 2021
January 08, 2022
August 20, 2022

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
August 20, 2022

Wolf in Yellowstone

While their domesticated cousins sleep on our beds, Congress debates wild wolves’ survival. This hour, we’ll explore our complicated relationship with our canine cousins, and the feelings they evoke – fear, hatred, and also love.  Read more

Original Air Date:

January 27, 2018

Previous Airdates:

August 06, 2017
January 27, 2018
February 02, 2019
October 19, 2019
September 19, 2020
August 13, 2022

an abstract image of an angry mob carrying flags

Around the world, authoritarian leaders are on the rise – from Russia and Hungary to the U.S. We examine the return of the Strongman — and how to save democracy.Read more

Original Air Date:

August 13, 2022

Previous Airdates:

August 13, 2022

fluid spectrum

Sharing of personal pronouns is just one sign of an increasingly widespread shift in how we think about gender. So what’s next? Maybe gender should be messy? Maybe trans should be joy?Read more

Original Air Date:

January 15, 2022

Previous Airdates:

January 15, 2022
August 06, 2022

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
January 15, 2022
August 06, 2022

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
December 18, 2021
July 30, 2022

a figure walking

Walking prolongs our life and made us human. So why are we doing less and less of it? Read more

Original Air Date:

July 30, 2022

Previous Airdates:

July 30, 2022

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
December 11, 2021
July 23, 2022

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
July 23, 2022

Fall foliage in Vermont

Ever want to quit your job and buy an old farmhouse, to live self-sufficiently on a few acres of your very own? The reality is much more complicated.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 18, 2021

Previous Airdates:

December 18, 2021
July 16, 2022

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
October 23, 2021
July 16, 2022

Woman in profile

Colonization in Africa was much more than a land grab. It was a project to replace — and even erase — local cultures. How can that be undone?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 20, 2021

Previous Airdates:

March 20, 2021
November 06, 2021
July 09, 2022

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
May 14, 2022
July 09, 2022

brain

Psychedelics show remarkable promise for treating depression, addiction and PTSD. They just might revolutionize the treatment of mental illness.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 02, 2022

Previous Airdates:

July 02, 2022

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
November 13, 2021
July 02, 2022

Elk woman

There are old folktales of people who can become animals. Animals who become people. And there’s a lesson for our own time in those shapeshifting stories.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 20, 2021

Previous Airdates:

November 20, 2021
June 25, 2022

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

Previous Airdates:

July 27, 2019
June 27, 2020
March 06, 2021
October 09, 2021
June 25, 2022

You're not ok that's ok

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, producer Charles Monroe-Kane made 300 yard signs that read "You're not ok. That's ok." He put them on his porch. Soon they were gone.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 18, 2022

Previous Airdates:

June 18, 2022

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
June 18, 2022

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

Previous Airdates:

July 25, 2020
February 20, 2021
October 16, 2021
June 11, 2022

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
June 11, 2022

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
June 04, 2022

Bee collecting pollen

Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban Detroit.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 28, 2018

Previous Airdates:

July 28, 2018
May 18, 2019
July 18, 2020
July 17, 2021
June 04, 2022

bees?

Geometry is the secret sauce of mathematics. It's different from everything else, and it applies to everything from human evolution to romance novels.
 Read more

Original Air Date:

May 28, 2022

Previous Airdates:

May 28, 2022

A nature path near Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wherever you live — city or country, East coast, West coast, or in between — we share common, contemplative experiences on our walks outside.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 09, 2020

Previous Airdates:

May 09, 2020
November 14, 2020
October 23, 2021
May 28, 2022

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
May 21, 2022

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
November 13, 2021
May 21, 2022

through the doorway

Between masks and vaccinations, COVID-19 has added even more to the ethical baggage we carry with us when we travel. As we get back out there into the world, we revisit a show from 2019 about the ethical dilemmas travel poses.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 25, 2019

Previous Airdates:

May 25, 2019
May 14, 2022

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
May 14, 2022
July 09, 2022