What's on This Week

08.21.2016
book burning
What's the hot new thing in fiction? Fire! Today, novelists Jesse Ball and Joe Hill talk about their incendiary new fiction. And we meet a pyromaniac-turned-firefighter who can...
12.20.2015
(was 08.21.2016)
When was the last time you said something so mortifying that all you wanted to do was crawl under a rock and hide? We've all been through plenty of uncomfortable moments, but it...

On Our Minds

J.R. Thornton was once a serious tennis player on the junior circuit. Then he moved to China and spent a year training with the Beijing National Team, where he discovered...
Houston's Rothko Chapel is a shrine to the transformative power of art. Abstract artist Mark Rothko created 14 enormous paintings for this sacred space. Pianist Sarah...
In the mid-80's the metal band Winger topped the charts with hits like "Seventeen." Then Grunge came along and left bands like Winger in the dust.  Now, Kip Winger is back on...
The Wisconsin Idea is a century-old dream of sharing the best of higher education with the entire state — bringing the values of the liberal arts, scientific knowledge and...
Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen is a leading figure in Scandinavian jazz, famous for his meditative, almost prayful music. In his latest recording, he's collaborated with...

Parks and Recreation

Our new episode is all about Parks and Recreation — not the great TV series, but actual outdoor spaces. It was inspired, at least in part, by a trip that our host, Anne Strainchamps, recently took to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. You can see her photos over on our Facebook page.