On Our Minds

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Canadian short-story writer, Alice Munro, celebrates her 83rd birthday on July 10th. To celebrate her reinvention of the architecture of the short story, we revisit Steve’s...
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It's been more than 50 years since Bob Dylan recorded his classic protest song, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” on July 9th, 1962. That got us thinking about Anne’s conversation with...
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At the age of 18, Ernest Hemingway was severely wounded while carrying a companion to safety during World War I on July 8th, 1918. He received the Italian Silver Medal of...
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The Dalai Lama turns 79 this week. That got us thinking about Steve’s conversation with neuroscientist Richard Davidson, who teamed up with the Dalai Lama to put Buddhist...
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The American showman, famous for founding the Barnum and Bailey Circus, was born more than 100 years ago in Bethel, Connecticut. Here’s our interview about one of his...

What's on This Week

On this 4th of July weekend we ask a simple question: Who is a patriot?
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Can you imagine spending a week at an airport?  By choice?  Alain de Botton did exactly that.  He tells us about it, as we explore airports and air travel.

Kim Stanley Robinson on Science Fiction Realism

We recently had science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson in town to judge our 3 Minute Futures competition. Watch this video to see what he had to say about the winning entries, as well as the role science fiction plays in shaping our understanding of the present and future.

You can also hear more on scifi and the future in Imagining Possible Worlds.

Kim Stanley Robinson: Science Fiction and the Realism of Our Time from Wisc Institute for Discovery on Vimeo.