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The creative mind
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Novelist Siri Hustvedt knows how the creative process feels. Neuroscientist Heather Berlin knows what it looks like in the brain. Together with Steve, they explore the emerging science of creativity.

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11:00
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Before John Muir and Charles Darwin, there was Alexander von Humboldt, the German scientist who shaped our understanding of nature. Now, he’s largely forgotten, but biographer Andrea Wulf says he was once the world's most famous scientist. 

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13:27
Flint corn
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Botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer says there is a reason so many around the world consider corn to be sacred. We give it life, and in return, it gives us life. She says the industrial-scale farming of America has lost control of that balance.

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10:43
Aerial roots.
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There is an unusual, giant corn in southern Mexico that gets its own nitrogen from the air — no manufacturing required.

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20:07
Clockwise: Wheat in a field, flint corn, kamut grains, and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
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Most of us get our food from the grocery store, not the fields where it grows. But if you really want to understand where our food comes from — and the potential threats to the food supply — you have to think about seeds.

Paul Wendell Jr.
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Rapper Tall Paul uses hip-hop to reclaim his Native language—and he's not the only musician remixing Native culture.

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9:17
A powwow in 2015 at the Institute for American Indian Arts.
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Tommy Orange's debut novel “There There” was one of the big breakout books of 2018. He told Steve that with his novel, he hoped to better represent modern Native Americans that have grown up living in cities.

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14:44
Person at the Institute for American Indian Arts.
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A wide range of writers — now celebrated with commercial and critical success — work to celebrate an evolving literary canon without limiting it.