Episode Archives

woman on beach
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July 13, 2019

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

happy pleasure
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October 12, 2019

What if the most unselfish thing you could do was to pursue pleasure and joy? We make the case for the transformative power of joy, pleasure and delight.Read more

into the internet
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March 23, 2019

They say "don't feed the trolls" — but why should sexist and racist trolls get to own the web? Was it built for them, or for all of us?Read more

Jazz legends go all the way back to African music.
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July 04, 2020

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

man and woman singing
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August 17, 2019

Millions of people are caring for someone with severe memory loss, trying to find ways to connect. One of the best ways anyone has found is music.Read more

woman with bullhorn
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July 27, 2019

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

Cell door
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June 20, 2020

We take a hard look at how racism infects not only the police, but the entire criminal justice system.Read more

The wonderful human body
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February 23, 2019

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

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January 13, 2018

Ever had the nagging suspicion that you’re being watched? You are. We all are.Read more

The game of life
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November 30, 2019

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

blurry man at podium
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September 28, 2019

The line between free speech and hate speech isn't always clear. When does sensitivity become censorship?Read more

The women who rule (this hour)
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June 09, 2018

Where do you go to find models of powerful women? The ancient world was full of them, real and mythic, but today we barely know their names. Why? This week we rediscover the women of ancient myths and legends.Read more

seeds on the horizon
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September 14, 2019

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

Closet attack
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March 16, 2019

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

Writing the future
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January 26, 2019

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

lady among viruses
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May 23, 2020

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

Live from Mark's (in-game) yard.
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May 16, 2020

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

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March 10, 2018

DNA tests are uncovering mixed bloodlines. For African 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

A nature path near Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin.
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May 09, 2020

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

The flurry of creative forces around the brain.
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February 09, 2019

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

Mushroom wonder
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June 08, 2019

We owe our past and future existence on Earth to fungi. Some can heal you, some can kill you, and some can change you forever.Read more

A ship on the rocks
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December 23, 2017

Who really runs the world? Presidents and prime ministers, or CEOs and bankers? And who’s responsible when everything falls apart?Read more

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March 24, 2018

Modern anti-depressants have saved a lot of minds. And lives. But what have they done to our bodies? And how do we navigate that trade-off between body and mind?Read more

empty stage
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April 25, 2020

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

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April 18, 2020

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

Live from the Turner Hall ballroom.
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May 05, 2018

Milwaukee is a city on water, right on the shore of Lake Michigan, split by the historic Milwaukee River. How did it shape the city's history, politics, culture, and people? We find out in this live broadcast from Turner Hall in Milwaukee.Read more

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti
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October 18, 2015

Checking someone else’s privilege can be a form of hostility. Checking your own can be an act of humility. Does anyone actually benefit from talking about privilege? This hour, the benefits and drawbacks of talking about privilege.Read more

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November 10, 2018

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

tree among warnings
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April 04, 2020

Why do people turn to poetry during troubled times? We saw it after 9/11 and we're seeing it now. When the world seems broken, poetry is often the one kind of language that helps.Read more

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August 19, 2017

From our narrow vantage point on Earth, how can we see what's out there, beyond our skies?

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