Episode Archives

The flurry of creative forces around the brain.

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

Original Air Date:

February 09, 2019

Previous Airdates:

February 09, 2019
September 21, 2019
May 09, 2020
January 16, 2021
October 16, 2021
September 24, 2022

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

Original Air Date:

November 10, 2018

Previous Airdates:

November 10, 2018
July 20, 2019
April 11, 2020
November 28, 2020
November 27, 2021
September 24, 2022

Women awake in bed

Every night, millions of us turn out the lights hoping and praying for a good night’s sleep. And every night, millions of us lie awake in the dark.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 07, 2020

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March 07, 2020
August 29, 2020
June 05, 2021
January 01, 2022
September 17, 2022

a woman before a swirling blackhole

When the real world becomes too much, fantasy might be your ticket out. But at what point does fantasy go too far?Read more

Original Air Date:

September 17, 2022

Previous Airdates:

September 17, 2022

Typewriter

Psychologists say telling a good life story can make you happier. But do we also create an inauthentic version of ourselves if we turn everything into a narrative?Read more

Original Air Date:

October 23, 2016

Previous Airdates:

October 23, 2016
July 29, 2017
January 13, 2018
December 22, 2018
September 10, 2022

happy pleasure

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

Original Air Date:

October 12, 2019

Previous Airdates:

October 12, 2019
July 11, 2020
April 17, 2021
December 25, 2021
September 10, 2022

Workers of all stripes

It's not easy in America today to find work that matters, that’s meaningful, and that pays enough to live on. Which is the one thing we don’t talk about. What’s wrong with work — and how do we fix it?Read more

Original Air Date:

September 01, 2018

Previous Airdates:

September 01, 2018
August 31, 2019
September 05, 2020
September 04, 2021
September 03, 2022

kente cloth landscape

2019 marked the "year of return" to Ghana. Now, scores of African-Americans are moving to Ghana permanently – giving up on the country of their birth.Read more

Original Air Date:

September 03, 2022

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September 03, 2022

A tree in Sequoia National Forest

Trees talk to each other, and even form alliances with other trees or other species. Some are incredibly old — the root mass of aspens might live 100,000 years. In this hour, we explore the science and history of trees.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 28, 2018

Previous Airdates:

April 28, 2018
December 15, 2018
November 09, 2019
August 29, 2020
September 18, 2021
August 27, 2022

Pick Your Poison

Covert spies painting nerve agents on doorknobs? It's not the only way to poison someone. We hear stories of radioactive paint, formaldehyde-spiked baby formula, and a beautiful garden full of plants that could kill you.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 13, 2018

Previous Airdates:

October 13, 2018
June 29, 2019
March 14, 2020
January 23, 2021
September 25, 2021
August 27, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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