Episode Archives

Math, biology and the other follies of man trying to explain the universe.

When things don't go the way they're supposed to — viruses, star systems, presidents, even fish — why do we so quickly seek order to explain the chaos?Read more

Original Air Date:

August 08, 2020

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August 08, 2020
April 24, 2021
January 22, 2022

Are there new ways to treat depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder? We explore some unconventional treatments for mental illness, including exercise, psychedelics and even horror films.Read more

Original Air Date:

February 15, 2020

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February 15, 2020
August 15, 2020
May 08, 2021
January 22, 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

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January 15, 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

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October 10, 2020
June 12, 2021
January 15, 2022

a moose

What can we learn from the natural world — from animals, from the water — about surviving and even celebrating the cold?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 21, 2019

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December 21, 2019
December 19, 2020
January 08, 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

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May 22, 2021
January 08, 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

Clocks

Clocks and calendars chop time into increments. It’s efficient, and it helps us get to meetings on time. But what does time feel like when you stop counting it?Read more

Original Air Date:

January 04, 2020

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January 04, 2020
January 02, 2021
January 01, 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

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

Some people talk to God and some think God talks to them. Read more

Original Air Date:

December 27, 2015

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December 27, 2015
September 04, 2016
April 21, 2018
April 06, 2019
December 05, 2020
December 25, 2021

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

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September 05, 2020
May 29, 2021
December 18, 2021

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

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December 18, 2021

Cacao beans

What if the guiding principle we used in cooking, eating and growing food was love? From an Iranian-American kitchen to the chocolate forests of Ecuador, we explore new ways to express deep flavors and personal identity through food and cooking.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 30, 2018

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June 30, 2018
February 02, 2019
December 28, 2019
August 08, 2020
August 22, 2020
December 11, 2021

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

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May 01, 2021
December 11, 2021

The Colosseum

There's a lot of hand-wringing these days about the American Empire. Is it doomed to come crashing down the way the Roman Empire did?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 21, 2016

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February 21, 2016
November 20, 2016
December 23, 2017
March 30, 2019
December 04, 2021

Closet attack

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

Original Air Date:

March 16, 2019

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March 16, 2019
October 19, 2019
May 30, 2020
January 09, 2021
December 04, 2021

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

Zoom holidays

What are you doing for the holidays this year? We know we need to keep it small, keep it safe. But maybe we can be creative, too.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 28, 2020

Previous Airdates:

November 28, 2020
November 27, 2021

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

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November 20, 2021

Music breaking genres

Even with all the music available today, most of us still listen primarily to just a few comfy genres. But there’s so much more out there — and so much of it defies neat, algorithm-friendly categorization.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 01, 2019

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June 01, 2019
March 21, 2020
February 06, 2021
November 20, 2021

Woman gazing upon a lonely, infinite shore

In countries all over the world, rates of loneliness are skyrocketing. How did it become a condition of modern life?Read more

Original Air Date:

April 10, 2021

Previous Airdates:

April 10, 2021
November 13, 2021

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

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September 14, 2019
May 30, 2020
March 27, 2021
November 13, 2021

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

Headphones in the city

Cities can be cacophonous and loud, a chaos of sonic discord. If, that is, you don't really focus your listening. People who’ve trained their ears to hear urban soundscapes in new ways hear something different.Read more

Original Air Date:

September 29, 2018

Previous Airdates:

September 29, 2018
May 11, 2019
February 01, 2020
November 21, 2020
November 06, 2021

Spooky train tracks in the woods

Did you know that the U.S. military has a long history of working with psychics to try to discover enemy secrets? We examine this history and take a deep dive into the paranormal.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 28, 2017

Previous Airdates:

October 28, 2017
October 27, 2018
October 26, 2019
October 31, 2020
October 30, 2021

a witch in the skies

They’ve been hunted and silenced and burned at the stake, but witches are still practicing the craft. We take you from the 17th century to the online witch communities of today.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 30, 2021

Previous Airdates:

October 30, 2021

A nature path near Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin.

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

Original Air Date:

May 09, 2020

Previous Airdates:

May 09, 2020
November 14, 2020
October 23, 2021

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

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

A parade of elephants in the Ngorongoro Crater

Millions of animals migrate every year to a destination they've never seen. How do they do it — and what can we learn from them?Read more

Original Air Date:

July 25, 2020

Previous Airdates:

July 25, 2020
February 20, 2021
October 16, 2021