Episode Archives

Live in St. Louis

We’ve all had them—the big, significant, transformations that take your life in a new direction. And even though those gateway moments present new and exciting opportunities, they are almost always by definition uncomfortable.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 11, 2017

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June 11, 2017
March 03, 2018
July 06, 2019

Elephant

Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how a chimp or a parrot thinks and experiences the world?Read more

Original Air Date:

September 03, 2016

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September 03, 2016
June 10, 2017

Syna So Pro

Low-fi artist Syna So Pro loops with love.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 09, 2017

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June 09, 2017

art

The virtues of transgressive, subversive, rule-breaking art, both as an aesthetic and as a way of life.  Read more

Original Air Date:

June 04, 2017

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June 04, 2017
November 17, 2018
August 24, 2019
August 01, 2020

Joe at Catfish Bend

Filmmaker Laura Stewart on how being filmed affects documentary subjects, and how that affects the truth you can tell.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 01, 2017

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June 01, 2017

David Byrne

The former Talking Heads frontman is one of those artists who just keeps reinventing himself.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 25, 2017

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May 25, 2017

Woman staring into the distance

When you’re hurt and the only way out of toxic bitterness and resentment is to let go, how do you summon the resolve to reach out to the person who hurt you most?Read more

Original Air Date:

May 21, 2017

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May 21, 2017
December 07, 2017
September 15, 2018
September 21, 2019

Twin Peaks  Agent Cooper

"Twin Peaks" co-creator Mark Frost takes a deep dive into the history of the strange Pacific Northwest town and its surreal residents in “The Secret History of Twin Peaks.”Read more

Original Air Date:

May 18, 2017

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May 18, 2017

Price is right

You score a royal flush in poker!  Do you credit your skill? Or luck?  We talk with a poker champion, a game designer, an investment banker and a choreographer about how to untangle skill from luck.Read more

Original Air Date:

February 14, 2016

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February 14, 2016
May 14, 2017
June 23, 2018
September 07, 2019

Chimpanzee

Do chimpanzees have spiritual experiences? A remarkable discovery in West Africa suggests they might.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 14, 2017

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May 14, 2017
November 25, 2017
July 14, 2018
June 22, 2019
October 17, 2020

Praying in nature

Is there an inherent conflict between science and religion? Jeff Schloss doesn’t think so. He’s a biologist who studies the evolutionary origins of religion. He’s also an observant Christian who’s had his own profound...Read more

Original Air Date:

May 11, 2017

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May 11, 2017

Nope

In this hour, we explore what the superpower of not giving a f--- might allow you to do. Read more

Original Air Date:

May 07, 2017

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May 06, 2017
December 02, 2017

Fall leaves

Richard Blanco’s poem begins the day after the November election, as he struggles to make sense of a new political mood.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 04, 2017

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May 04, 2017

Stop Light

A near-accident has poet Laura Kasischke marveling at the fearlessness of young adults and also worrying about their future. Read more

Original Air Date:

April 27, 2017

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April 27, 2017

repeat

Whether it’s nail biting or handwashing, most of us have a compulsion we can’t give up. Maybe that’s a good thing?Read more

Original Air Date:

April 23, 2017

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April 23, 2017
November 04, 2017
August 11, 2018
May 04, 2019

fake news

Poet Nick Lantz has a darkly satirical take on American culture. Lately, he’s been thinking about political spin and how politicians speak. In this interview—the third in our series ...Read more

Original Air Date:

April 20, 2017

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April 20, 2017

Fargo quilt

How he transformed the iconic film into the critically-acclaimed, award-winning TV series.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 18, 2017

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April 18, 2017

Stars

Do scientists see the world in a different way? Not really. Just be curious.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 16, 2017

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April 16, 2017
September 30, 2017
June 30, 2018
April 20, 2019

tech love

In his new poem, Fady Joudah explores questions about exile, suffering and the language of nation states.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 13, 2017

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April 13, 2017

vinyl is back

Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s something more. But analog is back in style.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 09, 2017

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September 23, 2017
April 09, 2017
March 24, 2018
February 23, 2019

Wendell Berry

An unlikely hero for TV's "Ron Swanson."Read more

Original Air Date:

April 06, 2017

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April 06, 2017

Writing poems

In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 02, 2017

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April 02, 2017

Cracked pair of glasses

Have you ever thought about tracking down someone who bullied you when you were a child? Allen Kurzweil thought about it and actually confronted him. We'll hear his story in this hour as we explore the bullying epidemic. Also, we'll find out how the Internet has transformed bullying into a...Read more

Original Air Date:

July 03, 2016

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July 03, 2016
April 02, 2017

Vietnamese refugees

Quan Barry is writing a new poem each week in response to current events.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 30, 2017

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March 30, 2017

Protester

Wherever you turn, it seems like someone’s angry — on Facebook and cable news, in street marches and congressional town halls. It would seem that we’ve entered a new era of increased hostility. But how did we, as a nation, get here?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 26, 2017

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October 21, 2017
March 26, 2017
July 21, 2018

Women in STEM

Emily Temple-Wood has been an avid Wikipedia editor since she was pretty young.  And early on, she noticed that Wikipedia has a serious gender bias problem, so she began recruiting more women editors to write more Wikipedia articles about notable women.  And in return she got… rape and...Read more

Original Air Date:

March 23, 2017

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March 23, 2017

Glitch lady

Why do women have to put up with this? And how do they fight back?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 19, 2017

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March 19, 2017
August 26, 2017
April 07, 2018

jet engine

We talk to two experts who think about the role empathy can play in tackling big problems.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 16, 2017

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March 16, 2017

Candles

When suicide bombers blow up crowded marketplaces, or a lone shooter attacks a nightclub, one question we’re always left with is why. This hour, a look at the underlying psychology of political violence.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 16, 2016

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July 16, 2016
March 12, 2017
July 21, 2018

Swirls

Psychedelic science is back — and they could help heal people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety.Read more

Original Air Date:

September 23, 2017

Previous Airdates:

March 05, 2017
September 23, 2017
August 25, 2018

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