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August 11, 2018

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

A ray of hope
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August 11, 2018

Why is the world so damn cynical? Rather than surrendering to corrosive, hopeless snark, we look to some unexpected sources to make the case for sincerity.More

A Medicare for all rally
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August 04, 2018

It was a dirty word 25 years ago. But now, more and more people are identifying as Socialists…in America and on the ballot.More

Be quiet, world
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August 04, 2018

Do you ever crave silence? Maybe some can’t stand to hear themselves thinking, but others go to great lengths to find respite from a blaringly loud world.More

A ship on the rocks
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July 28, 2018

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

Bee collecting pollen
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July 28, 2018

Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban Detroit.More

The spiral of the edges of belief
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July 26, 2018

Jeff Kripal is a highly original, even maverick, historian of religion. In this conversation — part of a collaboration with the LA Review of Books — Kripal takes Steve to where all the weird stuff we can’t explain lives ... or hides.More

Candles
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July 21, 2018

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.More

Protester
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July 21, 2018

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?More

The Parthenon
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July 14, 2018

When we hear from politicians and activists that "the West is at risk, that a clash of civilizations threatens Western culture," what does that mean exactly? And who do we think is coming for it?More

Chimpanzee
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July 14, 2018

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

Feet out the window
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July 07, 2018

We take road trips and endless highways for granted, but there are other countries where people can pay a heavy price just for getting behind a wheel.More

Machines
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July 07, 2018

Computer scientists are closing in on the next frontier in artificial intelligence — machines that can create. Make art. Write stories. Compose music. The dream is to open the door to a whole new kind of creativity. More

Stars
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June 30, 2018

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

Cacao beans
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June 30, 2018

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.More

ate that cake
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June 23, 2018

It creeps into everything: guilt that we're not good enough, fit enough, smart enough. As we peruse Instagram, all we see is the perfection of others reflecting our own failures back at us. Why do we spend so much time feeling guilty? Should we?More

Price is right
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June 23, 2018

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.More

Playing jazz
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June 16, 2018

There's a new kind of music packing nightclubs with young fans. It's jazz - but not the sound of your grandparents' supper club. Infused with hip hop and other popular musical forms, jazz is being remade.More

Blue bubble, red bubble
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June 16, 2018

We live, work and play in Red and Blue tribal bubbles, filling our social media feeds with news sources that affirm our place in that order, rather than challenging it. What is that isolation doing to us? What can we do to escape it?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.More

So very tired by work
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June 09, 2018

Across professions, half of Americans surveyed say they’re exhausted from work. More and more of us feel scrambled, tired and drained. Are we facing daily lives more prone to burnout? And what can we do about it?More

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World
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June 02, 2018

Amidst economic devastation, producer Charles Monroe-Kane asks what it takes to survive in the Rust Belt.More

on stage
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June 02, 2018

How do you cope with unpleasant people? We consider the adage “hell is other people.”More

At the fair
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May 26, 2018

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.More

A lone school desk
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May 26, 2018

Why do we have schools? To build a workforce? To create democratic citizens? More

Final curtain
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May 19, 2018

If life is a play, what happens during the last act? What’s it like to live knowing you have a limited amount of time left?More

home
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May 19, 2018

We’re living through a period of mass human migration, with people on the move all over the planet. What does it take to take an unfamiliar place and make it yours?More

A splintering world.
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May 12, 2018
November 03, 2018

All over the world, nation states are splintering. Separatism is on the rise. What causes nation states to erode? And what happens when they do?More

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May 12, 2018

Can science tell you how to "get happy?"  This hour,  the psychology and history behind the very idea of happiness. More

Crochet hyperbolic plane (by Anitra Menning), from the "Crochet Coral Reef" project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring.
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May 05, 2018

For centuries, mathematicians have been looking for the deep design, the mathematical code to explain everything from microorganisms to spacetime. But it’s a dangerous quest.More

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