Episode Archives

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May 04, 2019

Hope means believing there’s a future. But can hope co-exist with cataclysmic realities like climate change, or disruptive technological advances like artificial intelligence? Read more

repeat
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April 23, 2017

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

Be quiet, world
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December 09, 2017

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.Read more

Hope
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April 27, 2019

This hour we talk with people who’ve turned that around and made hope real, whether it’s through political activism, faith, music, or reading a life-changing novel.Read more

Hope
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April 20, 2019

Is hope something we’re innately born with, or something we can choose to have? We talk with people who tell us where they think hope lives in ourselves and our communities.Read more

Stars
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April 16, 2017

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

Machines
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January 15, 2017

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. Read more

AOC, Bernie, and the young socialists
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April 06, 2019

Look around the political landscape and you see something we haven’t seen for decades — politicians proudly identifying as socialists. Has their moment arrived?Read more

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December 27, 2015

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

The Colosseum
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February 21, 2016

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

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.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

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

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

Playing jazz
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November 27, 2016

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.Read 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.Read more

CC BY-SA 2.0
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November 20, 2016

Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What's next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy?Read more

border
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March 02, 2019

Today, borders are a political flashpoint. But in a highly connected world, does the idea of a national border even make sense anymore?Read 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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October 07, 2017

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.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

vinyl is back
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April 09, 2017

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

ate that cake
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June 21, 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?Read 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?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

The Majestic Theater in Madison
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February 26, 2017

What can science reveal about lust, romance, and compassion?Read 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.Read more

Wolf in Yellowstone
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January 27, 2018

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

Man in virtual reality
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October 26, 2017

Remember virtual reality? Back in the 1990’s, it was going to be the technology of the future.  Today, it’s here. But we're still figuring out what to do with it.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

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