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  • May 26, 2018
  • June 01, 2019

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

Stars
  • June 30, 2018
  • April 20, 2019

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

Swirls
  • August 25, 2018

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

vinyl is back
  • March 24, 2018
  • February 23, 2019

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

Apple on the tree of knowledge
  • August 25, 2018
  • July 27, 2019

A garden, a tree, an apple and a serpent. The story of Adam and Eve is as old as sin. But it’s a lot more than a Bible story.Read more

Making notes

If everyone’s a critic online, does it mean that cultural criticism doesn’t matter anymore?Read more

Photograph of Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 02/23/1945, National Archives

Armed conflicts. Insurgencies. Civil Wars. Invasions. Syria. Iraq. Afghanistan. Nigeria. Ukraine. South Sudan. Gaza. Yemen. The world is at war. Why?Read more

A healing hand
  • March 31, 2018
  • December 08, 2018

As terrible as it sounds, most of us will go through something traumatic at some point in our lives. The experience can be deeply isolating and crushing, but it doesn't have to be. Read more

Your electronic best friend
  • February 17, 2018
  • October 13, 2018

Do you love your laptop? Feel affection for your phone? Some of us spend more time with our devices than our families. How deep do those attachments go?Read more

Automatic
  • September 01, 2018

Automated machines are taking over our lives. They're not the scary robots you see in movies, but more and more of today's technology — from smart phones to airplanes — is automated. But do we want to give machines so much control?Read more

  • May 26, 2018
  • May 25, 2019

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

Ballot box and stickers
  • November 03, 2018

How do we put the fairness and the fun back in American elections? In this hour, we present a few simple ideas for how to remake the electoral process.Read more

Glitch lady
  • April 07, 2018

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

typewriter
  • March 10, 2018

Short stories can be harder to write than novels, but just as great.Read more

  • August 18, 2018
  • August 03, 2019

From our narrow vantage point on Earth, how can we see what's out there, beyond our skies?

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ice
  • February 10, 2018
  • November 24, 2018
  • August 31, 2019

“The climate crisis is a crisis of culture and thus of imagination,” says writer Amitav Ghosh. So what changes in our conversation about global warming when we tap into the imaginative worlds of novelists and artists?Read more

ce matin, un lapin in middle school
  • March 17, 2018
  • September 14, 2019

When was the last time you said something so mortifying that all you wanted to do was crawl under a rock and hide? From teenage angst to cringe comedy, we're setting aside the shame and reveling in all things awkward.Read more

Wolf in Yellowstone
  • January 27, 2018
  • February 02, 2019

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

home
  • 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?Read more

Saddam Hussein
  • January 20, 2018
  • October 27, 2018

How can someone be a monster — a brutal dictator, a mass murderer, a serial killer — and up close seem like a decent, caring person? What happens when you find yourself liking someone who’s done terrible things?Read more

Typewriter
  • January 13, 2018
  • December 22, 2018

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

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti
  • September 08, 2018

Checking someone else’s privilege can be a form of hostility. Checking your own can be an act of humility. Does anyone actually benefit from talking about privilege? This hour, the benefits and drawbacks of talking about privilege.Read more

shame statue
  • January 20, 2018
  • November 10, 2018

Social media has brought us all closer together. Sometimes that's a good thing. But when it comes to online shaming, it's a bad thing. Read more

Sound and Color
  • October 06, 2018

Do you ever wish you could reinvent yourself? This hour, we hear from four noted artists who experienced pivotal turns in their own lives: artist Rashid Johnson, writer/photographer Teju Cole, singer Nikka Costa, and musician Michael Nesmith.Read more

  • May 12, 2018

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

Feet out the window
  • 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.Read more

airport protest

When you don't have a voice, when you feel like lawmakers just won't listen to you, protest is one way of capturing the world's attention. But does it work? Read more

time travel clock
  • February 03, 2018

This hour, we explore our obsession with time travel. Why is such a recurring them in movies and TV shows? And what can time travel teach us about ourselves?Read more

Twitterstorm of bots

Everyone in your Facebook feed is falling for fake news–sharing it even when there's no way it can be true. But not you, right? You can tell the difference. Or can you?Read more

Prison bars
  • April 28, 2018
  • January 19, 2019

Most of us will never know what really happens behind bars. Prisons are generally off limits to the public and press, but several new investigations are drawing attention to the conditions in many of our nation's jails. This hour, what should a prison be?...Read more

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