Episode Archives

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The game of life

The board games we play tell us so much more about ourselves than we think — our history, our politics and our inner psychology.Read more

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November 30, 2019

Books up close

Is there a book you can’t forget? A book that left a mark on you? We celebrate books and reading with an eclectic cast of writers from around the country.Read more

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November 16, 2019

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

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November 02, 2019


What if experiencing dread — the horror of it all — is good for you?Read more

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October 26, 2019

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

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October 12, 2019

blurry man at podium

The line between free speech and hate speech isn't always clear. When does sensitivity become censorship?Read more

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September 28, 2019

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

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September 14, 2019

man and woman singing

Millions of people are caring for someone with severe memory loss, trying to find ways to connect. One of the best ways anyone has found is music.Read more

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August 17, 2019


What makes someone want to walk into a ring and hit someone? Choose to take a punch? Why men — and women — fight. And why so many of us like to watch.Read more

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August 10, 2019

woman with bullhorn

Your voice is unique. It's how your friends and family know you. But how comfortable are you with your voice? And how freely do you use it?Read more

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July 27, 2019

woman on beach

Summer reading lists are full of so-called "beach books." But if you’ve got enough time to lounge by a pool or swing in a hammock, why not tackle something more substantial?Read more

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July 13, 2019


We're always online but still have an innate need to meet in person. How can we make gatherings, from dinner parties to work meetings, more meaningful?Read more

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June 22, 2019

Mushroom wonder

We owe our past and future existence on Earth to fungi. Some can heal you, some can kill you, and some can change you forever.Read more

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June 08, 2019

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

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June 01, 2019

through the doorway

Between masks and vaccinations, COVID-19 has added even more to the ethical baggage we carry with us when we travel. As we get back out there into the world, we revisit a show from 2019 about the ethical dilemmas travel poses.Read more

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May 25, 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

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May 04, 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

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April 27, 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

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April 20, 2019

AOC, Bernie, and the young socialists

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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April 06, 2019

into the internet

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

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March 23, 2019

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

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March 16, 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

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March 02, 2019

The wonderful human body

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

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February 23, 2019

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

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February 09, 2019