Episode Archives

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An owl

For many birdwatchers, identifying bird calls, tracking rare breeds through marshes and waters, and watching our feathered friends is more than just a pastime — it's a calling.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 17, 2023

TTBOOK and Center for Humans and Nature present Deep Time

When you’re on the clock, you’re always running out of time. The relentless countdown is making us and the planet sick. But clock time isn’t the only kind. There are older, deeper rhythms of natural time.  We just forgot how to listen.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 03, 2023

To The Best of out Knowledge presents Luminous

In this episode of "Luminous," we go inside Usona Institute’s chemistry lab and go deep with co-founder Bill Linton about what brought him to this unique moment in the psychedelic revolution.  Read more

Original Air Date:

May 17, 2023

A mother and child

We celebrate Mother's Day with a collection of stories from our archives, by and about moms. Stories about care and about courage — about the work of mothering.Read more

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May 13, 2023

Clockwise from the left: a fossilized leaf, an orangutan, a rowing team, a microscope view

In some of our favorite science interviews — discover the joy of studying fossils, the invention of a paper microscope, and the astrophysics of making a hard-boiled egg.Read more

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April 22, 2023

TTBOOK Presents Luminous episode 1. A door with magical colors coming out.

In the first episode in our series about psychedelics, how can psilocybin ease our fears about dying and help us make peace with the end of our lives?Read more

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April 08, 2023

A shattered person.

You're not even out of bed and you're already worrying. So let's talk about it: How anxious we are, how we got that way, and what to do about it.Read more

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March 25, 2023

A wonderous wood

Maybe there’s something missing in your life you can’t quite explain. It might be that you need to re-discover your sense of wonder.Read more

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March 18, 2023

an infinite bookcase

Debates over American history are front-page news, and a new generation of public historians is re-shaping our national narrative.Read more

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February 25, 2023

the many ills of capitalism

Radical politics and radical movements are on the rise everywhere. Maybe they're all — in one way or another — a rebellion against capitalism.Read more

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February 11, 2023

Athlete Jim Thorpe

A Native American hero — one of the greatest athletes the world has ever known — is now being celebrated by a new generation.Read more

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January 14, 2023

an african imagination of the future.

Wakanda is a very American version of an idealized African future. So how do African science fiction writers tell stories about their own imagined future?Read more

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December 10, 2022

workers waiting for a job interview

In this final part of our series, we’re talking about work — specifically the right to meaningful work.Read more

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November 19, 2022

An X-ray of a mind

PTSD and other mental health challenges can push people into poverty. How do you break the cycle? How do we truly care for people mentally and financially?Read more

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November 12, 2022

a row of apartment buildings

In the first of three episodes of "Going For Broke" all about the care economy, we're thinking about housing. Many of us would consider it a basic human right. But in America, it can be hard to come by.Read more

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November 05, 2022

a woman before a swirling blackhole

When the real world becomes too much, fantasy might be your ticket out. But at what point does fantasy go too far?Read more

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September 17, 2022

kente cloth landscape

2019 marked the "year of return" to Ghana. Now, scores of African-Americans are moving to Ghana permanently – giving up on the country of their birth.Read more

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September 03, 2022

an abstract image of an angry mob carrying flags

Around the world, authoritarian leaders are on the rise – from Russia and Hungary to the U.S. We examine the return of the Strongman — and how to save democracy.Read more

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August 13, 2022

a figure walking

Walking prolongs our life and made us human. So why are we doing less and less of it? Read more

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July 30, 2022


Psychedelics show remarkable promise for treating depression, addiction and PTSD. They just might revolutionize the treatment of mental illness.Read more

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July 02, 2022

You're not ok that's ok

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, producer Charles Monroe-Kane made 300 yard signs that read "You're not ok. That's ok." He put them on his porch. Soon they were gone.Read more

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June 18, 2022


Geometry is the secret sauce of mathematics. It's different from everything else, and it applies to everything from human evolution to romance novels.
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May 28, 2022

A typewriter in Ukrainian light

We talk with poets and novelists about how they deeply notice the historical time we live in — through their words and voice.Read more

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May 07, 2022


As our world gets more and more virtual, traditional skills like blacksmithing and woodworking are starting to look better and better to a lot of people.Read more

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April 09, 2022