Episode Archives

Live from Mark's (in-game) yard.

Not everyone has a big yard to stretch out in while sheltering in place. But maybe all you need is a virtual space to call your own.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 16, 2020

Previous Airdates:

May 16, 2020
January 09, 2021
August 28, 2021

Clocks

Clocks and calendars chop time into increments. It’s efficient, and it helps us get to meetings on time. But what does time feel like when you stop counting it?Read more

Original Air Date:

January 04, 2020

Previous Airdates:

January 04, 2020
January 02, 2021

empty stage

In times of crisis, we need music. We look at how far people will go — even under quarantine, during a pandemic — to find ways to make music together.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 25, 2020

Previous Airdates:

April 25, 2020
January 02, 2021
September 18, 2021

The End

We don’t handle endings well, in general. So this hour, let’s learn about how to make a good ending — whether leaving a lover, quitting a job, or getting ready for the end of life itself.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 30, 2017

Previous Airdates:

December 30, 2017
December 29, 2018
December 28, 2019
December 26, 2020

lady among viruses

How can we, individually and collectively, find meaning in the experience of the coronavirus pandemic?Read more

Original Air Date:

May 23, 2020

Previous Airdates:

May 23, 2020
December 26, 2020
September 25, 2021

a moose

What can we learn from the natural world — from animals, from the water — about surviving and even celebrating the cold?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 21, 2019

Previous Airdates:

December 21, 2019
December 19, 2020

Plant as person

If plants are intelligent beings, how should we relate to them? Do they have a place in our moral universe? Should they have rights?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 19, 2020

Previous Airdates:

December 19, 2020
August 21, 2021

skin

We all miss touching things — groceries, door knobs, hands, faces. And most of all, skin. The living tissue that simultaneously protects us from the world, and lets us feel it. In this episode, the politics, biology, and inner life of your skin.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 18, 2020

Previous Airdates:

April 18, 2020
December 12, 2020
August 07, 2021

Traveling the world by book

From Africa to England, to a kamikaze cockpit, and to realms of fantasy. Books aren’t just books. They’re passports.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 14, 2020

Previous Airdates:

March 14, 2020
December 05, 2020
September 04, 2021

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

Original Air Date:

December 27, 2015

Previous Airdates:

December 27, 2015
September 04, 2016
April 21, 2018
April 06, 2019
December 05, 2020

It's a long walk from the truth to the whole truth. A biographer, a poet, a memoirist and a filmmaker describe the moral struggle and personal cost involved.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 10, 2018

Previous Airdates:

November 10, 2018
July 20, 2019
April 11, 2020
November 28, 2020
November 27, 2021

Zoom holidays

What are you doing for the holidays this year? We know we need to keep it small, keep it safe. But maybe we can be creative, too.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 28, 2020

Previous Airdates:

November 28, 2020
November 27, 2021

Headphones in the city

Cities can be cacophonous and loud, a chaos of sonic discord. If, that is, you don't really focus your listening. People who’ve trained their ears to hear urban soundscapes in new ways hear something different.Read more

Original Air Date:

September 29, 2018

Previous Airdates:

September 29, 2018
May 11, 2019
February 01, 2020
November 21, 2020
November 06, 2021

tree among warnings

Why do people turn to poetry during troubled times? We saw it after 9/11 and we're seeing it now. When the world seems broken, poetry is often the one kind of language that helps.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 04, 2020

Previous Airdates:

April 04, 2020
November 21, 2020

Crochet hyperbolic plane

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

Original Air Date:

October 07, 2017

Previous Airdates:

October 07, 2017
May 05, 2018
March 02, 2019
November 14, 2020

A nature path near Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wherever you live — city or country, East coast, West coast, or in between — we share common, contemplative experiences on our walks outside.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 09, 2020

Previous Airdates:

May 09, 2020
November 14, 2020
October 23, 2021

Machines

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

Original Air Date:

January 15, 2017

Previous Airdates:

January 15, 2017
November 11, 2017
July 07, 2018
April 13, 2019
November 07, 2020

empty football stadium

What do you do when the headlines are freaking you out and the news is making you tense? A lot of people find sports takes their mind off things. It’s like this one worry-free, politics-free zone. Until it isn’t.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 07, 2020

Previous Airdates:

November 07, 2020

ghosts

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

Original Air Date:

October 26, 2019

Previous Airdates:

October 26, 2019
October 31, 2020

Spooky train tracks in the woods

Did you know that the U.S. military has a long history of working with psychics to try to discover enemy secrets? We examine this history and take a deep dive into the paranormal.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 28, 2017

Previous Airdates:

October 28, 2017
October 27, 2018
October 26, 2019
October 31, 2020
October 30, 2021

Overstimulated and over everything.

The pandemic, the protests, the President’s Twitter feed — everything is exhausting. But maybe it doesn’t have to be?Read more

Original Air Date:

October 24, 2020

Previous Airdates:

October 24, 2020
July 10, 2021

A ray of hope

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

Original Air Date:

August 11, 2018

Previous Airdates:

August 11, 2018
March 09, 2019
January 11, 2020
October 24, 2020

inverted stars over the white house

Americans are getting ready to vote. But this election is different from other years. What's really on the ballot?Read more

Original Air Date:

October 17, 2020

Previous Airdates:

October 17, 2020

Chimpanzee

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

Original Air Date:

May 14, 2017

Previous Airdates:

May 14, 2017
November 25, 2017
July 14, 2018
June 22, 2019
October 17, 2020

A brain alive with energy

New experiences rewire the brain. So after all we’ve been through, are we different? We consider the "COVID brain" in both neuroscience and the arts.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 10, 2020

Previous Airdates:

October 10, 2020
June 12, 2021

Prison bars

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

Original Air Date:

June 25, 2017

Previous Airdates:

June 24, 2017
April 28, 2018
January 19, 2019
November 23, 2019
October 10, 2020

A little more magic in the world.

"Magical thinking" gets a bad rap these days. It suggests losing your grip on reality or being so gullible that you'll believe anything - from ghosts to miracles. But what if magic isn't pure fantasy? Maybe it's the gateway to wonder.  Read more

Original Air Date:

February 17, 2018

Previous Airdates:

February 17, 2018
September 22, 2018
May 11, 2019
October 03, 2020

eyes

Exchanging glances with the natural world happens more often than you’d think. It can be so profound, there’s a name for it: eye-to-eye epiphany.Read more

Original Air Date:

February 08, 2020

Previous Airdates:

February 08, 2020
October 03, 2020
June 26, 2021

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World

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

Original Air Date:

June 02, 2018

Previous Airdates:

April 30, 2016
October 14, 2017
June 02, 2018
March 30, 2019
September 26, 2020

The bright Addis Ababa skyline

Africans are moving into cities in unprecedented numbers. Lagos, Nigeria, is on track to have 100 million people. So how and why do cities thrive?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 14, 2019

Previous Airdates:

December 14, 2019
September 26, 2020
July 17, 2021

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