Episode Archives

Playing jazz

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

Original Air Date:

November 27, 2016

Previous Airdates:

November 11, 2017
June 16, 2018
March 16, 2019
January 25, 2020

A cosmopolitan Japanese street.

One of the finalists for the National Book Award this year is Min Jin Lee, for her novel "Pachinko."Read more

Original Air Date:

November 09, 2017

Previous Airdates:

November 09, 2017

Blue bubble, red bubble

We live, work and play in Red and Blue tribal bubbles, filling our social media feeds with news sources that affirm our place in that order, rather than challenging it. What is that isolation doing to us? What can we do to escape it?Read more

Original Air Date:

June 16, 2018

Previous Airdates:

November 04, 2017
June 16, 2018

repeat

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

Original Air Date:

April 23, 2017

Previous Airdates:

April 23, 2017
November 04, 2017
August 11, 2018
May 04, 2019

RR cafe sign

In this show, we explore storyworlds — the fictional universes that continue to enchant us.  Like the ghostly supernatural realm in which Abe Lincoln’s dead son, Willie, finds himself and the surreal Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks, the home of some damn fine coffee.Read more

Original Air Date:

February 19, 2017

Previous Airdates:

February 19, 2017
October 28, 2017
October 20, 2018

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

Man in virtual reality

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

Original Air Date:

October 26, 2017

Previous Airdates:

October 26, 2017
January 30, 2019

Protester

Wherever you turn, it seems like someone’s angry — on Facebook and cable news, in street marches and congressional town halls. It would seem that we’ve entered a new era of increased hostility. But how did we, as a nation, get here?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 26, 2017

Previous Airdates:

October 21, 2017
March 26, 2017
July 21, 2018

Paramount Theatre in Newark, NJ

Home entertainment options have never been richer, but public places like movie theaters and performance spaces are suffering. What do we lose when everyone stays home?Read more

Original Air Date:

October 21, 2017

Previous Airdates:

October 21, 2017
March 31, 2018
January 26, 2019
December 07, 2019

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

How do you cope with unpleasant people? We consider the adage “hell is other people.”Read more

Original Air Date:

January 22, 2017

Previous Airdates:

January 22, 2017
October 14, 2017
June 02, 2018
July 20, 2019

Person walks in front of light wall.

Is this Philip K. Dick's world and are we just living in it? It sure seems like it these days. This hour, we explore his life and work. Read more

Original Air Date:

January 20, 2013

Previous Airdates:

October 07, 2017
January 20, 2013

Crochet hyperbolic plane (by Anitra Menning), from the "Crochet Coral Reef" project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring.

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

Stars

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

Original Air Date:

April 16, 2017

Previous Airdates:

April 16, 2017
September 30, 2017
June 30, 2018
April 20, 2019

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

Original Air Date:

May 26, 2018

Previous Airdates:

September 30, 2017
May 26, 2018
June 01, 2019

Swirls

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

Original Air Date:

September 23, 2017

Previous Airdates:

March 05, 2017
September 23, 2017
August 25, 2018

vinyl is back

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

Original Air Date:

April 09, 2017

Previous Airdates:

September 23, 2017
April 09, 2017
March 24, 2018
February 23, 2019

Making notes

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

Original Air Date:

September 16, 2017

Previous Airdates:

September 16, 2017

Apple on the tree of knowledge

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

Original Air Date:

February 05, 2017

Previous Airdates:

September 16, 2017
February 05, 2017
August 25, 2018
July 27, 2019

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

Original Air Date:

September 09, 2017

Previous Airdates:

September 09, 2017
December 13, 2015

A healing hand

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

Original Air Date:

July 05, 2015

Previous Airdates:

July 05, 2015
September 09, 2017
March 31, 2018
December 08, 2018

Your electronic best friend

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

Original Air Date:

September 02, 2017

Previous Airdates:

September 02, 2017
February 17, 2018
October 13, 2018

Automatic

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

Original Air Date:

November 29, 2015

Previous Airdates:

November 29, 2015
September 02, 2017
September 01, 2018

Ballot box and stickers

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

Original Air Date:

October 30, 2016

Previous Airdates:

October 30, 2016
August 26, 2017
November 03, 2018

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

Original Air Date:

May 17, 2015

Previous Airdates:

May 17, 2015
August 26, 2017
May 26, 2018
May 25, 2019

Glitch lady

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

Original Air Date:

March 19, 2017

Previous Airdates:

March 19, 2017
August 26, 2017
April 07, 2018

typewriter

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

Original Air Date:

November 08, 2015

Previous Airdates:

March 10, 2018
August 19, 2017
November 08, 2015

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

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Original Air Date:

August 19, 2017

Previous Airdates:

August 19, 2017
August 18, 2018
August 03, 2019
April 04, 2020

ice

“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

Original Air Date:

August 12, 2017

Previous Airdates:

August 12, 2017
February 10, 2018
November 24, 2018
August 31, 2019

ce matin, un lapin in middle school

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

Original Air Date:

December 20, 2015

Previous Airdates:

March 17, 2018
August 12, 2017
December 20, 2015
September 14, 2019

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