Episode Archives

Wolf in Yellowstone

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

Original Air Date:

January 27, 2018

Previous Airdates:

August 06, 2017
January 27, 2018
February 02, 2019
October 19, 2019
September 19, 2020

home

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

Original Air Date:

December 04, 2016

Previous Airdates:

December 04, 2016
August 05, 2017
May 19, 2018
November 02, 2019

Saddam Hussein

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

Original Air Date:

January 20, 2018

Previous Airdates:

July 30, 2017
January 20, 2018
October 27, 2018
October 05, 2019

Typewriter

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

Original Air Date:

October 23, 2016

Previous Airdates:

October 23, 2016
July 29, 2017
January 13, 2018
December 22, 2018

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti

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

Original Air Date:

October 18, 2015

Previous Airdates:

October 18, 2015
July 23, 2017
September 08, 2018
April 11, 2020

shame statue

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

Original Air Date:

April 18, 2015

Previous Airdates:

April 18, 2015
July 22, 2017
January 20, 2018
November 10, 2018

Sound and Color

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

Original Air Date:

July 15, 2017

Previous Airdates:

December 16, 2017
July 15, 2017
October 06, 2018

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

Original Air Date:

January 11, 2016

Previous Airdates:

January 11, 2016
July 15, 2017
May 12, 2018
December 21, 2019

Feet out the window

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

Original Air Date:

July 09, 2017

Previous Airdates:

July 09, 2017
July 07, 2018

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

Original Air Date:

June 26, 2016

Previous Airdates:

July 08, 2017
June 26, 2016

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

Original Air Date:

July 02, 2017

Previous Airdates:

July 02, 2017

time travel clock

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

Original Air Date:

October 09, 2016

Previous Airdates:

October 09, 2016
July 02, 2017
February 03, 2018

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

Alex Honnold

Yosemite is climbing’s mecca. It’s where Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell stunned the world with their dazzling climbs.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 18, 2017

Previous Airdates:

June 18, 2017
December 16, 2017
December 15, 2018

Live in St. Louis

We’ve all had them—the big, significant, transformations that take your life in a new direction. And even though those gateway moments present new and exciting opportunities, they are almost always by definition uncomfortable.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 11, 2017

Previous Airdates:

June 11, 2017
March 03, 2018
July 06, 2019

Elephant

Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how a chimp or a parrot thinks and experiences the world?Read more

Original Air Date:

September 03, 2016

Previous Airdates:

September 03, 2016
June 10, 2017

Syna So Pro

Low-fi artist Syna So Pro loops with love.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 09, 2017

Previous Airdates:

June 09, 2017

art

The virtues of transgressive, subversive, rule-breaking art, both as an aesthetic and as a way of life.  Read more

Original Air Date:

June 04, 2017

Previous Airdates:

June 04, 2017
November 17, 2018
August 24, 2019
August 01, 2020

Joe at Catfish Bend

Filmmaker Laura Stewart on how being filmed affects documentary subjects, and how that affects the truth you can tell.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 01, 2017

Previous Airdates:

June 01, 2017

David Byrne

The former Talking Heads frontman is one of those artists who just keeps reinventing himself.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 25, 2017

Previous Airdates:

May 25, 2017

Woman staring into the distance

When you’re hurt and the only way out of toxic bitterness and resentment is to let go, how do you summon the resolve to reach out to the person who hurt you most?Read more

Original Air Date:

May 21, 2017

Previous Airdates:

May 21, 2017
December 07, 2017
September 15, 2018
September 21, 2019

Twin Peaks  Agent Cooper

"Twin Peaks" co-creator Mark Frost takes a deep dive into the history of the strange Pacific Northwest town and its surreal residents in “The Secret History of Twin Peaks.”Read more

Original Air Date:

May 18, 2017

Previous Airdates:

May 18, 2017

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

Price is right

You score a royal flush in poker!  Do you credit your skill? Or luck?  We talk with a poker champion, a game designer, an investment banker and a choreographer about how to untangle skill from luck.Read more

Original Air Date:

February 14, 2016

Previous Airdates:

February 14, 2016
May 14, 2017
June 23, 2018
September 07, 2019

Praying in nature

Is there an inherent conflict between science and religion? Jeff Schloss doesn’t think so. He’s a biologist who studies the evolutionary origins of religion. He’s also an observant Christian who’s had his own profound...Read more

Original Air Date:

May 11, 2017

Previous Airdates:

May 11, 2017

Nope

In this hour, we explore what the superpower of not giving a f--- might allow you to do. Read more

Original Air Date:

May 07, 2017

Previous Airdates:

May 06, 2017
December 02, 2017

Fall leaves

Richard Blanco’s poem begins the day after the November election, as he struggles to make sense of a new political mood.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 04, 2017

Previous Airdates:

May 04, 2017

Stop Light

A near-accident has poet Laura Kasischke marveling at the fearlessness of young adults and also worrying about their future. Read more

Original Air Date:

April 27, 2017

Previous Airdates:

April 27, 2017

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

fake news

Poet Nick Lantz has a darkly satirical take on American culture. Lately, he’s been thinking about political spin and how politicians speak. In this interview—the third in our series ...Read more

Original Air Date:

April 20, 2017

Previous Airdates:

April 20, 2017

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