Episode Archives

Fargo quilt

How he transformed the iconic film into the critically-acclaimed, award-winning TV series.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 18, 2017

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April 18, 2017

Stars

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

Original Air Date:

April 16, 2017

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

tech love

In his new poem, Fady Joudah explores questions about exile, suffering and the language of nation states.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 13, 2017

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April 13, 2017

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

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

Wendell Berry

An unlikely hero for TV's "Ron Swanson."Read more

Original Air Date:

April 06, 2017

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April 06, 2017

Cracked pair of glasses

Have you ever thought about tracking down someone who bullied you when you were a child? Allen Kurzweil thought about it and actually confronted him. We'll hear his story in this hour as we explore the bullying epidemic. Also, we'll find out how the Internet has transformed bullying into a...Read more

Original Air Date:

July 03, 2016

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July 03, 2016
April 02, 2017

Writing poems

In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 02, 2017

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April 02, 2017

Vietnamese refugees

Quan Barry is writing a new poem each week in response to current events.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 30, 2017

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March 30, 2017

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

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

Women in STEM

Emily Temple-Wood has been an avid Wikipedia editor since she was pretty young.  And early on, she noticed that Wikipedia has a serious gender bias problem, so she began recruiting more women editors to write more Wikipedia articles about notable women.  And in return she got… rape and...Read more

Original Air Date:

March 23, 2017

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March 23, 2017

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

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

jet engine

We talk to two experts who think about the role empathy can play in tackling big problems.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 16, 2017

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March 16, 2017

Candles

When suicide bombers blow up crowded marketplaces, or a lone shooter attacks a nightclub, one question we’re always left with is why. This hour, a look at the underlying psychology of political violence.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 16, 2016

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July 16, 2016
March 12, 2017
July 21, 2018

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

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

The Majestic Theater in Madison

What can science reveal about lust, romance, and compassion?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017
February 10, 2018
February 09, 2019
February 15, 2020

People on an island

Forty years ago Richard Dawkins wrote the landmark book “The Selfish Gene,” where he argued that the gene is what drives evolution. But what if he got it all wrong?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

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

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

We grow up scribbling with crayons and covering sidewalks with chalk, and then around middle school most of us stop. Maybe we think it's childish or just too hard. So what can we learn from the people who never stopped making art?Read more

Original Air Date:

April 17, 2016

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April 17, 2016
March 03, 2018
February 05, 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

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

Satellite image of Europe

There are nearly 250 million migrants across the world right now. Some will be escaping war or oppression, others will be seeking out freedom or economic prosperity, but whatever the reason, the kind of life they're looking for lies across a border that's policed and restricted. What if it didn'...Read more

Original Air Date:

May 01, 2016

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May 01, 2016
January 29, 2017

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

Original Air Date:

January 22, 2017

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

running is pointless

Every generation has one or two critics with an unparalleled ability to capture the cultural moment they’re living in. Now, that critic may be Mark Greif. He’s one of the founders of the literary magazine n+1, who’s just come out with a new essay collection, “Against Everything.” In this...Read more

Original Air Date:

January 19, 2017

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January 19, 2017

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

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

Chicago skyline

Charles Monroe-Kane talks to David Nagler about adapting Carl Sandburg's poems to music. Read more

Original Air Date:

January 12, 2017

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January 12, 2017

A huddle

Be strong, be tough, don’t cry – boys are bombarded with messages about being a man and the “male code” their whole lives. It's second nature, and also toxic. Read more

Original Air Date:

January 08, 2017

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January 08, 2017

Abstaining from alchohol in January?

Ah, January. Season of diets and fasts and cleanses, of "Drynuary" and "Veganuary." Why does being virtuous always seem to mean giving up pleasure?Read more

Original Air Date:

January 06, 2018

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January 04, 2015
January 17, 2016
January 01, 2017
January 04, 2018
January 05, 2019

A future man (or lady)

Why are we so obsessed with the future? Is it because we can't handle the present and all of our current problems, like climate change, racism and terrorism? That's one theory.Read more

Original Air Date:

January 02, 2016

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January 02, 2016
January 01, 2017
January 06, 2018

TTBOOK

It's December and time again for the annual media ritual — the best of list. We're sharing the best of the best of To the Best of Our Knowledge. 2016, the year in interviews.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 18, 2016

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December 18, 2016

Shirley Jackson

On the centennial of Shirley Jackson's birth, we explore the great literary work that she left for us — the stories and novels that continue to resonate in our culture.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 11, 2016

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December 11, 2016

Freeman Dyson

You get the sense that Freeman Dyson has seen everything. He's a legendary physicist who's had a front row seat on scientific breakthroughs for the past century. Read more

Original Air Date:

December 08, 2016

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December 08, 2016

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