Episode Archives

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

Delete your account

You're thinking about hitting “delete” on all of it — Facebook, Twitter. But is that the answer, or should we resolve to stick around and make things better?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 22, 2018

Previous Airdates:

December 22, 2018
August 24, 2019
August 15, 2020

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

A tree in Sequoia National Forest

Trees talk to each other, and even form alliances with other trees or other species. Some are incredibly old — the root mass of aspens might live 100,000 years. In this hour, we explore the science and history of trees.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 28, 2018

Previous Airdates:

April 28, 2018
December 15, 2018
November 09, 2019
August 29, 2020

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

a gift

Even the most welcome gift can spark guilt, resentment, obligation or vulnerability. This hour, unwrapping the tangled emotions behind giving — and getting.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 08, 2018

Previous Airdates:

December 08, 2018
December 07, 2019

We’ve been taught to ignore, stifle, or just get over anger for many years — but what if we embraced it?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 01, 2018

Previous Airdates:

December 01, 2018
August 03, 2019

Actress with long tongue

We delve into the new science of revulsion.Read more

Original Air Date:

August 28, 2016

Previous Airdates:

August 28, 2016
February 24, 2018
December 01, 2018
August 10, 2019

What's the essence of religion? God? Scripture? Moral codes? Or is it really about something more unexplainable — primal spiritual experiences?Read more

Original Air Date:

November 24, 2018

Previous Airdates:

November 24, 2018
July 06, 2019
July 18, 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

Modern anti-depressants have saved a lot of minds. And lives. But what have they done to our bodies? And how do we navigate that trade-off between body and mind?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 24, 2018

Previous Airdates:

March 24, 2018
November 17, 2018
August 17, 2019
April 25, 2020

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

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

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

A splintering world.

All over the world, nation states are splintering. Separatism is on the rise. What causes nation states to erode? And what happens when they do?Read more

Original Air Date:

May 12, 2018

Previous Airdates:

May 12, 2018
November 03, 2018
September 28, 2019
September 12, 2020

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

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

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

DNA tests are uncovering mixed bloodlines. For African Americans, this can be emotionally-charged. What do you do when you find out one of your direct ancestors was a slave owner? Does it open the door to new conversations about racial justice?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 10, 2018

Previous Airdates:

March 10, 2018
October 20, 2018
June 08, 2019
May 16, 2020

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

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

Pick Your Poison

Covert spies painting nerve agents on doorknobs? It's not the only way to poison someone. We hear stories of radioactive paint, formaldehyde-spiked baby formula, and a beautiful garden full of plants that could kill you.Read more

Original Air Date:

October 13, 2018

Previous Airdates:

October 13, 2018
June 29, 2019
March 14, 2020

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

Eric, president of the Wisconsin chapter of the Proud Boys, shows off his tattoo, which is part of initiation into the group. Another ritual involves getting punched by other members while reciting breakfast cereal names. Photo taken Oct. 4, 2017.

The right-wing politics and bro culture of The Proud Boys is attracting young, white men nationwide. Founder Gavin McInnes believes “95% of American women” would be happier at home. Where does his vision of “being a man” fit in 2018?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 03, 2018

Previous Airdates:

February 03, 2018
October 06, 2018

Facing hatred head-on

For the first time since World War II, far-right and neo-fascist groups are winning converts and votes — all over Europe and also here at home. Why is it happening, and can it be stopped?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 24, 2018

Previous Airdates:

February 24, 2018
September 29, 2018
May 18, 2019
March 28, 2020

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

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

Ever had the nagging suspicion that you’re being watched? You are. We all are.Read more

Original Air Date:

January 13, 2018

Previous Airdates:

January 13, 2018
September 22, 2018
June 29, 2019
June 13, 2020

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

The first birth is when you arrive here, as a wet, wiggling newborn. But there may be other transitions in your life that feel just as difficult and profound. Some people actually call those passages rebirth. Read more

Original Air Date:

September 15, 2018

Previous Airdates:

September 15, 2018
June 15, 2019
July 25, 2020

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