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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.
Air Dates:
  • October 06, 2018
  • February 03, 2018

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

Sound and Color
Air Dates:
  • October 06, 2018
  • July 15, 2017
  • December 16, 2017

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

Headphones in the city
Air Dates:
  • September 29, 2018

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

Facing hatred head-on
Air Dates:
  • September 29, 2018
  • February 24, 2018

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

Who's watching?
Air Dates:
  • September 22, 2018
  • January 13, 2018

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

A little more magic in the world.
Air Dates:
  • September 22, 2018
  • February 17, 2018

"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

Plants at the beginning
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  • September 15, 2018

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 re-birth. Read more

Woman staring into the distance
Air Dates:
  • September 15, 2018
  • December 07, 2017
  • May 21, 2017

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

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti
Air Dates:
  • September 08, 2018
  • July 23, 2017
  • October 18, 2015

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

David Foster Wallace
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  • September 08, 2018

On the tenth anniversary of his suicide, David Foster Wallace faces renewed criticism over his treatment of women, in his life and work. Fans and critics are re-reading his work, struggling to reconcile genius with misogyny.Read more

Automatic
Air Dates:
  • September 01, 2018
  • September 02, 2017
  • November 29, 2015

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

Workers of all stripes
Air Dates:
  • September 01, 2018

It's not easy in America today to find work that matters, that’s meaningful, and that pays enough to live on. Which is the one thing we don’t talk about. What’s wrong with work — and how do we fix it?Read more

Apple on the tree of knowledge
Air Dates:
  • August 25, 2018
  • February 05, 2017
  • September 16, 2017

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

Swirls
Air Dates:
  • August 25, 2018
  • September 23, 2017
  • March 05, 2017

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

Mileva Marić-Einstein and Albert Einstein, 1912
Air Dates:
  • August 23, 2018

There are the female scientists you can name, and the ones forgotten by history. Like Mileva Marić-Einstein. She might just have been more brilliant than Albert was — but we'll never know. Read more

Seeing the universe
Air Dates:
  • August 18, 2018
  • August 19, 2017

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

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When women in science feel trapped by harassers, how do they (and science) suffer as a result?
Air Dates:
  • August 18, 2018
  • December 02, 2017

Sexism has no boundaries, as we're quickly discovering. But what impact does it have on scientific discovery if sexist behavior drives women out of science entirely?Read more

A ray of hope
Air Dates:
  • August 11, 2018

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

repeat
Air Dates:
  • August 11, 2018
  • November 04, 2017
  • April 23, 2017

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

Be quiet, world
Air Dates:
  • August 04, 2018
  • December 09, 2017

Do you ever crave silence? Maybe some can’t stand to hear themselves thinking, but others go to great lengths to find respite from a blaringly loud world.Read more

A Medicare for all rally
Air Dates:
  • August 04, 2018

It was a dirty word 25 years ago. But now, more and more people are identifying as Socialists…in America and on the ballot.Read more

Bee collecting pollen
Air Dates:
  • July 28, 2018

Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban Detroit.Read more

A ship on the rocks
Air Dates:
  • July 28, 2018
  • December 23, 2017

Who really runs the world? Presidents and prime ministers, or CEOs and bankers? And who’s responsible when everything falls apart?Read more

The spiral of the edges of belief
Air Dates:
  • July 26, 2018

Jeff Kripal is a highly original, even maverick, historian of religion. In this conversation — part of a collaboration with the LA Review of Books — Kripal takes Steve to where all the weird stuff we can’t explain lives ... or hides.Read more

Candles
Air Dates:
  • July 21, 2018
  • March 12, 2017
  • July 16, 2016

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

Protester
Air Dates:
  • July 21, 2018
  • March 26, 2017
  • October 21, 2017

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

The Parthenon
Air Dates:
  • July 14, 2018
  • November 11, 2017

When we hear from politicians and activists that "the West is at risk, that a clash of civilizations threatens Western culture," what does that mean exactly? And who do we think is coming for it?Read more

Chimpanzee
Air Dates:
  • July 14, 2018
  • November 25, 2017
  • May 14, 2017

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

Feet out the window
Air Dates:
  • July 07, 2018
  • July 09, 2017

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

Machines
Air Dates:
  • July 07, 2018
  • November 11, 2017
  • January 15, 2017

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

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