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an african imagination of the future.

Wakanda is a very American version of an idealized African future. So how do African science fiction writers tell stories about their own imagined future?Read more

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December 10, 2022

workers waiting for a job interview

In this final part of our series, we’re talking about work — specifically the right to meaningful work.Read more

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November 19, 2022

An X-ray of a mind

PTSD and other mental health challenges can push people into poverty. How do you break the cycle? How do we truly care for people mentally and financially?Read more

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November 12, 2022

a row of apartment buildings

In the first of three episodes of "Going For Broke" all about the care economy, we're thinking about housing. Many of us would consider it a basic human right. But in America, it can be hard to come by.Read more

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November 05, 2022

a woman before a swirling blackhole

When the real world becomes too much, fantasy might be your ticket out. But at what point does fantasy go too far?Read more

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September 17, 2022

kente cloth landscape

2019 marked the "year of return" to Ghana. Now, scores of African-Americans are moving to Ghana permanently – giving up on the country of their birth.Read more

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September 03, 2022

an abstract image of an angry mob carrying flags

Around the world, authoritarian leaders are on the rise – from Russia and Hungary to the U.S. We examine the return of the Strongman — and how to save democracy.Read more

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August 13, 2022

a figure walking

Walking prolongs our life and made us human. So why are we doing less and less of it? Read more

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July 30, 2022


Psychedelics show remarkable promise for treating depression, addiction and PTSD. They just might revolutionize the treatment of mental illness.Read more

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July 02, 2022

You're not ok that's ok

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, producer Charles Monroe-Kane made 300 yard signs that read "You're not ok. That's ok." He put them on his porch. Soon they were gone.Read more

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June 18, 2022


Geometry is the secret sauce of mathematics. It's different from everything else, and it applies to everything from human evolution to romance novels.
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May 28, 2022

A typewriter in Ukrainian light

We talk with poets and novelists about how they deeply notice the historical time we live in — through their words and voice.Read more

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May 07, 2022


As our world gets more and more virtual, traditional skills like blacksmithing and woodworking are starting to look better and better to a lot of people.Read more

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April 09, 2022

Britney, LOONA and BTS around a microphone

What might seem like fleeting chart-topping fodder is actually a powerful vehicle for bringing people together, and music fans can teach us about community and hope.Read more

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March 26, 2022

sun sets on barbed wire

Ghosts from the past stalk Europe again today in the wake of Russian tanks and missiles. To find a path forward, we might need to look back.Read more

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March 05, 2022

dogs in space

The bond we share with dogs runs deep. How do dogs make our lives better? How do they think? And how do we give them the lives they deserve?Read more

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February 05, 2022

fluid spectrum

Sharing of personal pronouns is just one sign of an increasingly widespread shift in how we think about gender. So what’s next? Maybe gender should be messy? Maybe trans should be joy?Read more

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January 15, 2022

Fall foliage in Vermont

Ever want to quit your job and buy an old farmhouse, to live self-sufficiently on a few acres of your very own? The reality is much more complicated.Read more

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December 18, 2021

Elk woman

There are old folktales of people who can become animals. Animals who become people. And there’s a lesson for our own time in those shapeshifting stories.Read more

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November 20, 2021

a witch in the skies

They’ve been hunted and silenced and burned at the stake, but witches are still practicing the craft. We take you from the 17th century to the online witch communities of today.Read more

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October 30, 2021

Portrait of a woman taken in naray afghanistan

Teachers. Actors. Ancient rug weavers. Whisperers of forbidden poetry. The women of Afghanistan want you to know they are more than timid victims under a burqa.Read more

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October 02, 2021

soldier in shadow

On the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, photographer James Nachtwey reflects on his life as a war photographer, and we consider the deep history of war itself.Read more

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September 11, 2021

Pump-jack mining crude oil with the sunset

Floods, wildfires, winds and extreme temperatures. We talk with the people who are writing the story of climate change as we are living it.Read more

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August 14, 2021


What does it take to win Olympic gold? To become "the world's fastest human"? This hour, Olympic fame, the politics of sports, and the science of running.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 31, 2021