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Typewriter
Air Dates:
  • December 22, 2018
  • January 13, 2018
  • July 29, 2017

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

Alex Honnold
Air Dates:
  • December 15, 2018
  • December 16, 2017
  • June 18, 2017

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

A tree in Sequoia National Forest
Air Dates:
  • December 15, 2018
  • April 28, 2018

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

a gift
Air Dates:
  • December 08, 2018

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

A healing hand
Air Dates:
  • December 08, 2018
  • March 31, 2018
  • September 09, 2017

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

Actress with long tongue
Air Dates:
  • December 01, 2018
  • February 24, 2018
  • August 28, 2016

We delve into the new science of revulsion.Read more

Anger from the heart
Air Dates:
  • December 01, 2018

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

ice
Air Dates:
  • November 24, 2018
  • February 10, 2018
  • August 12, 2017

“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

Acts of a higher power, versus words of doctrine.
Air Dates:
  • November 24, 2018

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

art
Air Dates:
  • November 17, 2018
  • June 04, 2017

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

Air Dates:
  • November 17, 2018
  • March 24, 2018

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

shame statue
Air Dates:
  • November 10, 2018
  • January 20, 2018
  • July 22, 2017

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

Double face lady
Air Dates:
  • November 10, 2018

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

Ballot box and stickers
Air Dates:
  • November 03, 2018
  • August 26, 2017
  • October 30, 2016

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

A splintering world.
Air Dates:
  • November 03, 2018
  • May 12, 2018

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

Spooky train tracks in the woods
Air Dates:
  • October 27, 2018
  • October 28, 2017

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

Saddam Hussein
Air Dates:
  • October 27, 2018
  • January 20, 2018
  • July 30, 2017

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

The family tree
Air Dates:
  • October 20, 2018
  • March 10, 2018

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

RR cafe sign
Air Dates:
  • October 20, 2018
  • October 28, 2017
  • February 19, 2017

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

Your electronic best friend
Air Dates:
  • October 13, 2018
  • February 17, 2018
  • September 02, 2017

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

Pick Your Poison
Air Dates:
  • October 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plants at the beginning
Air Dates:
  • 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

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

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