Episode Archives

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

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

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

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

Previous Airdates:

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

home

We’re living through a period of mass human migration, with people on the move all over the planet. What does it take to take an unfamiliar place and make it yours?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 04, 2016

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December 04, 2016
August 05, 2017
May 19, 2018
November 02, 2019

CC BY-SA 2.0

Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What's next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy?Read more

Original Air Date:

November 20, 2016

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November 20, 2016
April 14, 2018
March 09, 2019
February 29, 2020

The Colosseum

There's a lot of hand-wringing these days about the American Empire. Is it doomed to come crashing down the way the Roman Empire did?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 21, 2016

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February 21, 2016
November 20, 2016
December 23, 2017
March 30, 2019

TTBOOK

How does it feel to know that the commodity everyone wants is inside your skull?  This hour, we focus our attention — on attention. Read more

Original Air Date:

November 13, 2016

Previous Airdates:

November 13, 2016

Tree image

Reading books isn't always the best way to learn. Some things you need to learn from your elders, and their wisdom has often been passed down through the generations. Read more

Original Air Date:

January 31, 2016

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January 31, 2016
November 13, 2016
April 12, 2018
November 30, 2019

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

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October 30, 2016
August 26, 2017
November 03, 2018

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

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October 23, 2016
July 29, 2017
January 13, 2018
December 22, 2018

time travel clock

This hour, we explore our obsession with time travel. Why is such a recurring them in movies and TV shows? And what can time travel teach us about ourselves?Read more

Original Air Date:

October 09, 2016

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October 09, 2016
July 02, 2017
February 03, 2018

Fermented tea

Fermentation revivalists share a slow food philosophy, a DIY approach to foodcraft, and a deep interest in the health of the American gut.Read more

Original Air Date:

March 15, 2015

Previous Airdates:

March 15, 2015
October 02, 2016
November 25, 2017

Some people talk to God and some think God talks to them. Read more

Original Air Date:

December 27, 2015

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December 27, 2015
September 04, 2016
April 21, 2018
April 06, 2019

Elephant

Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how a chimp or a parrot thinks and experiences the world?Read more

Original Air Date:

September 03, 2016

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September 03, 2016
June 10, 2017

Actress with long tongue

We delve into the new science of revulsion.Read more

Original Air Date:

August 28, 2016

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

We confront the politics of the voice, from stereotyping to vocal fry. And we also talk to a soundscape ecologist who listens—perhaps closer than anyone—to the voices of the natural world.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 22, 2015

Previous Airdates:

November 22, 2015
July 31, 2016

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