Episode Archives

Abstaining from alchohol in January?
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January 06, 2018

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

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January 11, 2016

Can science tell you how to "get happy?"  This hour,  the psychology and history behind the very idea of happiness. Read more

Putting off the work
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January 03, 2016

Procrastination can be an occasional bad habit, but it can also be a lot worse. It can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety. Today, we try to answer the question, Why do we put things off and how can we stop?

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A future man (or lady)
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January 02, 2016

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

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December 27, 2015

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

ce matin, un lapin in middle school
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December 20, 2015

When was the last time you said something so mortifying that all you wanted to do was crawl under a rock and hide? From teenage angst to cringe comedy, we're setting aside the shame and reveling in all things awkward.Read more

Photograph of Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 02/23/1945, National Archives
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September 09, 2017

Armed conflicts. Insurgencies. Civil Wars. Invasions. Syria. Iraq. Afghanistan. Nigeria. Ukraine. South Sudan. Gaza. Yemen. The world is at war. Why?Read more

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December 05, 2015

More than 38 million Americans knit or crochet. Not because they crave mittens and afghans, but because they like the way knitting feels. Handwork turns out be a powerful antidote for digital overload. Read more

Automatic
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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

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November 22, 2015

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

typewriter
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November 08, 2015

Short stories can be harder to write than novels, but just as great.Read more

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti
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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

reading a story
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July 26, 2015

It used to be easy to get lost in a good book, but now lots of people say reading is boring. Scientists say all that skimming and surfing on electronic screens is actually rewiring our brains. So we examine the new science of reading.Read more

A healing hand
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July 05, 2015

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

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May 17, 2015

It doesn't matter whether you grew up going to Coney Island, Six Flags, or Pacific Park — to a kid, all amusement parks are magical. This hour we take a trip to the land of funnel cake, freak shows and fast rides.Read more

boxer
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May 03, 2015

We explore the popularity and enduring appeal of combat sports.Read more

shame statue
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April 18, 2015

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

Fermented tea
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March 15, 2015

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

Karl Marx
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June 01, 2014

Was Marx right after all in his critique of capitalism?  Our ongoing economic struggles have spawned a new generation of Marxist activists and intellectuals, and renewed interest in Karl Marx's own life. Read more

Abstaining from alchohol in January?
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January 06, 2018

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

Karl Marx
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June 01, 2014

Was Marx right after all in his critique of capitalism?  Our ongoing economic struggles have spawned a new generation of Marxist activists and intellectuals, and renewed interest in Karl Marx's own life. Read more

Mean people
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January 27, 2013

The a**hole certainly isn't on any endangered species lists.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  We're seeing a population explosion.  So we have to ask — Are we living in the "Age of the A**hole"?Read more

Person walks in front of light wall.
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January 20, 2013

Is this Philip K. Dick's world and are we just living in it? It sure seems like it these days. This hour, we explore his life and work. Read more

woman fighting
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July 29, 2012

We put together our favorite interviews with female athletes.Read more

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