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on stage
Air Dates:
  • June 02, 2018
  • January 22, 2017
  • October 14, 2017

How do you cope with unpleasant people? We consider the adage “hell is other people.”Read more

At the fair
Air Dates:
  • May 26, 2018
  • August 26, 2017
  • 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

A lone school desk
Air Dates:
  • May 26, 2018
  • September 30, 2017

Why do we have schools? To build a workforce? To create democratic citizens? Read more

Final curtain
Air Dates:
  • January 05, 2019
  • May 19, 2018

If life is a play, what happens during the last act? What’s it like to live knowing you have a limited amount of time left?Read more

home
Air Dates:
  • May 19, 2018
  • August 05, 2017
  • December 04, 2016

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

Air Dates:
  • May 12, 2018
  • July 15, 2017
  • 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

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

Live from the Turner Hall ballroom.
Air Dates:
  • May 05, 2018

Milwaukee is a city on water, right on the shore of Lake Michigan, split by the historic Milwaukee River. How did it shape the city's history, politics, culture, and people? We find out in this live broadcast from Turner Hall in Milwaukee.Read more

Crochet hyperbolic plane (by Anitra Menning), from the "Crochet Coral Reef" project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring.
Air Dates:
  • March 02, 2019
  • May 05, 2018
  • October 07, 2017

For centuries, mathematicians have been looking for the deep design, the mathematical code to explain everything from microorganisms to spacetime. But it’s a dangerous quest.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

Prison bars
Air Dates:
  • January 19, 2019
  • April 28, 2018
  • June 24, 2017

Most of us will never know what really happens behind bars. Prisons are generally off limits to the public and press, but several new investigations are drawing attention to the conditions in many of our nation's jails. This hour, what should a prison be?...Read more

Air Dates:
  • April 21, 2018
  • December 06, 2015
  • April 23, 2016

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

Air Dates:
  • April 21, 2018
  • September 04, 2016
  • December 27, 2015

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

CC BY-SA 2.0
Air Dates:
  • March 09, 2019
  • April 14, 2018
  • November 20, 2016

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

Tree image
Air Dates:
  • April 12, 2018
  • November 13, 2016
  • January 31, 2016

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

Glitch lady
Air Dates:
  • April 07, 2018
  • August 26, 2017
  • March 19, 2017

Why do women have to put up with this? And how do they fight back?Read more

Octopus
Air Dates:
  • December 29, 2018
  • April 07, 2018

Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how an octopus or a parrot thinks? Also, the fascinating story of Charles Foster's attempt to act like a badger, when he lived in a hole in the ground and ate worms.Read more

Paramount Theatre in Newark, NJ
Air Dates:
  • January 26, 2019
  • March 31, 2018
  • October 21, 2017

Home entertainment options have never been richer, but public places like movie theaters and performance spaces are suffering. What do we lose when everyone stays home?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

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

vinyl is back
Air Dates:
  • February 23, 2019
  • March 24, 2018
  • April 09, 2017

Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s something more. But analog is back in style.Read more

ce matin, un lapin in middle school
Air Dates:
  • December 20, 2015
  • August 12, 2017
  • March 17, 2018

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

Teens march in Madison on March 14, one month since a deadly shooting in Parkland, FL.
Air Dates:
  • January 12, 2019
  • March 17, 2018

A chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to shape the world.Read more

typewriter
Air Dates:
  • November 08, 2015
  • August 19, 2017
  • March 10, 2018

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

Live in St. Louis
Air Dates:
  • March 03, 2018
  • June 11, 2017

We’ve all had them—the big, significant, transformations that take your life in a new direction. And even though those gateway moments present new and exciting opportunities, they are almost always by definition uncomfortable.Read more

Art is subjective.
Air Dates:
  • March 03, 2018
  • April 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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