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Spooky train tracks in the woods
Airdates: 
October 27, 2018

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.More

Man in virtual reality

Remember virtual reality? Back in the 1990’s, it was going to be the technology of the future.  Today, it’s here. But we're still figuring out what to do with it.More

Paramount Theatre in Newark, NJ
Airdates: 
March 31, 2018

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?More

Protester
Airdates: 
July 21, 2018

Wherever you turn, it seems like someone’s angry — on Facebook and cable news, in street marches and congressional town halls. It would seem that we’ve entered a new era of increased hostility. But how did we, as a nation, get here?More

on stage
Airdates: 
June 02, 2018

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

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World
Airdates: 
June 02, 2018

Amidst economic devastation, producer Charles Monroe-Kane asks what it takes to survive in the Rust Belt.More

Crochet hyperbolic plane (by Anitra Menning), from the "Crochet Coral Reef" project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring.
Airdates: 
May 05, 2018

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.More

Person walks in front of light wall.

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. More

Stars
Airdates: 
June 30, 2018

Do scientists see the world in a different way? Not really. Just be curious.More

A lone school desk
Airdates: 
May 26, 2018

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

Swirls
Airdates: 
August 25, 2018

Psychedelic science is back — and they could help heal people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety.More

vinyl is back
Airdates: 
March 24, 2018

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

Apple on the tree of knowledge
Airdates: 
August 25, 2018

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.More

Making notes

If everyone’s a critic online, does it mean that cultural criticism doesn’t matter anymore?More

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

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

A healing hand
Airdates: 
March 31, 2018
December 08, 2018

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. More

Your electronic best friend
Airdates: 
February 17, 2018
October 13, 2018

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?More

Automatic
Airdates: 
September 01, 2018

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?More

Ballot box and stickers
Airdates: 
November 03, 2018

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.More

Glitch lady
Airdates: 
April 07, 2018

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

At the fair
Airdates: 
May 26, 2018

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.More

typewriter
Airdates: 
March 10, 2018

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

Seeing the universe
Airdates: 
August 18, 2018

From our narrow vantage point on Earth, how can we see what's out there, beyond our skies?

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ice
Airdates: 
February 10, 2018
November 24, 2018

“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?More

ce matin, un lapin in middle school
Airdates: 
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.More

Wolf in Yellowstone
Airdates: 
January 27, 2018

While their domesticated cousins sleep on our beds, Congress debates wild wolves’ survival. This hour, we’ll explore our complicated relationship with our canine cousins, and the feelings they evoke – fear, hatred, and also love.  More

home
Airdates: 
May 19, 2018

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?More

Saddam Hussein
Airdates: 
January 20, 2018
October 27, 2018

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?More

Typewriter
Airdates: 
January 13, 2018

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?More

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti
Airdates: 
September 08, 2018

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.More

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