Episode Archives

Music breaking genres

Even with all the music available today, most of us still listen primarily to just a few comfy genres. But there’s so much more out there — and so much of it defies neat, algorithm-friendly categorization.Read more

Original Air Date:

June 01, 2019

Previous Airdates:

June 01, 2019
March 21, 2020

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

Original Air Date:

May 26, 2018

Previous Airdates:

September 30, 2017
May 26, 2018
June 01, 2019

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

Original Air Date:

May 17, 2015

Previous Airdates:

May 17, 2015
August 26, 2017
May 26, 2018
May 25, 2019

through the doorway

Over-tourism is ruining some of our favorite places on earth. Maybe it’s time to think more carefully about where and why we go places.Read more

Original Air Date:

May 25, 2019

Previous Airdates:

May 25, 2019

Facing hatred head-on

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

Original Air Date:

February 24, 2018

Previous Airdates:

February 24, 2018
September 29, 2018
May 18, 2019
March 28, 2020

Bee collecting pollen

Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban Detroit.Read more

Original Air Date:

July 28, 2018

Previous Airdates:

July 28, 2018
May 18, 2019
July 18, 2020

Headphones in the city

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

Original Air Date:

September 29, 2018

Previous Airdates:

September 29, 2018
May 11, 2019
February 01, 2020
November 21, 2020

A little more magic in the world.

"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

Original Air Date:

February 17, 2018

Previous Airdates:

February 17, 2018
September 22, 2018
May 11, 2019
October 03, 2020

repeat

Whether it’s nail biting or handwashing, most of us have a compulsion we can’t give up. Maybe that’s a good thing?Read more

Original Air Date:

April 23, 2017

Previous Airdates:

April 23, 2017
November 04, 2017
August 11, 2018
May 04, 2019

Hope means believing there’s a future. But can hope co-exist with cataclysmic realities like climate change, or disruptive technological advances like artificial intelligence? Read more

Original Air Date:

May 04, 2019

Previous Airdates:

May 04, 2019
February 01, 2020

Hope

This hour we talk with people who’ve turned that around and made hope real, whether it’s through political activism, faith, music, or reading a life-changing novel.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 27, 2019

Previous Airdates:

April 27, 2019
January 25, 2020

Be quiet, world

Do you ever crave silence? Maybe some can’t stand to hear themselves thinking, but others go to great lengths to find respite from a blaringly loud world.Read more

Original Air Date:

December 09, 2017

Previous Airdates:

December 09, 2017
August 04, 2018
April 27, 2019
February 22, 2020

Hope

Is hope something we’re innately born with, or something we can choose to have? We talk with people who tell us where they think hope lives in ourselves and our communities.Read more

Original Air Date:

April 20, 2019

Previous Airdates:

April 20, 2019
January 18, 2020

Stars

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

Original Air Date:

April 16, 2017

Previous Airdates:

April 16, 2017
September 30, 2017
June 30, 2018
April 20, 2019

Live from the Turner Hall ballroom.

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

Original Air Date:

May 05, 2018

Previous Airdates:

May 05, 2018
April 13, 2019
April 18, 2020

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

Previous Airdates:

January 15, 2017
November 11, 2017
July 07, 2018
April 13, 2019
November 07, 2020

AOC, Bernie, and the young socialists

Look around the political landscape and you see something we haven’t seen for decades — politicians proudly identifying as socialists. Has their moment arrived?Read more

Original Air Date:

April 06, 2019

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April 06, 2019

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

Original Air Date:

December 27, 2015

Previous Airdates:

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

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World

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

Original Air Date:

June 02, 2018

Previous Airdates:

April 30, 2016
October 14, 2017
June 02, 2018
March 30, 2019
September 26, 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

Previous Airdates:

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

into the internet

They say "don't feed the trolls" — but why should sexist and racist trolls get to own the web? Was it built for them, or for all of us?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 23, 2019

Previous Airdates:

March 23, 2019
February 22, 2020
July 04, 2020

A ship on the rocks

Who really runs the world? Presidents and prime ministers, or CEOs and bankers? And who’s responsible when everything falls apart?Read more

Original Air Date:

December 23, 2017

Previous Airdates:

December 23, 2017
July 28, 2018
March 23, 2019
May 02, 2020

Closet attack

Whether you know it or not, your closets are filled with personal information. Do you think about what are you saying with your clothes?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 16, 2019

Previous Airdates:

March 16, 2019
October 19, 2019
May 30, 2020

Playing jazz

There's a new kind of music packing nightclubs with young fans. It's jazz — but not the sound of your grandparents' supper club. Infused with hip hop and other popular musical forms, jazz is being remade.Read more

Original Air Date:

November 27, 2016

Previous Airdates:

November 11, 2017
June 16, 2018
March 16, 2019
January 25, 2020

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

Previous Airdates:

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

A ray of hope

Why is the world so damn cynical? Rather than surrendering to corrosive, hopeless snark, we look to some unexpected sources to make the case for sincerity.Read more

Original Air Date:

August 11, 2018

Previous Airdates:

August 11, 2018
March 09, 2019
January 11, 2020
October 24, 2020

Crochet hyperbolic plane

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

Original Air Date:

October 07, 2017

Previous Airdates:

October 07, 2017
May 05, 2018
March 02, 2019
November 14, 2020

border

Today, borders are a political flashpoint. But in a highly connected world, does the idea of a national border even make sense anymore?Read more

Original Air Date:

March 02, 2019

Previous Airdates:

March 02, 2019
January 18, 2020

vinyl is back

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

Original Air Date:

April 09, 2017

Previous Airdates:

September 23, 2017
April 09, 2017
March 24, 2018
February 23, 2019

The wonderful human body

Sometimes, we take our body for granted. But even the everyday things it can do – keep our heart beating, fight off illness – are pretty extraordinary. Do you know what your body can do?Read more

Original Air Date:

February 23, 2019

Previous Airdates:

February 23, 2019
October 05, 2019
June 20, 2020

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