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Live from the Turner Hall ballroom.
  • May 05, 2018
  • April 13, 2019

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.
  • May 05, 2018
  • March 02, 2019

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
  • April 28, 2018
  • December 15, 2018
  • November 09, 2019

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
  • April 28, 2018
  • January 19, 2019
  • November 23, 2019

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

  • April 21, 2018
  • April 06, 2019

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

  • April 21, 2018
  • June 15, 2019

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

CC BY-SA 2.0
  • April 14, 2018
  • March 09, 2019

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

Tree image
  • April 12, 2018
  • November 30, 2019

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

Octopus
  • April 07, 2018
  • December 29, 2018
  • November 16, 2019

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

Glitch lady
  • April 07, 2018

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

Paramount Theatre in Newark, NJ
  • March 31, 2018
  • January 26, 2019
  • December 07, 2019

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
  • 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. Read more

  • March 24, 2018
  • November 17, 2018
  • August 17, 2019

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
  • March 24, 2018
  • February 23, 2019

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

Teens march in Madison on March 14, 2018
  • January 04, 2020
  • 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

ce matin, un lapin in middle school
  • March 17, 2018
  • September 14, 2019

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

  • March 10, 2018
  • October 20, 2018
  • June 08, 2019

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

  • March 03, 2018

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

Live in St. Louis
  • March 03, 2018
  • July 06, 2019

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

Facing hatred head-on
  • February 24, 2018
  • September 29, 2018
  • May 18, 2019

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
  • February 24, 2018
  • December 01, 2018
  • August 10, 2019

We delve into the new science of revulsion.Read more

A little more magic in the world.
  • February 17, 2018
  • September 22, 2018
  • May 11, 2019

"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

Your electronic best friend
  • 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?Read more

ice
  • February 10, 2018
  • November 24, 2018
  • August 31, 2019

“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?Read more

The Majestic Theater in Madison
  • February 10, 2018
  • February 09, 2019

What can science reveal about lust, romance, and compassion?Read more

Eric, president of the Wisconsin chapter of the Proud Boys, shows off his tattoo, which is part of initiation into the group. Another ritual involves getting punched by other members while reciting breakfast cereal names. Photo taken Oct. 4, 2017.
  • February 03, 2018
  • October 06, 2018

The right-wing politics and bro culture of The Proud Boys is attracting young, white men nationwide. Founder Gavin McInnes believes “95% of American women” would be happier at home. Where does his vision of “being a man” fit in 2018?Read more

Wolf in Yellowstone
  • January 27, 2018
  • February 02, 2019
  • October 19, 2019

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.  Read more

Saddam Hussein
  • January 20, 2018
  • October 27, 2018
  • October 05, 2019

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?Read more

shame statue
  • January 20, 2018
  • November 10, 2018

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

  • January 13, 2018
  • September 22, 2018
  • June 29, 2019

Ever had the nagging suspicion that you’re being watched? You are. We all are.Read more

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