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Cracked pair of glasses

Have you ever thought about tracking down someone who bullied you when you were a child? Allen Kurzweil thought about it and actually...More

Writing poems

In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity.More

Vietnamese refugees

Quan Barry is writing a new poem each week in response to current events.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

Women in STEM

Emily Temple-Wood has been an avid Wikipedia editor since she was pretty young.  And early on, she noticed that Wikipedia has a...More

Glitch lady
Airdates: 
April 07, 2018

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

jet engine

We talk to two experts who think about the role empathy can play in tackling big problems.More

Candles
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July 21, 2018

When suicide bombers blow up crowded marketplaces, or a lone shooter attacks a nightclub, one question we’re always left with is why. This hour, a look at the underlying psychology of political violence.More

Swirls
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August 25, 2018

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

The Majestic Theater in Madison
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February 10, 2018

What can science reveal about lust, romance, and compassion?More

People on an island

Forty years ago Richard Dawkins wrote the landmark book “The Selfish Gene,” where he argued that the gene is what drives evolution. But what if he got it all wrong?More

RR cafe sign
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October 20, 2018

In this show, we explore storyworlds — the fictional universes that continue to enchant us.  Like the ghostly supernatural realm in...More

Apple on the tree of knowledge
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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

Satellite image of Europe

There are nearly 250 million migrants across the world right now. Some will be escaping war or oppression, others will be seeking out...More

on stage
Airdates: 
June 02, 2018

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

running is pointless

Every generation has one or two critics with an unparalleled ability to capture the cultural moment they’re living in. Now, that critic...More

Machines
Airdates: 
July 07, 2018

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. More

Chicago skyline

Charles Monroe-Kane talks to David Nagler about adapting Carl Sandburg's poems to music. More

A huddle

Be strong, be tough, don’t cry – boys are bombarded with messages about being a man and the “male code” their whole lives. It's second nature, and also toxic. More

Abstaining from alchohol in January?
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January 04, 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?More

A future man (or lady)
Airdates: 
January 06, 2018

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.More

TTBOOK

It's December and time again for the annual media ritual — the best of list. We're sharing the best of the best of To the Best of Our...More

Shirley Jackson

On the centennial of Shirley Jackson's birth, we explore the great literary work that she left for us — the stories and novels that continue to resonate in our culture.More

Freeman Dyson

You get the sense that Freeman Dyson has seen everything. He's a legendary physicist who's had a front row seat on scientific breakthroughs for the past century. 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

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?More

CC BY-SA 2.0
Airdates: 
April 14, 2018

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

How does it feel to know that the commodity everyone wants is inside your skull?  This hour, we focus our attention — on attention. More

Tree image
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April 12, 2018

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. More

Ballot box and stickers
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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

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