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Blue bubble, red bubble
  • June 16, 2018

We live, work and play in Red and Blue tribal bubbles, filling our social media feeds with news sources that affirm our place in that order, rather than challenging it. What is that isolation doing to us? What can we do to escape it?Read more

Spooky train tracks in the woods
  • 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.Read more

RR cafe sign
  • October 20, 2018

In this show, we explore storyworlds — the fictional universes that continue to enchant us.  Like the ghostly supernatural realm in which Abe Lincoln’s dead son, Willie, finds himself and the surreal Pacific Northwest town of Twin Peaks, the home of some damn fine coffee....Read more

Man in virtual reality
  • January 30, 2019

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.Read more

Protester
  • 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?Read more

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

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World
  • June 02, 2018
  • March 30, 2019

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

on stage
  • June 02, 2018

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

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. Read more

  • May 26, 2018
  • June 01, 2019

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

Stars
  • June 30, 2018
  • April 20, 2019

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

Swirls
  • August 25, 2018

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

Apple on the tree of knowledge
  • 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.Read more

Making notes

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

Automatic
  • 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?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

Ballot box and stickers
  • 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.Read more

  • May 26, 2018
  • May 25, 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

Glitch lady
  • April 07, 2018

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

typewriter
  • March 10, 2018

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

Seeing the universe
  • 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
  • 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?Read more

ce matin, un lapin in middle school
  • 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

Wolf in Yellowstone
  • January 27, 2018
  • February 02, 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

home
  • 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?Read more

Saddam Hussein
  • 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?Read more

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