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Typewriter
  • January 13, 2018
  • December 22, 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?Read more

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti
  • 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.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

  • May 12, 2018

Can science tell you how to "get happy?"  This hour,  the psychology and history behind the very idea of happiness. Read more

Sound and Color
  • October 06, 2018

Do you ever wish you could reinvent yourself? This hour, we hear from four noted artists who experienced pivotal turns in their own lives: artist Rashid Johnson, writer/photographer Teju Cole, singer Nikka Costa, and musician Michael Nesmith.Read more

Feet out the window
  • July 07, 2018

We take road trips and endless highways for granted, but there are other countries where people can pay a heavy price just for getting behind a wheel.Read more

airport protest

When you don't have a voice, when you feel like lawmakers just won't listen to you, protest is one way of capturing the world's attention. But does it work? Read more

time travel clock
  • February 03, 2018

This hour, we explore our obsession with time travel. Why is such a recurring them in movies and TV shows? And what can time travel teach us about ourselves?Read more

Twitterstorm of bots

Everyone in your Facebook feed is falling for fake news–sharing it even when there's no way it can be true. But not you, right? You can tell the difference. Or can you?Read more

Prison bars
  • April 28, 2018
  • January 19, 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

Alex Honnold
  • December 15, 2018

Yosemite is climbing’s mecca. It’s where Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell stunned the world with their dazzling climbs.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

Elephant

Can we ever get inside the mind of an animal? Can we really know how a chimp or a parrot thinks and experiences the world?Read more

Syna So Pro

Low-fi artist Syna So Pro loops with love.Read more

art
  • November 17, 2018

The virtues of transgressive, subversive, rule-breaking art, both as an aesthetic and as a way of life.  Read more

Joe at Catfish Bend

Filmmaker Laura Stewart on how being filmed affects documentary subjects, and how that affects the truth you can tell.Read more

David Byrne

The former Talking Heads frontman is one of those artists who just keeps reinventing himself.Read more

Woman staring into the distance
  • September 15, 2018

When you’re hurt and the only way out of toxic bitterness and resentment is to let go, how do you summon the resolve to reach out to the person who hurt you most?Read more

Twin Peaks  Agent Cooper

"Twin Peaks" co-creator Mark Frost takes a deep dive into the history of the strange Pacific Northwest town and its surreal residents in “The Secret History of Twin Peaks.”Read more

Price is right
  • June 23, 2018

You score a royal flush in poker!  Do you credit your skill? Or luck?  We talk with a poker champion, a game designer, an investment banker and a choreographer about how to untangle skill from luck.Read more

Chimpanzee
  • July 14, 2018
  • June 22, 2019

Do chimpanzees have spiritual experiences? A remarkable discovery in West Africa suggests they might.Read more

Praying in nature

Is there an inherent conflict between science and religion? Jeff Schloss doesn’t think so. He’s a biologist who studies the evolutionary origins of religion. He’s also an observant Christian who’s had his own profound...Read more

Nope

In this hour, we explore what the superpower of not giving a f--- might allow you to do. Read more

Fall leaves

Richard Blanco’s poem begins the day after the November election, as he struggles to make sense of a new political mood.Read more

Stop Light

A near-accident has poet Laura Kasischke marveling at the fearlessness of young adults and also worrying about their future. Read more

repeat
  • August 11, 2018
  • May 04, 2019

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

fake news

Poet Nick Lantz has a darkly satirical take on American culture. Lately, he’s been thinking about political spin and how politicians speak. In this interview—the third in our series ...Read more

Fargo quilt

How he transformed the iconic film into the critically-acclaimed, award-winning TV series.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

tech love

In his new poem, Fady Joudah explores questions about exile, suffering and the language of nation states.Read more

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