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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

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

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

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

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

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

vinyl is back

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

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 confronted him. We'll hear his story in this hour as we explore the bullying epidemic. Also, we'll find out how the Internet has transformed bullying into a...Read more

Writing poems

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

Vietnamese refugees

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

Protester

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

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 serious gender bias problem, so she began recruiting more women editors to write more Wikipedia articles about notable women.  And in return she got… rape and...Read more

Glitch lady

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

jet engine

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

Candles

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.Read more

Swirls

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

The Majestic Theater in Madison

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

RR cafe sign

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

Apple on the tree of knowledge

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

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