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airport protest
Air Dates:
  • June 26, 2016
  • July 08, 2017

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

Satellite image of Europe
Air Dates:
  • May 01, 2016
  • January 29, 2017

There are nearly 250 million migrants across the world right now. Some will be escaping war or oppression, others will be seeking out freedom or economic prosperity, but whatever the reason, the kind of life they're looking for lies across a border that's policed and restricted. What if it didn'...Read more

Charles Monroe-Kane in Center of the World
Air Dates:
  • June 02, 2018
  • October 14, 2017
  • April 30, 2016

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

Air Dates:
  • April 21, 2018
  • December 06, 2015
  • April 23, 2016

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

Art is subjective.
Air Dates:
  • March 03, 2018
  • April 17, 2016

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

The Colosseum
Air Dates:
  • December 23, 2017
  • November 20, 2016
  • February 21, 2016

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?Read more

Price is right
Air Dates:
  • June 23, 2018
  • May 14, 2017
  • February 14, 2016

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

Tree image
Air Dates:
  • April 12, 2018
  • November 13, 2016
  • January 31, 2016

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

Abstaining from alchohol in January?
Air Dates:
  • January 05, 2019
  • January 04, 2018
  • January 01, 2017

Ah, January. Season of diets and fasts and cleanses, of "Drynuary" and "Veganuary." Why does being virtuous always seem to mean giving up pleasure?Read more

Air Dates:
  • May 12, 2018
  • July 15, 2017
  • January 11, 2016

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

Putting off the work
Air Dates:
  • January 12, 2019
  • December 30, 2017
  • January 03, 2016

Procrastination can be an occasional bad habit, but it can also be a lot worse. It can lead to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety. Today, we try to answer the question, Why do we put things off and how can we stop?

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A future man (or lady)
Air Dates:
  • January 06, 2018
  • January 01, 2017
  • January 02, 2016

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.Read more

Air Dates:
  • April 21, 2018
  • September 04, 2016
  • December 27, 2015

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

ce matin, un lapin in middle school
Air Dates:
  • December 20, 2015
  • August 12, 2017
  • 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

Photograph of Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 02/23/1945, National Archives
Air Dates:
  • December 13, 2015
  • September 09, 2017

Armed conflicts. Insurgencies. Civil Wars. Invasions. Syria. Iraq. Afghanistan. Nigeria. Ukraine. South Sudan. Gaza. Yemen. The world is at war. Why?Read more

Air Dates:
  • April 21, 2018
  • December 06, 2015
  • April 23, 2016

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

Automatic
Air Dates:
  • September 01, 2018
  • September 02, 2017
  • November 29, 2015

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

typewriter
Air Dates:
  • November 08, 2015
  • August 19, 2017
  • March 10, 2018

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

Mr. Moneybags Monopoly graffiti
Air Dates:
  • September 08, 2018
  • July 23, 2017
  • October 18, 2015

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

A healing hand
Air Dates:
  • December 08, 2018
  • March 31, 2018
  • September 09, 2017

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

At the fair
Air Dates:
  • May 26, 2018
  • August 26, 2017
  • May 17, 2015

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

shame statue
Air Dates:
  • November 10, 2018
  • January 20, 2018
  • July 22, 2017

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

Fermented tea
Air Dates:
  • November 25, 2017
  • October 02, 2016
  • March 15, 2015

Fermentation revivalists share a slow food philosophy, a DIY approach to foodcraft, and a deep interest in the health of the American gut.Read more

Karl Marx
Air Dates:
  • January 04, 2015
  • June 01, 2014

Was Marx right after all in his critique of capitalism?  Our ongoing economic struggles have spawned a new generation of Marxist activists and intellectuals, and renewed interest in Karl Marx's own life. Read more

Abstaining from alchohol in January?
Air Dates:
  • January 05, 2019
  • January 04, 2018
  • January 01, 2017

Ah, January. Season of diets and fasts and cleanses, of "Drynuary" and "Veganuary." Why does being virtuous always seem to mean giving up pleasure?Read more

Karl Marx
Air Dates:
  • January 04, 2015
  • June 01, 2014

Was Marx right after all in his critique of capitalism?  Our ongoing economic struggles have spawned a new generation of Marxist activists and intellectuals, and renewed interest in Karl Marx's own life. Read more

Mean people
Air Dates:
  • January 27, 2013

The a**hole certainly isn't on any endangered species lists.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  We're seeing a population explosion.  So we have to ask — Are we living in the "Age of the A**hole"?Read more

Person walks in front of light wall.
Air Dates:
  • January 20, 2013
  • October 07, 2017

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

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