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Finding the Bible08/17/14
Buried scrolls, clay tablets, priceless artifacts and expensive forgeries – this week, we bring you stories from the strange and amazing world of biblical archeology. The Ark Before Noah; Truly Fake - The Story of Moshe Moses Shapira; The Gospel of...
Edges of Science
How do we know what's real? Can science tell us, or is there an unseen reality we'll never understand? We explore the edges of science and borderlands of knowledge. Limits of Science - Marcelo Gleiser; Pauli & Jung; Ghost Hunters - Deborah Blum;...
Doing the Math
Why do Americans suck at math? And why do so many claim to hate math? In a recent survey, a third of respondents said they'd rather clean the bathroom than solve an equation. In today's show, mathematicians tell us what we're missing. How Not To Be...
Imagine a world where flying robots watch over our borders, assist with search and rescue missions, and survey roads and pipelines. Sounds likescience fiction, but in many parts of the countryit's a reality. The Meme of Our Time - Alex Rivera;...
What goes into making new music? And how does hearing new music change the way we listen?From the Avant Garde composers of the 1920s, through Japanese noise music, to punk progenitor Richard Hell, we’re looking at how music - and how we hear it -...
The Mayor If Mayors Ruled the World; Participatory Budgeting; SONIC SIDEBAR: Mayor Dave; The Mayor of Reykjavik; DEEP TRACKS: Charles Cross on "The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest"; On Our Minds: Junot Diaz.
Life, Art, and Therapy
Whatever happened to psychoanalysis? It used to be the most influential science of the mind, but today its founder, Sigmund Freud, just looks like a sex-obsessed old man. Analyst Adam Phillips says we got Freud all wrong; he remains a radical thinker...
Brutal storms, rising seas, drought... you've seen the headlines.Our climate changedfuture seems pretty scary. But do all the messages about climate catastrope keep people from taking action to slow carbon emmissions or prepare for changing weather?...
Science is moving out of the lab and into the pages of literary fiction. This week, we introduce the “Lab Lit” movement and talk about why fiction needs more realistic portrayals of scientists and science culture Science in Fiction - Jennifer Rohn;...
Philosophy in the Streets
Philosophers get a bad rap - they're considered too academic, too detached from daily life. But we're seeing a philosophy revival, from philosophy cafes to philosophers as therapists. From the Stoics to Spinoza, an argument for why philosophy still...
Food for Thought
What we eat can often say a lot about us. But why do we consider certain foods more appealing than others?In this hour, we look a the trends and tastemakers who shape our feelings about food. The Buzz Behind Food Trends; Sonic Sidebar: Food...
What do airports and air travel tell us about ourselves? A Week at the Airport - Alain de Botton; Sonic Sidebar: Brian Eno's Music for Airports; Aerotropolis - Greg Lindsay; The Skies Belong to Us - Brendan Koerner; Deep Tracks: Elizabeth Hellmuth...
Who Is a Patriot?
Who is a patriot? The Snowden Files; 1971 - An FBI break-in that rocked the nation; First Tea Party Activist - Keli Carender; James Yee – Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo ; Bookmark: Kim Stanley Robinson; On Our Minds: The Fight for the Four Freedoms.
The Power of Play
Remember what it was like to be a kid, playing outside with friends for hours at a time? Sure, it may just seem like fun and games,butitmay also have beeninvaluable training for life as an adult. Learning Through Play; A Perfect Playground; Inside an...
Want to improve your mood? Just dance.This hour we’re talking with people who’ve found an easy way to keep themselves happy, to build friendships, and make art. We’re checking in with neuroscientists too, to hear just what happens in our brains when...
Fifty to ninety percent of the world's languages are predicted to disappear in the next century. And because language is the DNA of culture, a lost language is a lost culture. Today, a look at efforts to save endangered languages before they go...
Engaging the Enemy
The US will pull troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, leaving behind an enemy they've fought for more than a decade. This week, we explore Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency and find out what motivates them. Who are the Taliban?; Detained by the...
What’s the future of our faces? With new facialtransplantation surgeries andthe latest news about the NSA collecting images for facial recognition anaylsis, we're wondering about what we see in the mirror every day. Finding Faces; Protecting Faces;...
Welcome to the creepy, freaky world of weird fiction - from H.P. Lovecraft to emerging star Jeff Vandermeer - where there's a very thin line between the real and the surreal. Also, the modern master of mythic fiction, Neil Gaiman. Southern Reach...
Maybe failure isnt something to avoid, but something to strive for. The Gift of Failure - Sarah Lewis; Twitter's Lovable Misanthrope - Eric Jarosinski; Jodorowsky's Dune - Frank Pavich; BookMark: Nicola Griffith; On Our Minds: The World Cup.
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