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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.
Heart of Darkness
The Heart of Darkness The Act of Killing; The Noble Savage; Better Angels of our Nature; Sonic Sidebar: A Maya Angelou poetry reading; Bookmark: Lorrie Moore; On Our Minds: The Fault in our Stars.
Was Marx Right?
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. "Why Marx Was Right" - Terry Eagleton; Marx in...
You know the earth is round, the sky is up, and your dog loves you. But HOW do you know those things? This week, how we form opinions – the psychology and brain chemistry behind our beliefs. You & Your Brain - Julian Keenan; Sonic Sidebar: The...
The Art of Television
Television used to be formulaic. Today, it’s the best gig around. We examine the explosion of high quality TV, from The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men, and talk with the creator of HBO’s True Detective. TV Revolution - Alan Sepinwall; True Detective...
We explore the world of work -- including cubicles and how corborations rule the world, Life Inc. - Douglas Rushkoff; Cubed - Nikil Saval; Sonic Sidebar: Waitresses; Industrial Musicals - Steve Young; Dangerous Idea: The LitMode 100; On Our Minds:...
Survival. Erasing Death - Dr. Sam Parnia; The Oldest Living Things in the World - Rachel Sussman; Sonic Sidebar: Patchwork Flight (radio drama); The Knowledge - Lewis Dartnell; Dangerous Idea: Not Believing in God; On Our Minds: Barbara Ehrenreich.
As summer vacation rolls around, a little inspiration to travel. The Road from Rome; Sonic Sidebar: Aboard Niagara; The Road to Tantra - Asra Nomani; The Art of Travel - Alain de Botton; BookMark: Karen Russell; On Our Minds: The High Line.
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