To the Best of our Knowledge
Is there anyevidence that vaccines cause autism? If the answer isno, thenwhy is anti-vaccination on the rise? Autism. Jenny McCarthy. Measles at Disneyland. How did we get here? The Least-Vaccinated School in Town; The Complicated History of...
Are you afraid of getting old? Most people are, but studies show we're usually happier in our 60s and 70s. Aging often brings wisdom and resilience - and a new creative spark. We celebrate the fine art of aging - and hear about some artists who remade...
Imagine a world where flying robots watch over our borders, assist with search and rescue missions, and survey roads and pipelines. Sounds like science fiction, but in many parts of the country it's a reality. This week, we explore the rise of drones,...
Celebrate Live Culture: Exploring the Fermentation Revival Ferment This!; You Won't Believe What They Eat In Iceland; Smells Bad, Tastes Bad, Covered in Slime; Grow Your Own Clothes; The Day The Yogurt Took Over; What Your Poo Says About You;...
Race and Justice
A police officer's shooting of a young, unarmed Afrian American man here in Madison joins a long list of national tragedies. So we devote this hour to conversations about race and justice. Race and Justice in Madison; Talking to Your Child About Race;...
Why fashion matters
How clothing shapes our indentities, cultures, economies and environment Jacki Lyden on Why Fashion Matters; A Philosophy of Fashion; Race on the Runway; Fashion, Fast and Slow; BookMark: Edward Hirsch on "Memorial"; On Our Minds: Quan Barry Writes...
Words and Music (Updated)
Composer Stephen Sondheim does it and so does hip hop poet MK Asante. They combine words and music to make art. So how do they do it? We explore the neuroscience of rap, and hear howjazz composer Maria Schneider sets poetry to music. Hip Hop Poet - MK...
Heart of Darkness (Updated)
Are humans innately violent? The Act of Killing; The Noble Savage; Better Angels of our Nature; Sonic Sidebar: A Maya Angelou poetry reading; BookMark: "Independent People" by Halldór Laxness; On Our Minds: Being Cold.
The office has come a long way: from the executive desk to the cubicle (also known as the "veal-fattening pen"). Today, we explore the changing nature of the American workplace and how corporations rule the world. Life Inc. - Douglas Rushkoff; Cubed -...
Very New Poems
Poetry is back! Elegy for a Dead World; Narrator-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel; A Poet's Glossary; The Poet Laureate of Twitter; A Dangerous idea from John Waters; On Our Minds: Slavery and Capitalism.
Future Faces (Updated)
The privacy arms race over facial recognition Focusing on Faces; Protecting Faces; Sonic Sidebar: Facing Age; Changing Faces; Dangerous Idea: Downloadable Selves; On Our Minds: Laura van den Berg.
Love By The Numbers
We’re exploring love by the numbers, this week. 36 questions, 40 first dates, and 43 equations – it’s all part of the new mathematical science of love. Love in 36 Questions; To Fall In Love, Do This; Screw Everyone; Calculus of Love -- Why Good...
Epic Fail (Updated)
Nobody wants to fail. But maybe we’ve got the idea of failure all wrong. Maybe it's not something to avoid, but something to strive for. . The Gift of Failure - Sarah Lewis; Twitter's Lovable Misanthrope - Eric Jarosinski; Jodorowsky's Dune - Frank...
Writing for a Living
Ever dream of penning a best-seller? You're not alone. According to one estimate, more than 80 percent of Americans think they could publish a book. But what does it really take to make it as a writer? Making It As A Writer; MFA or NYC?; The Decline...
1001 Nights (Updated)
1001 Nights retold 1001 Nights 101; 1001 Nights: A Retelling - Hanan Al-Shaykh; SONIC SIDEBAR: Orhan Pamuk on The Arabian Nights; Salman Rushdie on "Luka and the Fire of Life"; Dangerous Idea: Narcissism is Good; On Our Minds: OKCupid.
New African Voices
Welcome to the next generation of African writers. They’re young, multi-lingual, and breaking out of all the old literary boxes. This hour, why Africa has one of the most exciting literary scenes on the planet. New African Literature; Somali-American...
Weird Fiction (R)
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...
Race and Fear (Special)
In the wake of a number of high profile shootings over the past year, people are talking about policing, racism, and injustice. But there's one issue we don't really talk all that much about:fear. Overcoming Racism; The Poetry of Race; Growing Up...
Traveling Time (R)
Planning a winter getaway? Heres some inspiration to adventure... Old Roads to Rome; Sonic Sidebar: Aboard Niagara; The Road to Tantra - Asra Nomani; The Art of Travel - Alain de Botton; BookMark: Karen Russell on "A High Wind in Jamaica"; On Our...
Our planet is facing a mass extinction crisis. By the end of the century, we could lose up to half of all living species. But people are working hard to save endangered species and habitats, and a few scientists are even trying to bring lost species -...
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