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What if Mayors Rules the World If Mayors Ruled the World; Participatory Budgeting; SONIC SIDEBAR: Mayor Dave; The Mayor of Reykjavik; A DANGEROUS IDEA!; Keija Parssinen on her novel "The Unraveling of Mercy Louis".
The Art of Reading
It used to be easy to get lost in a good book, but now lots of people say reading is boring. Scientists say all that skimming and surfing on electronic screens is actually rewiring our brains. So we examine the new science of reading, and meet...
Power of Play (Updated)
Remember those carefree summer days you had as a kid, playing tag or pickup softball in the park? Sure, it may just seem like fun and games, but it may also have been invaluable training. A new generation of researchers is discovering that play is how...
74 Is The New 24
74 is the new 24 Giorgio Moroder—The 75-year-old Father of Disco—is Back; Buffy Sainte-Marie on Her New Album, "Power in the Blood"; The Benefits of Playing Music in Your Vintage Years; Old Masters and Young Geniuses; Philip Glass on his Memoir "Words...
Supersized slabs of juicy ribs cooked over a wood fire until the meat slides right off the bone.Food doesn't get more American than barbecue.It's part of our roots.And it's tangled up in our racial history. In this hour, we celebrate barbecue and...
Future Faces (Updated)
The Future of the Face: how science, technology and art are transforming our faces The NSA Wants Your Faceprint - Do You Know Why?; Artist Uses Makeup To Fool Surveillance Cameras; Former Model Tells The Story Of Her Face; Meet The Surgeon Behind The...
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. Today, researchers are discovering new ways to help people recover....
The Amazing Brain (Update)
It's hard to wrap your head around the future of the human brain. Augmented intelligence, memory playback, downloadable skills - it's all coming. We explore the future of the mind, and hear how a brain injury can transform your life. Struck By Genius...
So much of our daily lives gets turned into data -- our online shopping purchases, phone calls, family photos. We're all surrounded by data, and learning how to harness it could be more transformative than we realize. This week, a look at the new data...
As the Dalai Lama turns 80, we reflect on his legacy and remarkable personal history. Also, how various Eastern spiritual traditions have taken root in the West - from yoga to meditation. And the legacy of California's famous utopian experiment at...
How to Love Your Body
When did "fat" become a four-letter word? Leaders of the body acceptance movement say we've become a fat-phobic nation, and it's time to stop shaming fat people. In this hour, curvy girls and plus-size women talk about the emotional and physical costs...
Split Identities (Repeat)
Who are you? White or black, Muslim or Christian, working class or wealthy? Most of us rotate through many different cultural identities, at work and at home. And sometimes, reconciling them is hard. Becoming Biracial; Mixed Feelings; Hybrid...
If you think about it, every day we receive countless services from complete strangers — the newspaper delivered to your door, the trash picked up at the crack of dawn, the fresh fruit for sale at the supermarket. There's a whole army of invisible...
We explore why we crave Japanese pop culture. Japan's G.N.C. -- Gross National Cool; Osamu Tezuka, God of Manga; Sonic Sidebar: Godzilla; Karaoke Fascism; Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter; BookMark: James Wood on "Effi Briest"; On Our Minds: Dean...
Philosophy in the Streets
Philosophers get a bad rap - they're written off as 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...
Skill vs Luck
skill versus luck Gambling with 100% Skill; Is there an Equation for Success?; Choreographer Bill T. Jones on the Randomness of Musician John Cage; Poker Legend Annie Duke on Luck; BookMark: Julie Schumacher recommends Saramago's "Elephant's Journey";...
The atom bomb's ability to kill people makes it a literal dangerous idea. But there are other kinds of dangerous ideas -- ideas that are contrary, counterintutive and just plain unconventional. It's that kind of dangerous idea that we explore in this...
Doing the Math (Updated)
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...
As Cuba and the U.S. restore diplomatic relations, what's in store for Americans who want to visit Cuba? And for Cubans wanting more prosperity?Steve Paulson recently traveled to Cuba and brought back new stories about our island neighbor. From...
Food for Thought (Updated)
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...
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