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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...
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...
It doesn't matter whether you grew up going toConey 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. How Amusement Parks Modernized...
Looking for wildness, inside and out. Kids Go Wild; How To Reclaim Your Sense of Wonder; The Adventure Gap: Diversity In Outdoor Recreation; "More Hawk Than Human": Helen Macdonald Battles Grief With a Goshawk; BookMark: Werner Herzog on "The...
Does anyone still hitchhike? Cult film director John Waters does. At the age of 66, he hitchhiked 2,800 miles, from Baltimore to San Francisco. He tells us about the people who picked him up, along with some who didn't. And did the America Interstate...
Remembering the Vietnam War
Forty years ago, the U.S. ended its war in Vietnam, but we're still fighting over its legacy - in foreign policy and military strategy, and also in books and movies. But there's one question Americans rarely ask: what does the war mean to the...
The Thrill of the Fight
Forget baseball. Boxing just might be our national sport. After all, the highest paid athlete in the country is a fighter. And a long awauted superfight between this generation's best boxers has earned millions in ticket sales. This hour, we explore...
The Quantified Self
Can the self actually be quantified? This hour, we examine the growth of personal data collection. From Bites to Bytes - Quantifying the Everyday; Does Data Give Life Meaning?; The Sonified Self - Transforming Data Into Music; Our Automated Future;...
Building Stories (Update)
Building Stories Stories from Cabrini Green; Ever Wonder About the Sounds a Building Makes?; Chris Ware on his graphic novel "Building Stories"; Meat Houses. Yes, Houses Made Out of Meat; Ken "The Voice" Nordine reads his jazz poem "Yellow"; Here,...
The Magic Book (Update)
Magic Books The Codex Seraphinianus; The Talking Book; The Aleppo Codex; Novelist Judith Claire Mitchell: The 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide; Singer Diamanda Galas: The 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
We explore our obsession with public shaming in this hour. Public Shaming on Social Media; Shame-Based Sentencing Instead of Jail Time; The Upside of Shame: Promoting Positive Change; Dangerous Idea: Universal Recess!; Sowing Your Wild Oats in...
Is it ever possible to be too racially sensitive or tolerant?This hour, a look at how we talk about touchy subjects -- whether political correctness promotes safety or censorship. Is Political Correctness a Form of Censorship?; Political Correctness...
Getting Medieval (Update)
Arms, armor, bodices and battle axes! Celebrate a new season of Game of Thrones with some real medieval history. Just How Heavy Was That Armor?; Get Your Medieval On!; Geoffrey Chaucer, Detective; Meet a Medieval Warrior-Girl: Nicola Griffith's...
Ever get the feeling that nothing’s original these days,that every new song that comes out is just a rehash of another? This hour,we’re looking at the fine line between inspiration and imitation, andfinding out what separates an original work from a...
It's All About Cats
Cats on public radio! Yes, its a thing. He Made A Cat Video And You'll Never Guess What Happened Next...; The Case For Cat Citizenship; Cats Hate Your Music - Here's What They Want You To Play; The Big Cat Biologist And The Blind Date: 3-Minute...
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;...
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