To the Best of our Knowledge
1001 Nights (Repeat)09/14/14
The bedtime stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin are enchanting stories. They’re alsomuch more: violent, sexually explicit, political, and feminist. 1001 Nights 101; 1001 Nights: A Retelling - Hanan Al-Shaykh; SONIC SIDEBAR: Orhan Pamuk on The...
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...
The Amazing Brain
It's hard to wrap your head around the future of the human brrain. 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...
Lies That Last (Repeat)
Popular myths, urban legends and just plain lies. Why do we persist in believing things that just aren't true? Oklahoma Basement Myth - Mike Hancock; Crack Baby Myth - Ira Chasnoff; The Unknown Known - Errol Morris; Sonic Sidebar - Cow Tipping; Little...
With hundreds of millions of people moving into cities were wondering what shapes urban cultures. Istanbul with Orhan Pamuk; New York via Amsterdam; Unruly Places; Shanghai, Growing; Dangerous Idea: Breaking Up America; On Our Minds: Talking About...
Across the Universe (R)
Where do you find crazy ideas and some of the world's smartest people? In theoretical physics - the world of parallel universes, super strings and black holes. We go on a whirlwind tour of the universe - from the multiverse to an imaginary walk on...
Bored to Death
Who knew that the old expression, "bored to death," could actually be true? We'll discover just how harmful boredom can be. Boredom - Albert Nerenberg; A Philosophy of Boredom -- Lars Svendsen; Doing Nothing - Tom Lutz; BookMark: John Waters; On Our...
Global Noir (R)
Global Noir: travel and crime fiction together in one hour International Noir - Barry Forshaw; The Killing -- Soren Sveistrup; Reading: Kishwar Desai's "Witness the Night"; Israeli Crime Fiction - D. A. Mishani ; Kenyan Crime Fiction - Mukoma Wa...
Finding the Bible
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...
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