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Our Digital Lives11/16/14
The average American spends more time on Facebook than with their pets or exercising -- and that's not counting Twitter, Instagram, or Vine. We're more connected than ever these days, but at what cost? Reclaiming the Internet; Sonic Sidebar: Alone...
Death: Exit Plan
We live much longer than we used to, thanks to medical advances, but what are the emotional and financial costs of extending life? Some doctors don't know how to talk with their patients about preparing for death, so there's now a push to have frank...
Does Fiction Make Us Good?
Who doesn’t love a good book? We all know a great novel can change the way we see the world, but what about the way we treat each other? Today, we discuss whetherreading great literature makes us more moral. And, we celebrate William Shakespeare's...
Death: The Reckoning
From death cafes and death dinners, to innovative schools that now talk openly about death with their students, there's a movement afoot to change how we talk about the end of life. In this hour, how do we reckon with our own death and the deaths of...
How we think about the environment will have real-world consequences for our children and grandchildren. Today, we talk about new environmental paradigms for life after climate change. And, we remember the great environmentalist Rachel Carson on the...
In this hour, we explore peoples obsessions with movies and talk with legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog. Room 237 - Manohla Dargis; Werner Herzog Strives for the 'Ecstatic Truth'; Frank - Jon Ronson; Found Film: John Waters; On Our Minds: National...
Do Nations Need States?
Do nations need states? Do Nations Need States?; Sonic Sidebar: Scotland Votes "No"; Lands in Limbo; The Islamic State; BookMark: Lauren Beukes on “The Three” by Sara Lotz; On Our Minds: Abortion.
From philosophy to neuroscience, looking for the truth about beauty.
Is there anything science won’t tackle? The latest question neuroscientists are taking on is, “What makes something beautiful?” We're checking in with scientists, philosophers and artists in this hour. Beauty & Brains; Sonic Sidebar: Umberto Eco on...
With the elections approaching, candidates and campaigns are working hard to get out the vote. But what would it take to get people politically involved all year round? Making Democracy Fun; Voices From The Internet Underground; Against Voting;...
Zzz (Sleep) Repeat
We explore the secret life of sleep in this hour. The Secret Life of Sleep - Kat Duff; The Politics of Sleep - Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer; Sleep Donation - Karen Russell; Sonic Sidebar: Is Sleep Going Extinct?; Dangerous Idea: Life Roller Coaster; On Our...
Imagining Possible Worlds (Repeat)
Science fiction offers us visions of histories we don't know -- histories of the future and the past. Today, legendary science fiction writers talk about science, utopia, and the imagination. Plus, the winners of our 3Minute Futures fiction contest!...
The Cook and the Book
Chefs and writers explore the language of food on the plate and on the page. We meet novelists who cook, chefs who write, and a poet of pies. It's an hour of deliciousness in words and food. Writing Restaurants with Michelle Wildgen; Sweetness #9 with...
Living Like a Caveman (Updated)
Cavemen. Not Cro-Magnons or Neanderthals, but modern cavemen and women. They eat raw meat, run barefoot and practice throwing heavy stones. Arthur De Vany on Modern Cavemen; Paleofantasy - John Hawks; Cavedigger; Michelle Paver on "Chronicles of...
Creative Writing (Repeat)
We explore Creative Writing in this hour with Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure. Little Failure - Gary Shteyngart; Writers and Drinking - Olivia Laing; Sonic Sidebar: John Cheever's "The Swimmer"; The Trickster's Hat - Nick Bantock; Dangerous...
From cyborgs and synesthesia, to ASMR and using sensation to heal from trauma, were exploring the edges of our senses this hour. Synesthesia, Then & Now; The Mystery of Tingles - ASMR; Cyborg Senses - Neil Harbisson; Feeling Through Trauma - Bessel...
Pranks and Hoaxes (Updated)
Everyone loves a good joke, right? Well, at least when it's not at your expense. We explore hoaxes throughout history, get in the mind of a prolific prankster, and hear from writer Walter Kirn about getting duped by a dangerous con man. Famous...
Making It In America (Repeat)
With minimum wage on many ballots this election season, TTBOOK looks at just what it takes to make it in America these days Living Poor; So Rich, So Poor - Peter Edelman; Bootstrapping; Sonic Sidebar: American Dreams; American Promises; BookMark:...
Are we living in a Golden Age of Narcissism? The Narcissist Next Door - Jeffrey Kluger; Sonic Sidebar: Tusk; The Americanization of Narcissism - Elizabeth Lunbeck; Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself - Anneli Rufus; Dangerous Idea: We Matter; On Our...
1001 Nights (Repeat)
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...
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