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Smart, informative, unflinching conversations that go beyond mere headlines and soundbites. Weekdays at 4pm ET/1pm PT.

Smart, informative, unflinching conversations that go beyond mere headlines and soundbites. Weekdays at 4pm ET/1pm PT.


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Smart, informative, unflinching conversations that go beyond mere headlines and soundbites. Weekdays at 4pm ET/1pm PT.



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Green Lights for Migraines, Black in Science, Telehealth

Green LED light can assuage the pain for people with chronic migraines. Then, a rapping molecular biologist works to make science not just more diverse but also more effective. And, telehealth is becoming the go-to for many doctors and their patients. Also, on today’s show: lithium batteries have a painful cost for us and our environment; fences shape ecosystems; the Yellowstone supervolcano might not erupt as soon as we once thought.


Space Travel, Peering Under Paintings, America’s Wars

Why are billionaires and private companies so invested in the idea of commercial space flight? Then, the high-tech way conservators at the National Gallery of Art are peeling back the layers of paint on famous masterpieces. And, a military historian says America’s failures in Iraq and Afghanistan have made it clear that our military cannot solve the world’s problems. Also, on today's show: artificial skin that can feel pain; how the lack of spectators at the Olympic Games could affect the...


Kamala Harris, End-of-Life Doulas, Space Junk

Vice President Kamala Harris takes the lead on two controversial political topics, so what will that mean for her political ambitions? Then, doulas are common companions during childbirth, and now they’re becoming more common for the dying, too. And, who's responsibility is it to clean up space junk in Earth's orbit? Also on today’s show: the story of human's obsession with aliens; eating disorders can modify brain circuits; why universities often come up short in making space for students...


How Pandemics End, Earth’s Pulse, Black Smoke

How will the pandemic end—and how will we know it? Plus, it turns out the Earth has a pulse, just like a beating heart. And, why African American pitmasters have been pushed to the margins of the food world’s barbecue obsession. Also, on today's show: how the TV show "Friends" helps students learn English; scientists have learned how to rebuild an immune system; the safety of releasing radioactive water into the ocean.


Cuban Protests, Shark Week, Hidden Likes

What led to the historic protests in Cuba? Then, another "Shark Week" just wrapped up on the Discovery Channel, but the publicity sharks receive may not be helping the fish. And, why Instagram's big feature change may not help the people who need it most. Also, on today's show: A former gymnastics world champion makes a comeback; how much schools could surveil students; there’s some promising new research in search of treatment for type 2 diabetes.


Music of Spheres, Prison Pell Grant, Smellicopter,

Turning the universe into sound can help researchers discover new things about outer space. Then, is it fair for prisoners to receive pell grants. And, how a moth's antenna can help detect chemicals. Also, on today's show: how one teen sparked a new line of Nike shoes for people with disabilities; the world’s first racing series for flying electric cars is rapidly coming our way; you could have dust from an asteroid on your clothes right now.


Voting Laws, #EarsToVets, Vegetables Are Made Up

Why are so many states revising their voting laws right now? Then, a campaign to raise awareness of the high suicide risk among veterinarians. And, there really isn't such a thing as a vegetable, at least that's what botanists would say. Also, on today’s show: removing wisdom teeth out might improve your sense of taste; disparities in healthcare coverage in America are everyone’s problem.


Haiti, Rubber Hand, Demystifying Shariah

How the United States helped lay the groundwork for Haiti’s current political and economic crisis. Then, a fake hand could help treat people with OCD. And, what exactly is Shariah law? Also on today’s show: the Vietnamese ambassador to the US reflects on the Vietnam War and its similarities to the current conflict in Afghanistan; the secret to Mississippi schools improving their reading scores; why poorer neighborhoods have fewer trees than wealthier neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)


Gas Prices, NCAA Decision, Third Parties

Why are gas prices are so high this summer? Then, court rulings and public opinion are pushing the NCAA to allow more compensation for college athletes. And, will political polarization lead to the creation of a new 3rd political party? Also on today’s show: stress is linked with gray hair and could be reversible; the so-called Doomsday Glacier may not be so scary after all; the bacteria of a baby’s belly shapes the baby’s reaction to scary situations. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


Crime in America, Medication Falls, Pandemic Prevention

What’s driving a surge in violent crime across the country, and how do Americans want it to be solved? Then, nearly every older adult in America has been prescribed a medication that increases the risk of falling, and most don’t realize it. Plus, an expert epidemiologist discusses how to prevent a pandemic before it can start. Also on today’s show: a simple device guaranteed to cure your hiccups; how living near a superfund site can shorten your lifespan; Major League Baseball is finally...


Chatter, Fred Rogers, Kidnappings in Nigeria

Most of us have an inner voice yammering away—so how can we harness it? Plus, what was it like to get letters from Mr. Rogers? And, how a 2014 hashtag paved the way for Nigeria’s modern kidnapping crisis. Also, on today's show: an expert explains Bitcoin, and a school starts a club for kids with family members in prison. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Delta Variant, How the Word is Passed, Republic of Detours

What you need to know about the Delta variant of COVID-19. Plus, the story of American slavery, reclaimed from the distortions of time and bias. Then, Congress is putting unemployed writers to work documenting life during the pandemic—an initiative very similar to a program during the Great Depression. Also on today’s show: new beetles with unusual names; why an increase in fish and chicken consumption is not leading to a decrease in eating beef. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)


Iran, Blind Cooking, American Antisemitism

What does Iran’s new leader mean for relations with America—and a new nuclear deal? Then, a trained chef relearns how to cook after losing her eyesight. And, why one scholar of Jewish history says antisemitism is an American tradition. Additionally, on today's show: building a city that is both functional and sustainable can be complex; older people might want to start playing video games to improve memory; genetic engineering makes chickpeas more drought-tolerant.


Obamacare, Living Light, Mind's Eye

What is the state of American healthcare after the US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act? Then, plants turn out to be a great source of electricity. And, 3% of people can’t conjure a picture in their "mind's eye." Also, on today's show: how indigenous ways of managing water could help dry places cope with an even drier future; a campaign to list the position of "mother" on resumes; the size of one’s pupil correlates with one’s intelligence.


Red, White, and Blue, Senator Duckworth, Patriotism

Why do we drape ourselves and our homes in red, white, and blue for Independence Day? Then, US Senator Tammy Duckworth has a new memoir out about her life and military service. Also, how Americans have used the Constitution to justify their own vision of what America stands for. Additionally, on today's show: the truth about legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone; a psychologist shares that when you are helping you are truly happy.


Founding Fathers’ Families, Smokejumper, Tasting History

How being fathers affected the way America’s founding fathers decided what kind of government to form. Also, what it’s like to jump from a plane into a remote forest that’s on fire. Then, a YouTuber explains how his cooking show managed to take off in the middle of a global pandemic. Additionally, on today's show: specializing in one skill might be counterintuitive to excelling in that skill; why being an American citizen was a right reserved for only a select few when the nation was...


African Democracies, Second Statue of Liberty, Service Lab Dogs

We examine the conflict in Ethiopia and look at the state of democracy in countries across Africa. Then, America’s getting a second Statue of Liberty just in time for Independence Day. Also, service dogs are not allowed in laboratories that do experiments on live animals, which is a barrier to getting more people with disabilities into scientific fields. Additionally, on today's show: a conflict resolution expert offers tips to help Americans during this polarizing time; a mother-daughter...


Robocalls, Ghost Guns, Corporal Punishment

An expert delivers some good news for people who hate robocalls. Then, the Biden Administration is trying to make some guns less “ghostly.” Also, it’s still legal in a lot of states for a schoolteacher to spank or slap a misbehaving child. Additionally, on today’s show: natural disaster season is coming, and it’s best to be prepared; tweens who have friends of higher social and income status end up doing better in schools; a new book has come out on bad days in history; it makes one happier...


Politicizing the DOJ, Zombie Fires, New Alzheimer's Drug

Revelations about Trump administration policies are raising new questions about politics in the Department of Justice. Also, a type of wildfire that's hard to detect and even harder to put out. And, a new drug for Alzheimer’s is sparking controversy. Additionally, on today's show: what America could look like if it were to shift away from nursing homes for certain older people; the military’s changing its approach to acts of sexual assaults; and researchers dropped several thousand dollars,...


Homeownership, Sneaker Culture, School Nurses

The pandemic’s got a third of Americans house-hunting right now, but many hunters may never be able to own a home. Then, why is there such a cultural obsession around sneakers right now? And, school nurses are vital to community health but are being overburdened. Also on today's show: why men who’ve experienced traumatic events in their childhood are often worse fathers, teens find it hard to differentiate fact and fiction on the Internet, and a new type of drug needle is tiny and totally...