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Even Stranger Things [Rebroadcast]

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Did you know that the U.S. military has a long history of working with psychics to try to discover enemy secrets? We examine this history and take a deep dive into the paranormal.

Guests:

Joe McMoneagleAnnie JacobsonMarge BradleyPaul SeligTanya LuhrmannMichael ShermerTiya Miles

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What Can We Learn From Teenagers? [Rebroadcast]

January 12th, 2019

50:58

All over the country, a chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They are marching, protesting and demanding a better future as …

The Third Act [Rebroadcast]

January 5th, 2019

50:58

If life is a play, what happens during the last act? What’s it like to live knowing you have a limited amount of time left? This week, we’re talking about how to face, and in some cases, embrace your third act, whenever …

Ending With A Flourish [Rebroadcast]

December 29th, 2018

50:58

New Years celebrations are all parties and hats, songs and champagne. No one ever seems to talk about the fact that something big just ended. An …

Should You Delete Your Facebook Account?

December 22nd, 2018

56:07

Your finger’s hovering over the "delete" button on your Facebook app. Your friends are abandoning Twitter. Every day brings fresh revelations of data …

The Secret Language of Trees [Rebroadcast]

December 15th, 2018

50:58

Using a complex network of chemical signals, trees talk to each other and form alliances with fellow trees, even other species. In fact, whole …

Giving Is Complicated

December 8th, 2018

51:13

Even the most welcome gift can spark guilt, resentment, obligation or vulnerability. We can be inspired by the generosity of others, or unsettled by …

Is Anger Useful?

December 1st, 2018

53:34

We’ve been taught to ignore, stifle, or just get over anger for many years — but what if we embraced it? It seems like most of us are feeling angry these days. But what if we took that emotion and instead of letting it …

Religion Without Doctrine

November 24th, 2018

53:43

What's the essence of religion? God? Scripture? Moral codes? Or is it really about something more mysterious and unexplainable?

In this hour, we explore the roots of religion — religion before it's even called …

We've Had 30 Years Of Prozac. Why Are We Still Depressed? [Rebroadcast]

November 17th, 2018

50:58

Modern anti-depressants have saved a lot of minds. And lives. But our 30-year experiment with modern anti-depressants is taking a toll. What have …

Writing Truth and Lies

November 10th, 2018

56:47

We all tell stories about our lives: funny stories, happy stories, sad stories. But are they true stories? In an age of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” we’re all thinking harder about why truth matters – not just …

Building A Better Ballot Box

November 3rd, 2018

50:59

How do we put the fairness and the fun back in American elections? In this hour, we present a few simple ideas for how to remake the electoral …

Discovering America's Black DNA [Rebroadcast]

October 20th, 2018

50:58

DNA tests are uncovering mixed bloodlines. For African Americans, this can be emotionally-charged. What do you do when you find out one of your direct ancestors was a slave owner? Does it open the door to new …

Pick Your Poison

October 13th, 2018

50:58

Covert spies painting nerve agents on doorknobs? It's not the only way to poison someone. We hear stories of radioactive paint, formaldehyde-spiked …

What's Wrong With Men? [Rebroadcast]

October 6th, 2018

50:58

The right-wing politics and bro culture of The Proud Boys is attracting young, white men nationwide. Founder Gavin McInnes believes “95% of American …

Listening to the City

September 29th, 2018

50:58

Cities can be cacophonous and loud, a chaos of sonic discord. If, that is, you don't really focus your listening. People who’ve trained their ears to hear urban soundscapes in new ways hear something different.

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Magical Thinking [Rebroadcast]

September 22nd, 2018

50:58

"Magical thinking" gets a bad rap these days. It suggests losing your grip on reality or being so gullible that you'll believe anything - from ghosts …

The Ways We Are Born — Again and Again

September 15th, 2018

50:58

If you think of your life as a series of births, what changes? The first birth is when you arrive here, as a wet, wiggling newborn. But there may be …

Rethinking David Foster Wallace

September 8th, 2018

52:52

On the tenth anniversary of his suicide, David Foster Wallace faces renewed criticism over his treatment of women, in his life and work. Fans and critics are re-reading his work, struggling to reconcile genius with …

What's Wrong With Work?

September 1st, 2018

50:58

It's not easy in America today to find work that matters, that’s meaningful, and that pays enough to live on. Which is the one thing we don’t talk …

ICYMI: Our Invisible, Treacherous, Cynical, Wise, Miraculous World

August 27th, 2018

3:44

Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life? [Rebroadcast]

August 25th, 2018

50:58

The Einstein You Don't Know [Extra]

August 23rd, 2018

15:20

Striving To See in a Vast, Invisible Universe

August 18th, 2018

50:58

Being Sincere in a Cynical World

August 11th, 2018

50:58

Why is the world so damn cynical? Rather than surrendering to corrosive, hopeless snark, we look to some unexpected sources to make the case for …

Is Socialism Making a Comeback?

August 4th, 2018

55:55

Loving Bees

July 28th, 2018

53:20

Bees are endangered, but all over the world, people are stepping up to save them — in backyards, science labs, and the abandoned lots of urban …

Jeff Kripal at the Edge of Belief [Extra]

July 26th, 2018

37:42

Jeff Kripal is a highly original, even maverick, historian of religion. In this conversation — part of a collaboration with the LA Review of Books — …

Mind of a Terrorist [Rebroadcast]

July 21st, 2018

50:58

When suicide bombers blow up crowded marketplaces, or a lone shooter attacks a nightclub, one question we’re always left with is why. This hour, a …

Worshipping Waterfalls: The Evolution of Belief [Rebroadcast]

July 14th, 2018

50:56
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