Last Build Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:02:02 -0500Copyright: Copyright 2017 by Wisconsin Public Radio
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500Amidst economic devastation, producer Charles Monroe-Kane asks what it takes to survive in the Rust Belt.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500A near-accident has poet Laura Kasischke marveling at the fearlessness of young adults and also worrying about their future.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500Whether it’s nail biting or handwashing, most of us have a compulsion we can’t give up. Maybe that’s a good thing? The Psychology of Why You Can’t Stop Checking Your Phone; Tracing the Patterns of an Obsessive Mind; When Obsessive Thoughts Take Control Of Your Life; How Obsession and Compulsion Powered American Genius.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500Poet Nick Lantz has been thinking about political spin and how his poems can play off the language of politics.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500Noah Hawley talks about turning the Coen Brothers' film, "Fargo," into a critically-acclaimed TV series
Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500Do scientists see the world in a different way? Not really, as long as you have insatiable curiosity and a passion to experiment. The World Is Your Lab; Could a 50 Cent Microscope Change the World?; Cooking With Neil deGrasse Tyson; Freeman Dyson, at 93, Looks Back on a Legendary Career in Science.
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500In his new poem, Fady Joudah explores questions about exile, suffering and the language of nation states.
Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s something more. But analog is back in style. The Analog and The Digital, A Harmonious Double Life; The Unmistakable Pop and Hiss of a Good Record; The World Isn’t Perfect, And The One In Our Ears Shouldn’t Be Either; Recovering the Lossiness of “Tom’s Diner”; Could the Internet Be The World’s Greatest Piece of Collaborative Art?.
Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500The former “Parks and Recreation” star has an unlikely hero: the Kentucky writer and champion of rural culture.
Sun, 02 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity. In a “Post-Truth” Era, Should You Get Your News From Poems?; American Poetry Has Never Been So Diverse; A Young Artist Reclaims Ojibwe Language Through Hip-Hop; Setting Sandburg’s City of Broad Shoulders to Music.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500Quan Barry is writing a new poem each week in response to current events. And she’s invited other poets to join in.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500Wherever you turn, it seems like someone’s angry -- on Facebook and cable news, in street marches and congressional town halls. It would seem that we’ve entered a new era of increased hostility. But how did we, as a nation, get here? Is it possible we’re addicted to outrage? This hour, we explore the advantages and perils of getting mad as hell. A Lovely Day For A Tea Party; Want To Be More Understanding? Get Angry; How 18th Century Philosophers Created Our Age of Anger; The Fury And The Calm of Harvey Milk’s Memory; Addicted to Indignation; Michael Eric Dyson's Message to White America: Get Angry.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500Every time this medical student gets harassed online, she writes a new Wikipedia bio of a female scientist.
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500Why do women have to put up with this? And how do they fight back? Abused Game Developers Can’t ‘Just Go Offline’ to Escape; When You’re Under Siege Online, How Can the Law Help?; Facing Fox News and Reddit Trolls, Journalist Lauren Duca Persisted; Writer’s Advice from Roxane Gay: Write Truth and Get Uncomfortable, Online Or Off; A Broad History of Sexism, As Witnessed By A Feminist Scholar.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500We talk to two experts —Chuck Pezeshski and Indi Young— who think about the role empathy can play in tackling massive design and engineering problems.
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600When suicide bombers blow up crowded marketplaces, or a lone shooter attacks a nightclub, one question we’re always left with is why. What ideology or belief or loyalty would compel someone to do something so horrific? This hour, a look at the underlying psychology of political violence. The Reformed Radical; The Psychology of Terrorism; What Can Americans Learn from a Norwegian Massacre?; Let's Change the Way We Think About Thinking; The Buddhist Master Who Went On A Four Year Wandering Retreat.
Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600psychedelic science is back — and the early results are extraordinary. A single dose of psilocybin can help people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety. We’ll examine this revolution in medicine, and explore the connections between psychedelics a Mother’s Little Helper: LSD?; How Psychedelic Drugs Will Revolutionize Psychiatry; Lessons from a Psychedelic Guide; On A Mountain Top, With Ayahuasca And Frog Poison; Psychedelics and God.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600There’s arguably no greater mystery than who we fall for. Why do some romances fizzle out, while others flourish, and grow into lifelong companionship? What can science reveal about lust, romance, and compassion? In a live show recorded onstage from the Majestic Theater in Madison, To the Best of Our Knowledge, in partnership with the Center for Humans and Nature, explored the science of love. What people or things bring love into your life? We're building an evolving look at love, and we need your help. If the live show inspired you in any way, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Wild World of Animal Sex; The Joy of ‘Catching Flies’; Finding Love With 36 Simple Questions (web extra); The New Science of Sexual Fluidity; Comedian Esteban Touma on Love, Marriage and Squirrels; What’s Love Got To Do With Evolution?; A Single Throat and Four Appendages Attempting to Multiply like Cells .
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600Forty years ago Richard Dawkins wrote the landmark book “The Selfish Gene,” where he argued that the gene is what drives evolution. But what if he got it all wrong?
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600In this show, we explore the fictional universes that continue to enchant us. How to Build Fantastical Fictional Universes; The Secret History of Twin Peaks; A Haunting Story of Lincoln, Love and Loss.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600Chaotic headlines out of Washington, ice melting in Antarctica, world temps rising and global conflict on the rise… it could be worse. It could be Ragnarok.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600If you've ever been alone on Valentine's Day, you probably know how isolating it can be to feel like the only single person in a world full of happy couples. But being alone doesn't have to be shameful. This hour, we're changing the script and making the case for the lovelorn, the loners, the bachelors and spinsters that there's nothing wrong with being alone. Why Some Breakups Are More Painful Than Others; Battling Loneliness In The Big City; A Loners' Manifesto; The Value Of Solitude; A Solo Walk Halfway Across the Globe; Getting Wild In the Suburbs.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600It’s really hard to exaggerate the influence that Philip Glass has had on contemporary classical music. In honor of his eightieth birthday, here's a re-aired conversation with the composer about his memoir, "Words Without Music."
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600The story of Adam and Eve is as old as sin. But it’s a lot more than a Bible story. Original Sin at the Heart of All Political Divides; The Imprint of Original Sin on Western Culture; A Blessing in the Garden; When Sin Bears Fruit.
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600There are nearly 250 million migrants across the world right now. Some will be escaping war or oppression, others will be seeking out freedom or economic prosperity, but whatever the reason, the kind of life they're looking for lies across a border that's policed and restricted. What if it didn't have to be that way? This hour, we explore a world without borders. Artist Molly Crabapple On Why Borders Are Unnecessary; The Case For Open Borders; Why Borders Are Becoming Irrelevant; Rethinking The History Of Mass Migration In America; Life As An Undocumented Immigrant; The Hidden Life of An Economic Migrant.
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600We find ourselves wondering how legendary muckrakers might have reacted to some of these first Trump press briefings.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600How do you cope with unpleasant people? When there’s no escape and you’re stuck with someone you can’t stand, what do you do? What Sartre Meant by “Hell is Other People”; His Other Name Rhymes with “Glass Poles”; The Case Against Empathy; Why It Pays to Be Civil; Two Years Living Under Glass.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600In this podcast, Mark Greif, co-founder of the literary magazine n+1 and author of “Against Everything,” reflects on the art of being a cultural critic.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600Computer scientists are closing in on the next frontier in artificial intelligence — machines that can create. But don’t throw away your paintbrush yet. Machine Music Theory 101; Cracking the “Bestseller Code”; My Robot Could Paint That; Creative Differences with Android Lloyd Webber; Nothing Left To Do But Write Songs.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600Charles Monroe-Kane talks to David Nagler about setting Carl Sandburg's poems to music.