appears in the following:

Surprise! How embracing unpredictable moments can make us feel more alive

Friday, March 31, 2023

What happens when we embrace unpredictability instead of fearing it? Writer Tania Luna explores how engineering surprise in our daily lives can lead to a fuller, more joyful existence.


How we could live forever... virtually

Friday, March 31, 2023

What if immortality was possible in virtual reality? Artur Sychov discusses how his platform, Somnium Space, enables users to create an avatar version of themselves that will "live" forever online.


One man's journey with vitiligo and how he found self-acceptance

Friday, March 24, 2023

When news anchor Lee Thomas was diagnosed with the skin disorder vitiligo, he felt like his career was over. He shares his story of finding self-acceptance and embracing his changing body.


How do different thinkers interpret the world?

Friday, March 17, 2023

Temple Grandin's story changed the way the world understands autism. She speaks about the many ways people interpret the world, the different kinds of thinkers and how to support them all.


Does language shape how we think?

Friday, February 24, 2023

Languages are complex and our words are powerful. Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky discusses how even small variations in language may mean big distinctions in how we experience the world.


How DNA could provide data storage for more than our genetics

Friday, January 27, 2023

Humans are generating vast amounts of data each day— and we're running out of storage space. Molecular biologist Dina Zielinski discusses a solution that can pack tons of data into a tiny space: DNA.


How facial recognition allowed the Chinese government to target minority groups

Friday, December 09, 2022

Journalist Alison Killing explains her investigation in Xinjiang, China, where the government has used facial recognition cameras to track Uyghurs and detain them in camps across the region.


Embracing life as a late bloomer

Friday, November 18, 2022

For most of her life, writer Doree Shafrir felt like she was always falling behind her peers. She describes how she finally came around to accepting – even celebrating – life as a late bloomer.


The art of record digging: Rediscovering lost music and giving it a second life

Friday, November 04, 2022

Music curator Alexis Charpentier hunts for forgotten records around the world. He shares the story of rediscovering a Swiss band from the 80s — and how he helped give their music a second life.


Transforming naughty pups into highly skilled detection dogs

Friday, October 21, 2022

All dogs can be good dogs, but not all make good pets. Dog trainer and conservationist Megan Parker works with dogs that might end up in shelters and trains them in the art of high-skilled detection.


A murder case — solved by vultures

Friday, October 21, 2022

In 2013, detective Bradley Marr of Louisiana was investigating a murder. Forensic scientist Lauren Pharr Parks and detective Marr share how vultures helped crack the case.


Elan Gale: How tension in relationships makes for great reality television

Friday, October 07, 2022

Elan Gale knows a lot about romantic tension—he helps create it for today's most popular reality shows. He explores why we love watching drama on TV and shares advice for avoiding it in our own lives.


Susan Cain: The glorious complexity of being human

Friday, September 09, 2022

Words like introvert and extrovert help us make sense of the world, but one label can't sum up a person. Susan Cain explores how we can embrace the nuances that give our lives meaning and beauty.


Jonna Mendez: A day in the life of a master of disguise

Friday, August 26, 2022

Dr. Scholl's foot powder, tin foil, dead rats—former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez used them all to conceal agents and secret messages. She shares stories about getting creative undercover.


Noah Wilson-Rich: How city habitats help honeybees to thrive

Friday, July 15, 2022

On a rooftop garden in the middle of Manhattan, honeybee colonies are flourishing. Biologist Noah-Wilson Rich explains how collecting data from honeybee hives can help ensure a healthy future for all.


Marcia Belsky: That time when NASA (almost) sent Sally Ride to space with 100 tampons

Friday, June 03, 2022

Ahead of her 1983 space flight, NASA suggested sending astronaut Sally Ride with 100 tampons for the week-long trip. (That's too many.) In 2020, comedian Marcia Belsky sang a song about it.


Andrew Dent: How everyday materials can make innovative new products

Friday, May 20, 2022

Materials scientist Andrew Dent takes us on a tour of the "materials library" where companies can find existing materials to reuse in their products—from chewing gum, to fish scales, to cow manure.


Anna Malaika Tubbs: The forgotten mothers of civil rights history

Friday, May 06, 2022

MLK Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin are household names, but what about their mothers? This hour, author Anna Malaika Tubbs explores how these three women shaped American history.


Nicola Sturgeon: How can small countries have a global impact?

Friday, April 29, 2022

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon shares ideas on leading Scotland, from her approach to climate change and wellness, to the challenges she's faced as a female leader.


Yvonne van Amerongen: How can we reimagine elder care around human connection?

Friday, April 08, 2022

In a small village, residents enjoy time at the pub, the theater, and the park—all while living with dementia. Yvonne van Amerongen shares how we can reimagine dementia care with a social approach.