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Rosanne Cash Reflects on Her Life and Legacy

Friday, July 29, 2022

For decades, Rosanne Cash has soared through the ranks of music with her powerhouse poetic skills and wistful reflections on her past. This hour we explore Rosanne's life and legacy through her music.

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Julia Sweeney: When it's finally time to have "The Talk"

Friday, July 15, 2022

Talking with kids about sex can be awkward - for children and parents. Comedian Julia Sweeney remembers having "The Talk" with her daughter, and how it went in some unexpected directions.

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Marlene Zuk: What humans can learn from the sex lives of insects

Friday, July 15, 2022

Insects experience the world very differently from humans--but they still have a lot to teach us. Behavioral ecologist Marlene Zuk explores what insects can teach us about sex and sexuality.

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Carin Bondar: Eggs and the genius of bird moms

Friday, July 15, 2022

Laying eggs may seem like a simple way to reproduce compared to human birth, but biologist Carin Bondar says bird moms are the micromanagers of the animal kingdom.

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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.

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Jacob Collier: The whimsical process of creating art

Friday, June 17, 2022

Musician Jacob Collier is known for his electrifying performances and thoughtful views on art and humanity. This hour, Jacob joins us for a conversation on the sparks that fuel his creative process.

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Ermias Kebreab: What do seaweed and cow burps have to do with climate change?

Friday, May 20, 2022

Each year, one cow can belch 220 pounds of the greenhouse gas methane. Animal scientist Ermias Kebreab experimented with alternative cow diets and found a surprising solution: seaweed.

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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.

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Bill Bernat: How to build a connection with your friends living with depression

Friday, April 08, 2022

Sometimes, we tiptoe around people experiencing depression because we don't know what to say. Bill Bernat suggests that instead of waiting for them to feel better, we can meet them where they are.

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Sara Jones: What stories are missing from the the transracial adoption narrative?

Friday, April 08, 2022

What information is missing from our family narratives? For transracial adoptee Sara Jones, her Korean cultural roots were hidden until she sought answers on her own.

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Diana Adams: How can we provide better care for non-traditional families?

Friday, April 08, 2022

For LGBTQIA and non-nuclear families, navigating the legal system and family benefits is difficult. Attorney Diana Adams says we need more inclusive laws that cater to all chosen families.

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Steven Johnson: The Past, Present, and Future of the Human Life Span

Friday, March 25, 2022

In the last century, human life expectancy has doubled. This hour, we talk with writer Steven Johnson on the many breakthroughs that made this possible — and where we go from here.

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Nizar Ibrahim: How did we unearth the largest predator in history?

Friday, March 11, 2022

The largest predator in history was bigger than a T. Rex and longer than a school bus. And it swam. Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim shares his quest to uncover the Spinosaurus.

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Asmeret Asefaw Berhe: How can soil's superpowers help us fight climate change?

Friday, March 11, 2022

Earth's soil can store vast amounts of carbon. Biogeochemist Asmeret Asefaw Berhe says soil could be a powerful tool for fighting climate change - if only we stopped treating it like dirt.

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Katrina Spade: Could our bodies help new life grow after we die?

Friday, March 11, 2022

We compost plants and livestock, so why not humans? Katrina Spade says that if you want to help the planet one last time, consider composting your body.

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Jill Heinerth: What can we learn from our planet's hidden waterways?

Friday, March 11, 2022

Underneath the surface, there lies a vast network of natural and manmade waterways. Cave diver Jill Heinerth shares her adventures through our planet's plumbing and the ways it secretly connects us.

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Celeste Headlee: How can we fight burnout with purposeful rest?

Friday, February 18, 2022

Hard work has been baked into our culture for so long, but at what cost? Journalist Celeste Headlee explains why we must give our bodies the rest they need, so that we can live fuller lives.

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Dylan Selterman: What are our dreams — and nightmares — trying to tell us?

Friday, February 18, 2022

We might forget our dreams mere minutes after waking. But psychologist Dylan Selterman says that if we pay attention to them, we could gain new information about our emotions, relationships and more.

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Matteo Cerri: Will humans one day hibernate?

Friday, February 18, 2022

Bears and squirrels hibernate to survive harsh conditions; why not humans? If we want to travel deep into space or combat deadly diseases, physiologist Matteo Cerri says hibernation might be the key.

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Craig Richard: Whispers and haircuts — the science of ASMR

Friday, February 18, 2022

Why do so many people experience brain tingles when watching ASMR videos? Physiologist Craig Richard shares the science behind the "Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response," and how it calms the mind.

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