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Yaël Eisenstat: Why we need more friction on social media

Friday, October 07, 2022

Facebook profits from being frictionless, says Yaël Eisenstat. But without friction, misinformation can spread like wildfire. The solution, Yaël says, is to build more friction into social media.

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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.

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David Moinina Sengeh: The sore problem of prosthetic limbs

Friday, October 07, 2022

Decades ago, a civil war in Sierra Leone left thousands as amputees. Researcher and current Education Minister David Moinina Sengeh set out to help them with a more comfortable socket for prostheses.

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Jennifer Vail: How tribology can change the way you view the material world

Friday, October 07, 2022

Have you brushed your teeth today? Or gotten a shot recently? As tribologist Jennifer Vail explains, these mundane activities are among the many in our daily lives that are made possible by friction.

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Stewart Brand reflects on a lifetime of staying "hungry and foolish"

Friday, September 23, 2022

From hippie culture to the first personal computers, Stewart Brand has been key to some of the most groundbreaking movements of the last century. This hour, he reflects on his life and career.

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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.

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Gabby Rivera: Writing the story of Marvel's first queer Latina superhero

Friday, September 09, 2022

In Marvel's "America," Gabby Rivera wrote a superhero who's queer, Latina, and punches portals across dimensions. She shares why it's empowering to write characters that mirror her identity.

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Allyson Felix: The precarious crossroad between motherhood and sports

Friday, September 09, 2022

Getting pregnant as a track and field athlete was called the "kiss of death." After becoming pregnant, Olympian Allyson Felix fought to change that by reforming her former sponsor's maternity policy.

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Hrishikesh Hirway: Finding balance through deconstructing music

Friday, September 09, 2022

Hrishikesh Hirway always wanted to be a musician. When his dream didn't go as planned, he navigated complex feelings of success and failure — embracing opportunities that became unexpected gifts.

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Gala Marija Vrbanic: How a fashion designer creates clothes for our digital selves

Friday, August 26, 2022

Fashion designer Gala Marija Vrbanic creates digital clothes that defy physics and outshine superheroes' wardrobes. Vrbanic says the future of AR and VR will change how we express our identities.

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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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