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Tune in every week to catch interviews with the liveliest voices from literature, the arts, sciences, history, and public affairs; reports on cutting-edge works in progress; long-form narratives; and compelling excerpts from new books. Produced and hosted by Stephanie Bastek.

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Episode List:

Live, Laugh, Love Ancient Philosophy

Bringing self-help back to its ancient Greek roots

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, October 11, 2019

The Banjo and the Ballot Box

How country music has been used on the campaign trail—and in political office

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, October 04, 2019

What Makes a Refugee?

A writer explores how displaced people, and adopted countries, should respond to the highest levels of displacement on record

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 27, 2019

Why Has American Classical Music Ignored Its Black Past?

And the immigrant composer who predicted a different future

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 13, 2019

Fashion Kills

How our hunger for more clothes is killing the environment and exploiting workers

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 06, 2019

The Next Menu

What will our dinner tables look like 30 years into the climate crisis?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 30, 2019

One Job Should Be Enough

How workers’ voices were silenced in America—and how they’re fighting back

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 23, 2019

Bloodsuckers

How the mosquito changed human history—for better and for worse

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 16, 2019

Junk Science

How belief in biological racial difference pollutes the world of science, from eugenics to genetics

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 09, 2019

A Delicate Elephant Balance

Could human partnership be the secret to saving this Asian giant?

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 02, 2019
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