Stephen Groo has made hundreds of DIY movies in an oddball style that has earned him big-name fans and a crowd of haters. A new documentary film follows Groo’s efforts to make his dream project: an elf-human romance flick.

Mormon Temple partially obscured by tree with green leaves.
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Last month, the LDS Church joined a coalition against Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative. They say they’re O.K. with medicinal use, but worry about unintended consequences of this initiative.

The Happiness Curve

Sep 11, 2018
National Gallery of Art / Public Domain

Around our 40s, there's a feeling of malaise and discontentment that can hit us all, even when we're at the top of our game. It turns out it is part of a natural cycle and life gets better after 50.

Pete Stewart

Through his legendary films, Bruce Lee bridged cultural barriers, upended stereotypes and made martial arts a global phenomenon. Biographer Matthew Polly joins us to explore the life of this ambitious actor who grew obsessed with martial arts.

Psychedelic flax landscape.
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The writer Michael Pollan is with us to talk about his book on psychedelics. It’s about their potential to heal mental illnesses, and to explore the subject, Pollan took a few trips himself.

Wild Horse Country

Sep 6, 2018

The wild horse is a majestic, beloved, and federally protected icon of the American frontier with a history as epic as the land it inhabits. It’s also the subject of heated controversy and dispute.

Large scientific equipment pointing at time lapse of night sky.
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Physicist Jim Al-Khalili joins us to explain what life on other planets could like, where it could be, and what would happen if we found it - or it found us.

The psychologist Alison Gopnik worries that parenting is too much like being a carpenter, where you shape chosen materials into a final product. But what if we parented more like gardeners—creating nurturing spaces in which children can flourish?

Public Domain

Monday, we’re talking to historian Richard Francis about Samuel Sewell. He was the only one of the judges during the Salem Witch trials who apologized for his role in the execution of 20 people.

Painting in Asian style depicting Lao Tzue and the discovery of a giant pearl.
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Legend says the Pearl of Lao Tzu was found in 1934 after a diver drowned trying to pry it from the mouth of a giant clam. The writer Michael LaPointe has traced the pearl's unbelievable story through a tangled web of fact and fiction.

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