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Culture, Ideas, Religion

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In recent years, authoritarians have seized power in democracies around the world, riding waves of populist fervor. The scholar Yascha Mounk has studied this trend. He says democracy itself may in danger, and there isn’t much time left to save it.

The First Love Story

Mar 13, 2018

Tuesday, we’re talking about the oldest relationship in the Christian world: Adam and Eve. Writer Bruce Feiler says they confronted the ultimate human fear - loneliness - and defeated it with love.

Heavens on Earth

Mar 12, 2018

Why do so many cultures and faiths teach some version of an afterlife? Monday, skeptic Michael Shermer joins us to talk about our obsession with immortality and what it means for life here and now.

Economist Bryan Caplan calls higher education a waste of time and money. He says students aren’t learning skills or critical thinking. But they’re going into debt and still not finding great jobs.

Admit it: you're addicted to technology. But it's not entirely your fault. Tech designers use their knowledge of human behavior to get people hooked on devices and apps. It's not unlike being addicted to a drug. But you can kick the habit you really want to.

Teens are going to be curious about sex, but teaching them about it is a thorny issue. So they turn to the Internet and porn to learn. Monday we’re talking the effects of porn on kids and what can be done about it.

Overdressed

Feb 23, 2018

Friday, we’re talking about the way we dress these days. We’ve gotten pretty cheap. We buy trendy clothes that are lousy quality. It’s called “fast fashion” and the journalist Elizabeth Klein says it’s bad for the environment and our sense of style.

How to Be a Stoic

Feb 1, 2018

How do you live a good life? It's a central question to the human experience, and one the ancient Stoic philosophers sought to answer by focusing on virtue, mindfulness, and the things that are and are not within our control.

 


The year was 1944. Walking home from church one night, Recy Taylor, a black woman, was raped by six white men. Taylor’s story is the subject of a new documentary film that sheds light on a dark period in American history and the activism it spawned.

Monday, we're talking about our massive food waste problem. A full forty percent of food in America ends up in the trash. Activist Tristram Stuart joins us to talk about why we waste so much food and what we can and should do about it.

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