Profiles

Educated

Mar 29, 2018

Born into a survivalist family, Tara Westover's home-school education taught her to scrap metal, can peaches, and avoid doctors. Her new memoir recounts the journey from junkyard to Cambridge Ph.D.

Dolores Huerta co-founded the first farmers workers union alongside Cesar Chavez. But she's not as well known as Chavez, and the director Peter Bratt believes she left out of the history because she was a strong defiant woman. Bratt set out to change that.

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Genghis Khan was the greatest conqueror in human history. He was a ruthless warrior known for his scorched earth tactics. So it may surprise you to learn that he was a deeply principled and passionate man, and a champion of religious freedom.

The Carry Home

Feb 22, 2018

Nature writer Gary Ferguson was canoeing with his wife when they capsized, and she died in the accident. He joins us to talk about spreading her ashes across 5 wild places and finding grace in nature.

Public domain

“Few came so far, so fast, and so alone,” writes John Farrell of Richard Nixon. Farrell joins us to talk about Nixon’s progressive ideals and his darker legacy: a divided and polarized America.

Public radio host Bob Garfield has been on a long, wandering search for the answer to one of life's hardest questions: Who am I? In a new one-man show, he shares stories from his quest for identity and explores America's own journey of self-exploration.

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is a civil rights pioneer, a white woman who chose to go against the grain and fight racial discrimination in the South in the 1950s and 60s. Her bravery nearly cost her life, but it also helped change the world.

No idea from psychology has saturated popular culture like Hermann Rorschach’s inkblots. Friday, writer Damion Searls join us to talk about Rorschach’s life and the influence of his iconic creation.

Phenomena

Feb 7, 2018
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Journalist Annie Jacobsen joins us to tell the story of top-secret U.S. government research into mind reading and other paranormal phenomena. What makes people spend so much time, energy, and money on such strange ideas?

At nearly 40, Tova Mirvis left her marriage … and Orthodox Judaism. Tuesday, we’ll talk about leaving the world that shaped her and the journey to discover what she believes and who she really is.

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