January 15, 2018
The United States has always thought of itself as a nation of immigrants. So why has immigration been such a controversial topic throughout our nation's history?
January 9, 2018
Recessions are painful for a variety of reasons. A new study shows that during the Great Recession, mortality rates declined faster in areas where the unemployment grew.
January 8, 2018
The tone of American politics can be so nasty that it may sometimes feel like our democracy is falling apart. Historian David Moss says it's more resilient than we think.
January 2, 2018
Unpredictable things happen to us all the time. On this Radio Replay, we mark the new year with two of our favorite stories of loss and the change it brings.
January 1, 2018
Have you ever opened your computer with the intention of sending an email and then an hour passes by? On this episode, we discuss the strategies media companies use to hijack our attention.
December 27, 2017
Decades ago, Randy Gardner stayed awake for 11 days. He broke a record in the process, but the teenage stunt has come back to haunt him. At 71, he offers wisdom about staying up past your bedtime.
December 25, 2017
There are some topics about which it seems no amount of data will change people's minds: things like climate change, or restrictions on gun ownership.
December 22, 2017
Chaos is a part of all of our lives. Sometimes we try to control it. And other times, we just have to live with it. On this week's Radio Replay, we explore different strategies for coping with chaos.
December 22, 2017
Social science research explores how our minds push away information that gets in the way of our feelings and desires.
December 18, 2017
It can seem arbitrary the way certain people fascinate us. But researcher Elizabeth Currid-Halkett says celebrity has a formula. So does being part of any social group — perhaps even your own.