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Thursday, February 4, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Although technological development appears to have rapidly increased in the last fifty years, the gap between the invention of the incandescent light bulb and the Apple iPhone was not as dramatically innovative as it might have been. (WikiCommons / Associated Press)

Is the golden age of American growth and innovation over? Gone for good? Big economist Robert Gordon says so. We’ll listen, and challenge.

 
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Author and Harvard Business School social psychologist Amy Cuddy. (Photo by Bob O'Connor / Courtesy The Author)

Strike a power pose. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy on the power of presence when you’re ready to act and win.

 
Friday, January 22, 2016 | 11:00 AM
An image of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, Greece, taken in June 2010. (WikiCommons)

From ancient Athens to old Calcutta to U.S. hotspots now, we look around the world at the places and the conditions that have fostered genius.

 
Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 11:00 AM
In researching their book, Caren Zucker and John Donvan tracked down Donald Gray Triplett (center), the first person officially diagnosed with autism. Now in his 80s, Triplett has had a long, happy life, Donvan says, maybe partly because his hometown embraced him from the beginning as " 'odd, but really, really smart.' " (Courtesy Penguin Random House)

A big fresh take on autism that begins with Patient Zero.

 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | 11:00 AM
An 1876 artistic representation of Nero's Rome by artist Henryk Siemiradzki. (WikiCommons)

The dictators at the end of the Roman Republic. Claudius, Caligula, Nero and more. How they ruled.

 
Monday, January 18, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Protesters hold signs at a press conference in front of city hall in North Charleston, S.C., Friday, Jan 8, 2016, in the wake of the release of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager on bond. Slager was charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist in April 2015. Protesters from Black Lives Matters and the National Action Network listed demands they want meet, with the first being Slager back in jail. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

On Martin Luther King Day, a conversation about racism in America and Black Lives Matter with poet Claudia Rankine and activist DeRay Mckesson.

 
Monday, January 4, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Maria Popova. (Photograph by Elizabeth Lippman for The New York Times)

Maria Popova, internet philosopher sensation and creator of the blog, “Brain Pickings,” on how to live a meaningful life in 2016.

 
Friday, January 1, 2016 | 11:00 AM
The Righteous Brothers, Bobby Hatfield, left, and Bill Medley perform during the 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday, March 10, 2003, at New York's Waldorf Astoria. (AP)

Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley on that lovin’ feelin’, touring with the Beatles and his life in music.

 
Friday, January 1, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, stands next to former Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Princeton, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008. (AP)

Big thinker and working mom Anne-Marie Slaughter sparked debate when she wrote “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” She’s back talking about a toxic work world.

 
Thursday, December 31, 2015 | 11:00 AM
US singer Patti Smith performs during the Way Out West music festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, Saturday, Aug.15, 2015.  (AP)

Iconic rocker, poet of punk, and National Book Award-winning author Patti Smith joins us to talk about her new memoir, “M Train”.

 
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May 3, 2016
Geri Taylor, camera in tow, at the Hoover Dam in 2014. Photography had been a sideline for 30 years, but now she could really devote time to it.
Courtesy, New York Times. MICHAEL KIRBY SMITH FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES.

We look at how one women prepares for the full onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

May 3, 2016
In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, fifteen-year-old Amorette Castillo has her sensor checked before starting a series of physical activities at a University of Southern California lab in Alhambra, Calif. Scientists across the country are playing with miniature gadgets and fitting them on the overweight and obese to get an unbiased glimpse into their exercise and eating habits. The cell phone for gathering data is on her hip. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin)

Weight loss lessons from the TV show “The Biggest Loser”. A study of the show’s contestants reveals why it’s so hard to keep off the weight we lose.

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May 2, 2016
ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016 AND THEREAFTER - In this April 19, 2016 photo, Laurie Millan, a para-professional and tutor, works with a student during an after school tutoring session at San Francisco International High School, in San Francisco. While some districts in numerous states have discouraged migrant minors from Central America from enrolling in their schools, the school accommodated its youths by rewriting young-adult novels at a basic level to spark the newcomers' interest in reading.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Is grit the secret sauce that drives success? More important than both talent and intellect? We’re talking the power and limits of grit.

 
May 2, 2016
A man walks on the rail tracks of a train station turned into a makeshift camp crowded by migrants and refugees, at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, April 29, 2016. Many thousands of migrants remain at the Greek border with Macedonia, hoping that the border crossing will reopen, allowing them to move north into central Europe. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

A top former US diplomat says refugees and tribalism are pulling Europe apart and that the US needs to get involved- to help Europe by helping refugees.

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Devoured: We Are What (And How) We Eat
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From chicken wings to kale smoothies, we look at what we eat, and how challenging it is to eat well in America.

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‘Embedded’: How Violent Gangs Are Terrorizing El Salvador
Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

NPR’s Kelly McEvers on her reporting in El Salvador for the podcast Embedded, and how gang killings brought San Salvador’s bus service to a halt.

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That Cheap Dress On Facebook? It Isn't Worth It
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

Know those shockingly cheap clothes you see advertised on Facebook? There’s a catch.

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