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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”.

 
Thursday, December 31, 2015 | 10:00 AM
A portion of the cover of Larissa MacFarquhar's new book, "Strangers Drowning." (Penguin Press / Courtesy The Publishers)

An extreme commitment to others. Larissa MacFarquhar joins us with stories of those who sacrifice almost everything to do good.

 
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 | 11:00 AM
In this file photo, Patton Oswalt performs in the comedy tent during Fun Fun Fun Fest on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (AP)

Comedian Patton Oswalt on his addiction to movie classics and his new memoir “Silver Screen Fiend.”

 
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May 31, 2016
This 2006 colorized scanning electron micrograph image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the O157:H7 strain of the E. coli bacteria. On Wednesday, May 26, 2016, U.S. military officials reported the first U.S. human case of bacteria resistant to an antibiotic used as a last resort drug. The 49-year-old woman has recovered from an infection of E. coli resistant to colistin. But officials fear that if the resistance spreads to other bacteria, the country may soon see germs impervious to all antibiotics. (Janice Carr/CDC via AP)

A new superbug resistant to every antibiotic has shown up in the U.S. We look at the threat, and our dwindling antibiotic options.

May 31, 2016
In this July 31, 2015, file photo, an orca or killer whale breaches in view of Mount Baker, some 60 miles distant, in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. ( (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

The end of orcas at SeaWorld, McDonald’s using cage-free eggs — should animal lovers be optimistic about a new “humane economy”?

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May 30, 2016
Rock icon Donald Fagen looks back on a lengthy and ongoing career in his new memoir 'Eminent Hipsters.' He co-founded the classic rock group Steely Dan with Walter Becker in 1972. (Penguin Books USA)

Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen talks “eminent hipsters” and the cultural outliers that shaped his sound. He joins us.

 
May 30, 2016
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.

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In The Garden, Mother Nature Makes The Rules
Friday, May 27, 2016

Executive producer Karen Shiffman explains why she turns to her garden for food, friends and natrual comfort.

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WWII Vet Larry Kirby Reflects On American Values
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Looking ahead to Memorial Day, a World War II veteran looks back at the experiences that mattered to him, both in and out of war.

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Gloria Steinem Explains Her ‘Bernie Boys’ Comment
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Feminist activist Gloria Steinem explains why her apparent diss of female supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders was anything but.

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