The real-life death of Abraham Lincoln’s young son is reimagined as a meditation on grief and moving on in the novel “Lincoln in the Bardo.” Author George Saunders joins us.
The Jon Stewart of Egypt, Bassem Youssef, joins us to talk about Islam, America and the world.
What makes a great boss. One Silicon Valley boss says she did it all wrong. She’s found a better way.
What’s cookin’? Sam Sifton and Melissa Clark of the New York Times open the recipe box.
A gripping memoir of home and history in a crumbling Damascus. A story of Syria, before and after civil war.
Cracking medical mysteries. A top doctor tells the inside story and drama of what it takes to get a diagnosis right.
Economist Tyler Cowen says Americans have become risk-averse, and it’s going to cost us. He’s calling out American complacency.
Our age of anger. We’ll talk with big thinker Pankaj Mishra about the roots of today’s anger. He says it’s been a long time coming.
If man and machine really do become one, will data destroy democracy, humanism, and our souls? One historian’s view of the future.
A controversial call to rework modern feminism -- and embrace a new kind of radical and take back the movement from banality.
How intelligence lives beyond the brain. In your body. Intelligence, in the flesh.
Mo Willems, acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, joins us to talk Knuffle Bunny, Nanette’s baguette and finding empathy in today’s world.
Children's book author and illustrator Mo Willems may not let the pigeon drive the bus -- but he certainly allows callers to steer a delightful hour of conversation.
Big geopolitical thinker Robert Kaplan on rooting American policy in the reality of American geography.
With over 50% of American women unmarried— we’ll look at the push to reclaim the word “spinster” – to be single and proud of it.
Michael Eric Dyson’s fiery challenge to white America: stop ignoring the injustices facing black America. He’s with us.
Danes are the happiest people in the world. They say they get there with hygge – coziness. We’ll ask how that works.
Still coming to grips with sugar. Author Gary Taubes says we’re still in denial.
the crack in the Antarctic ice shelf grows by 11 miles. We’ll look at what’s coming, and talk with physicist Helen Czerski about the dynamics of the world around us.
The secret life of fat. The latest science on America’s unending battle.