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Richly textured audio essays from big names and deep thinkers.

basketball rivals
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During basketball camp in Fargo, North Dakota, cultural critic Chuck Klosterman made an enemy — for life. And maybe that was a bad idea.More

Length: 
3:37
At the rock show
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An abridged version of Terry Gross' interview with Kiss rocker Gene SImmons from a 2002 episode of "Fresh Air."More

Length: 
3:37
Jukebox hero
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In 1985, The New Yorker writer Susan Orlean started traveling around the country to find out how Americans spend their Saturday nights. One thing she discovered? How many Saturday night songs there are.
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stove
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To The Best Of Our Knowledge producer Doug Gordon explains what it’s like to live with obsessive compulsions.More

Length: 
3:04
Umbrellas as art
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Celebrated curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has a vision: get art out of galleries and into the real world.More

Length: 
8:02
Mark and Laurie, The Wedding
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Our digital producer, Mark Riechers, tells us why he got married in a movie theater.More

Length: 
6:22
listening intently
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A listener reminds us that it wasn't just teenage boys listening to Pink Floyd in 1973. More

Philip K. Dick sitting in chair
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Jonathan Lethem considers Philip K. Dick one of his literary heroes.  Lethem talks about how Dick was able to combine his brilliant imagination with his original mainstream ambitions to produce the groundbreaking literary science fiction that he's known for.More

Length: 
4:48
Duca V Carlson
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A Teen Vogue editor finds herself arguing with Tucker Carlson. And then it gets worse.More

Length: 
7:38
trippy mountain
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Desperate for help with his PTSD, Dan Kasza took a strange brew of frog venom and ayahuasca.More

Length: 
6:52

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