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Back to the Land

Gardening provides the fresh air, exercise, food, and distraction that many people need right now. And “immunity gardens” are emerging to add more to that list.

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Wearing Down The Appalachian Trail

Not all Americans have been welcomed to enjoy the great outdoors. A discussion on the racist past of America’s national parks, plus the overlooked history of the Appalachian Trail.

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Mountains in Harmony

The singing of former Appalachian coal miner and preacher Frank Newsome exemplifies the oldest, English-language religious music passed down orally in America. And there’s a mountain range in Romania where coal mining communities share a lot in common with Appalachia.

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The Future is Now

How should humans live in a world where AI systems are deciding issues ranging from medical treatment, electricity, prison sentences, and public assistance?

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Science Out in the World

There’s a lot to learn in science class: the periodic table, the stages of a butterfly, but also … how to be an American citizen.

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Stories to Tell in the Dark

A yellow-eyed witch who sucks the life from unknowing strangers; fish-obsessed ghosts who lure lone men to a watery death; and ghosts who call out in the voice of a loved-one, sealing a murderous fate. This week’s episode brings haunted stories for Halloween.

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Unexpected Remixes

Imagine if Beyonce had a secret recording of her singing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton, from before they were both famous. It would be epic!

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Selling the Sights

In the early 19th century, Americans began to journey away from home–not for work or migration, but simply for the sake of traveling. It gave rise to a new cultural phenomenon: the tourist.

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Talkin’ Hurricanes

In the years since Hurricane Katrina, a lot has changed about New Orleans–including the way people talk.

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Reviving the Giant Oysters

Fossils give away the secrets of the past, but they can also tell the future.

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The Civil War Off the Battlefield

The very first ironclad ship built by the Union Navy in the Civil War was called The Monitor. It revolutionized the way battleships were built.

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Presenting: Broken Ground

Broken Ground, Episode 1: The Kingston, Tennessee coal ash spill of 2008 and and its devastating consequences for hundreds of workers who had to clean up the toxic ness.