The Empathy Tours

Jalane Schmidt recently brought a group of Virginia teachers to see Charlottesville’s tiny monument to its enslaved residents. One teacher had a startling personal revelation at that site.

November 1, 2019

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.

October 25, 2019

The Conflicting Ideals in Jefferson’s Architecture

The most important architectural thinker of the young American republic was Thomas Jefferson. He also held captive more than 600 enslaved men, women, and children in his lifetime.

October 21, 2019

Replay: Monsters in the Classroom

October 11, 2019

Roses in December

When we hear about the end of Jim Crow, we hear mostly about kids attending schools or about major court cases. But what did the process of legal desegregation look like in everyday life and culture?

October 4, 2019

Eyes on Glass

Blown glass is one of the most beautiful and versatile mediums in art. Today, the art of glass blowing may involve up to date technology, but the essence of working with glass remains an ancient art.

September 27, 2019

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!

September 20, 2019

Why We Believe What We Believe

Why do people believe weird things? We delve into the psychology behind ghost encounters, anti-vaccine hoaxes, conspiracy theories, and more.

September 13, 2019

Furious Flower: A Celebration of the Greats of African American Poetry

On Sept. 27th and 28th, the most notable poets of our time will gather in the nation’s capital to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the first academic center devoted to African American poetry in the United States.

September 6, 2019

400 Years After 1619

In late August 1619, twenty or more enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia at what’s now called Fort Monroe. We look at how the nation is commemorating those first Africans who arrived in British North America.

August 30, 2019

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.

August 23, 2019
Refugees from Syria at a Clinic in Jordan.

Healing Displacement

It’s hard to navigate the U.S. healthcare system. But it’s even harder when you’re a refugee.

August 16, 2019

Talkin’ Hurricanes

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

August 9, 2019

Replay: Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

A researcher found that cell phone radiation can cause changes to our cells.

August 2, 2019

Featured

A black and white photo in which one light-skinned US Marine in uniform leans against the Vietnam memorial wall.

Voices of Vietnam

The Vietnam War pulled America apart, dividing our country into factions. And yet, memories of the Vietnam War unite us. In a new eight-part special series, With Good Reason explores the unresolved tensions in our understanding of the war and the perspectives and people it forever changed.