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TTBOOK began as an audio magazine of ideas – two hours of smart, entertaining radio for people with curious minds. It’s sort of journalistic, but it’s never about the President’s speech to the U.N., weapons inspections in Iraq, or yesterday’s stock market disaster. It’s the kind of show that would spend an hour on the future of capitalism, or on the roots of Islamic fundamentalism. It might also spend an hour on hair. Or salt. Or pirates, road trips, psychic phenomena, house cleaning, animal intelligence, high energy physics, or how to say you’re sorry. It’s the kind of show where someone might mention Charlotte Bronte or Anthony Trollope in one segment, U2 or They Might Be Giants in another.

Zzz (Sleep) Repeat

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We explore the secret life of sleep in this hour. The Secret Life of Sleep - Kat Duff; The Politics of Sleep - Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer; Sleep Donation - Karen Russell; Sonic Sidebar: Is Sleep Going Extinct?; Dangerous Idea: Life Roller Coaster; On Our Minds: Josh Ruxin.

Political Engagement

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With the elections approaching, candidates and campaigns are working hard to get out the vote. But what would it take to get people politically involved all year round? Making Democracy Fun; Voices From The Internet Underground; Against Voting; Dangerous Idea: Differential Technological Development; On Our Minds: Dataclysm.

Imagining Possible Worlds (Repeat)

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Science fiction offers us visions of histories we don't know -- histories of the future and the past.  Today, legendary science fiction writers talk about science, utopia, and the imagination.  Plus, the winners of our 3 Minute Futures fiction contest! CLICK HERE to read the winning entries and a selection of our favorites. 3 Minute Futures Winner: "Social Scene Alert"; Politics of Science Fiction - Kim Stanley Robinson; 3 Minute Future Fiction: "Food Production"; Star Trek Legacy - Gates McFadden; Science and the Imagination - Ed Finn; 3 Minute Future: "Dogs in the Snow"; BookMark: Junot Diaz; Race and Sex in Sci Fi - Samuel R. Delany.

The Cook and the Book

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Chefs and writers explore the language of food on the plate and on the page. We meet novelists who cook, chefs who write, and a poet of pies.  It's an hour of deliciousness in words and food. Writing Restaurants with Michelle Wildgen; Sweetness #9 with Stephan Eirik Clark; Pie Poetry with Kate Lebo; The Novelist and the Cook - Alice Waters and Michelle Wildgen; Thug Kitchen and the Politics of Food Writing; Dangerous Idea: Capitalism Creates Psychopaths; On Our Minds: Computers are Making Us Smarter! (Really).

Creative Writing (Repeat)

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We explore Creative Writing in this hour with Gary Shteyngart, author of "Little Failure." Little Failure - Gary Shteyngart; Writers and Drinking - Olivia Laing; Sonic Sidebar: John Cheever's "The Swimmer"; The Trickster's Hat - Nick Bantock; Dangerous Ideas: Peace Is Now; On Our Minds - Charlie Parker.

Living Like a Caveman (Updated)

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Cavemen.   Not Cro-Magnons or Neanderthals, but modern cavemen and women. They eat raw meat, run barefoot and practice throwing heavy stones. Arthur De Vany on Modern Cavemen; Paleofantasy - John Hawks; Cavedigger; Michelle Paver on "Chronicles of Ancient Darkness"; Dangerous Idea: Don't Recycle!; On Our Minds: David Mitchell.

Pranks and Hoaxes (Updated)

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Everyone loves a good joke, right? Well, at least when it's not at your expense. We explore hoaxes throughout history, get in the mind of a prolific prankster, and hear from writer Walter Kirn about getting duped by a dangerous con man. Famous pranksters - Kembrew McLeod; Art of the Hoax - Joey Skaggs; The Con - Walter Kirn; Sonic Sidebar: The Showman and the Slave; BookMark: Cheryl Strayed; On Our Minds: Life With Harper Lee.

Super Senses

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From cyborgs and synesthesia, to ASMR and using sensation to heal from trauma, we're exploring the edges of our senses this hour. Synesthesia, Then & Now; The Mystery of Tingles - ASMR; Cyborg Senses - Neil Harbisson; Feeling Through Trauma - Bessel van der Kolk; Dangerous Idea: Hacking Laughter; On Our Minds: Responding to Ebola.

Narcissism

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Are we living in a Golden Age of Narcissism? The Narcissist Next Door - Jeffrey Kluger; Sonic Sidebar: Tusk; The Americanization of Narcissism - Elizabeth Lunbeck; Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself - Anneli Rufus; Dangerous Idea: We Matter; On Our Minds: Sam Harris.

Making It In America (Repeat)

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With minimum wage on many ballots this election season, TTBOOK looks at just what it takes to "make it" in America these days Living Poor; So Rich, So Poor - Peter Edelman; Bootstrapping; Sonic Sidebar: American Dreams; American Promises; BookMark: Eileen Gunn on “Filter House” ; On Our Minds: Easy Money.

1001 Nights (Repeat)

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The bedtime stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin are enchanting stories. They’re also much more: violent, sexually explicit, political, and feminist. 1001 Nights 101; 1001 Nights: A Retelling - Hanan Al-Shaykh; SONIC SIDEBAR: Orhan Pamuk on The Arabian Nights; Salman Rushdie on "Luka and the Fire of Life"; BookMark: Vikram Chandra reviews “The King Must Die” by Mary Renault ; On Our Minds: Iran.

Split Identities

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Who are you? White or black, Muslim or Christian, working class or wealthy? Most of us rotate through many different cultural identities, at work and at home. And sometimes, reconciling them is hard. Becoming Biracial; Mixed Feelings; Hybrid Identities; Sonic Sidebar: Richard Rodriguez on "Brown"; Culture Clash; BookMark: Stoner; On Our Minds: Public Higher Education.

The Amazing Brain

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It's hard to wrap your head around the future of the human brrain.  Augmented intelligence, memory playback, downloadable skills - it's all coming.  We explore the future of the mind, and hear how a brain injury can transform your life. Struck By Genius - Jason Padgett; Future of the Mind - Michio Kaku; Disharmony - Noa Guy; Dangerous Idea: Simulating drugs through hypnosis; On Our Minds: Against Football.

Lies That Last (Repeat)

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Popular myths, urban legends and just plain lies.  Why do we persist in believing things that just aren't true? Oklahoma Basement Myth - Mike Hancock; Crack Baby Myth - Ira Chasnoff; The Unknown Known - Errol Morris; Sonic Sidebar - Cow Tipping; Little White Lies - Sam Harris; BookMark: Eric Liu reviewing “Inventing America” by Gary Wills; On Our Minds: War Correspondents.

Across the Universe (Repeat)

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Where do you find crazy ideas and some of the world's smartest people? In theoretical physics - the world of parallel universes, super strings and black holes.  We go on a whirlwind tour of the universe - from the multiverse to an imaginary walk on Mars. Mathematical Universe - Max Tegmark; Copernicus - Dava Sobel; Sonic Sidebar: Cosmic Wonder; Walking on Mars - Craig Childs; BookMark: Kat Duff; On Our Minds: Lorrie Moore.

Urban Cultures

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With hundreds of millions of people moving into cities we're wondering what shapes urban cultures. Istanbul with Orhan Pamuk; New York via Amsterdam; Unruly Places; Shanghai, Growing; Dangerous Idea: Breaking Up America; On Our Minds: Talking About Racism.

Global Noir (R)

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Global Noir: travel and crime fiction together in one hour International Noir - Barry Forshaw; The Killing -- Soren Sveistrup; Reading: Kishwar Desai's "Witness the Night"; Israeli Crime Fiction - D. A. Mishani ; Kenyan Crime Fiction - Mukoma Wa Ngugi; BookMark - Gary Shteyngart on "Jernigan"; On Our Minds: Living Room Conversations.

Bored to Death (R)

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Who knew that the old expression, "bored to death," could actually be true?   We'll discover just how harmful boredom can be. Boredom - Albert Nerenberg; A Philosophy of Boredom -- Lars Svendsen; Doing Nothing - Tom Lutz; BookMark: John Waters; On Our Minds: Protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Edges of Science

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How do we know what's real?  Can science tell us, or is there an unseen reality we'll never understand?  We explore the edges of science and borderlands of knowledge. Limits of Science - Marcelo Gleiser; Pauli & Jung; Ghost Hunters - Deborah Blum; Clashing Worldviews - Chopra & Mlodinow; BookMark: Joshua Ferris; On Our Minds: LeBron James in the Rust Belt.

Finding the Bible

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Buried scrolls, clay tablets, priceless artifacts and expensive forgeries – this week, we bring you stories from the strange and amazing world of biblical archeology. The Ark Before Noah; Truly Fake - The Story of Moshe Moses Shapira; The Gospel of Thomas; BookMark: Call me Ishmael; On Our Minds: Robin Williams.