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Tired of the daily news doom and gloom? Looking to explore curious stories instead? Every Monday through Thursday, we bring a story on the theme of Power, Culture, and the Future, handpicked from The Outline. We guarantee you’ll feel smarter and more...Show More

15:36 | Mar 5th, 2018

Jeremy Gordon played Monopoly with real money and crime, and we recorded it on tape.Today's story:Breaking Monopoly by Jeremy GordonCredits:Hosted by Aaron Edwards.Produced by James T. Green.Send us your feedback at or @OutlineDi...Show More
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1:04:38 | Aug 30th, 2018

Jeremy Gordon and Wei Tchou explore the many shades of Asian-American culture representation through the releases of ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,’ and Mitski’s ‘Be the Cowboy’.Show notesRead Jeremy's essay: https://theoutl...Show More

19:40 | Aug 29th, 2018

Helena Fitzgerald pokes a hole in the idea that a romantic relationship is a prize for loving yourself enough.'There is no such thing as being ready for love' by Helena Fitzgerald → More

08:59 | Aug 28th, 2018

Ann-Derrick Gaillot spent the day zipping around Portland using only dockless e-scooters and documented her experience.We're hosted and produced by James T. Green. Our theme is by John Lagomarsino.If you’re interested in pitching a story to the Dispa...Show More

11:21 | Aug 27th, 2018

Why do people like to look at photos of strangers at their worst?Today's story'The bizarre appeal of viral mugshots' by Melinda Fakuade→ you heard from Melinda Fakuade...Show More

18:55 | Aug 23rd, 2018

There's a problem with 'Nanette' – comedy is at its best when it helps audiences understand their relationship to trauma, not when it makes them feel comfortable.Today's story"The 'Nanette' problem" by Peter Moskowitz → More

09:44 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Musicians are trying to capture the soundscapes of the environment as it dies.Today's story'What does the end of the world sound like? Listen to this' by Lewis Gordon → More

06:35 | Aug 21st, 2018

Thank Smokey Robinson and Smokey the Bear for this adjustment of the English language?Today's story'Smokey is the new smoky' by Ann-Derrick Gaillot → More

08:42 | Aug 20th, 2018

The signals you're putting off makes you less attractive.Today's story'Showing off how rich you are won't help you make friends' by Oscar Schwartz → More

13:22 | Aug 16th, 2018

Four music nerds and professionals tell us how to find new (and good) music in the age of the algorithm.Today's story'Finding new music in the algorithm age' by Ann-Derrick Gaillot → More

08:57 | Aug 15th, 2018

The language of colonialism is infecting outer space, thanks to dominance by rich white businessmen and politicians.Today's story'The racist language of space exploration' by Caroline Haskins → More

14:21 | Aug 14th, 2018

Recent books by Carmen Maria Machado, Daisy Johnson, Melissa Broder, and many more are part of a burgeoning trend in writing that uses the fantastic to explore marginalized experiences.Today's story"How a queer fabulism came to dominate contemporary ...Show More

10:42 | Aug 13th, 2018

Extremely outdated technology and zero policy mean calling your reps is often not as effective as we’d like it to be.Today's story"We're sorry, your senator cannot be reached at this time" by Michael Waters → More

10:00 | Aug 9th, 2018

Seeing your favorite band live will probably cost you more in privacy information than in dollars.Today's story"Ticketing app AXS scrapes all the data it can get from your phone" by Paris Martineau → More

06:41 | Aug 8th, 2018

Climate change threatens water everywhere, but tension between different levels of U.S. government has stalled our response.Today's story"Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink" by Caroline Haskins → More

14:51 | Aug 7th, 2018

When a rapper wants a woman who will do anything except be her own person, what are we asking down chicks to be down for?Today's story"What are we asking down chicks to be down for?" by Melinda Fakuade → More

20:11 | Aug 6th, 2018

How coming into possession of a stack of vintage ‘Playboy’ issues caused one writer to consider the magazine’s impact on the modern world.Today's story"For better and for worse, the 'Playboy Magazine' of the '70's helped shape the America of today" b...Show More

09:42 | Aug 2nd, 2018

This book spoke powerfully against the hacks behind the military-industrial complex — and for that, was pilloried.Today's story"Dr. Seuss' forgotten anti-war book made him an enemy of the right" by John Wilmes → More

08:57 | Aug 1st, 2018

We can choose anything in the modern food delivery economy — except this.Today's story"What I want is a single buffalo wing" by Jeremy Gordon → you heard from Jeremy Gordon....Show More

13:07 | Jul 31st, 2018

Who is paying $12 million for an abandoned town? We found out.Today's story"The people who buy ghost towns" by Michael Waters → you heard from Michael Waters. We're hosted and ...Show More

15:21 | Jul 30th, 2018

A set of triplets were separated at birth, and by chance met back up at 19 years old.Today's story"The sticky business of separating twins" by Melinda Fakuade → More

27:37 | Jul 26th, 2018

Irony is the only antidote to our all-too-earnest age.Today's story"Bring back irony" by Leah Finnegan → you heard from Leah Finnegan. We're hosted and produced by James T...Show More

09:35 | Jul 25th, 2018

Read the room, have a sense of humor, and if you’re standing on a human body, keep your balance.Today's story"What it's like to DJ a sex party" by Aditi Shrikant → you heard from...Show More

12:34 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Hundreds of U.S. prisons and ICE detention centers are built on toxic sites, and people inside are getting sick.Today's story"How prisons are poisoning their inmates" by Michael Waters → More

13:47 | Jul 19th, 2018

"First, let me assure you that this is not a victor’s tale. This story contains no triumphs."Today's story"A totally normal adult woman learns to ride a bike" by Emily Brown → More

09:48 | Jul 18th, 2018

"Gators taught me about death."Today's story"What if Florida, the state everyone loves to hate, is actually good?" by Gaby Del Valle and Paris Martineau → our survey s...Show More

08:37 | Jul 17th, 2018

Our boss is notorious for typing this in the work chat, so we decided to stage an intervention.Today's story"If you just message "hi" and nothing else I assume I'm getting fired" by Casey Johnston → More