Constant Wonder

Constant Wonder

Join host Marcus Smith for conversations that invite you to slow down, step back, and take notice of the remarkable people and ideas you might normally pass by. New episodes weekdays at 4pm Eastern.

Episodes

July 23, 2021 52 min
Alecia Carter on how baboons deal with death and how they understand their own mortality. Naturalist Sy Montgomery describes “How to be a Good Creature," lessons she's learned from wildlife.
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Lorrie Glover looks at the life of Eliza Pinckney, one of the wealthiest planters in pre-revolutionary America. Catherine Clinton, of the University of Texas at San Antonio, shares a complicated perspective on the Civil War from the diary of Mary Chesnut, a Southern feminist.
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July 22, 2021 52 min
The U.S. went to incredible lengths to rescue one airman behind 30,000 enemy soldiers and tanks.
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July 22, 2021 52 min
Quarantining has been around for centuries, and it isn't going anywhere soon.
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July 21, 2021 52 min
Tulshuk Lingpa guided paradise seeking souls across forbidding Himalayan landscapes.
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Hedgehogs may be the most important animal on the planet.
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Preston Tucker: a man ahead of his time with rotten luck.
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July 20, 2021 52 min
How the Lunar Rover helps in our quest to explore the moon.
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July 19, 2021 52 min
Kareem Rosser joins the first all-Black national interscholastic polo championship team.
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Drew “Bundini” Brown—the man who changed the course of boxing history.
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July 16, 2021 52 min
On June 29, 1919, one day after the Treaty of Versailles ended WWI, some 70 cyclists started on the thirteenth Tour De France.
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July 16, 2021 52 min
Along the coast of South Africa, the illegal act of sneaking carrier pigeons onto mine property results in a dangerous game.
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July 15, 2021 52 min
Pigments in every color that you can imagine are within the Forbes Pigment Collection at Harvard.
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July 15, 2021 52 min
The abyss of the deep sea is anything but lifeless!
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July 14, 2021 52 min
If trees could talk what would they say? Maybe we should ask them.
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July 14, 2021 52 min
Reptiles are essential predators to our ecosystems.
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July 13, 2021 52 min
Sweating has its uses—cooling us down, keeping us alive, and maybe even helping us find love.
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From boxer to soldier, from combat pilot to spy, Eugene Bullard did it all.
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July 12, 2021 52 min
Contrasting ideologies and powerful personalities clash in the divided city of Berlin.
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July 12, 2021 52 min
What would it be like to see or hear for the first time?
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