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Bears Can Face Summer Challenges In Roadside Zoos

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:23:00 -0400

Even when the Animal Welfare Act is followed, bears may not live in conditions that many would find reasonable for such large, intelligent animals to flourish, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.



How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:00:19 -0400

Two years ago, Carolyn Beans — plant biologist, flower farm worker and daughter of a veggie grower — thought she had what it took to coax a bounty out of her tiny urban garden. She was wrong.



After Charlottesville, A Doctor Reflects On Hateful Patients And His Own Biases

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:47:00 -0400

Medical professionals take pride in their commitment to care for all patients. But that pride doesn't shield them from the difficult ones.



In Midst Of Racial Hatred, Van Jones Still Pushes Love

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:09:00 -0400

Roc Nation's latest signee delivers hard rap about black America's moral obligation in the era of President Trump.



Readers Rankled By 'Democracy In Chains' Review

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:04:00 -0400

What obligation does NPR have to follow up on a controversial book post-review?



Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer Talks About How Protests Were Handled

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:17:00 -0400

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer defends local police, calls protests "terrorism," and blames President Trump for mainstreaming hate.



As Rhetoric Ramps Up, Are Today's Kids Worried About Nuclear War?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:39:00 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon remembers the era of "duck and cover" and making grisly jokes with other kids about nuclear war. But he also remembers the nightmares, and hopes kids aren't simlarly troubled now.



Week In Politics: U.S. Trades Threats With North Korea

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:25:00 -0400

Tensions are on the rise between the U.S. and North Korea. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, for more on this story and the rest of the week in politics.



Success In Placing Shelter Dogs Takes More Than Temperament Tests

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:48:00 -0400

Blogger Alva Noë talks with a dog trainer who says the need to give shelters, handlers and adopters the resources required to keep dogs and people supported and safe is critical in the process.



Netflix, ABC Portrayals Of Autism Still Fall Short, Critics Say

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:06:00 -0400

Two new TV series feature main characters who have autism. While some are applauding the fresh take on the disorder, others worry that the shows send the wrong messages.



When Falling In Love Meant Embracing A New Cuisine

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:55:00 -0400

When a meat-and-potatoes white girl from the Midwest fell for an Indian vegetarian, it raised complicated questions about what it means to pass on our food cultures from one generation to the next.



A World Series Ring For Steven Bartman

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 05:10:15 -0400

Steven Bartman is famous for interfering with a foul ball in a Chicago Cubs baseball game in 2003. This week, the Cubs gave Bartman a ring from their 2016 World Series win.



Week In Politics: Robert Mueller Uses Grand Jury In Russia Probe

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Eliana Johnson of Politico. They discuss special counsel Robert Mueller's decision to use a grand jury in the Russia investigation, the Republicans' failure to pass a health care bill and the president's new chief of staff John Kelly.



Mailbag: Complaints About Foul Words And A Sexual Assault Report

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:54:00 -0400

Emails streamed in about a high-profile interview in a restorative justice story, and repeating vulgarities from the now-infamous Scaramucci interview.



Why We Are Naively Optimistic About Climate Change

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:36:00 -0400

Unfortunately, we are failing in the goal to make our children's world better than our own — and those who deny it won't have to see the consequences of their choices, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.