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This Week's School Shooting Was A Very American Tragedy

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:09:40 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on this week's school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and asks if we're putting blame in the right places.

Fact-Checking A Fraud: The 'First Lie' Wasn't Really The First

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:42:00 -0500

A new correction on a 2012 story is a good reminder for journalists to be skeptical.

The List Of School Shootings Just Keeps Growing. Do We Still Feel Anything?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:04:00 -0500

People in certain jobs develop a working relationship with death — like nurses, soldiers and police officers. Thanks to so many school shootings, so are teachers and students.

'How To Think Like An Anthropologist' — And Why You Should Want To

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:50:00 -0500

In step with Matthew Engelke's book published Tuesday, Barbara J. King says thinking anthropologically has never been more critical than in today's world, where assumptions are made and shared widely.

Tech Utopianism And Our Walled Gardens: Is It Time For A Jailbreak?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:44:44 -0500

John Perry Barlow's death last week raised the question of whether his legacy as a fierce defender of tech freedoms and whether his influence on the generation that came after would be a lasting one.

The Courts Draw The Line For Gerrymandering

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:06:30 -0500

Who should determine legislative districts — lawmakers, judges or algorithms?

A New Goal: Aim To Be Less Wrong

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:41:21 -0500

When beginning from the assumption that you are wrong, a criticism may be easier to construe as a helpful pointer, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

I Didn't Think There Were Many African Women Scientists. Then I Checked Twitter

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:00:25 -0500

The author, a woman scientist from Africa, was stumped by a survey asking her to name women scientists from Africa.

A Military Parade Should Be About People, Not Power

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 05:51:37 -0500

President Trump has requested a military parade for later this year. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on what that symbolic event would mean.

In 'Basmati Blues,' Brie Larson Plays A White Savior. Indians Are Annoyed

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:28:00 -0500

There's Bollywood-style singing, dancing and a scene of the Oscar-winning actress riding a white horse. Indians are calling out its stereotypes and cliched portrayals of their customs and culture.

Computational Propaganda: Bots, Targeting And The Future

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:37:00 -0500

Computational propaganda was invented by people who realized the possibilities emerging from the intersection of new technologies and behaviors they create — and it's frightening, says Adam Frank.

Embracing Winter's Chill Through Snow Artistry

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:56:00 -0500

Simon Beck's large-scale snow images — like the one made earlier this month in Minneapolis — bring extra beauty to this cold winter season, says commentator Barbara J. King.

The Difficult Math Of Being Native American

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:18:00 -0500

It's a directive many Native Americans hear: Find yourself someone Native, it's about survival.

Could A More Individualistic World Also Be A More Altruistic One?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:11:11 -0500

Equating individualism with selfishness may be a mistake: Some of the world's wealthiest and most individualistic countries are some of the most altruistic, says 13.7 guest commentator Abigail Marsh.

Why I Don't Say 'First Lady'

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 07:03:32 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the role of "first ladies" and whether we should call them that at all.