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Muscadines May Be The Best Grapes You've Never Tasted

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:49:00 -0400

It's muscadine season, and for writer Tanya Ballard Brown, the smell and taste are a throwback to childhood. But for others who grew up outside the South, these thick-skinned grapes are a mystery.

'Star Trek: Discovery' Is A Refreshing Triumph

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The new CBS series has eye-popping special effects and a classic Trek adventure story that's been updated for today's sci-fi audience.

Confessions Of A 'Big Bang' Watcher, 11 Seasons In

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:07:00 -0400

The Big Bang Theory is the most popular scripted show on broadcast TV. But that doesn't keep people from asking the question: "Why do you watch that show?"

What, Really, Is A Monument?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:23:00 -0400

Monuments play a different cultural role than do other kinds of artworks: To let a monument stand, or to take it down, is to take a political stand on its subject matter, says blogger Alva Noë.

Simulating The Bodily Pain Of Future Climate Change

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:03:00 -0400

People can't simulate realistic, internal sensations, like temperature change or pain — which is a reason why more people aren't terrified by climate change, says guest blogger Lisa Feldman Barrett.

Arcade Hunting: No Tribute To The Great Outdoors

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:43:11 -0400

The secretary of interior put a hunting arcade game in his department's cafeteria to highlight hunters' contributions to conservation. NPR's Scott Simon asks if there might be a better way to do it.

'Battle Of The Sexes' Revisits Billie Jean King's Historic Win Against Bobby Riggs

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:18:54 -0400

Emma Stone stars as King in a breezy new film that carries us back to '73, and the heyday of the women's lib movement. Critic John Powers says the message of Battle of the Sexes still resonates today.

NPR's Movie Preview: 16 New Films To Watch This Fall

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

As summer gives way to fall, blockbusters give way to award contenders. Here are some of the best, buzziest and otherwise noteworthy films coming to theaters.

An Offensive Hypothetical Slips Through Newsroom Oversight Process

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:14:00 -0400

A report about a disturbing Facebook practice raises troubling newsroom lapses.

Lessons From Katrina: How Restaurants Can Be Beacons In A Catastrophe

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0400

In good times, restaurants do more than furnish meals. They also provide a place to bring people together. As Louisiana knows all too well, that's what makes them so vital during the worst times, too.

Black, Jewish And Avoiding The Synagogue On The High Holy Days

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:06:11 -0400

It's one thing when outsiders don't recognize my faith. It's a different kind of sadness when I'm made to feel like a stranger in the synagogue.

Airing The Dirty Laundry: Too Few Of NPR's Corrections Are Heard On The Radio

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:35:34 -0400

If NPR makes a mistake, usually listeners won't know without checking online.

Move Over Millennials, Here Comes 'iGen' ... Or Maybe Not

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:01:00 -0400

A new book worries that growing up with smartphones and the Internet has been harmful to a generation of kids. Critic Annalisa Quinn says intergenerational carping is a long, and unhelpful tradition.

What's In A (Hispanic-Sounding) Surname? We Gave Our Advice. Here's Yours

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:18:28 -0400

Last week, Ask Code Switch heard from a woman who was considering trading her white-sounding last name for her boyfriend's Latino one. Here's a roundup of the best advice we got from our readers.

High-Tech 'Bodega' Falls Short Of The Real Thing

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 03:28:51 -0400

Two entrepreneurs attracted criticism after they unveiled a ritzy vending machine they named Bodega. NPR's Scott Simon muses on the value of the brick and mortar stores that predate the machine.