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Imagining — Yet Again — A New Disney Heroine

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 06:00:11 -0400

For decades, Disney has been criticized for its passive, love-struck heroines. Do the women in Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time finally signal real change?

Joe Biden And A Homeless Veteran Have A Very Human Moment

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:13:00 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon has a story this week about something that doesn't make the news much these days: a private and unscripted act of kindness on the streets of Washington, D.C.

Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids' Playgrounds?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:19:00 -0400

Are playgrounds in the U.S. too sterile and risk-averse to help our kids thrive? Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers play and child development in evolutionary perspective.

Women In Pakistan Dared To March — And Didn't Care What Men Thought

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:14:00 -0400

The women marchers shouted slogans: "Women are here, harassers must fear!" Male bystanders gaped and shook their heads. It was a milestone event.

Staging Muslims: Identity Angst In American Theater

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:00:12 -0400

Hammaad Chaudry's new play An Ordinary Muslim pushes against limited perceptions of Muslim-Americans, but it may be pushing against too much all at once.

An Ode To Insignificance: Buttons, Touchscreens, And Other Dangerous Technologies

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:43:00 -0400

The most successful technologies are so seductive, user-friendly, and so apparently innocuous that we hardly notice them entering our lives, says Jimena Canales. One such technology? The pushbutton.

For China, One Of The Greatest Risks Of Trump-Kim Talks Is Being Sidelined

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:10:23 -0400

Beijing worries it will be marginalized from a potential U.S.-North Korea diplomatic process.

20 Years On, 'The Big Lebowski' Reminds Us To Slow Down, Dude

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 08:16:30 -0500

NPR's Don Gonyea declares the Coen Brothers' 1998 film The Big Lebowski a cinematic masterpiece in this week's essay. It really ties the whole show together.

Getting Climate Change Right: In Light Of The Stars

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:52:00 -0500

When it comes to facing global warming, dealing with climate change and making informed choices for our cherished "project of civilization," we've been asking the wrong question, says Adam Frank.

NPR's Smart Speaker Promos Prompt Smart Questions

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 10:03:00 -0500

As NPR begins to offer its audio content on smart speakers, listeners ask about the ethics of promoting the new technology and raise security concerns.

Calling Team Cephalopod: Why Octopuses Could Never Disappoint

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 11:00:00 -0500

Evidence for smart, sassy octopus behavior once again impresses our resident cephalopod fan Barbara J. King, who is standing up for octopuses against a recent broadside.

It's A Rocky Road To Power For Rural Women

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:02:00 -0500

They don't make the headlines, like women in Hollywood and the corporate and political worlds who are fighting for equality. How can the world help them overcome harassment and discrimination?

Wanted: U.S. Envoy To Talk To North Korea

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:57:09 -0500

President Trump should appoint a senior envoy, backed by a strong interagency team, to represent him in talks with the North Korean government.

Why Doesn't Tucson's Mexican Food Scene Get More National Attention?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:48:00 -0500

Migration from the Sonoran region of Mexico tends to flow almost exclusively to this part of Arizona. So its distinctive cuisine remains a hidden treasure. But that is changing.

Why Won't The Old Caveman Stereotypes For Neanderthals Die?

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 07:33:00 -0500

New evidence suggests Neanderthals made cave art — and they may also have created religious rituals. It's time to let go of Neanderthal-human "border policing," says anthropologist Barbara J. King.