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The Enduring Legacy Of Jane Austen's 'Truth Universally Acknowledged'

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:09:00 -0400

Linguist Geoff Nunberg describes the opening sentence to Pride and Prejudice as a "masterpiece of indirection" that is frequently repurposed, but whose irony is never matched.

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Is A Nearly Perfect Movie For An Imperfect Hero

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:42:00 -0400

The new Spider-Man movie comes pretty close to perfection in honoring all that the Spidey comics meant to his many fans, like this once-upon-a-time, 12-year-old, science-obsessed kid, says Adam Frank.

How Small Inequities Lead To Big Inequalities

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:58:00 -0400

How do societal inequalities arise and persist? Tania Lombrozo interviews philosopher Ron Mallon about "accumulation mechanisms": the processes that explain how small biases can have big effects.

I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:02:00 -0400

After a security robot drowned in a fountain in Washington, D.C., NPR's Scott Simon muses on robot suicide, and how long it will be until a robot has the capacity to question its own existence.

Week In Politics: Sean Spicer Resigns As White House Press Scretary

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish wraps the week in politics with David Brooks of The New York Times and Jamelle Bouie of Slate. They discuss Sean Spicer's resignation as White House press secretary and the failure of the Senate Republican health care bill. To More Clearly Label Opinion Pieces

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:39:00 -0400

Starting next week, NPR will offer more visual clues to distinguish opinion writing.

Babies And Bankers' Hours: A Shift In U.S. Birth Patterns

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:36:00 -0400

We schedule our work and leisure dates, why not the birth dates of our babies? Anthropologist Barbara J. King looks at this trend in evolutionary perspective.

'Hawaii Five-0' Casting Announcement Doesn't Fix CBS's Larger Diversity Problem

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:39:00 -0400

CBS announced the three new actors who will be joining the cast of its cop drama. To no one's surprise, all are nonwhite. But the network still has work to do.

Viewing The Great American Eclipse

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:53:00 -0400

There's something deeply moving about watching the sun become progressively covered by the moon — and you have a rare chance to see this in the U.S. on Aug. 21, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

Batting With A Rock-Hard Ball, For The Love Of The (Cricket) Game

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:20:00 -0400

It was an all-American scene to be sure, but not your typical 4th of July family sporting event.

To Defend Western Civilization, Start With Science

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:06:00 -0400

We should defend Western Civilization's best achievements. Let us start with something obvious from which we all benefit: Let us defend science, says blogger Adam Frank.

Pushing Hospitals To Reduce Readmissions Hasn't Increased Deaths

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:01:00 -0400

The Affordable Care Act penalizes hospitals if patients are discharged and then readmitted with the same problems too often. That effort has improved care for patients, two researchers say.

Technology Can Be A Tool, A Teacher, A Trickster

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:26:00 -0400

Shaping technology to some form of learning could depart pretty radically from the more familiar aim of shaping technology to the way we are now, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

Remembering Liu Xiaobo, Who Fought For Human Rights In China

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 03:18:00 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Liu Xiaobo and the principles he stood for in China, and wonders how Americans and American institutions will respond to his death.

Week In Politics: Trump Jr.'s Meeting With Russian Lawyer, GOP Health Bill

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:37:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, and Eliana Johnson of Politico about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer, and the most recent GOP health care bill.