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For Many Native Americans, Fall Is The Least Wonderful Time Of The Year

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:23:00 -0500

"Fall is the annual middle finger this country gives Native Americans," says one member of the Oglala Lakota Nation.

The Mystery And The Magic Of Giving Thanks

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:50:00 -0500

This Thanksgiving, George Mwinnyaa thinks back to his boyhood in Ghana — when a failure to give thanks was thought to have dire consequences.

Is Your Thanksgiving More 'Norman Rockwell' Or 'Game Of Thrones'?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0500

As we get bombarded by ads and advice to host the "perfect" feast, remember that traditions come from all kinds of families — and the bizarre mix of quirks and temperaments they bring to the table.

How To Enjoy Thanksgiving Without Swallowing The Stereotypes

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:18:15 -0500

In this special holiday edition of Ask Code Switch, we explore ways of moving beyond the simple schoolbook story to celebrate with friends and family.

Why Robert Mugabe Is Like The Horned Owl In A Folktale From Zimbabwe

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:42:00 -0500

As the story goes, the owl ruled over all the other birds with absolute power — until a skeptical fork-tailed drongo decided to test the power of its horns.

On The Hunt For 'Authentic Ethnic Food'? Be Careful Who You Ask

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:18:04 -0500

So, you're in the mood for some good Indian food. Should you just text the first South Asian person on your contact list?

In China, Trump Helped Basketball Stars But Not Human Rights

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:28:39 -0500

President Trump has returned from his trip to Asia, which included stops in China. NPR's Scott Simon highlights some of the dissidents Trump didn't mention on the trip.

When Sexual 'Misconduct' Is So Much More

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:50:48 -0500

Listeners object to language that minimizes allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Can East Asians Call Themselves 'Brown'?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:18:00 -0500

To many, being "brown" is about a set of shared experiences that include things like being subjected to discrimination and stereotyping. But there's some history here.

'Leaf Wonder' In A World Of Changing Forests

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:58:00 -0500

Together, aesthetic awareness and scientific analysis puts us in direct, sensory relationship with the forest and gives us the ability to understand what we see, says author David George Haskell.

Trump In Asia: A 'Rebalance' Toward Trade

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:48:00 -0500

The Trump administration's engagement with Asia has matched the Obama administration's. What's changed are the priorities: elevating commercial issues to equal or higher priority than security issues.

Even (Former) Presidents Have To Go To Jury Duty

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:00:26 -0500

Barack Obama reported for jury duty in Cook County and was dismissed. NPR's Scott Simon says the fact that former presidents show up for jury duty says something vital about the political system.

Certain And Confident: Predicting The Future In A Climate-Changing World

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:39:00 -0500

The Climate Science Special Report, released by the White House last week, is a valuable read — it's a primer on how science works when it overlaps with the need to make informed bets on our future.

Why Some Sports Teams Don't Play To Win

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 05:03:00 -0500

Commentator Mike Pesca talks about the strategy behind some pro sports franchises that go through "rebuilding" seasons of frequent losing, and the pitfalls for fans.

NPR Looks Inward As It Covers Its Own Sexual Harassment Allegations

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

How does NPR cover itself? And who has been guiding its sexual harassment coverage?