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Because I Was Harmed

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:06:00 -0400

An advocate against female genital mutilation/cutting explains: "I wanted to break the sense of powerlessness that persists generation after generation."

What's It Like To Be A Squirrel?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:10:00 -0400

It's cool to imagine being a squirrel, and yet, at the same time, this GoPro video reminds us of the huge gap between imagination and being, says blogger Adam Frank.

Science Isn't Partisan, But Public Perception Of Science Often Is

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:59:00 -0400

A new study finds that science is assimilated within a web of existing attitudes and beliefs, a core part of which concerns a person's social identity, says Tania Lombrozo.

Can You Still Have Hope When Life Seems Hopeless?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400

We interviewed Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and asked about their hopes for the future. We were shaken by their answers.

Why My Coal Mining Grandfather's Deathbed Advice Applies To Minority Americans

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:31:00 -0400

As my grandfather lay dying from Black Lung disease, his eldest children did not question or doubt his advice to them: go out and get educations, and master newer ways of working.

Peanut Butter Bars To Soothe The Soul

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:19:00 -0400

There's nothing like your mother's baking to make the world right.

Week In Politics: Trump Approaches 100th Day As President

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:34:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with E.J. Dionne, of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Kristen Soltis Anderson of the Washington Examiner and Echelon Insights.

NPR's Staff Diversity Numbers, 2016

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:55:00 -0400

Despite the company-wide initiative for diverse hiring, change in the newsroom has been incremental.

When It Comes To Policymaking, The Rules Don't Apply To Climate Change

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

On Saturday, people from around the country will take to the streets in the March for Science. Organizers say that the point of the March is not to make science political, but to highlight the reality of science to politicians, as a guide in policymaking, in which science is an uncharted issue.

For Earth Day, Learn About Local Science

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:13:00 -0400

When anthropologist Barbara J. King went in search of science taking place near her home for Earth Day, she met a shark called Fred and otters named Moe and Molly.

A Theory To Better Understand Diversity, And Who Really Benefits

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:49:00 -0400

The business model for diversity teaches students about cultural preferences and how to avoid offense, but it is ill-equipped to unpack social group power dynamics.

Earth Day And The March For Science

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:21:00 -0400

People from around the U.S., including 13.7's Adam Frank, plan to gather in D.C. Saturday for the March for Science. Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network, discusses the march and Earth Day.

On China And North Korea: The Strength Of Weakness And The Limits Of Power

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:48:00 -0400

The Trump administration wants China to help "solve" the North Korea problem. Beijing has leverage, but its influence on Pyongyang — and even whether it wants to use all of it — is far from clear.

Why Hard Decisions Should Be Easy (But Aren't)

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:59:00 -0400

Hard decisions are hard for two reasons: because no single option clearly dominates the alternatives, and because we expect our choice to have significant consequences, says blogger Tania Lombrozo.

Baby Or Bust: My Time Is Running Out

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:00:27 -0400

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a woman with a much younger boyfriend. She wants a baby; he doesn't.