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A Film Editor In The Land Of Astrophysicists

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:28:27 -0500

Academy Award winner Walter Murch believes true a theory astrophysicists have basically long ago ruled out. A new book, reviewed by Alva Noë, asks if science is a closed club — or protector of truth.

Trappist-1 Planet Discovery Ignites Enthusiasm In Search For Alien Life

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:22:00 -0500

Seven Earth-size planets have been found to orbit a dwarf star 40 light-years away. Finding life as we know it there would mean it's likely elsewhere in galaxy, too, says physicist Marcelo Gleiser.

Doctor's Book Presents The Case Against 'Dairy Crack'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:18:00 -0500

Physician Neal Barnard argues that cheese is unhealthy and addictive. Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at Barnard's provocative new book.

Today's Feminism: Too Much Marketing, Not Enough Reality

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:08:00 -0500

It seems that "feminism" in 2017 is more concerned with promoting superficial trappings of genuine equality than with doing the tough work to address the hard facts of gender and racial inequality.

The Wilderness Vs. The Wildness About Us

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:24:00 -0500

What is it that makes the parking lot seem so sad and lost compared with the forest of trees or the field it used to be? Adam Frank finds some answers in the re-reading of a Gary Snyder book.

The Other WWII American-Internment Atrocity

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:01:00 -0500

There's another tragic and untold story of American citizens who were also interned during the war. They are the 881 Aleuts from Alaska who were held for three years.

So Much Anxiety Over Sibling Rivalry

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:50:00 -0500

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a woman who is considering having a second child, but is hesitant.

'Are We Alone?' Churchill Concludes It's Likely Life Circles Other Suns

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:52:00 -0500

In an essay written in 1939, Winston Churchill pondered the possibility that there might be life elsewhere in the universe. The document was recently rediscovered in a museum in Fulton, Mo.

Week In Politics: Trump's Press Conference, Michael Flynn

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:32:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with political commentators, Jason Riley, of The Wall Street Journal and the Manhattan Institute, and Abderrahim Foukara, Washington, D.C., bureau chief for Al Jazeera, about President Trump's wide-ranging news conference on Thursday and the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Pet-Directed Speech May Convey Intentions In Subtle Ways

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:17:00 -0500

In using pet-directed speech — similar to how some moms talk to babies — with our dogs, we may aim to optimize communication of our intentions and emotions, explains anthropologist Barbara J. King.

Beyoncé Is Not The Magical Negro Mammy

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:13:00 -0500

Just imagine Beyoncé, one of the world's most celebrated, recognized and highest-paid stars, being asked to "mother" Adele and Faith Hill. Not happening.

Does Science Know Right From Wrong?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:14:00 -0500

The issue of the right or wrong use of science emerges in the colliding front between scientists and their supporting sponsors, be they the government or the private sector, says Marcelo Gleiser.

With Politics, NBA Speaks Its Mind

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:57:00 -0500

If you enjoy sports only as an escape from political give and take, commentator Pablo Torre warns there's some bad news: You can no longer enjoy the NBA. Players and coaches are talking politics.

Video: Making Snowflakes In Slo-Mo

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:54:00 -0500

If you live in certain areas of the country, you may be sick and tired of snow right now. May this 2-minute video remind you that there's more going on than our worries and concerns, says Adam Frank.

Lonely On Valentine's Day? Celebrate Love That Reaches Beyond Romance

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:36:00 -0500

Author Sarah Hepola is used to being alone and disappointed on Valentine's Days. But this year her outlook has changed. "My life is rich with love, even if it's not the kind I expected," she says.