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Porn, Sex And Marriage: What's OK, And What Isn't?

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:45:00 -0500

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts think about how watching porn can affect a couple's marriage and sex life.

Remembering NPR Essayist Alice Furlaud

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:27:30 -0500

Furlaud, who filed commentaries for NPR from Paris, was a graceful writer with an unfiltered view of the world, says NPR's Scott Simon. She died this week at the age of 87.

Week In Politics: Trump's Cabinet Picks, Election Hacking Review

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to regular political commentators David Brooks of The New York Times, and E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution about Donald Trump's picks for his incoming cabinet, as well as the news that President Obama has ordered a full review of hacking efforts during the election.

Navigating Newscasts at NPR

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:28:44 -0500

A look at how the newscasts come together.

Are We Conscious During Dreamless Sleep?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:12:00 -0500

This is a question about consciousness as much as it is about sleep, says philosopher Alva Noë. Are there experiences that don't present themselves to us precisely as experiences "of the world" do?

Commentator: Don't Stop Arguing, Complaining And Fighting For 'Identity Politics'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0500

No one seems to have a satisfying definition of "identity politics," but clearly we've been paying too much attention to race, gender and sexual orientation, right? Not so fast.

Could You Power Your Home With A Bike?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:59:00 -0500

The discrepancy between what you personally can generate and what you personally use says a lot about what's happened with civilization and the planet in the past couple of centuries, says Adam Frank.

Were Neanderthals Religious?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:27:00 -0500

December is full of sacred holidays for many — and meaning-making through social gatherings and rituals for others. Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers how far back religious practices might go.

What Smart Aliens Could Teach Us About Survival

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:07:00 -0500

Once we mix in real science with the possibility of extraterrestrial life, we can learn much about our current dilemmas and, hopefully, about our survival as a species, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Is Education Tied To Conspiracy Theory Belief?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:36:00 -0500

Not all conspiracy theories are harmful, though many have negative effects, says Tania Lombrozo. New research suggests education's consequences can disrupt the processes that draw people to them.

Einstein's Age Of Extremism

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:38:00 -0500

Albert Einstein, a Jewish intellectual, represented a spirit of liberalism and rational inquiry opposite of what the new German state insisted was right in 1933, says guest blogger David Bodanis.

I Don't Want To Be The Breadwinner In My Marriage Anymore!

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:26:00 -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 doesn't like making more money than her husband does.

Simon: Pets Find Their Way Into Our Hearts When We Need Them Most

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:00 -0500

A recent trip to New York for Scott Simon and his family found them with a new addition to their clan. She's small, furry, and a reminder of what we enjoy about pets.

Pipeline Protests Prompt Calls For More Coverage

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:17:00 -0500

NPR has produced roughly 50 newsmagazine and online stories about the pipeline protests so far.

Week In Politics: Trump Begins 'Thank You' Tour In Indiana

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with political commentators David Brooks of The New York Times and Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate, about the beginning of President-elect Donald Trump's "thank you" tour, new controversy over Trump's tweets about voter fraud and his latest cabinet appointments.