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A Cultural Moment For Polyamory

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:21:00 -0400

Polyamory is sometimes called consensual non-monogamy, but anthropologist Barbara J. King found out it's more complicated than that.

Would You Become An Immortal Machine?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:41:00 -0400

The prospects can be either beatific or terrifying depending where you come from but, whatever your choice, transhumanism is here to stay, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.

Commentary: U.S. Women's National Hockey Team Doesn't Get Enough Respect

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:09:14 -0400

The U.S. is hosting this year's Women's World Hockey Championships. So why is the U.S. women's team threatening to boycott? Commentator Sarah Spain of ESPN says it's about fairness and respect.

Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:28:00 -0400

Behavioral addiction, especially to the new technologies so prevalent today, is the topic of Adam Alter's book Irresistible. Alva Noë proposes two criteria that may determine addiction to technology.

Is Happiness A Universal Human Right?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:03:00 -0400

In celebrating the International Day of Happiness on March 20, we might do well to examine rather than reaffirm our tacit assumptions about happiness and its pursuit, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo,

Ashamed, Confused And In The Closet

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:15:00 -0400

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a gay man who is married to a woman and doesn't know what to do.

For Years, I've Been A Correspondent In China. This Month, I Became A Viral Star

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0400

A video of NPR Beijing correspondent Anthony Kuhn asking a question about a policy to expand the Beijing region got millions of views on Weibo, China's answer to Twitter. Here's why.

Living Among the Ruins In Aleppo, A Man Keeps Playing His Songs

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:12:00 -0400

There is a photograph that's been seen around the world this week. It seems to hold both civilization and destruction in the same frame.

My Unlovely Lady Lump: When MRSA Is Ugly, But Not Life-Threatening

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:00:17 -0400

Antibiotic-resistant staph infections don't always start in hospitals, and they aren't always particularly dangerous. But, even after a MRSA-infected wound heals, the bacteria often remain.

The Axis Of Awkward: When Merkel Met Trump

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:46:00 -0400

It's hard to imagine two more different political figures. Whether these polar opposites can collaborate may be the single biggest factor in determining the future of the trans-Atlantic partnership.

Week In Politics: GOP Health Care Bill, Trump's Budget Proposal

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:30:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Republican health care bill and President Trump's budget proposal.

Let's Hope That Match Day Brings Us Lots Of Foreign-Born Doctors

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:18:00 -0400

About one quarter of medical residents in the U.S. are graduates of foreign medical schools. Many practice medicine in communities that have a hard time recruiting doctors.

A Look At The Personalities On Our Plates

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:50:00 -0400

In her new book, anthropologist and NPR commentator Barbara J. King takes a look at how "food animals" think and feel — and what that means for us.

A Mutant Holocaust In 'Logan'

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:43:00 -0400

The blockbuster movie Logan brings to the fore the moral choices of those in power as they apply scientific knowledge. It is so utterly sad it's painful to watch, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

March Gladness: A Northwestern Fan Celebrates The Team's First NCAA Bid

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:56:00 -0400

Commentator Kevin Blackistone is overjoyed his alma mater, Northwestern, has finally made the NCAA basketball tournament — but with some caveats.