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As His Mother's Multiple Sclerosis Progresses, A Son Shifts To Caregiver

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:42:00 -0400

Novelist Mat Johnson's mother spent decades trying to escape her MS diagnosis. Johnson looks back on her journey — and what it meant when the disease finally caught up with her.

Muslim 'Twoness': Fearful Of Some, Feared By Others

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:20:00 -0400

A subway ride hammers home the reality that many Muslims face: While they fear being hurt by terrorists and vigilantes, others see them as a threat.

Delayed In The Airport? Take A Cue (Well, Maybe) From This Bird

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:18:00 -0400

A songbird, trapped in an airport, gets cute and playful; cue the inevitable video shares. But what are we missing, asks anthropologist Barbara J. King?

We've Seen This Election Before, In Classic Movies

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:00:00 -0400

It's life imitating art — election edition. A look at movies that have covered ground that's been well trod this campaign season, like A Face in the Crowd and The Lion in Winter and Ace in the Hole.

Not Fit To Print? When Politicians Talk Dirty, Media Scramble To Sanitize

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:23:00 -0400

Donald Trump isn't the first politician to use coarse language, but linguist Geoff Nunberg says the 2005 Access Hollywood tape of him discussing women's genitalia wasn't like other live-mic incidents.

Finding A Way Home Through 'The Door Of No Return'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:32:00 -0400

Gene Demby thought a visit to Ghana for a wedding would be fun and uncomplicated, but it sent him down a road of introspection about black fatherhood and its connection to America's original sin.

Can We Build Cities That Think Like A Planet?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:09:00 -0400

Do cities destroy nature or are they part of nature? Astrophysicist Adam Frank looks at a new book attempting to answer that question — which he says could be a key to our collective future.

5 Facts That Are Not About The Election

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:58:00 -0400

With the presidential election days away — and media attention at full force — blogger Tania Lombrozo draws your attention to some unrelated facts regarding seahorses, kangaroos and cinnamon.

A Question For The Ages: Can A May-December Relationship Last?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:26:00 -0400

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the Sugars consider relationships with a significant age difference.

Graceful Losers Triumph, In Spite Of Defeat

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:24 -0400

One way or another, someone's going to lose on election night. And there's a graceful way to concede defeat, as Adlai Stevenson showed in 1952, and Al Gore did in the disputed 2000 election.

Why Many Ugandans Are Offended By Music Video Made By U.S. Missionaries

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:19:00 -0400

Luket Ministries filmed a video in which seven white women depict the Ugandan way of life. Then came the uproar — and the apology. Two Ugandan writers weigh in.

Accidental Tools: A Difference In Our Ancestors And Monkeys

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400

In the past week, we've looked at a few studies showing ways apes are like us. Today, we consider a way in which monkeys, specifically capuchins, are different, says blogger Alva Noë.

Camera Traps Catch Chimpanzee Moms Teaching Their Children

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:07:00 -0400

Anthropologists have nailed down evidence that termite-fishing chimpanzees teach their kids — meeting the scientific criteria — and that's big news, says commentator Barbara J. King.

How Should NPR Report On Hacked WikiLeaks Emails?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:27:00 -0400

Ethical dilemmas make reporting on hacked information awkward.

Seeing The Reality Of Atoms And Molecules

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:28:00 -0400

In the early 20th century, we weren't able to visualize reactions of tiny matter. We didn't doubt they were there, but we weren't sure of the details. Now we are, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.