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In China, Trump Helped Basketball Stars But Not Human Rights

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:28:39 -0500

President Trump has returned from his trip to Asia, which included stops in China. NPR's Scott Simon highlights some of the dissidents Trump didn't mention on the trip.

When Sexual 'Misconduct' Is So Much More

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:50:48 -0500

Listeners object to language that minimizes allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

The Gray Area Between 'Yellow' And 'Brown' Skin

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:18:00 -0500

This week on "Ask Code Switch," we're looking at the nuances of who gets to call themselves "brown."

'Leaf Wonder' In A World Of Changing Forests

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:58:00 -0500

Together, aesthetic awareness and scientific analysis puts us in direct, sensory relationship with the forest and gives us the ability to understand what we see, says author David George Haskell.

Trump In Asia: A 'Rebalance' Toward Trade

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:48:00 -0500

The Trump administration's engagement with Asia has matched the Obama administration's. What's changed are the priorities: elevating commercial issues to equal or higher priority than security issues.

Even (Former) Presidents Have To Go To Jury Duty

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:00:26 -0500

Barack Obama reported for jury duty in Cook County and was dismissed. NPR's Scott Simon says the fact that former presidents show up for jury duty says something vital about the political system.

Certain And Confident: Predicting The Future In A Climate-Changing World

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:39:00 -0500

The Climate Science Special Report, released by the White House last week, is a valuable read — it's a primer on how science works when it overlaps with the need to make informed bets on our future.

Why Some Sports Teams Don't Play To Win

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 05:03:00 -0500

Commentator Mike Pesca talks about the strategy behind some pro sports franchises that go through "rebuilding" seasons of frequent losing, and the pitfalls for fans.

NPR Looks Inward As It Covers Its Own Sexual Harassment Allegations

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0500

How does NPR cover itself? And who has been guiding its sexual harassment coverage?

3 Central Questions As President Trump Visits Asia

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:52:00 -0500

The president's visit will be a defining moment. Will the region be reassured and put at ease or left only further concerned that the era of Pax Americana may finally be ending?

After An Attack, New Yorkers' Brave Act: Keep Going

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 04:45:29 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the spirit of New Yorkers in the aftermath of Tuesday's terrorist attack in Manhattan.

Writing On The Terrifying Beauty Of The Human Future

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:13:00 -0400

Author Kim Stanley Robinson deserves a place as a true visionary: He has done more than just write good science-fiction — he's mapped out new territory in what it means to be human, says Adam Frank.

Did The EPA Censor Its Scientists?

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:08:00 -0400

Last week, EPA scientists were pulled from speaking at a meeting where they would address climate change. New EPA leaders were quickly accused of censoring their own scientists, says Adam Frank.

Top American Fears: Sharks And Zombies Or Corrupt Officials?

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 07:09:08 -0400

NPR's Melissa Block reflects on the results of an annual survey about what most scares Americans. The nation's health care system, pollution and another world war rank in the top 10.

When The State Sinks, Science Is The Anchor

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:07:00 -0400

As history has shown, political and ideological repression passes — but scientific knowledge remains, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.