Chris Benderev

Chris Benderev appears in the following:

What Happens When Your Town's Only High School Closes?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Schools are closing across America. On this episode of Embedded, we explore what that means for a town losing the neighborhood high school that's been around for over a century.


Can You Teach A Computer To 'Feel' Suspense?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Scientists want to make computers into better storytellers, but to do that they have to teach the machines a tricky element: suspense. Now researchers believe they've taken a big step forward.


Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Our days are full of things to remember, and they don't always arrive in an orderly fashion. Perhaps you begin your commute home and remember that you need to pick up milk. But then immediately, another to-do springs to mind: You never called back your friend last week. You may ...


What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark's Photo?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A good photograph can speak volumes about its subjects, yet still leave you wanting to know more.

The acclaimed and prolific American photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who died May 25 at the age of 75, was known for her humanist portraits: homeless children in Seattle, prostitutes in ...


#NPRreads: In Defense Of California And Wearing The Same Thing To Work Daily

Friday, April 10, 2015

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer ...


Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

Sunday, November 23, 2014

First, there was James Foley. Then Steven Sotloff. Finally, Abdul Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter Kassig. All three were American hostages, brutally murdered by the so-called Islamic State.

This past week the White House confirmed that it's conducting a review of its hostage policy, but in a press conference, ...


Millennials: We Help The Earth But Don't Call Us Environmentalists

Saturday, October 11, 2014

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

Young people have been the life blood of the environmental movement for decades. There could be trouble on the horizon though, and it all comes down to semantics.

To explain, it's helpful to use the example ...


The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Everyone points to the Wright Brothers as the inventors of human flight. But centuries earlier, it was Leonardo da Vinci who imagined human flight, recognizing how birds used concepts like lift and wing shape to glide high above us.

Now scientists have uncovered new details about the man you ...


A Former Megadeth Guitarist's Journey To Japanese Pop

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Are there genres of music that are simply too far apart for any one musician to hold onto them both at same time?

If anyone knows, it might be Marty Friedman.

He made a name for himself in the early 1990s when he became the guitarist for the platinum-selling thrash ...


'Frontcountry' Wanders Through A Changing American West

Monday, May 26, 2014

The American West is sometimes characterized in simple, iconic images: the cowboy, the miner, the farmer. "This book is edited against that," says Frontcountry photographer Lucas Foglia. "The pictures wander on purpose."

Foglia spent seven years with his camera, jumping from town to town, from New Mexico to Montana. He ...


New Year's Resolution: Canvas In The Kitchen

Friday, March 21, 2014

What’s the creative project you’ve been meaning to get done? Adrienne Ognibene, from Takoma Park, Maryland, resolved to complete six paintings and twelve large-scale charcoal drawing...

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When Power Goes To Your Head, It May Shut Out Your Heart

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Even the smallest dose of power can change a person. You've probably seen it. Someone gets a promotion or a bit of fame and then, suddenly, they're a little less friendly to the people beneath them.

So here's a question that may seem too simple: Why?

If you ask a ...