Meredith Rizzo

Meredith Rizzo appears in the following:

Life Inside The Alzheimer's Ward: A Hidden World Revealed

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The dementia wing of a nursing home is foreign territory to most people. Photographer Maja Daniels spent three years documenting the lives of people with Alzheimer's in a hospital in France.


Seeing A Mother's Alzheimer's As A Time Of Healing And Magic

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dana Walrath used her skills as an artist and medical anthropologist to chronicle her mother's final years with dementia. The process helped her see beyond the loss and embrace the moment.


Cosplayers Use Costume To Unleash Their Superpowers

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A shy woman becomes a brave warrior princess. A man calls on Captain America to help him lose 45 pounds. In costume role play they become part of a community where they can transform themselves.


Just Turned 40? An Architect Says It's Time To Design For Aging

Monday, April 04, 2016

An architect looked at communities that serve older adults, and didn't like what he saw. By changing habits earlier in life, he says, we can create vibrant communities that will sustain us.


How A Little Boy's Cancer Diagnosis Inspired A Haunting Video Game

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

When Ryan Green's son Joel was 1 year old he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer. Over the next few years, he underwent rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, only to have the cancer return.

Feeling helpless, Ryan turned to what he knew as a video game developer. He began ...


Is This Snowy Wonderland Or The World Inside A Petri Dish?

Friday, December 25, 2015

Do you remember cutting paper snowflakes in school? Artist Rogan Brown has elevated that simple seasonal art form and taken it to science class.

These large-scale paper sculptures may evoke snow, but actually trade on the forms of bacteria and other organisms. The patterns may feel familiar, but also a ...


Hispanic Cancer Rates Show How It Matters Where You Come From

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hispanic people much are less likely to get cancer than non-Hispanic whites, but it's also their leading cause of death.

Beneath that puzzling fact lie the complexities and contradictions of the Hispanic health experience in the United States. Since we're talking about 17 percent of the U.S. population, it has ...


How Sporty Is Your Sport?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

When it comes to sports, there seems to be something for everyone.

There are team sports and activities you can do alone. There's exercise that requires equipment, or none at all.

But how much benefit you get from each one depends on a lot of factors, including how much you ...


Sweeping Or Skydiving? When Counting Calories It's All The Same

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Sure, playing in the women's World Cup burns a lot more energy than watching the women's World Cup. But the number of calories expended in sports and daily activities isn't always so obvious.

To figure it out, we dove into this database compiled by Arizona State University. It charts ...


What It's Like To Choose Transgender Sex Reassignment Surgery

Monday, June 01, 2015

It wasn't until Deborah Svoboda dated someone who is trans that she understood how little she understood about being transgender. "I realized how very misunderstood they were, including by me," she says. And that comes from someone who identifies as queer and has lived and worked in diverse communities.

So ...


Looks Good Enough To Smoke: Marijuana Gets Its Glamour Moment

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When Erik Christiansen started smoking pot, he became fascinated by the look of different marijuana strains. But the photographs of marijuana he saw didn't capture the variety.

So he went to the hardware store and picked up two lights and a cardboard box. "I didn't even have a macro lens ...


A Woman Uses Art To Come To Terms With Her Father's Death

Monday, May 04, 2015

A month after her father died of sepsis, Jennifer Rodgers began creating maps.

She took a large piece of paper, splattered it with black paint and then tore it into pieces. Then she began to draw: short black lines mimic the steps she walked in the hospital hallway during her ...


Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

After a few cases here and there, measles is making a big push back into the national consciousness.

An outbreak linked to visitors to the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks in Orange County, Calif., has sickened 67 people in California and six other states according to the latest count from the ...


Why We Published A Photo Of A 16-Year-Old In A Diaper

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The series on family caregivers that NPR ran over the Fourth of July weekend sparked an extraordinary response, with tens of thousands of comments and likes on Facebook and

Many people responded to the intimate photographs of families caring for sick or disabled parents, siblings and children.



Trapping And Tracking The Mysterious Snowy Owl

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This winter's unexpected arctic bird invasion has given owl researchers a rare opportunity. They're fitting a few of the errant owls with GPS backpacks to track their return to the Arctic.

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Before Drone Cameras: Kite Cameras!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

These days, getting an aerial shot is as simple (although maybe illegal) as strapping a camera to a drone. Back in the day, though, it wasn't so easy.

George R. Lawrence, a commercial photographer at the turn of the last century, was known to tinker. (His Chicago studio advertised "The ...


The View From The Largest Window In Space

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

More than 230 miles above Earth, aboard the International Space Station, is a seven-window observatory module called the Cupola. It's a relatively new addition to the ISS, which made its debut just three years ago, and it happens to be the largest window in space.

That's where Italian ...


Revisiting Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later In Photos

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's been a year since Superstorm Sandy tore up the Atlantic coast — one of the biggest and most expensive hurricanes in the region's history. The images at the time were remarkable: rows of homes washed from their foundations; New York City's Hugh Carey Tunnel completely flooded; a ...