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These Gloves Offer A Modern Twist On Sign Language

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Two college students developed SignAloud, gloves that connect to a computer and convert some sign language words and letters into speech and text. In the process, they've learned about deaf culture.

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This Is Your Brain On Uber

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

This week we feature Keith Chen, a behavioral economist at UCLA and the head of economic research at Uber. Keith explains why surge pricing makes us nuts and discusses our weird economic choices.

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Who Was Joe Gould, And Did He Really Write The World's Longest Book?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Years ago, two New Yorker articles told the story of a Harvard dropout who claimed to be writing the longest book ever. Did he succeed? In Joe Gould's Teeth, Jill Lepore tries to answer that question.

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London Museum Hopes To Reboot Eric, Britain's First Robot

Monday, May 16, 2016

They have the technology. Now they need the money. The Science Museum has launched a Kickstarter campaign to rebuild Eric, who wowed audiences after he was created in 1928 — and then vanished.

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Breaking Down The Science Of Picky Eating

Monday, May 16, 2016

What makes us dislike certain foods? And why is everyone so concerned about what you're eating, anyway? Jane Kauer, an anthropologist who has studied the topic, helps answer our questions.

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Why Restaurants Are Ditching The Switch To No Tipping

Sunday, May 15, 2016

It's customer and staff complaints that did away with the model to start, but that's also what's bringing the tradition back to restaurants that've been experimenting with the policy to even out pay.

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Stung By 83 Different Insects, Biologist Rates His Pain On A Scale Of 1 To — OW!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Biologist Justin Schmidt has traveled all over the world looking for bugs ... and getting stung by them. He documents his travels/travails in his new book The Sting of the Wild.

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After A 40-Year Detour, 'Squidbillies' Star Takes Home His Diploma

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bobby Ellerbee left his studies to host a radio show, voice a beloved cartoon character, even party with Etta James. Lately, though, he returned to do the one thing he hadn't done yet: graduate.

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How A Poison Pill Worded As 'Sex' Gave Birth To Transgender Rights

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Author of a book on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Tom Purdum tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer how that bill came to shape today's transgender rights, and comments on the current battle in North Carolina.

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Donald Trump Is About To Start Getting Intelligence Briefings

Sunday, May 15, 2016

When it's obvious who the nominees will be, presidential candidates get intelligence briefings. That's about to start.

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Before Leaping Onto Kanye's Records, A-Trak Forged A Career From Scratch

Saturday, May 14, 2016

It was happenstance that brought the Canadian DJ and Kanye West together. But A-Trak — Alan Macklovitch — first made his name by winning an international scratching competition, when he was just 15.

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When Being Human Got His Goat, This Designer Became One

Saturday, May 14, 2016

To be human is to worry, but "you look at a goat," says Thomas Thwaites, "and it's just ... free." In GoatMan, Thwaites explains how he learned to walk, eat and think like the ruminant.

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The Danish String Quartet's Manifold Vision For Classical Music

Saturday, May 14, 2016

"Classical music is many things," says violist Asbjørn Nørgaard. "It can sound like Coldplay. It can sound like heavy metal." The quartet's new album, out now, is called Adès/Nørgard/Abrahamsen.

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'What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger:' Mr. Lif On Music And Healing

Saturday, May 14, 2016

"I've suffered a lot of scars to get where I am," says the rapper, whose life was cracked in half when his tour bus crashed into a ravine. His new album, Don't Look Down, is his first in seven years.

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Jodie Foster On Roles For Strong Women, On Screen And Off

Friday, May 13, 2016

Foster is behind the camera on her latest film, Money Monster. She's found that directing allows her to execute a complete vision: "It's a full expression of who I am and what I think," she says.

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A Stanford Family: Groundskeeper Dad Cultivates His Son's Classroom Dream

Friday, May 13, 2016

They both went to the prestigious school — though for different reasons. Frankie attended undergrad there, but it was his father, the school's groundskeeper, who inspired him to pursue that education.

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Public Health Professor: Because Of Zika, Rio Olympics 'Must Not Proceed'

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

If half a million tourists go to Rio, there is a risk one could catch Zika, return home and seed a new outbreak, says public health professor Amir Attaran.

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After Tragedy, 2 Families Find Their Own Justice In Louise Erdrich's 'LaRose'

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

When an Ojibwe hunter accidentally kills his friend's child, he sends his own son to live with the grieving family. Erdrich says tribal family ties are "extremely close" and "much more fluid."

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'There Was More I Wanted To Say': Kate Tempest Turns Hit Album Into A Novel

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The rapper's debut album, Everybody Down, followed Becky and Harry, two Londoners struggling with love, work and drugs. Now her new book, The Bricks That Built The Houses, takes a look at their pasts.

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11 Very Different Opinions About The New Radiohead Album

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

NPR Music's staff really doesn't agree about the band's recently released ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool. Not at all.

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