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Can You Spot The Fake Fragonard?

Saturday, May 02, 2015

A London gallery has asked visitors to spot the single fake, produced for about $100 in China, and displayed among its priceless collection. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on what makes art valuable.

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All Things Considered

Letters: Meaning And Origins Of 'Thug'

Friday, May 01, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read our listeners' reactions to Thursday's discussion on the meaning of the word "thug."

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Protests In Baltimore

Friday, May 01, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the protests in Baltimore.

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What Else Might We Term 'God'?

Friday, May 01, 2015

In 13.7 last week, guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams suggested we rethink the definition of "God." Commentator Alva Noë responds this week, questioning how this would work — and what we would gain.

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All Things Considered

The Racially Charged Meaning Behind The Word 'Thug'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to John McWhorter, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, about the use of the word "thug" to describe Baltimore rioters.

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Political Story On Breast Cancer Screenings Was Missing Some Science

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A story on mammogram recommendations quotes only the opposing views in Congress.

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Pope's Coming Statement On Global Warming Will Be Significant

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pope Francis is preparing to urge world leaders to take action on global warming — an example of how scientific and religious leaderships can work together for the common good, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Morning Edition

Boxing Fans Shift Focus To Small Men, Big Money

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

As some boxing fans await a major welterweight matchup on Saturday, it's clear that the sport is struggling to keep the attention on the boxers' athleticism rather than their riches.

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Why Video Games Matter

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

For some people, "video game" doesn't conjure up images of anything considered worthwhile. But some games, like The Last of Us, belong to a time-honored story genre, says commentator Adam Frank.

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Fresh Air

From TED Talks To Taco Bell, Abuzz With Silicon Valley-Style 'Disruption'

Monday, April 27, 2015

Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the roots and resonance of the latest tech buzzword to catapult into the mainstream. "Disrupt" may be ubiquitous now, but could the term be on the eve of a disruption?

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The Danger Of GMOs: Is It All In Your Mind?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Genetically modified foods are often regarded as "unnatural" and approached with distrust. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers the psychology behind these reactions.

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U.K. Candidates Stumble Just Days Before General Election

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The U.K. will vote in a general election on May 7. The BBC's Jonny Dymond has spent the last month covering a contest notable for, he says, closeness and dullness in equal measure — until now.

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Pick The Perfect Profanity To Season Your Message

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price repeated a choice curse word 77 times in a press conference. NPR's Scott Simon defends profanity, but warns it can obscure meaning if too liberally applied.

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A New Way To Think About 'God'

Friday, April 24, 2015

All traditional ideas of God are demonstrably inadequate to our time; they perpetuate conflict or fail to inspire us to rise to the challenges of today's world, says guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams.

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Morning Edition

The Day One Man Decided To Give Up His Gun

Friday, April 24, 2015

In the 1970s, Pastor David Ned learned an important lesson about himself after what could have been a tragic situation.

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All Things Considered

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years In Space

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friday marks 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. Astrophysicist and NPR blogger, Adam Frank, celebrates what it's shown us.

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'A God That Could Be Real' In The Scientific Universe

Thursday, April 23, 2015

If we take seriously our scientific knowledge, we can redefine God in a new and empowering way that expands our thinking and may help motivate and unite us, says guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams.

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'Planetary' Calls For A Global Vision Shift For Earthlings

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On this Earth Day, Marcelo Gleiser points us to a trailer of the new movie, which calls for a change in perspective — a new way of relating to each other and to the planet.

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Morning Edition

Bruce Jenner's Long History Of Clearing Hurdles

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

As Jenner prepares for an interview in which he's expected to talk about his gender identity, commentator Frank Deford looks back at the reality TV star's days as an Olympic athlete adjusting to fame.

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25 Years On: How Hubble's Vision Became Our Own

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thousands of years from now, our names will be long forgotten, but what the Hubble Space Telescope did to us — and what it did for us — will endure, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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