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This Is America, As It Is

Sunday, December 07, 2014

In the wake of recent police shootings involving black men, State of the Re:Union host Al Letson recalls when his father taught him to "behave" to survive.

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Growing Up Gender-Nonconforming Amid Scolding, Awkward Silences

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Kiyan Williams tells Darnell Moore about growing up in Newark as a kid who liked lipstick and eyeliner. There was a lot of judgment — but surprising moments of bonding, too.

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Four Lessons From The Media's Conflicted Coverage of Race

Saturday, December 06, 2014

After grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes media missteps in discussing race.

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A Premature Obituary Can Be A Sweet — If Strange — Gift

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Obituaries tend to smooth over the failures in a long life. So, says NPR's Scott Simon, it might be nice to write one for a loved one while he or she is still alive to appreciate it.

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After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

Friday, December 05, 2014

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Secretary Of Defense, Eric Garner

Friday, December 05, 2014

Melissa Block speaks with political commentators, Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and MSNBC and David Brooks of the New York Times.

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Would You Run 3,080 Miles For Science?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

What are the limits of the human body and mind during extreme-endurance racing? Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews the research director of an upcoming 3,080-mile run across the United States.

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A Quest For The Unattainable Unification Of Knowledge

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

There is no reason to expect that we can get to the ultimate nature of reality, says physicist Marcelo Gleiser. We must learn to live with the mystery, with the fact that we cannot know everything.

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Confessions Of An Astrophysicist: I'm In Love With A Star

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Commentator Adam Frank says the best part of being a scientist is falling deeply, intimately in love with what you study, on a very specific level. Here, he waxes poetic on his connection to Mira.

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Does It Matter Who Accepts Evolution?

Monday, December 01, 2014

What does the American public really believe about human origins? And does it matter? Commentator Tania Lombrozo argues it does.

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Happy Birthday To Joltin' Joe — Who Didn't Even Like Baseball

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Joe DiMaggio, who was born 100 years ago this week, played baseball because he needed money — not because he loved the game. After years of stunning success, though, he came to need the sport.

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A Decade After Battle, Medic And Wounded Soldier Reunite

Saturday, November 29, 2014

In 2004, Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Wilkins was wounded in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Medic Keith Melick pulled him from the rubble. This summer, a chance meeting brought the two together again.

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Helmets Aren't Always Enough To Keep Players Safe

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cricketer Phillip Hughes was wearing a helmet this week when a ball struck and killed him. NPR's Scott Simon wonders if some safety measures also encourage people to take on more risk.

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All Things Considered

After The Ferguson Decision, A Poem That Gives Name To The Hurt

Friday, November 28, 2014

This week, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Writer Syreeta McFadden turns to Audre Lorde's poetry to make sense of this decision.

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On This Thanksgiving, Celebrating The Wild Turkey

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wild turkeys are smart, curious and sweet animals. But sometimes they bring attitude to encounters with humans, commentator Barbara J. King says.

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Morning Edition

Be Thankful This Year For The San Antonio Spurs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Just in time for Thanksgiving, commentator Frank Deford describes his gratitude for everyone's favorite team in any American sport. The Spurs, he says, are gentlemen, do right and are beloved by all.

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Something To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Commentator Adam Frank says that no matter what your year has been like — no matter what you may have lost — you can always be thankful for the miracle that is planet Earth.

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Is The Blogosphere Self-Correcting?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Some institutions, like science, seem to be self-correcting — we can harbor some hope that they'll converge on the truth. Commentator Tania Lombrozo isn't sure the blogosphere has similar virtues.

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Exploring The Religious Naturalist Option

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Religious naturalists understand humans to be emergent from and, hence, a part of, nature, says commentator Ursula Goodenough. They also consider the religious potential in these beliefs.

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Lovers Of California Wine, Keep An Eye On Anderson Valley

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Anderson Valley doesn't typically make the shortlist when travelers are planning a California wine vacation, but commentator Christine Ciarmello says it's like visiting Napa — back in the '70s.

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