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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

Friday, November 21, 2014

Robert Siegel talks with E.J Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times about President Obama's immigration speech.

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Artificial Intelligence, Really, Is Pseudo-Intelligence

Friday, November 21, 2014

Commentator Alva Noë argues that we don't need to be alarmed that our machines are rapidly outstripping natural-born human cognitive power: We've got a millions-of-years head start.

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Can't Sleep? Maybe Thinking About Evolution Will Help

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Anthropologist Barbara J. King says the cross-cultural norm for sleep deviates significantly from the long, uninterrupted night of rest insomniacs may dream about — if they can sleep enough to dream.

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The Little Comet Probe That Could

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You may be carrying comet dust in your bones and blood. Probe Philae has shown that, now, we can go collect the original stuff. That's where science becomes magical, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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One Gamer's Take On 'Gamergate'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Amid the concerns about the way the video game culture treats players from different backgrounds, one player has found hope, and common ground.

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Morning Edition

Outside Of The Games, Are Sports Corrupt?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford discusses some recent sports-related scandals, including the abuse of young swimmers by their coaches, and fake classes created for college athletes.

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The Best Prescription For Improving The Poor's Health? Cold Hard Cash

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nonprofits gave $1,000 to some of the poorest people in Africa, and found their spending had hugely positive impacts on their families' health. It'd be much more expensive, but it could work here too.

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7 Kids, 1 Apartment: What Poverty Means To This Teen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jairo Gomez knows the importance of school, but his home life leaves him struggling to stay focused. "If I don't get an education, I'll be stuck like my parents."

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Culture Of Psychological Science At Stake

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amid a raging debate about study replication, commentator Tania Lombrozo says it isn't just a few contested findings at stake, but the future of the field.

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Should Science End Humankind?

Monday, November 17, 2014

How ready are we to be completely replaced? Commentator Adam Frank says it's a question that has to be asked because we are, as a culture, rapidly pushing the enabling technologies forward right now.

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Attempting Sex, An Octopus Gets A Surprise

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A brief video clip of a dramatic octopus encounter documents a surprising moment in undersea mating behavior, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The sky was full of wonders this week, NPR's Scott Simon muses, as a spacecraft landed on a comet and two window washers were rescued 69 stories above the streets at the new One World Trade Center.

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All Things Considered

After Catalonia's Independence Vote, An 'Homage' To George Orwell

Friday, November 14, 2014

This week Spain's northeast region voted in favor of independence. But the results weren't recognized by the Spanish government. The situation reminds poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips of a favorite book.

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Morning Edition

For Veteran, Hospice Care Work Connects Him To Family

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ron Riveira, who served in the Navy and Marines, now does hospice care for vets and says it allows him to help people like his grandparents. "Every time I go into a home, I see a piece of my family."

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The Science Of 'Interstellar'

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Few, if any, movies have been this faithful to science and still managed to tell a gripping tale, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser — though some liberties are taken at points.

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Are You Important?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Network science is shining a spotlight on everything from your status in high school — it's not as simple as how many people you know — to the spread of diseases, says commentator Adam Frank.

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Morning Edition

Tech Star Wants To Make Diversity Plug-And-Play For Silicon Valley

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of Walker & Co. Brands, and J.J. McCorvey, a writer at Fast Company, discuss the tech industry's diversity problem.

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Is It Time To Reappropriate Pink?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pink is an icon of girlhood today — but one with baggage. Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to philosophy and psychology to evaluate the prospects for "pink pride." Is it time to take back the hue?

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Can Dancing Teach You Quantum Physics?

Sunday, November 09, 2014

After experiencing sound artist Ryoji Ikeda's newest composition, Superposition, commentator Adam Frank says yes — but that it won't just be science you'll be learning.

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Behind A Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts, An Unknown Brain Injury

Saturday, November 08, 2014

After Sgt. Ryan Sharp returned from serving two tours in Iraq with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, he would talk about ending his life. Today, he can't even recall those conversations.

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