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Why The British Allowed The Rotherham Abuse To Fester

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Guardian's Randeep Ramesh tells NPR's Scott Simon about the social and societal forces at work in British culture which might have contributed to the cover-up of the Rotherham child abuse case.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Ukraine And The Islamic State

Friday, August 29, 2014

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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In Praise Of Being Bored

Friday, August 29, 2014

Boredom is increasingly a thing of the past. We've got devices to fill up every instant. Some people say baseball is boring. But maybe its popularity is in the fact that it allows us room to be bored?

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Atheists Feel Awe, Too

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Some people of faith claim that the world is meaningless without belief in God or gods or an afterlife. Commentator Barbara J. King says the view of some atheists is mirrored in two recent novels.

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The Universe Is Still Dark After All These Years

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We've learned so much, yet we still don't know the composition of 95 percent of the cosmos. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says it is good to stay humble and keep an open mind as the search continues.

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Has Next Tuesday Already Happened?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Your birth and death define the end points of a line in the four dimensions of space-time, explains commentator Adam Frank. All the moments and all the places in between fill out this line.

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Using Science To Blame Mothers

Monday, August 25, 2014

The complex science of fetal and early childhood development is sometimes distilled into a single, unhelpful message: It's all about mom. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo explains how values can play in.

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All Things Considered

As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

Friday, August 22, 2014

The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.

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Neither A 'Sissy' Nor A Saint: An Offer Of Priesthood Prompts A Coming Out

Friday, August 22, 2014

When he was young, Michael Arceneaux was a model Catholic who never missed a mass, but when he was asked to join the priesthood, it didn't make him come to Jesus — it made him come out of the closet.

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Week In Politics: James Foley And Ferguson

Friday, August 22, 2014

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam of The National Review, discuss the killing of American journalist James Foley and the ongoing conflict in Ferguson, Mo.

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An Attempt To Explain The Magic Of The Ballpark

Friday, August 22, 2014

What makes some middle-aged men and women act like children at the baseball park? Commentator Alva Noë wonders about that distinct attitude of love and longing that we call "being a fan."

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Morning Edition

Grappling With Trigger Warnings And Trauma On Campus

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Are trigger warnings a good idea when teachers ask students to consider material about emotionally wrenching topics? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says yes — in some cases.

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Morning Edition

B.K.S. Iyengar Dies At 95; Sickly Child Became Yoga Guru

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Commentator Sandip Roy, an editor with Firstpost in India, has an appreciation of yogi B.K.S. Iyengar. Iyengar, who died on Wednesday, helped to introduce the practice of yoga to the Western world.

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Soft Immortality: Would You Do It?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Is immortality something desirable, or a many-headed monster? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that as medical science extends our lifespan, the question becomes more real all the time.

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Lessons From The Last Time Civilization Collapsed

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Life as we know it is being threatened by everything from climate change to resource depletion. Commentator Adam Frank looks back at 1177 B.C. — and what we might learn from peoples past.

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All Things Considered

The Soldier's Guiding Paradox: 'Protect What You Love'

Monday, August 18, 2014

Writer Elliot Ackerman, former Marine officer and veteran of five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, explains what being a man means to him: It's protecting what you love.

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Thinking Like A Scientist Can Help Overcome Allure Of Appearances

Monday, August 18, 2014

What can a near-encounter with poison hemlock tell us about childhood development and problems of induction? Commentator Tania Lombrozo explains.

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Remembering The Highs And Lows Of Robin Williams

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Audiences treasured his tremendous comic energy. But, says NPR's Scott Simon, Williams' death this week reminds us that depression can affect anyone.

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Week In Politics: Ferguson And Foreign Policy

Friday, August 15, 2014

Political commentators, Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the protests in Ferguson, Mo., and Hillary Clinton's take on President Obama's policy.

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Immersion In Nature, Naturally, Can Be Risky

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Restorative for the spirit, hiking in the wild involves risks. Though commentator Barbara J. King's husband ran into trouble on the trail recently, she says increased public access is not the answer.

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