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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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Considering 'The Philosophy Of The Web'

Monday, April 20, 2015

Does contemporary technology fundamentally change our relationship to the world and to each other? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert to learn about this emerging area of philosophy.

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Advice For Beleaguered Battleground State Residents: Leave Town

Saturday, April 18, 2015

With the presidential campaign season already underway, NPR's Linda Wertheimer has a hot tip for swing state voters feeling besieged: Rent your house to a political operative and take a vacation.

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Formerly Homeless Vet And His Dad Remember His Darkest Moments

Saturday, April 18, 2015

When Marine Cpl. Zach Stiles returned from Iraq, he couldn't sleep, hold down a job or pay rent. He and his father sat down with StoryCorps to talk, for the first time, about his life after the war.

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Reflections On The 'Boys' Of Summer

Friday, April 17, 2015

The new baseball season is underway, and commentator Alva Noë, a first-time Little League coach, is struck by what Little League and the professional game share in common.

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Is It Sexist To Say That Women Are Superior To Men?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Is it finally time to recognize that women are biologically superior to men? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says that suggestion hurts more than it helps.

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Einstein's Universe Turns 100

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Einstein's greatest lesson may be that reality is not what it seems; what we perceive as real is a distortion due to how our brains take in the world around, and within, us, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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At Walter Scott's Funeral, An Unexpected Conversation

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When Clemson University professor Chenjerai Kumanyika attended the funeral this weekend, he found himself discussing gentrification — and his own role in the changes in North Charleston, S.C.

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All Things Considered

Letters: Russian Memes, Abraham Lincoln Assassination Anniversary

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel read letters from listeners about the memes of Russian President Vladimir Putin on a Ritz cracker and the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination Tuesday.

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Can The Earth Be Conscious?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Just as the development of a biosphere can imply new evolutionary paths for a planet, maybe the development of a planetary Noosphere has its own concrete evolutionary implications, says Adam Frank.

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Are Scientific And Religious Explanations Incompatible?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Commentator Tania Lombrozo says the answer to whether scientific and religious explanations are fundamentally at odds isn't a simple "yes" or "no" when it comes to explaining the world around us.

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The Power Of The Screen

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë reflects on the draw of technology in society, culture and today's homes.

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Ready To Try Some Free-Range Parenting?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

If you want your young children active and independent outdoors, anthropologist Barbara J. King says free-range parenting may be right for you.

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From Pork To Onion Sandwiches: Secrets To Supersurvivors' Long Lives

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At 115, Jeralean Talley is the world's oldest living person. She inherited the title from a 116-year-old Arkansan who died this week. NPR's Tamara Keith reflects on the secrets of a good, long life.

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What The 'God Of The Gaps' Teaches Us About Science

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser says that to put God in our current knowledge gaps would not further our understanding of the universe. For that, we need science and its stubbornly secular approach.

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Morning Edition

Deford: Americans Don't Care About Major League Soccer

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The curmudgeonly sports commentator is pessimistic about the sport's prospects in the U.S.

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Why Doesn't Your Butt Fall Through The Chair?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

One of the strangest and least appreciated discoveries of modern physics is that solid matter is — to put it bluntly — a big lie, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Ice Cream Activism

Monday, April 06, 2015

Commentator Tania Lombrozo renews her call for ice-cream-based activism in light of a petition for the creation of her proposed Ben & Jerry's flavor: Ruth Bader Ginger.

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Hard Hats And Loud Vests On The Prime Minister's Campaign Bus

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Correspondent Jonny Dymond is the BBC's man on the David Cameron election bus. He filed an essay with three weeks to go before the UK's national election.

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