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Why Does The War On Drugs Persist?

Friday, April 03, 2015

In his new book, Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari hasn't quite found the answer, says commentator Alva Noë. But he does succeed in reminding us that there's nothing inevitable about what's next.

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Male Dolphins Form Complex Alliances When Aiming To Control Females

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia, cooperate to herd females in ways that anthropologist Barbara J. King says are unusually complex. Related research may shed light on the evolution of our own brains.

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Morning Edition

Remembering Legendary NBA Announcer 'Hot Rod' Hundley

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Hundley, who died last week at age 80, was one of the first former NBA players whom the Basketball Hall of Fame honored for calling games.

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Van Gogh's Turbulent Mind Captured Turbulence

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The painter's creations during his blue period mirrored nature's turbulent flows, as if his mind somehow tapped into a universal archetype, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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How Many Stars Are There?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The night sky carries the weight of many meanings for humanity. Astrophysicist Adam Frank directs us to a short video addressing the sum of the stars in the sky.

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Why We Need Ruth Bader Ginger Ice Cream

Monday, March 30, 2015

Women are underrepresented in ways we notice — and ways we don't. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers the psychology behind our perceptions of gender parity.

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This Gibbon Knows Life's A Balancing Act

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Need a dose of courage? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says we may all be inspired by this gibbon's crossing of a suspension bridge in her new home.

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At Last, A Fitting Farewell For Richard III

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Richard III has been buried, two years after his abandoned bones were found under an abandoned parking lot. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the man Shakespeare turned into one of his great characters.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Sen. Harry Reid's Retirement, Cruz's Appeal To Far-Right

Friday, March 27, 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 Harry Reid's retirement announcement and Ted Cruz's appeal to the far-right.

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The Fight Against Addiction: Is Love All You Need?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Many addicts opt for self-medication over encounter — they turn inward and shut out the world, says commentator Alva Noë, as he ponders a new book on addiction by Johann Hari.

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Morning Edition

Twist Of Fate: An Accident Brings 'Beautiful Symmetry' To 2 Lives

Friday, March 27, 2015

Back in high school, Jeff Wilson accidentally hit Tammie Baird with his car. Now 30 years later, they're amazed at how that traumatic experience led to dramatic changes for both of them.

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What Drove Neanderthals To Extinction? Maybe Us.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King reviews a new book that suggests domesticating the wolf gave early modern humans an extra edge in hunting that pushed Neanderthals to extinction.

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Should You Trust That New Medical Study?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The majority of individual medical studies tend to be either premature or badly formulated, so it's best to be patient and wait for the truth to become evident, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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Morning Edition

'Borland Effect' A Fumble For Football? Deford Says It Will Pass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

San Francisco 49ers player Chris Borland is retiring from the NFL after a single season to avoid potential brain injuries. Some see this as the beginning of the end of football's popularity.

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What If Web Search Results Were Based On Accuracy?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Google has been researching the possibility of ranking search results based on established facts. Were this to become the norm, it would have huge implications for future discourse, says Adam Frank.

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Don't Be Myopic About Heritability

Monday, March 23, 2015

A biological trait's heritability can change over time. Commentator Tania Lombrozo explains how genetic influences and environmental variations play together.

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Take A Shorter Shower — It's World Water Day

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Leaving politics aside, it is clear that water usage and waste are central issues of our time and we may all do well by finding ways to cut down, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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Might A Brush With Death Set The Stage For Greatness?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Izola Ware Curry, who stabbed but did not kill Martin Luther King Jr., has died. NPR's Scott Simon wonders about other public figures who came close to death, but went on to great things.

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We Experience The World We Infer, Not The World As It Is

Friday, March 20, 2015

It can feel like our senses give us direct access to the world as it is now, and our memory to the world as it once was. Commentator Tania Lombrozo challenges these ideas.

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We May Have Snakes To Thank For Our Acute Vision

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at a new paper supporting the snake-detection theory, a set of hypotheses suggesting we owe certain features of our evolution to the risks posed by snakes.

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