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Alex Rodriguez Is Back, For Better Or Worse

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

As Major League Baseball's exhibition season begins, commentator Frank Deford says the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to be able to overcome his fall from grace, at least in the eyes of the fans.

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All Things Considered

Debate About French Muslim Identity Plays Out In Hip-Hop

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

As part of our stories about Muslims in Western Europe, commentator Hisham Aidi, author of the book Rebel Music, talks about how music factors into the cultural differences between French Muslims.

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Can Cities Change Earth's Evolution?

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The fact that humans can shape ecosystems is nothing new. But new research shows that these changes are shifting the evolution of species right now — and potential feedback will happen just as fast.

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Embrace Your Inner Algorithm

Monday, March 02, 2015

Would you trust your own predictions over those of a well-designed statistical model? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers new evidence on "algorithm aversion" and what it reveals.

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Mr. Spock, Mixed-Race Pioneer

Sunday, March 01, 2015

As Mr. Spock on Star Trek, the late Leonard Nimoy embodied the conflicts faced by many biracial and other people of color. Even on the diverse crew of the Enterprise, he stood out.

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Rats Blamed For Bubonic Plague, But Gerbils May Be The Real Villains

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Rats have had a bad reputation ever since they were blamed for spreading bubonic plague. But perhaps the blame was misplaced. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the roles of rodents.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: U.S.-Iran Policy, Netanyahu Speech

Friday, February 27, 2015

Robert Siegel speaks with regular political commentators EJ Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of the New York Times. They discuss U.S.-Iran policy and the upcoming speech of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Morning Edition

Obama To Ambitious Teen: 'You Have This Strength Inside Yourself'

Friday, February 27, 2015

The president interviews 18-year-old, Noah McQueen, who's participating in a White House mentoring program for young men of color. "It's hard to always make the right decision," McQueen tells Obama.

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A Toxic Stew: Risks To Women Of Public Feminism

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Threats to physical and emotional well-being often assail women who publicly avow their feminism, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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The Man Who Turned Life Into Magic

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oliver Sacks is a rare soul-reader among us — and we are blessed to have him as a listener, at once scribe and bard of the human condition, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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Morning Edition

An Uneventful Week In Sports Could Still Go Down In History

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NASCAR is suspending a driver accused of domestic violence, and the NFL is considering allowing two teams to share a stadium? Sports commentator Frank Deford is pleased.

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My Depressing Day With A Famous Climate Skeptic

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The world was being told that one particular scientist's research was of the highest caliber — and that we had to take notice. The truth wasn't anywhere close, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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All Things Considered

Despite Furious Objections, Bill O'Reilly's War Claims Warrant Scrutiny

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Fox News star's claims of reporting from a war zone, bullets flying, during the Falklands War don't appear to hold up. His countercampaign against his accusers is noteworthy as well.

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Malcolm X's Public Speaking Power

Saturday, February 21, 2015

On the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination, commentator Gwen Thompkins wants his skill as a public speaker and debater to be remembered as a key part of his legacy.

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The Heavy Moral Weight Of Carnegie Mellon's 800 Botched Acceptances

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University recently emailed about 800 graduate school applicants to say they'd been accepted. But it was a mistake. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on acceptance letters in the digital age.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Immigration, Violent Extremism Summit

Friday, February 20, 2015

Audie Cornish reviews the week in politics with regular commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss immigration, the summit on countering violent extremism and 2016 contenders.

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Taking A Good Look At Touch

Friday, February 20, 2015

David J. Linden's new book on touch brings into focus all the things we still don't understand about the neural basis of this sense, says commentator Alva Noë.

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An American Dream, A Cuban Soul: Poet Richard Blanco Finds 'Home'

Friday, February 20, 2015

While immigration is a subject of some of the most intense political debates in this country, inaugural poet Richard Blanco says it also drives his art. He shares his journey of becoming an American.

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Morning Edition

Pain, But No Regrets: A Father Remembers His Adopted Son

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bill Jones is thought to have been the first single man to adopt a child in California, back in the 1960s. His son has since died, but despite the loss, Jones says he never regrets adopting his child.

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Clinging To Timelessness In A Changing Cosmos

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Traditional science has little to offer our longing for permanence, leading many to disenchantment, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. Can we be scientific and satisfy our desire for transcendence?

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