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Shock, Awe And Science

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Imagine that, in the midst of your daily routine, something utterly unexpected plopped itself into your reality. The shock of the new is one of the greatest gifts science offers us, says Adam Frank.

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Exploring The Metaphysics Of Love

Monday, February 16, 2015

Beyond the roses, hearts and generic declarations of devotion, do you know what love is? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert on the metaphysics of love.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: DHS Funding, ISIS, Same-Sex Marriage In Alabama

Friday, February 13, 2015

Rachel Martin reviews the week in politics with our regular commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Department of Homeland Security funding debate, the authorization of force against the Islamic State and same-sex marriage in Alabama.

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A Valentine For People Living With Dementia

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sometimes our loved ones who suffer from dementia surprise us — and teach us new lessons, as commentator Barbara J. King found out this week.

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Should We Be Afraid Of Aliens?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The notion that other intelligences exist in the universe is pervasive in popular culture: Aliens are often portrayed as evil invaders. Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser ponders whether we should worry.

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Morning Edition

Deford: 'Gentleman and Coach' Dean Smith Did What He Believed In

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Hall of Famer led the University of North Carolina to two national titles during his 35-year career coaching basketball. Commentator Frank Deford remembers Smith, who died Saturday.

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The Moon Like You Have Never Seen It Before

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Astrophysicist Adam Frank asks us to take a minute to enjoy this NASA video showing the other side of the moon — and to think about all the world that's out there right now hidden from our eyes.

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Psychological Biases Play A Part In Vaccination Decisions

Monday, February 09, 2015

Decisions about vaccinating one's children aren't simply a matter of weighing the relative benefits and risks. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo considers how subtle biases also play into it.

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Getting Caught Up In Telling Stories

Friday, February 06, 2015

The revelation that NBC's Brian Williams lied about his experiences as a reporter in Iraq shouldn't shock us, says commentator Alva Noë. Williams was just doing what he's paid to do — entertain us.

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Fossil Provides Evidence Of Early Human Migration To Europe

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Humans evolved in Africa. How and when did we migrate from our ancestral home to Europe? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explains new fossil evidence from Israel.

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Lessons From The Beginning Of Time

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The fact that science opens a window for us to peer into our deep past should be a cause for celebration, irrespective of what we find when we are able to look, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Morning Edition

Dear Aging Athletes: Say Hello To Goodbye

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford contemplates the difficulty of knowing when to quit.

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Science Denialism Has Consequences

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Adam Frank says the Disneyland measles outbreak is a wake up call; the assumption that if you disagree with certain established scientific results you can just ignore them will have consequences.

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Journalist Jorge Ramos Takes On Obama, Republicans

Monday, February 02, 2015

Often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos could play a big role in the 2016 presidential elections.

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Beware Of The Pseudoscience Of Self

Monday, February 02, 2015

We often tell ourselves stories about how we came to be the people we are today. Commentator Tania Lombrozo is a skeptic: When constructing our own narratives, we don't get a control group.

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A Case Against The Phrase 'No Problem'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë says "no problem" is the wrong way to reply to an expression of thanks — for the simple reason that saying "thank you" isn't, or shouldn't be, a veiled way of making an apology.

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Mindy Kaling's Super Bowl Ad: Are Indian Women Invisible?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

In a commercial, the comedian pretends no one can see her. One Indian journalist says there's more to the ad than selling insurance. Being visible comes with a risk of violence for women in India.

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It May Take A British Actor To Make An American Story Sing

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Awards season has offered NPR's Scott Simon the opportunity to reflect on the number of British actors playing Americans in films and television shows, and wonder where the American actors are.

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What Research Says About The Consequences of P.C. Culture

Friday, January 30, 2015

Jonathan Chait's essay on a pervasive dangerous online culture of political correctness nearly broke the Internet. So does the science back him up?

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Morning Edition

African-American NASCAR Driver Raced Like 'A Great Artist'

Friday, January 30, 2015

Wendell Scott becomes the first African-American NASCAR driver to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday. Although Scott faced racism during his career, his son says he would never stop racing.

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