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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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All Things Considered

Challenging The Whiteness Of Public Radio

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Chenjerai Kumanyika loves public radio, but when it's his turn at the microphone, he worries that he doesn't sound like himself. It got him thinking about the predominate white sound of public media.

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Plight Of Baby Lab Monkeys Reaches Congress

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Experiments that separate newborn baby monkeys from their mothers came under scrutiny this week on Capitol Hill. Anthropologist Barbara J. King was among those who testified.

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Is An Identical Copy Of You, You?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Commentator Marcelo Gleiser ponders the question: Would you be comfortable dying, knowing that another you, a copy, would still be alive?

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Morning Edition

Frank Deford: NFL Could Learn A Lesson From The Tennis Court

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

As Deflategate and other embarrassing incidents continue to hit the NFL, Frank Deford says a selfless act by a little-known tennis player could teach the league something about fairness.

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The Most Dangerous Ideas In Science

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

There's a battle going on over the methods we can use to get answers for the biggest cosmic questions humans can ask. Astrophysicist Adam Frank explains why it's a contest over the future of science.

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Is There Something Uncanny About Machines That Can Think?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Commentator Tania Lombrozo says her sense is that thinking machines elicit an existential response — perhaps because we're threatened by the idea that maybe human thinking isn't so special.

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Losing A Soul Mate And A Pillar Of St. Louis' Trans Community

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shane Fairchild and his late wife, Blue Bauer, were "the mama and the papa of the trans community," says their friend Sayer Johnson.

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Let's Play Two! Remembering Chicago Cub Ernie Banks

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the two-time National League MVP as the nice guy who finished first and brought smiles to all his fans' faces.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: State Of The Union, Iran, Israel

Friday, January 23, 2015

Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss President Obama's State of the Union address, Vice President Biden's future, and the U.S.' relationships with Iran and Israel.

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The Ethics Of The 'Singularity'

Friday, January 23, 2015

When machines, smarter than us, make machines smarter than them, futurists argue, the 'singularity' will have arrived. Commentator Alva Noë, a skeptic, wonders about imparting values — and control.

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Mind Your Moods, Cat Owners

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Barbara J. King says much is made of how attuned dogs are to humans — but new research shows that cats, too, check out our faces and voices closely when put in unfamiliar or worrisome situations.

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Was 2014 The Hottest Year On Record — Or Not?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Our planet is getting steadily warmer — and ignoring this fact is like stepping in front of a train and hoping that if we close our eyes, it won't hit us, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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Morning Edition

Frank Deford To The NBA: Who's On Worst?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford marvels at the topsy-turvy nature of the NBA this season; some usually mediocre teams are at the top, and some usually great teams are collectively having an off year.

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What If Heaven Is Not For Real?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The idea that we, as individuals, did not exist 1,000 years ago doesn't seem to worry us. So, why does the idea of not existing in the future freak us out so much? Adam Frank explores this notion.

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Climate And Other Worlds

Monday, January 19, 2015

A few years ago, as part of his own thinking about human beings and their planet, astrophysicist Adam Frank began working on a project to think about any technological species on any planet.

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All Things Considered

Expect Taxes, Economy To Top Obama's State Of The Union

Sunday, January 18, 2015

President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union address to Congress and the nation on Tuesday night. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about what to expect.

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All Things Considered

Celebrating A Year Of Big Breaks

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Weekend All Things Considered series "My Big Break" is turning a year old this weekend. NPR's Arun Rath talks with producer Daniel Hajek about his experience making the series.

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Remembering Al Bendich, Fierce Defender Of Free Speech

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The lawyer, who successfully defended Allen Ginsberg and Lenny Bruce in landmark free speech cases, died this month. Without of his wins, a lot of culture we enjoy might have been blocked as obscene.

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