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Making A Brain Map That We Can Use

Friday, January 16, 2015

Commentator Alva Noë examines whether the quest to model the brain at the level of the individual neuron — the connectome project — is looking for understanding in the wrong place.

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Morning Edition

Remembering A 'Giant': 'Everything We Did, We Did Together'

Friday, January 16, 2015

Colleen Kelly Starkloff was working at a nursing home when she met her future husband. He was quadriplegic. His disability was only one of the obstacles they overcame to having a family.

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What's Right About A 6-Year-Old Who Breast-Feeds

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A UK woman's breastfeeding of her school-aged daughter has caused a furor. Anthropologist Barbara J. King tells us why everyone should calm down — and why prolonged breastfeeding can be beneficial.

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Capturing Changes In The Way We Connect

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Photographer Jacob F. Lucas put together a book called Commute Culture, addressing how technology is changing human connections. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser caught up with him for an interview.

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Morning Edition

Not So Wicked Smaht: Boston's Olympic Hopes

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The city is excited to be in the running to host the 2024 Summer Games. Commentator Frank Deford counts the many ways Boston will be a big loser if it wins.

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The Invisible World Has A Funky Fresh Beat

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Invisible mathematical relations guide the sounds in this video — and everywhere, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. They're present in the waves your cellphone uses and are the heartbeat of the tides.

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All Things Considered

At CES, A Gadget To Fix Everything — Except Relationships

Monday, January 12, 2015

Commentator Judy Carter went to last week's Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas after a fight with her partner and tried to find gadgets to repair the relationship. She failed.

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Donating A Single Rollerblade Is Not Going To Help Disaster Victims

Monday, January 12, 2015

Yet that's what someone gave after the Haitian earthquake. A staffer at one nonprofit offers a plan to discourage unuseful donations from individuals and corporations and get what's really needed.

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Learning About The Human Mind, Magically

Monday, January 12, 2015

What makes something a good magic trick? Commentator Tania Lombrozo discusses new research on what our intuitions about magic tricks may tell us about human cognition.

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Death Becomes Disturbingly Routine: The Diary Of An Ebola Doctor

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Even veteran health care workers are shaken by Ebola's toll. "I've certified the deaths of more patients than in my last two decades," says Dr. Joe Selanikio, an American working in Sierra Leone.

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Satire May Be Uncomfortable, But Humor Makes Us Human

Saturday, January 10, 2015

In light of the targeted killings at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, NPR's Scott Simon remembers the jokes people tell in grim places, and how dangerous people with no sense of humor can be.

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'Selma' Backlash Misses The Point

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Historian Peniel Joseph says Selma is the first major film about civil rights history that properly honors the contributions of the movement's African-American foot soldiers.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: New Congress, Keystone XL Pipeline, Paris Attack

Friday, January 09, 2015

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the new Congress, Keystone XL Pipeline votes and terror in Paris.

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All Things Considered

Former 'Onion' Editor On Why We Need Satire

Friday, January 09, 2015

Former Onion editor Joe Randazzo reacts to the attack of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo this week.

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The Biased Eye

Friday, January 09, 2015

Recent events give us occasion to think about racial stereotypes and the way they may bias even the unprejudiced mind. Alva Noë points to studies showing certain associations may work unconsciously.

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Morning Edition

A Former Inmate And The 'Mother' Who Buoys Him

Friday, January 09, 2015

James Taylor says it was almost impossible to find a job after he was released from prison in 1999 — until he met Darlene Lewis. She helps ex-cons find work. "We make a good team," she says of James.

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My 'Word Of 2014': Privilege

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The word "privilege" was invoked a great deal in our national discourse last year. It's a word that invites us to listen and learn, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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As 2015 Begins, Some Ruminations On Science And Life

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

At this time of introspection and self-analysis, commentator Marcelo Gleiser shares some thoughts that have come to him in the course of writing books and essays over the years.

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Morning Edition

Crowning The 33rd-Best Football Team In America

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

As we eagerly await the first official college football championship, commentator Frank Deford says it's intriguing that the U.S. places as much emphasis on college sports as it does on the pros.

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Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR's Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today's headlines — especially on issues of race and class.

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