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Everyone hates a boring party. Here's how to kick things up a notch

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Hosting a holiday party? NPR's audience shares their best untraditional party ideas and themes — and their strategies to make the experience truly epic.


9 more ways to show your friends you love them, recommended by NPR listeners

Friday, October 07, 2022

Last month, we asked NPR's audience to share creative ways they show affection in their platonic relationships. Some ideas? Ask friends how they're really doing ... and give them the gift of time.


How can we help humans thrive trillions of years from now? This philosopher has a plan

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

William MacAskill's book, What We Owe the Future, urges today's humans to protect future humans — an idea he calls longtermism. Here are a few of his hardly modest proposals.


11 more tips on how to stay cool without an A/C, recommended by NPR's readers

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

NPR readers share their favorite tips on how to cope with heat without an air conditioner. Among the tips: take a shower with a sheet on, then wear it to bed.


'Scream for Me, Africa!': How the continent is reinventing heavy metal music

Sunday, August 07, 2022

Africa's metalheads have a bold vision. We talk to Edward Banchs, author of a new book about Africa's metal scene, and to a heavy metal singer in Botswana known as "Vulture."


Former U.N. 'relief chief' shares his secret for coping with crises: a 'sunny gene'

Thursday, July 21, 2022

From 2017 to 2021, Sir Mark Lowcock was the U.N.'s "relief chief," the world's most senior humanitarian official. He talks to NPR about what inspired him and why crises are getting worse.


Global reproductive and women's rights groups react to overturn of Roe v. Wade

Friday, June 24, 2022

Some nonprofit groups have welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court decision. But many global reproductive and women's rights groups condemned the ruling.


#SwedenGate sparks food fight: Why some countries share meals more than others

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

A Reddit user claimed that while visiting a friend's house in Sweden, he had to sit in another room while the family ate dinner. The story ignited a conversation about how the rest of the world eats.


Fighting the horror of wartime rape, Nobel Peace Prize winner won't give up hope

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Dr. Denis Mukwege has spent decades treating women who have been raped in his homeland of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He's calling on the world to take action for women in Ukraine.


White House summit leads to big promises to fight COVID in needy countries

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The second Global COVID-19 Summit aimed to refocus the world's attention on the pandemic. Here's what governments and members of the private and public sector pledged to do.


We asked, you answered: Have you taught your children to run errands on their own?

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Nearly 100 NPR readers gave their views on encouraging kids to do tasks on their own at home and in the community. Some are opposed to the practice for safety reasons. Others shared personal stories.


The pandemic inspired a cartoonist to explore their Wuhanese roots and queer identity

Sunday, April 24, 2022

In the funny and heartfelt coming-of-age graphic memoir 'Messy Roots,' artist Laura Gao unpacks their relationship with their Asianness, queerness and their ever-changing home city of Wuhan.


PHOTOS: How this Bolivian all-female skate crew is celebrating their Indigenous roots

Sunday, April 17, 2022

The young women skateboard while wearing polleras, colorful, layered skirts worn by their country's Indigenous Aymara and Quechua women. They want to show girls and women it's OK to be themselves.


The war is taking a toll on Ukraine's kids. Psychologists share how parents can help

Monday, March 21, 2022

Two psychologists in Ukraine tell what they are hearing from traumatized children — and how to give support to these youngsters. Although in the chaos of war, that can be a daunting task.


Not every war gets the same coverage as Russia's invasion — and that has consequences

Friday, March 04, 2022

Ongoing wars in, say, Yemen or Ethiopia get minimal attention compared with the media focus on the fighting in Ukraine. And there are ramifications on the humanitarian front.


Global health champion Dr. Paul Farmer has died

Monday, February 21, 2022

Known for his efforts to improve global health and as the founder of the nonprofit health organization Partners in Health, Farmer died in Rwanda at age 62.


Sundance prize goes to 'Midwives' — about a Buddhist midwife and her Muslim apprentice

Friday, January 28, 2022

The documentary follows a Buddhist and a Muslim — who don't always get along — as they provide health care to Muslim women and children despite growing political and religious tensions in Myanmar.


22 tips for 2022: Get creative, even if you aren't feeling inspired

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

There are lots of benefits to creating art. Experts say if you spend just 10 minutes of random art-making, it will help you kick-start the habit — no creative inspiration required.


Top global TikToks of 2021: Defiant Afghan singer, Kenya comic, walnut-cracking elbow

Saturday, January 08, 2022

What did the world watch on TikTok last year? We round up some favorite videos — including a mukbang ASMR Thai star (don't worry, we explain it) and a potato chip-crunching Kenyan comedian.


Global wishes for 2022: a gift box for everyone, greater girl power, vertical gardens

Friday, January 07, 2022

We asked global thinkers like Malala, doctors dealing with the pandemic, educators and more — if you were in charge of the world, what would you like to see happen this year.