Maureen Pao

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Photographer Captures The Contradictions Of Otherworldly Antarctica

Thursday, July 19, 2018

WAMU's Tyrone Turner was mesmerized by the majestic ice and surprised by how he felt in the presence of these massive structures.


Dolly Parton's Nonprofit Reaches Milestone With 100 Million Books Sent To Children

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This week, country music legend Dolly Parton celebrated a big milestone: 100 million books. That's right, books. Parton's nonprofit, Imagination Library, mails free books to children from birth to age 5 across the country, and this week, she celebrated the program's remarkable growth in a special ceremony at the Library of Congress.


They Fell In Love For Life, After She Got Over All The Death

Friday, October 27, 2017

In 1992, when Lynne Houston first laid eyes on the man who would become her husband, he was wearing a white gown with blood all over it. The then-waitress dropped the food she was delivering and ran.


As Popularity Of Baby Boxes Grows, Skeptics Say More Testing Is Needed

Monday, June 12, 2017

New mom Maisha Watson uses one of the 20,000 cardboard boxes given out so far in New Jersey. She's glad to have a safe spot for her son to sleep. But some question the boxes' safety and effectiveness.


Face-To-Face Sleep Education Plus 'Baby Boxes' Reduces Bed Sharing

Monday, May 22, 2017

The two-pronged approach to promoting safe sleep led to a 25 percent drop in the risky practice of bed sharing with babies in the first eight days of life, a study found. But more research is needed.


In The Art Of Netsuke, Tiny Toggles Tell Delightful Stories Of Japan

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Collectors covet the detailed and intricate charm-like pieces, used as anchors on kimono sashes. Master carver Komada Ryushi shares how he still gets nervous each time he starts a new netsuke.


States Give New Parents Baby Boxes To Encourage Safe Sleep Habits

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The baby boxes that Finland gives to all new mothers are legendary. Now states in the U.S. are experimenting with them as a way to encourage safe sleep practices and reduce SIDS.


After Slavery, Searching For Loved Ones In Wanted Ads

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In the Civil War's waning years, African-Americans trying to find lost loved ones used classified ads in newspapers. More than 900 of these notices are now accessible via an online database.


Drawn From The Heart: Your Most Memorable Valentine's Day Cards

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

No snark or anti-commercialism rantings here, just a dose of simple sweetness. Readers share stories and photos — and an NPR artist re-creates a couple of valentines that live on only in memories.


Portraits In Single Parenting: Doing One Of Life's Hardest Jobs, On Your Own

Monday, November 07, 2016

Raising kids is tough, even if you have a partner and a steady income or two. Single moms and dads face even more challenges, and like all parents are doing the best they can, with what they have.


U.S. Parents Are Sweating And Hustling To Pay For Child Care

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Kids may be little. But the cost of paying for someone to take care of them is really big. Stressed-out parents are pinching pennies, driving for Uber and putting off saving and having more kids .


Mission Of African-American Museum Writ Large In Its Very Design

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The "dark presence" of the bronze and brooding National Museum of African American History and Culture illuminates black history, and by extension, the history of America itself.


Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind A Legacy Of Farm Labor Rights

Friday, August 12, 2016

From his earliest days picking peas to improving wages and working conditions as a union leader, Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to giving voice to the exploited men and women who grow America's food.


How America's Child Support System Failed To Keep Up With The Times

Thursday, November 19, 2015

When the U.S. child support collection system was set up in 1975 under President Gerald Ford — a child of divorce whose father failed to pay court-ordered child support — the country, and the typical family, looked very different from today.

And as the nation's social, economic and demographic landscape ...


The Kids Have Spoken: Discipline Helps, Trophies For Everyone

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Good news for "mean" moms and dads out there: Nearly 8 out of 10 kids say they think discipline helps them behave better, a survey by children's magazine Highlights has found. And 60 percent give participation trophies — derided by some as a reward for just showing up — ...


At U.S. Seminaries, A Rise In Millennials Answering God's Call

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

When Pope Francis meets with American bishops at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, seminarian Stefan Megyery will participate in the midday prayer service.

He can hardly contain his excitement.

"How often do you get the chance to meet the pope?" Megyery says.

A ...


Swept Up In The Storm: Hurricane Katrina's Key Players, Then And Now

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The images continue to haunt: storm surge from Hurricane Katrina pouring through gaps in failed flood walls, rapidly rising waters, desperate New Orleanians trapped on rooftops.

During one of U.S. history's costliest and deadliest hurricanes and its aftermath, a colorful cast of characters was catapulted onto the national stage. Some ...


Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore's Fragile Food System

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

At a local FairPrice Supermarket in central Singapore, you'll find baby carrots grown in Bakersfield, Calif. — the same ones for sale at my local grocery store in Washington, D.C.

Such well-traveled vegetables aren't unusual in the tiny island state, which imports more than 90 percent of its food from ...


Why Taiwanese Students Stormed The Government

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Protesters in Taiwan are angry. They've taken over the island's Parliament, blocking the doors with piles of furniture. They also stormed the offices of the Cabinet, where they clashed with riot police armed with batons and water cannons.

The source for all this hostility? A proposed trade deal ...


Russian Vodka (Made In Latvia) And Other 'National' Products

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Activists around the world are trumpeting a call to "Dump Russian Vodka" — Stolichnaya, in particular — a protest against the implementation of several anti-gay laws in Russia, the latest in a marked surge in anti-gay sentiment and violence in the country.

But as NPR and other media ...