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Which Democrats Are Running In 2020 — And Which Still Might

Thursday, January 31, 2019

More than two dozen Democrats may end up running for president. They include senators, governors, business leaders, a mayor — even a spiritual guru.

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Where Does Illegal Immigration Mostly Occur? Here's What The Data Tell Us

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Trump administration says there is a national security crisis at the Southern border. But most people in the country illegally didn't sneak across the border; they overstayed their visas.

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What It Looks Like To Have A Record Number Of Women In The House Of Representatives

Friday, January 04, 2019

The 116th Congress has 127 female members — 102 of them in the House. That's far more than the previous record, but it also is far from gender parity.

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Trump Is Reshaping The Judiciary. A Breakdown By Race, Gender And Qualification

Thursday, November 15, 2018

President Trump, the GOP-controlled Senate and the Federalist Society are putting their stamp on the federal judiciary for a generation with a corps of conservative appointments.

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Too Little, Too Much: How Poverty and Wealth Affect Our Minds

Thursday, October 04, 2018

We all know the downsides of being poor. But what about the downsides of being rich? This week, we explore the psychology of scarcity...and excess.

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Trump Predicts 'Red Wave,' But Special Elections Show Democrats Poised For Big Gains

Friday, August 17, 2018

Based on calculations by NPR, the average shift in special elections since 2016 was 10 points toward the Democrats. If you apply that to all 435 House districts, Democrats would win a big majority.

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Why Now?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Decades ago, a group of women accused a prominent playwright of sexual misconduct. For the most part, the complaints went nowhere. In 2017, more women came forward. This time, people listened.

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Summer Melt: Why Aren't Students Showing Up For College?

Monday, June 18, 2018

As many as 40 percent of students who intend to go to college don't show up in the fall. Education researchers call this phenomenon "summer melt," and it has long been a puzzling problem.

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Don't Panic! What We Can Learn From Chaos

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chaos is a part of all of our lives. Sometimes we try to control it. And other times, we just have to live with it.

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Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time

Monday, May 07, 2018

Olutosin Oduwole was a college student and aspiring rap star when he was charged with "attempting to make a terrorist threat." Did public perceptions of rap music play a role?

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The Weight of Our Words

Friday, April 13, 2018

Violent crimes committed by Muslims are much more likely to be reported as "terrorism." And that has disturbing consequences for the way Muslims are perceived.

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You 2.0: How To Build A Better Job

Monday, July 31, 2017

Finding a new job may be the solution to your woes at work. But there may also be other ways to get more out of your daily grind.

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You 2.0: The Value Of 'Deep Work' In An Age Of Distraction

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Every time you give in to the buzzing notifications of our phone or computer, you pay a price: little by little, you lose your ability to focus.

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Can Robots Teach Us What It Means To Be Human?

Monday, July 10, 2017

If you've ever shouted at Siri or rolled your eyes at your Roomba, you know that artificial intelligence isn't always that smart. But there's still a lot that robots can tell us about ourselves.

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When Is It 'Terrorism'? How The Media Cover Attacks By Muslim Perpetrators

Monday, June 19, 2017

In the last five years, 12 percent of terrorist attacks in the U.S. were carried out by Muslims and more than 50 percent by far right extremists. So why the media focus on "Islamic terrorism"?

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Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time

Monday, June 12, 2017

Olutosin Oduwole was a college student and aspiring rapper when he was charged with "attempting to make a terrorist threat." We explore how perceptions of rap music may have played a role.

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The 'Thumbprint Of The Culture': Implicit Bias And Police Shootings

Monday, June 05, 2017

After a police shooting, there's often a familiar blame game: Maybe the cop was racist. Maybe the person who was shot really was threatening. Or maybe the bias that leads cops to shoot affects us all.

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How A Theory Of Crime And Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

Monday, May 29, 2017

Decades ago, researchers introduced a new theory of policing. It's called "broken windows" and is seen by many as a cure-all for crime. But the idea is often used in ways its creators never intended.

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Magic, Or Math? The Appeal Of Coincidences, And The Reality

Monday, May 08, 2017

This week on Hidden Brain: coincidences. Why they're not quite as magical as they seem, and the psychological reasons we can't help but search for meaning in them anyway.

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What Our Google Searches Reveal About Who We Really Are

Monday, May 01, 2017

We're often more honest when making searches on Google than when answering surveys or talking to friends. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz explains what these searches tell us about our thoughts and desires.

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