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Who's Running For President? The 2020 Democrats

Monday, November 25, 2019

It's the most diverse field ever, and the largest in at least 40 years. Potentially two dozen Democrats are entering a long, drawn-out primary process to take on President Trump in 2020.

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I, Robot: Our Changing Relationship With Technology

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Do you ever catch yourself yelling at your Alexa? Or typing questions into Google that you would never ask aloud? This week, we explore our changing relationship with technology.

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Debate May Be Last-Ditch Effort For Struggling Democrats To Stay Alive

Monday, July 29, 2019

Eight candidates meet the requirements to make the debate stage in September: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O'Rourke, Cory Booker and Andrew Yang.

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Mechanical Sex: The Relationship Between Intercourse And Intimacy

Friday, June 14, 2019

As a society, we talk about sex more openly today than ever before. But so much still goes unsaid. This week on the Hidden Brain radio show, complicated stories of intimacy and attraction.

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See 200 Years Of Twists And Turns Of Census Citizenship Questions

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A citizenship question has not been included among the census questions for every household in almost 70 years. The Trump administration wants to change that with the upcoming 2020 census.

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Timeline: The Census Citizenship Question's Unusual Journey To The Supreme Court

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A trail of internal emails, memos and other court filings show how the Trump administration pushed to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census despite warnings of how it may undermine the count.

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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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