Sacks in his apartment in the West Village of New York City in 2001.
"While I've always wanted to get people's stories, I also like to know what's going on in the brain and how this wonderful two or three pounds of stuff in the head is able to underlie our imagination, underlie our soul, our individuality," Sacks told NPR in 2007.
Protesters hold a sign Saturday that reads, in Portuguese, "Don't kill our children," in a march against police and gang conflicts that have left residents of the Complexo de Alemao favela in the crossfire.
Before hosting the World Cup, Brazil launched a program to pacify high-crime slums. The project has cut violence in some areas, but in others residents have been caught in the police crossfire.
Sholonda Jackson works at Operation Dignity, a nonprofit in Oakland, Calif., that provides housing to homeless veterans. California's Proposition 47 enabled the former crack addict to seek a reduction of her drug felonies to misdemeanors. She has earned a bachelor's degree and is working full time.
Approved by voters last year, Proposition 47 lets people with some nonviolent felonies petition to reduce their crimes to misdemeanors. It's giving former offenders access to better opportunities.
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Iowa State Fair. A new poll out Saturday shows Sanders gaining on front-runner, Hillary Clinton.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has the energy, the enthusiasm and now showing strength in the poll numbers as the Democratic nomination contest looks more and more like a race every day.
Fifteen years ago, People's Church in Cincinnati was the First Christian Assembly of God and was 98 percent white. After the riots in 2001, Pastor Chris Beard drafted a new mission statement and said the church would focus on racial reconciliation.
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Fifteen years ago, Peoples Church in Cincinnati was called First Christian Assembly of God. After race riots shook the city in 2001, Pastor Chris Beard refocused the church on racial reconciliation.
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This undated photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office on Saturday shows Shannon J. Miles. Prosecutors in Texas are charging the 30-year-old man with capital murder in the killing of Darren Goforth, a sheriff's deputy who was gunned down from behind while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station.
Authorities have charged 30-year-old Shannon J. Miles in the "execution-style" murder of Deputy Darren Goforth, but investigators have yet to make public any motive for the killing.
Sakine Arat, right, and Mayrem Bulut are Kurdish mothers camping out between Turkish amry forces and the Kurdish PKK militants, in hopes of preventing clashes. "Mothers on both sides should be doing this," says Arat, 80.
As an old conflict heats up again in southeastern Turkey, the activists have staked out ground on a sunburned hillside and say they're willing to risk their own lives in order to stop the fighting.
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This Bloody Mary served at the Nationals Park in D.C. came with a meat straw, which infuses each sip with an umami flavor.
Bloody Marys have been around for ages, but an Iowa man has invented a way to take them to a whole new level: a straw made of meat. They've become a hit at bars, ballparks and stadiums. #America
Marie Jalowicz Simon survived the Holocaust by hiding with friends and strangers in Berlin.
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Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.
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Danish musician Amalie Bruun the woman behind the black metal project Myrkur.
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Danish musician Amalie Bruun grew up playing classical piano and violin — but her passion is black metal. She discusses her debut album, M, parts of which were made in a real mausoleum.
Members of the WDBJ-TV7 news staff prepare for the early newscast at the station, the morning after reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former colleague during a live broadcast.
Pictures, audio, visuals, descriptions – We consider the editorial choices in reporting on a newsroom tragedy.
German director Wim Wenders poses with his Honorary Golden Bear Award for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.
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That word is "searchers." Wenders says, "If you look at the history of filmmaking, most great filmmakers actually were working on one story for all their lives."
Demonstrators in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, protest the ongoing trash crisis and government corruption Saturday.
Bars and restaurants in Beirut closed Saturday in solidarity with anti-government protests that have grown over the last week.
Given an answer, you name the song. All you have to do is anagram one word in the made-up title you're given to complete the correct title of the song.
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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.
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Along with his band The Night Sweats, Rateliff is the voice behind "S.O.B." — a new song with an old sound that's catching a lot of people off guard.
Palm trees bend and banners rip on Canal Street as Hurricane Katrina blows through New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005 — 10 years ago Saturday.
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When Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, devastating regions of Louisiana and Mississippi, three of NPR's correspondents saw the storm firsthand. These are their stories.
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Shown a realistic human target — not just a silhouette like this one — shooters were more likely to pull the trigger if the target was black, according to an analysis of 42 studies.
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A new meta-analysis of trigger bias, drawing on 42 studies, found that when asked to evaluate a threat, people tend to shoot at black targets more often than white targets — and to do so more quickly
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Why so many private colleges are giving out massive discounts.
Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.
Donald Trump poses for a selfie with a woman wearing a "Team Trump" T-shirt on stage at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies Presidential Preference Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Trump took his act on the road to Tennessee, where he thrilled a conservative audience with an off-the-cuff routine that bordered on stand-up comedy.
The National's Matt Berninger (left) has a new band called EL VY. Should fans of his old project fear the new one?
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Popular bands like The National, The Black Keys, Wilco and Bon Iver have spawned spin-offs in recent years. Should their fans be nervous, or should they embrace the change of pace?
June Reid loses everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.
The Inca were innovators in agriculture as well as engineering. Terracing like this, on a steep hillside in Peru's Colca Canyon, helped them grow food.
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A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian highlights the engineering prowess of the Inca, whose great road once spanned mountains, deserts and forests in six South American countries.