March 31, 2012 Scientists are an amusing bunch, especially on April 1. Consider the great gorilla experiment of 2011, the reduced-gravity caper of 1976-- or the brain-imaging explanation of 2010 for our species' gullibility.
Food professionals will tell you: Eating asks a lot of your body.
March 31, 2012 Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni recently revealed he has gout. It's hard for most of us to feel too sorry for people who get paid to eat free meals at posh restaurants, but food professionals will tell you: Eating asks a lot of your body.
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March 31, 2012 What if we had the technology to craft entire worlds with just the swish of a finger? What would you make? What would you sculpt? How would you play?
March 31, 2012 When President Obama explained he would have "more flexibility" after the election, Mike Lester gave the statement his own between-the-lines reading. Steve Kelley didn't have any problem understanding Rick Santorum's irate remarks to a New York Times reporter.
March 30, 2012 A Morning Edition interview about an anti-abortion movie labeled a "Christian" film provoked a backlash from progressive Christians. But what do you do when that is the name of the genre and politically conservative Christians appear to have a lock on the Christian name? What is a Christian anyway, and what do they believe? Oh, and what would Jesus do?
Poet Kevin Young visits NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Friday as a NewsPoet guest.
March 30, 2012 Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together and to write an original poem about the news. This month our NewsPoet is Kevin Young. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put them in the comments below.
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March 30, 2012 Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of the New York Times. They discuss the latest in politics including this week's health care arguments at the Supreme Court.
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March 30, 2012 When researchers showed subjects pictures of Jennifer Aniston, very specific neurons lit up. And these neurons weren't triggered by pictures of other people. This curious finding is one that brain scientists hope to solve by tracing the pathways in the human brain and creating a map called a connectome.
March 30, 2012 Homeopathy. A mystery in the guise of the nineteenth-century's apothecary. It's an untrue theory. But might it be an effective practice?
March 30, 2012 Jeffrey Rosen of The New Republic argues that had Solicitor General Verrilli noted that states providing guarantees attract the uninsured from other states, he may have made a better case that the commerce clause pertains to The Affordable Care Act.
March 30, 2012 High prices early in 2012 put the U.S. on track for a repeat of 2011, when Americans spent nearly $500 billion on gasoline. Lisa Margonelli of The Nation argues that shifting the dialogue away from "drill, baby, drill" should give American families the keys to escape the trap of gasoline dependence.
March 30, 2012 Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard argues that with gas hovering around $4 a gallon and a series of high-profile "green jobs" scandals, the president is vulnerable on energy policy, and he knows it
March 30, 2012 Last year, when Internet users in 12 authoritarian states tried to access social networking sites, they encountered government firewalls but also saw free tools from the U.S. State Department to circumvent this censorship. Fergus Hanson of Foreign Policy says that the State Dept's subversive program may be very successful.
March 30, 2012 Have you got the itches and the sneezes? Mike Luckovich blames climate change for the noisome air quality afflicting much of the country. But almost 100 years ago Fred Morgan had the same complaint about the lesser joys of spring.
March 30, 2012 In 2010, David Plant was diagnosed with skin cancer. The cancer has since metastasized to other parts of his body, and David is now contemplating the end of his life. So, just before his 81st birthday, he sat down with his stepson to talk about their life together.
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