August 10, 2012 You are standing in a park in New Zealand. You look up at the top of a hill, and there, balanced on the ground, looking like it might catch a breeze and blow away, is a gigantic sculpture that looks like a wrinkled piece of paper.
August 9, 2012 More than ever, music matters to us. But why do we like what we like? "Six Songs of Me," a new project launched by a British publication, may ultimately provide some answers.
August 8, 2012 Texas evangelist David Barton is not a historian, but his Christian-nation view of American history is wildly popular with conservative churches, universities and the GOP. His supporters call him a hero; his detractors say he's a danger.
August 8, 2012 Scientists have learned that compact fluorescent light bulbs could give off ultraviolet radiation if their inner coating cracks. Light-emitting diodes, another eco-friendly lighting option, won't give you a sunburn, but they do have the potential for other mild health effects.
August 8, 2012 It should come as no surprise that Olympics organizers take brand endorsements and official suppliers very seriously. And that extends beyond logos on shorts and shoes — up to, and including, condoms. That's right, the Olympics has an "official" condom — and organizers want to know how a bucket of rogue condoms reached the Olympic Village.
August 8, 2012 Many trendy desserts these days mimic childhood favorites — think upscale cupcakes, candy bars and whoopie pies. Here's another: frozen pops, remade for adults, with boozy fruit and adventurous flavors.
August 7, 2012 More than 75,000 ballots were cast in our annual summer readers' poll. Here's a printable list of the top 100 winners.
August 7, 2012 More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
October 31, 2007 Considered a sacred crop by the Incas, quinoa has been classified as a "super crop" by the United Nations because of its high protein content. Quinoa plants produce nutty, earthy-tasting kernels that are great in pilafs, soups and porridges.
September 20, 2007 Any fresh produce that's grown in dirt, then plucked and processed by human hands, runs the risk of becoming contaminated along the way with microbes that can cause food poisoning. Do you need veggie wash solutions, or can you just rub an apple clean on your sleeve?
September 5, 2007 Recent studies confirm what publishing executives have long suspected: Women read more than men. It's not clear why but theories abound, ranging from early childhood development to the differences between the male and female brain.
July 30, 2007 Six black high school students could face decades in prison if found guilty in the beating of a white student in a dispute over a "whites only" tree. Their supporters say the charges are disproportionate to the crime and charge prosecutors with racism.