January 18, 2008 During World War II, Warsaw zoo director Jan Zabinski and his wife, Antonina, sheltered hundreds of Jews from Nazi forces on the grounds of the zoo and in their home. Diane Ackerman has documented the remarkable and unlikely story in her new book, The Zookeeper's Wife.
December 15, 2007 One night, an elderly woman woke up to a female voice singing Irish ballads. The problem was the voice was in her head. Dr. Oliver Sacks was able to determine why she heard the voice. But the more interesting question was — whose voice was it?
October 9, 2007 Commentator Kenneth Harbaugh grew up hearing tales of war from his grandfather who served in World War II. When he was quite small, the stories seemed "fun, full of dark humor." It wasn't until he was older that his grandfather revealed the more realistic versions of his narratives.
October 2, 2007 James Geary has gathered examples of what he calls the oldest and shortest literary art form on the planet — the aphorism — into a compendium, Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists. He shares the rules he uses to identify an aphorism.
September 24, 2007 What would it take to design a yawn so powerful that it would make everyone who saw it yawn back? Would it have to be a big yawn? And a dog can make a person yawn, but what about the other way around? Robert Krulwich investigated these questions.
September 24, 2007 In 2001, Lt. Katherine Flynn Nolan returned to Normandy for the first time since World War II and immediately began having flashbacks. The veteran nurse and her youngest son, who treated troops for combat stress in Afghanistan, recount their shared experiences, decades apart.
September 6, 2007 California researchers have discovered that moray eels have a second set of jaws in the back of their throats with razor-sharp teeth that help them catch their prey. The findings are published in the latest issue of the science journal, Nature.
September 4, 2007 A half-century ago, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus ordered troops from the Arkansas National Guard to Central High School because the Little Rock School Board had decided to allow nine black students to attend the previously all-white school. One of those students, Elizabeth Eckford, recalls that time.