Myshelle Bey spent a majority of her youth homeless. She had to put school on the back burner.
Kayana Szymczak for NPR
February 15, 2022 Homeless youth and children are not receiving the resources needed to combat the barriers of not having a stable home. The biggest obstacle is having one federal definition of homelessness.
Susan Walsh /AP
February 9, 2022 The fight over the filibuster brings up some deeper questions that we as a country are facing. How do we make space for disagreement without ending up at a stalemate? Can we use the tools given to us by previous generations without turning them into weapons? And how do we decide which parts of our system should be changed – and when it's time to change? The filibuster can hold legislation hostage, stop bills from ever reaching the Senate floor, and lead to hours-long speeches in Congress, but it can be hard to understand what a filibuster actually is, why we have it, and how it impacts the country. In this episode, we look at how the ongoing battle over the filibuster's future is in some ways a battle over its past.
<iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1078984159/1079779660" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
February 3, 2022 We've been seeing a lot of debate recently about how history should be taught. For example, some believe that the Civil War was about state rights while some argue that slavery played a large role in it. But what if we could all agree on one shared history? The past, as we know it, is a collection of billions of smaller stories that coalesce into the stories of families, communities, nations, and entire cultures. According to Tamim Ansary, narrative is the way we invent the past and the key to understanding history is understanding the stories we tell ourselves about three key areas: technology, environment, and language. With a world seemingly more connected than ever and still volatile with a constant sense of fracturing identities, Tamim contends that our shared history is a story we must invent. And the future of our species depends on our ability to develop a story we can all see ourselves in.
<iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1077733601/1077766473" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
AP Photo/Misha Japaridze
January 27, 2022 As tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalate, we decided to take a look at the man who has been running Russia for two decades: Vladimir Putin. How did a former KGB officer make his way up to the top seat — was it political prowess or was he just the recipient of a lot of good fortune? In this episode, we dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar."
<iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1075904050/1075912431" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
January 20, 2022 Our dreams can haunt us: literally. Recurring dreams about failing tests or running late are a common occurrence, but what are we to make of them? And are there hidden meanings in our dreams? Paleolithic hunter-gatherers may have painted their dreams onto caves, Julius Caesar's wife envisioned his assassination in a dream, and major works of art and music have been inspired by dreams. But with the scientific revolution came a different view of dreams, one in which they were dismissed as merely a meaningless biological reaction. Today, researchers are challenging that age-old assumption and finding new evidence that dreams are a vital way human beings process the world. In this episode, Sidarta Ribeiro takes us on a journey through the history of our understanding of dreams.
<iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1074118733/1074277905" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
January 13, 2022 Bayard Rustin, the man behind the March on Washington, was one of the most consequential architects of the civil rights movement you may never have heard of. Rustin imagined how nonviolent civil resistance could be used to dismantle segregation in the United States. He organized around the idea for years and eventually introduced it to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But his identity as a gay man made him a target, obscured his rightful status and made him feel forced to choose, again and again, which aspect of his identity was most important.
<iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1072465899/1072531146" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Some corporations are opening up their doors to providing more support for child care.
Evgeniia Siiankovskaia/Getty Images
January 4, 2022 Some corporations are trying harder to help provide child care for families.
Maryanne Lundy, a single mother of three, had to quit her job at a hospital when the pandemic started
Kaiti Sullivan for NPR
December 5, 2021 After battling homelessness as single mothers, these four women strive to become advocates for other struggling families and create a better life for their children.
A woman walks past a memorial to those who died at the Astroworld Festival outside of NRG Park on Nov. 9, 2021 in Houston.
Brandon Bell/Getty Images
November 13, 2021 At least nine people are dead after a crowd surge during Travis Scott's performance in Houston last weekend. Now, some frequent concertgoers are rethinking whether they will attend them in the future.
A child plays with colorful plastic blocks. Children in need of quality childcare is in high demand but short supply, including for disabled children, parents say.
Boonchai Wedmakawand/Getty Images
October 26, 2021 Looking for child care for disabled children is a challenge for working parents.