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Playing The Gender Card: Overlooking And Overthrowing Sexist Stereotypes

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Stacya Shepard thought she knew her dad. But that changed one day with a phone call from a stranger. Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr /Photo courtesy of Stacya Shepard Silverman hide caption

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The Cowboy Philosopher: A Tale Of Obsession, Scams, And Family

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Why Consumers Systematically Give Inflated Grades For Poor Service

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Researcher Elizabeth Currid-Halkett says celebrity can be boiled down to a simple formula. Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Caiaimage hide caption

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Never Go To Vegas, And Other Unspoken Rules Of Being An A-Lister

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Fresh Starts: Tales Of Renewal For A New Year

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"Compassion is contagious," Professor Scott Plous says. "We talk about paying it forward; the idea that if you do something good for another person [...] it sets off a kind of chain reaction." Hanna Barczyk for NPR hide caption

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The Science of Compassion

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Radio Replay: Yum and Yuck

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Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations

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Yum and Yuck: The Psychology Of What We Eat...And What We Spit Out

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Starving The Watchdog: Who Foots The Bill When Newspapers Disappear?

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Spoiler Alert! The Psychology Of Surprise Endings

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Thomas Jefferson owned hundreds of slaves, yet he also wrote that "all men are created equal." How did he square the contradictions between his values and his everyday life? ericfoltz/Getty Images hide caption

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A Founding Contradiction: Thomas Jefferson's Stance On Slavery

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Radio Replay: Bringing Up Baby

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Nature, Nurture, And Our Evolving Debates About Gender

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How Can Schools Better Persuade Students To Show Up For Class?

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Zipcode Destiny: The Persistent Power Of Place And Education

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Sounds Like A Winner: What Voices Have To Do With Politics

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Social Stigma Is One Reason The Opioid Crisis Is Hard To Confront

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Life, Death And The Lazarus Drug: Confronting America's Opioid Crisis

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Can A Child Be Raised Free Of Gender Stereotypes? This Family Tried

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Voting With A Middle Finger: Two Views On The White Working Class

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What role does biology play in our politics? More than you might think, according to political scientist John Hibbing. Angela Hsieh hide caption

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Nature, Nurture And Your Politics

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