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Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations

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It may feel like political divisions are deeper than ever before. But historian David Moss argues our democracy has been tested many times — and has proven resilient. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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American Democracy: "Productive Conflict," Or A Dumpster Fire?

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Our Mental Space, Under Attack

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The myth that vaccines cause autism has persisted, even though the facts paint an entirely different story. Renee Klahr/NPR hide caption

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When It Comes To Politics and 'Fake News,' Facts Aren't Enough

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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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Want your kid to succeed? Don't try that hard. sturti/Getty Images/Vetta hide caption

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The Carpenter Vs. The Gardener: Two Models Of Modern Parenting

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What Can A Personality Test Tell Us About Who We Are?

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Ivanka Trump's brand has been the target of boycotts and "buycotts" in recent months, as Americans have been expressing their values with their wallets. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Boycotts And Buycotts: How We Use Money To Express Ourselves

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By 1495, Christopher Columbus was in trouble. The riches he had imagined finding in Asia were not materializing in the New World, and the costs of his voyages were mounting. Sending indigenous people back to Europe as slaves became his solution. Heritage Images/Getty Images hide caption

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An American Secret: The Untold Story Of Native American Enslavement

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Think you can get away with fewer than eight hours of sleep per night? Neuroscientist Matthew Walker says — think again. Sophie Blackall/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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The "Swiss Army Knife" Of Health: A Good Night's Sleep

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Do we really need sleep? Mark Conlan/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Eleven Days Without Sleep: The Haunting Effects Of A Record-Breaking Stunt

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On October 30, 1935, a Boeing plane known as the "flying fortress" crashed during a military demonstration in Ohio — shocking the aviation industry and prompting questions about the future of flight. National Archives hide caption

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The Trick To Surviving A High-Stakes, High-Pressure Job? Try A Checklist

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Predictably Unpredictable: Why We Don't Act Like We Should

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Nostalgia Isn't Just A Fixation On The Past - It Can Be About The Future, Too

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How much does biology shape who we are, and how much is determined by culture and the environment in which we live? Renee Klahr/NPR hide caption

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Nature, Nurture, And Our Evolving Debates About Gender

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