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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | 11:00 AM
The New Caledonian crow is one of the most intelligent birds, known for using tools and creating hooks as a means to  obtain food. (Photo via Auguste von Bayern / Flickr)

The genius of birds. Why bird-brained, as an insult, may not make sense.

 
Thursday, April 7, 2016 | 11:00 AM
James Brown and the Famous Flames, performing at New York City's Apollo Theater in 1964. (Creative Commons / Don Paulsen)

Renowned novelist James McBride, with a deep new take on the godfather of soul, James Brown.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM
A portion of the cover for Hope Jahren's new memoir, "Lab Girl." (Courtesy Knopf Publishing)

“You are worth something. You remember that.” Geobiologist Hope Jahren connects with a young female astrophysicist.

 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Geobiologist Hope Jahren is the author of a new memoir about her life and work, "Lab Girl." (Courtesy Erica Morrow)

“Lab Girl”, the powerful new memoir of a female scientist — geobiologist Hope Jahren — on life and love.

 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Kansas City Royals' Edinson Volquez throw during a spring training baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, March 28, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

With Opening Day almost here, we’ll look at the inside story of baseball’s most valuable commodity: the arm of the pitcher.

 
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 | 11:00 AM
In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, Doctor Leonid Basovich, left, examines Medi-Cal patient Michael Epps, at the WellSpace Clinic in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Lifetime M.D. Dr. Nortin Hadler joins us to look at what’s happened to the doctor-patient relationship, and how to save it.

 
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 11:00 AM
In this March 8, 2015 file photo, the campus of Michigan State University awakens  to a spring floral blossom. MSU is listed one of the nation's top research universities. (Courtesy MSU)

Rising costs. Unfair admissions. Threats to academic freedom. The future of the American university.

 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | 11:00 AM
In this February 15, 2016 photo, residents and community members gather at the Sanctuaries DC, a Washington, D.C. based community gathering space for people of all religious and non-religious backgrounds. (Courtesy the Sanctuaries)

Twenty-three percent of Americans say they have no religious affiliation. What do they believe? And what does it mean for the country?

 
Monday, March 21, 2016 | 11:00 AM
A portion of the cover of Thomas Frank's new book, "Listen Liberal." (Courtesy the Publisher / Metropolitan Books)

A big new broadside against the Democratic Party by liberal stalwart, Thomas Frank. He blames a yuppified Democratic Party for the rise of Donald Trump.

 
Monday, March 7, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Jawaharlal Nehru University student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar makes a speech to fellow students after being released on bail at the university campus, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Kanhaiya was facing sedition charges following protests where anti-India slogans were allegedly shouted. (AP Photo /Tsering Topgyal)

The hard weight of history in India, and hope and fury among India’s young.

 
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May 3, 2016
Geri Taylor, camera in tow, at the Hoover Dam in 2014. Photography had been a sideline for 30 years, but now she could really devote time to it.
Courtesy, New York Times. MICHAEL KIRBY SMITH FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES.

We look at how one women prepares for the full onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

May 3, 2016
In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, fifteen-year-old Amorette Castillo has her sensor checked before starting a series of physical activities at a University of Southern California lab in Alhambra, Calif. Scientists across the country are playing with miniature gadgets and fitting them on the overweight and obese to get an unbiased glimpse into their exercise and eating habits. The cell phone for gathering data is on her hip. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin)

Weight loss lessons from the TV show “The Biggest Loser”. A study of the show’s contestants reveals why it’s so hard to keep off the weight we lose.

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May 2, 2016
ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016 AND THEREAFTER - In this April 19, 2016 photo, Laurie Millan, a para-professional and tutor, works with a student during an after school tutoring session at San Francisco International High School, in San Francisco. While some districts in numerous states have discouraged migrant minors from Central America from enrolling in their schools, the school accommodated its youths by rewriting young-adult novels at a basic level to spark the newcomers' interest in reading.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Is grit the secret sauce that drives success? More important than both talent and intellect? We’re talking the power and limits of grit.

 
May 2, 2016
A man walks on the rail tracks of a train station turned into a makeshift camp crowded by migrants and refugees, at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, April 29, 2016. Many thousands of migrants remain at the Greek border with Macedonia, hoping that the border crossing will reopen, allowing them to move north into central Europe. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

A top former US diplomat says refugees and tribalism are pulling Europe apart and that the US needs to get involved- to help Europe by helping refugees.

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Devoured: We Are What (And How) We Eat
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From chicken wings to kale smoothies, we look at what we eat, and how challenging it is to eat well in America.

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‘Embedded’: How Violent Gangs Are Terrorizing El Salvador
Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

NPR’s Kelly McEvers on her reporting in El Salvador for the podcast Embedded, and how gang killings brought San Salvador’s bus service to a halt.

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That Cheap Dress On Facebook? It Isn't Worth It
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

Know those shockingly cheap clothes you see advertised on Facebook? There’s a catch.

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