Salt is becoming a serious pollution problem. Then, a newly invented bracelet can help women subtly escape dangerous situations. And, the heart really does affect our emotions. Also, on today’s show: scientists help a songbird remember its tune
Why is abortion the source of the most heated debate in American politics? Then, the trouble with how police handle hate crimes. And, that annoying song stuck in your head might be messing with your sleep. Also, on today’s show: the rise of hyp
What’s the Supreme Court’s Shadow Docket—and why does it matter? Then, how—and why—scientists tickle lab rats. And, talking to strangers could make us happier, smarter, and more interesting. Also, on today's show: why people don’t often report
Tests and treatment for COVID-19 are more expensive now than they were a year ago. Then, lots of people left their jobs in the spring, so what led to "The Great Resignation?" And, A bestselling author has a memoir that makes adults cringe and t
Why experts on trauma and PTSD had to rethink everything they thought they knew after the terror attacks of 9/11. Then, revisiting the recommendation for how much vitamin C you need to consume. And, the science behind Sesame Street's success. A
How older workers can get their careers back on track. Then, an effort to understand the mysterious ghost sharks of the sea. And, we mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by looking back at the wars it sparked. Also, on today's show: reviving casua
Why 9/11 school lessons have led to teasing and cruelty towards Muslim students. Then, couples planning weddings can’t catch a break from the pandemic. And, the scientific evidence that every human is born with the brain circuitry required for
Why the new abortion law in Texas has so far managed to avoid being shut down by the courts. Then, a different way to calculate age that’s a more accurate way to assess a person’s health. And, teamwork is an inevitable part of life, so how can
How colleges are coping with the COVID-19 surge. Then, a gloomy climate change report from the UN recently included a glimmer of hope. And, why hip hop music should be incorporated into school learning. Also, on today’s show: eliminating clutte
Labor Day celebrates a historical American victory against horrible work conditions and long hours—but today, people are back to working long hours. Then, Thanks to the pandemic, some workers are going digital in search of a more “nomadic” life
A traveler guides us to the places and people that shaped the American civil rights movement. Then, homework doesn’t need to be plentiful to be effective. And, a closer look at the program in Eugene, Oregon that’s inspired cities all around the
Why was there such a chaotic rush to get American civilians out of Afghanistan before the end of August? Then, the reason it’s so easy for otherwise polite people to join an online mob harassing someone they disagree with. And, college tuition
Why did the levees in New Orleans withstand the water and wind of Hurricane Ida? Then, the problem of superweeds—they’re quickly becoming resistant to the most potent herbicides and could soon be causing massive crop losses in the US each year.
Why did President Biden receive so much bipartisan support for his infrastructure bill? Then, eating fermented foods like kimchi and kombucha may do more for your gut than a high-fiber diet. And, knowing how much your coworker makes might not h
Now that the Pfizer vaccine has been fully approved, will the pandemic finally end? Then, pet goldfish are hijacking entire ecosystems. And, does the latest TikTok trend of reality shifting reall y work? Also, on today’s show: traffic fatalitie
Just being nice isn’t always enough - we also need deep kindness. And, a former White House protocol officer lays out rules for being civil when the stakes are high. Plus, an actor with a lower leg amputation explains Hollywood’s double standar
How processed foods are intentionally engineered to light up our brains in ways that make them addictive. Plus, a hip-hop professor got his rap album peer-reviewed and published in a university press. Also on today’s show: the classic conflict
How are Haitians doing after suffering a massive earthquake? Then, how artificial intelligence could never replace a lawyer but could help to decrease attorneys fees. Plus, a certain restaurant breaks all the unwritten rules about franchises. A
Peanuts creator Charles Schulz intentionally tried to avoid controversial topics in his comic strip, but the biggest debates of the day were all there in Charlie Brown’s America. Then, disparities in healthcare coverage in America are everyone’
The latest Census makes clear that America’s future is less white and more multiracial. Then, how to make sure the non-verbal cues in your emails and texts are saying what you want to say. And, the attempt to solve a historical mystery about a
The magic of fireflies and why they’re disappearing. Then, the secret to using humor at work is to think funny, but not be funny. And, did leeches are still being used for medical treatment. Also, on today’s show: jury selections often exclude
How will the events in Afghanistan shape President Biden’s political legacy? And, why do most criminal cases—even innocent ones—plead guilty? Then, how black farmers sued the federal government for discrimination for over a billion dollars and
How did the Taliban take over Afghanistan so quickly even the Taliban was surprised? Then, music marks the anniversary of the 19th Amendment. And, a woman with autism finally gets to share her story with the world. Also on today's show: alcohol
While the public obsesses over mask mandates in schools, teachers are worried about how they’re going to catch students up from the lost pandemic year. Plus, why the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan is probably very bad news for women.
Why CEOs made even more money in America last year – during a global pandemic. Then, how does the US care for the thousands of migrant children arriving at the southern border without a parent or legal guardian? And, how the government of Ecuad
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