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Explainer: Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons
Lillian Steenblik Hwang
Lillian Steenblik Hwang discusses how hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons form.
The Golden Ratio
Pamela Huber describes a special mathematical formula.
Math Isn’t Just for Boys
Rachel Crowell discusses why girls pursue math-related activities and careers less often than boys.
Zombies are real!
Kathryn Hulick discusses real-life zombies and the organisms that control them.
This Father's Day, Remembering a Time When Dads Weren't Welcome in Delivery Rooms
Deena Prichep discusses a time when fathers were discouraged from being present for the birth of their children.
Ghosts in Your Head
Kirsten Weir discusses how healthy brains can sometimes imagine certain sensations.
Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing
Elissa Nadworny discusses why teenagers are drawn to the genre of dystopian fiction.
Francesca Lia Block
A blue creature appears before a young girl after her mother leaves.
On Winning the Coloring Contest in Second Grade
A speaker describes winning a coloring contest.
This Tiny Animal Is Apocalypse-Proof
Maria Temming describes a creature that can survive in unforgiving environments.
Shakespeare: Who Was The Bard?
Mia Hodorovich discusses theories that question the true authorship of William Shakespeare’s works.
How A Typical Teen Did Something Not So Typical to Help Street Kids
Linus Unah discusses a teen’s actions in Nigeria to help street kids.
A girl living in England during World War II is bullied by one of her classmates.
Boko Haram & The Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapping
Barrett Smith discusses the kidnapping of 276 Chibok schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A speaker describes how best one can live their life.
How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet
Steve Henn, for NPR
Steve Henn discusses how game companies are learning from the gamers that use their products.
What My Father Said
A boy wants to play football with his friends, but is put to work by his dad.