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The Selective Laziness of Human Reasoning
Tania Lombrozo for NPR
Tania Lombrozo explores why humans tend to prefer their own opinions over the opinions of others.
Going to School as a Refugee
Facing numerous challenges, refugee students in Dallas schools look to one another for support.
5 Surprising Facts About The Refugee Crisis
Jason Beaubien discusses the refugee crisis, which has resulted in millions fleeing their home countries.
Where the World's Refugees Are
Malaka Gharib discusses where refugees have sought safety in the world.
U.S. Attacked; Hijacked Jets Destroy Twin Towers and Hit Pentagon in Day of Terror
N.R. Kleinfield reports on the 9/11 terrorist attacks the day after the events occurred.
Key Black Leader Turns 60 On South Africa Prison Isle
John F. Burns
John F. Burns discusses Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island for his actions against South Africa’s government.
Why This Controversial German Woman Turned Her Back on Money For 16 Years
Mandi Woodruff discusses Heidemarie Schwermer’s decisions to live without money.
TURMOIL IN CHINA; In Shanghai, Protesters Turn Defiant
Richard Bernstein discusses students’ protest of the Communist Party in Shanghai, China, in 1989.
Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations
This article discusses the legendary women of the spy world and their contributions to the countries they served in wartime.
Conflicting News Reports on the Fate of the Sinking Titanic
The two excerpts from two different newspapers were both written about the Titanic the day it sank.
Reports from the Ruins of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906
Two newspaper articles discuss the despair and hope following the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
The Keys to Happiness: Partly Genetic, But You Control the Rest
New research explores how genetics and personal choices contribute to a person’s happiness.
Teenage Inventor Alexis Lewis Thinks That Kids Have the Solutions to the World’s Problems
Alexis Lewis is a teenage inventor who thinks more kids should be inventors.
Most Ivory for Sale Comes From Recently Killed Elephants — Suggesting Poaching Is Taking Its Toll
A new technology can help determine the origins of ivory.
Behind Closed Doors: 'Colorism' in the Caribbean
Michel Martin interviews Frances Robles on her report regarding colorism in the Dominican Republic.
Learning How To Code-Switch: Humbling, But Necessary
In this informational text, Eric Deggans discusses how he communicates differently based on the situation and audience.
Loving Decision: 40 Years of Legal Interracial Unions
The outcome of this 1967 court case invalidated laws that prohibited interracial marriage.
First Female Army Rangers Say They Thought of ‘Future Generations of Women’
The first two women to graduate from The U.S. Army Ranger School recount their experience.
How Human Should A Gorilla Be?
Barbara J. King for NPR
This informational text discusses Koko, a gorilla who can communicate with humans using American Sign Language.