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What Is a Rocket?
Rockets are important tools that allow scientists and astronauts to explore space.
Teen Brain Takes Biggest Sports Hits
Katherine Harmon discusses the effects of head injuries on the teenage brain.
Excerpt from “Our America”
José Martí discusses leadership in Latin American nations.
Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems
Tori Rodriguez discusses the impact that not getting enough sleep can have on teenagers’ mental health.
Propaganda: Battling for the Mind
Shelby Ostergaard discusses the purpose and history of propaganda and how it influences people.
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.
A speaker describes taking his nephew for a walk in the forest.
Going to School as a Refugee
Facing numerous challenges, refugee students in Dallas schools look to one another for support.
The Women of Hidden Figures
Jessica McBirney describes the life and accomplishments of three African American women who worked for NASA during the Space Race.
Want to Get Into College? Learn to Fail
Angel B. Pérez
A dean of admissions dispels the myth that students should showcase perfection on a college application, and explores the relationship between past failures and college success.
The Science of Solitary Confinement
Solitary confinement can have a strong impact on a prisoner’s mental state.
Grace Hopper was one of the first female programmers and helped develop the first modern computer.
What is Mars?
For decades, scientists have been researching the environment and history of Mars through spacecraft sent to explore the planet.
5 Surprising Facts About The Refugee Crisis
Jason Beaubien discusses the refugee crisis, which has resulted in millions fleeing their home countries.
Can You Still Have Hope When Life Seems Hopeless?
Ashley Westerman discusses the hopes of the Rohingya refugees who have been forced to flee to Bangladesh to avoid persecution.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Acceptance Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. accepts the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
Where the World's Refugees Are
Malaka Gharib discusses where refugees have sought safety in the world.
The World’s Largest Refugee Camp Looks Like A Slum/Star Wars Mashup
Ari Shapiro interviews Ben Rawlence about the experiences of Somali refugees in Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world.
The New Era of Positive Psychology
Martin Seligman discusses the development of “positive psychology” and how people can lead happier lives.