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Taste over waste: ugly food movement winning friends
This text explores the "ugly food" movement in supermarkets across the world.
What happens to North Koreans who flee their country — and what can they tell us?
Alexander Dukalskis discusses the repressive North Korean government and the people who decide to escape it.
Why Do Human Beings Do Good Things? The Puzzle of Altruism
Steve Taylor explores why humans act altruistically towards others.
Noticing Mistakes Boosts Learning
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses how noticing mistakes can help us learn.
New math: Fail + try again = real learning
Susan Moran discusses the benefits of risking failure as a person works toward a goal.
How Pixar Tells a Story
Rachel Slivnick discusses the stories of Pixar movies.
Lessons from failure: Why we try, try again
Bethany Brookshire discusses a study that explores what prompts people to try again after a failure.
Food security: we throw away a third of the food we grow – here’s what to do about waste
This text outlines several approaches to the problem of food waste
Excerpt from “Inuit”
Carol White describes how a group of people, known as the Inuit, live in the Arctic.
What Is a Spacewalk?
Spacewalks are when astronauts leave their spacecraft and work in space.
The Three Sisters
Barbara Hagen discusses the food that many Americans Indians ate hundreds of years ago.
Supreme Court Landmark Series: Tinker v. Des Moines
In the Supreme Court Landmark Series, a host discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in Tinker v. Des Moines.
Working Moms Have Been A 'Thing' Since Ancient History
Michaeleen Doucleff discusses Alison Macintosh’s study of prehistoric women’s bones.
Learning About the Holocaust
Michael A. Signal
Michael A. Signal discusses the organized killing of Jewish people during World War II.
Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived — But Unreal — Risk?
Tania Lombrozo for NPR
Three researchers discuss their experiment exploring people’s judgements of the perceived risks parents expose their children to.
The Peanut Man
George Washington Carver showed farmers the benefits of growing peanuts.
The Decision to Drop the Bomb
On August 6, 1945, the United States became the first, and only, nation to use nuclear weapons when it bombed a Japanese city.
Obento: Art in a Lunch Box
Teresa V. Mitchum
Teresa V. Mitchum describes the lunches children bring to school in Japan.
The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal
Before a figure skating competition in 1994, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked, and Tonya Harding, a fellow competitor, came under suspicion.