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'Missing Richard Simmons' Follows Fitness Guru's Supposed Disappearance

NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks with Dan Taberski, the host of the podcast, Missing Richard Simmons, about the supposed disappearance of the fitness guru.

When philosophy needed Muslims, Jews and Christians alike

If you were asked to name the most important philosopher of 10th-century Baghdad, you would presumably not hesitate to say ‘al-Farabi’. He’s one of the ...

How perspective shapes reality

Picture Jupiter’s moons orbiting the planet. Do you see small dots bouncing back and forth in straight lines as if bound to Jupiter by springs, ...

Hear Four Hours of Music in Jim Jarmusch’s Films: Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Neil Young, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins & More

“I gotta say — not to rant, but — one thing about commercial films is, doesn’t the music almost always really suck?” Jim Jarmusch, director ...

Alec Baldwin Has a Podcast: Hear His Intimate Interviews with Patti Smith, Thom Yorke, Jerry Seinfeld, Ira Glass, Amy Schumer & More

It somehow escaped me. Alec Baldwin has a podcast. With 133 episodes in its archive, Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin  (Web – iTunes – Feeds) features “intimate and ...

Nissan: An OEM With a Very Strong, Durable Foundation

Here’s a fun fact that may surprise: Nissan, is considered the sixth largest automaker by volume in the world after Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen Group, ...

This Guy Proposed To His Girlfriend In The Middle Of A Yoga Pose

May this yogi couple nama-stay in love. During a vacation on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Alec Horan proposed to his girlfriend Steph Gardner while ...

Scientists Launch Global Quest To Track Down Long-Lost Species

WASHINGTON — The race is on to rediscover a list of 25 species that collectively have not been seen in more than 1,500 years.  There’s ...

Amid Mass Slaughter, A Love Triangle Takes Shape In 'The Promise'

Director Terry George’s historical drama about three people swept up in the 1915 massacre of Armenians lacks subtlety and sophistication, but features powerful, visceral imagery. ...

A Flighty French Farce (Avec Flesh-Eating): 'Slack Bay'

Bruno Dumont’s histrionic if not particularly hysterical comedy pits rich against poor in a picturesque seaside town; the film’s leisurely paced slapstick is “more intriguing ...

80 to 90 ft

‘The water temperature is getting warmer, and I don’t know if that’s good.’ A treaty signed in 1836 grants members of the Ottawa and Chippewa ...

Caste lives on, and on

Indian society deludes itself that caste discrimination is a thing of the past, yet it suffuses the nation, top to bottom By Prayaag Akbar Read ...

Animated Introductions to Noam Chomsky, Roland Barthes, Marshall McLuhan, Edward Said & Stuart Hall: 5 Heavyweights of Media Criticism

We watch it happen in real time, aghast as the media cannibalizes itself, turning reality into a parody of the kind we laughed at in goofy ...

Salvador Dalí Figurines Let You Bring the Artist’s Surreal Paintings Into Your Home

Whether at the Museum of Modern Art, a dorm-room wall, or anywhere in between, we’ve all seen Salvador Dalí’s 1931 canvas The Persistence of Memory, and who ...

This Family Has Three Sets Of Twins And They All Share The Same Birthday

One day a year, Carrie and Craig Kosinski get to celebrate their kids’ birthdays ― all six of them.  February 28 is the day their ...

This Newly Discovered Fish Has About 2,000 Teeth (Video)

Thanks in large part to computed tomography, researchers have identified a new, very toothy fish species that belongs to a newly established genus.

How To Tell Your Partner You Have An STD

When Sarit Luban, a 27-year-old writer from Boston starts dating someone new, there’s a conversation she has to have first. Luban, who has genital herpes, says ...

'Fargo' Serves Up Double Dose Of Ewan McGregor In Season 3

The critically acclaimed anthology show, Fargo, returns to FX for its third season on Wednesday night. This season stars Ewan McGregor playing two brothers.

Netflix And Cord-Cutting Era Complicates Writers Guild Contract Talks

The Writers Guild of America is in negotiations for a new contract with studios, networks and streamers. Their contract expires May 1, and memories of ...

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Two basic types of encryption schemes are used on the internet today. One, known as symmetric-key cryptography, follows the same pattern that people have been ...

The Funny Day When Chivalry Came to an End in 1363 AD: A Short Comedy Film

When did chivalry come to an end? Some would say it’s a matter of historical debate. But not for Jake Mahaffy. His short, funny film lets ...

What lurks beneath

The grand drama of Freud’s ideas has obscured the reality: every school of psychology needs a theory of the unconscious By Antonio Melechi Read at ...

Hear What the Language Spoken by Our Ancestors 6,000 Years Ago Might Have Sounded Like: A Reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European Language

As scholars of ancient texts well know, the reconstruction of lost sources can be a matter of some controversy. In the ancient Hebrew and less ancient ...

Trump Shouldn't Mess With The Clean Air Act, American Lung Association Warns

WASHINGTON — A new report from the American Lung Association comes with a clear warning for the Trump administration and Congress: Continue America’s fight against pollution or ...

6 Expressions Of Gratitude People Have For The Inspiring Nurses They’ve Encountered

Nursing is not the kind of profession one goes into seeking fame and prestige. Ask any of the nurses in your life, and they’ll all ...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Call To Action: 'This Fight' Will Take Everybody

“Everybody’s got to get out there and find the piece that they can do,” the Democratic Massachusetts senator says. She talks to NPR’s Audie Cornish ...

Meanwhile…

Corals, and the echinoderms and funguses that frequently inhabit them, are characterised by their brilliant colours and slow, creeping movements. Set to a pulsing original ...

'Locking Up Our Own' Details The Mass Incarceration Of Black Men

NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with author James Forman, Jr., about his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. It tells ...

Pigs, parrots and people: the problem of animal personality

Earlier this year, in a warehouse in south London, I watched as a pair of pyjama-clad musicians tried to entertain an audience of two placidly ...

The Coffee Revolt of 1674: When Women Campaigned to Prohibit “That Newfangled, Abominable, Heathenish Liquor Called COFFEE”

We denizens of the craft-roasting, wi-fi-connected 21st century know well how to drink voluminous quantities of coffee and argue our opinions. In 17th-century London, however, such pursuits could… ...

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