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How Can We Reframe Negative Narratives About Poverty?

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 9:00am

Activist Mia Birdsong says the stories we tell about poverty don't reflect reality. She describes people in her community who are optimistic about their futures — even if the larger society is not.

Are We Natural Optimists?

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 9:00am

Cognitive neuroscientist Tali Sharot makes the case for why humans are wired to have what she calls an "optimism bias."

How Can We Teach Children To Create A Hopeful Future?

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 9:00am

Educator John Hunter describes how he finds hope and inspiration in his fourth grade students — and their ability to solve big problems.

Should We Feel Optimistic ... About Climate Change?

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 9:00am

Vice President Al Gore says that — despite the dismal news on climate change — he's optimistic.

Free Comic Book Day 2016: Even Archie Has Something New To Say

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 5:00am

Glen Weldon runs down all 50 of the books on offer for Free Comic Book Day and explains how you can get your share of the goods.

Beyond 'Sesame Street': A New Sesame Studios Channel On YouTube

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 4:00am

Sesame Workshop, the company behind Sesame Street, unveils a new initiative to reach kids in a digital and mobile age. NPR gets a sneak peek.

Churchill Downer: The Forgotten Racial History Of Kentucky's State Song

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 3:34am

"My Old Kentucky Home" is sung every year at the Kentucky Derby. Written in 1852 as an anti-slavery ballad, the song has a more sinister meaning upon closer examination.

'Dheepan' Tells A Refugee's Affecting Story, Until It Doesn't

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:00pm

The winner of the Palme D'Or at 2015's Cannes Film Festival, director Jacques Audiard's latest begins with a gratifyingly specific story of one man's life, but its trajectory works against it.

A Father And Son Tell A Father-And-Son Story In 'Being Charlie'

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:00pm

Rob Reiner directs from a screenplay co-written by his son Nick who, like the lead character in the film, has experience in rehab.

A 'Dark Horse' In The Elite World Of British Racing

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:00pm

Louise Osmond's documentary captures the spirit of a community group that came together to train and race a horse they named Dream Alliance.

Crepes For Cinco De Mayo? Chef Pati Jinich Explains Por Qué

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 2:38pm

The holiday commemorates a Mexican victory against French invaders, whose culinary imprint lingers. In her new cookbook, Jinich explores Mexico's evolving cuisine and its many immigrant influences.

Newly Released Documents Detail Traumas Of China's Cultural Revolution

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:37pm

Historian Frank Dikötter says newly opened archives offer fresh details about the chaos China experienced in the 1960s, when Chairman Mao urged students to take to the streets.

Captain America, Aaron Burr, And The Politics Of Killing Your Friends

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 7:00am

Captain America: Civil War drops some of the politics of the comics on which it's based, but it tells a different, equally current political story.

'The Queue' Carries On A Dystopian Lineage

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 6:00am

Basma Abdel Aziz's new novel is set in an unspecified Middle Eastern city, where an endless line snakes back from the mysterious Gate where citizens await pronouncements from a sinister government.

Novelist Richard Russo: 'I Find Myself Now ... Having Lived The American Dream'

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 3:32am

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author says his blue-collar grandfather would have been astonished by the life Russo leads. His new book, Everybody's Fool, is a sequel to 1993's Nobody's Fool.

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