Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a selection of handpicked fills from Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. Hear the drum fill (or intro) and match it to the song.
Within hours of a government announcement last week that a truce had been signed and the release of more than 200 schoolgirls secured, another 25 were kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists.
Reporter Giuseppe di Piazza's debut novel, The Four Corners of Palermo, follows an unnamed young reporter during the brutal early days of the mafia's conflict with the Italian government in the 1980s.
Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.
Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.
Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.
Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future.
Paleontologist Jack Horner explains what dinosaurs tell us about our own origins and what we can learn by attempting to revive a piece of the past.
David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline.
For starters: Your voice is too squeaky, too loud; it lacks authority, is grating or obnoxious or unprofessional. Why is talking while female such an offense?
Recorded with Liz Harris' voice, a piano and not much else, Ruins achieves striking intimacy, its emotional heft commanding attention throughout.
Also: Former Kennedy aide and NPR chief Frank Mankiewicz dies; European leaders set targets for greenhouse gas reductions; and China launches a probe to fly around the moon.
The toddler was reportedly brought by her grandmother from neighboring Guinea, where the epidemic is raging.
Audie Cornish joins the show to discuss an Oscar-friendly Sundance hit, what makes certain art a product of its time, and what's making us happy this week.
Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.
Historian Peter Ackroyd's new book surveys the history of England from the end of the Tudor era to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 — almost a century of war, debate and transformation.
Entrepreneur Lisa Price started Carol's Daughter to create natural hair and skin products for black women. Now that L'Oreal owns the brand, can it maintain the loyalty of African-American customers?
The attacker charged a group of patrol officers in Queens, wounding two of them. A bystander was hit by a stray police bullet as police engaged the assailant.
Comedian Conan O'Brien tweeted that for Halloween he'd dress as "Slutty Madeleine Albright." The diplomat replied: "I'm considering going as hunky Conan O'Brien — but that might be too far fetched."
In a question-and-answer session in China, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg showed that he's conversant in Mandarin — but far from perfect. He doesn't quite have his tone down.