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SpaceX Lands Falcon 9 On A Barge At Sea (Again)

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:42am

Despite uncertain odds, the company landed part of its Falcon 9 rocket in the open ocean for a second time. The rest of the spacecraft continued on to put a communications satellite into orbit.

Politics Podcast: The GOP Has Its Apparent Nominee And Sanders Is Still Fighting

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:42am

The NPR politics team is back with its weekly roundup of political news, including the suspension of both the Cruz and Kasich campaigns for the GOP nomination.

Why This Seattle Chef Is Embracing A Higher Minimum Wage For Employees

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:04am

Small businesses in Seattle have to pay a minimum of $15 an hour starting in 2021. But chef Renee Erickson has adopted higher pay for employees of her restaurant group ahead of schedule.

Stop And Go

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

Red light, green light! Every answer in this final round will contain one of these three words: red, yellow or green.

Rose McGowan: The Listener Spell Book Challenge

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

Rose McGowan rekindles her witchcraft and recites spells from Charmed's Book of Spells.

Who Are You Wearing?

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

Our producers went out onto the C2E2 convention floor and asked some cosplayers, "Who are you wearing?" In this game, cosplayers describe their outfit and you have to guess who they are.

Meet the Expert: Andi Gutierrez

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

Our expert Andi Gutierrez is the social media connoisseur for a galaxy far, far away. We wrote a game about our favorite combination of Star Wars and social media: Star Wars parody Twitter accounts.

Moves Like Frogger

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

Scrounge up your quarters because we're heading to the arcade! In this game, Jonathan Coulton tweaks Maroon 5's song "Moves Like Jagger" to be about classic video games.

This, That, Or The Other

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

For the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, we crafted a special version of our favorite game. The categories are: racehorse, roller coaster, or Marvel villain.

Of Dubious Origin

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:02am

We made-up origin stories for people whose names end with "MAN." For example, "This "X-Men" actor developed his superpowers from manually changing car tires," you'd answer, "I'm Hugh Jackman!"

'Captain America: Civil War' Is The Mightiest Marvel Movie

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 9:59am

"The Vibranium standard for super-team flicks" is reviewer Chris Klimek's take on the 13th Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Comics, More Comics, Free Comics And Keanu

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 9:34am

This week's show takes us on a tour of what's on offer for Free Comic Book Day and also finds us watching Key & Peele's kitten-driven action comedy.

How A Cancer Drug Has Saved People From Going Blind

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 9:31am

Ten years ago, there wasn't much doctors could do to keep people with age-related macular degeneration from going blind. A colon cancer drug changed all that. But not everyone has been saved.

Are There Reasons To Be Optimistic About Climate Change?

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

Vice President Al Gore explains how human ingenuity can solve our climate crisis.

Is Optimism Simply A Matter Of Perspective?

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

In describing her experiences of immigration, poverty and homelessness, psychologist Tania Luna explains that gratitude for the small things creates a rich and hopeful life.

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.

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