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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.

NPR Interns Present 'Off Mic' — A Behind-The-Scenes Report About How Radio Gets Done

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 8:28am

On this episode, NPR interns talk to seasoned NPR voices Steve Inskeep, Ari Shapiro, Danny Zwerdling and Susan Stamberg about everything from writing a good radio intro to cracking tough sources.

Monika: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 8:00am

When you hear Monika, life feels good: The Greek singer's performances and presence are simply winning. Watch her perform four songs from Secret In The Dark at the NPR Music offices.

Songs We Love: And The Kids, 'Friends Share Lovers'

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 8:00am

In an audibly collaborative, thoughtfully layered track, Hannah Mohan and company zero in on what happens when a tight-knit group gets a little too close.

Boaty By Another Name: 'Sir David Attenborough' Is Chosen For British Research Ship

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 7:56am

Boaty McBoatface received more than 124,000 votes in an online poll by Britain's Natural Environment Research Council – more than 10 times the 11,000 votes for Attenborough's name.

U.S. Economy Gains 160,000 Jobs In April; Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 7:46am

Analysts had expected the economy to gain significantly more jobs. The economy has gained an average of about 250,000 jobs monthly for the past six months.

Geologists Find Clues In Crater Left By Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 7:30am

Scientists drilling beneath the Gulf of Mexico have hit the layer deposited when an asteroid the size of Staten Island, N.Y., hit Earth. Samples might contain details from that fateful day.

This Weekend, Kim Jong Un Will Be Heard, Unlike His More Elusive Father

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 6:55am

As North Korea holds its first Workers' Party Congress in 36 years, Kim Jong Un will be looking to consolidate his power in a way his father Kim Jong Il never did: by speaking publicly.

'The Beast Is Still Up': Alberta Wildfires Rage; Evacuees Told To Wait It Out

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 6:36am

"We're still here, we're still battling," regional fire chief Darby Allen told residents last night. He added, "The beast is still up, it's surrounding the city.

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