On Our Minds

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Here's a Halloween treat for you (no costume required). It’s an encore presentation of Steve’s conversation with historian Nicholas Rogers about the history of Halloween.
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With Halloween approaching, we're revisiting some of our favorite ghost stories over the years. Here's NPR executive Eric Nuzum on being haunted by the ghost of a girl in a...
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Looking to get in the Halloween spirit? Here's a collection of listener ghost stories to get you in the mood.
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New York City’s subway made its inaugural run on October 27th, 1904 at 2:35 PM. This 110th birthday reminded us of Anne’s conversation with George Michelsen Foy; his quest...
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It's National Chemistry Week, and this year's theme is candy. That got us thinking about Doug's recent interview with Stephan Eirik Clark about "Sweetness #9," a comic novel...

What's on This Week

In this age of globalization, why would anyone want borders, an army, currency?  Isn’t that kind of … old school?   
Is there anything science won’t tackle? The latest question neuroscientists are taking on is, “What makes something beautiful?” We're checking in with scientists, philosophers and...

The Cooks in Thug Kitchen


Thug Kitchen is a wildly popular, foul-mouthed vegan food blog. The formerly anonymous writers have just come out with a cookbook and revealed their identities. Michelle Davis and Matt Holloway are a white couple from L.A. Now they're fielding questions about the racial politics of the way they write about food. Read the article here, and listen to their full interview here.