On Our Minds

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It may seem like only 10 years ago but it's been a decade since Oprah Winfrey cars to all 276 members of her TV show's studio audience. We'd like to think that in some...
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With colleges back in session, we're thinking about higher education this week. Christopher Newfield teaches literature and American Studies at the University of California...
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The National Book Foundation recently announced that it will award its 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book...
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The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction has just been announced, and it includes American authors Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler. Here are our recent...
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The original "Star Trek" television series premiered on NBC this week in 1966. In the nearly 50 years since, the franchise has spawned 12 films and multiple TV spin-offs....

What's on This Week

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Who are you? White or black, Muslim or Christian, working class or wealthy? Most of us rotate through many different cultural identities, at work and at home. And sometimes,...
The bedtime stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin are enchanting stories. They’re also much more: violent, sexually explicit, political, and feminist.



We’re proud to be partnering on a new collection of stories from one of Israel’s most popular radio shows -- Sipur Israel, or Israel Story, and its talented young host, Mishy Harman.   

Inspired by This American Life, Mishy says his project shares everyday stories from “a different, diverse Israel.” The English version of the podcast has just launched and we’re proud to be bringing you some of the untold stories about the region. Check them out HERE.

And if you're near a radio, tune into To the Best of Our Knowledge this week to hear Mishy's latest story. You could also read about Mishy and Israel Story in the New York Times.