Producer Picks

On the Side of Pixies and Ogres
A new book by British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is a major literary event. So fans salivated when news surfaced about his first new novel in ten years. But when word got out that “The Buried Giant” is...
What Early Christian Texts Suggest About the Life of Jesus
Karen King is a historian at the Harvard Divinity School. She tells Anne Strainchamps that there are many early Christian texts that didn't make it into the Bible and that they give us a much fuller...
The Chicken Pox Party: One Neighborhood’s Vaccine Civil War
Staff producer Charles Monroe-Kane lives in a neighborhood with higher than average non-vaccination rates. He went out to talk to his neighbors and learn more.
Why We Get Happier with Age
Some studies suggest that we get happier as we age. Some of us also get wiser, and neuropsychiatrist Dilip Jeste believe that changes in the brain might help explain why old age might be some of the...
A Legendary Choreographer Refuses to Become an Icon
Bill T. Jones
Groundbreaking dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones is in danger of becoming an icon. In danger, he says, because "icons are there to gather dust and for somebody to come along and smash. No,...
Dogs Helped Humans Conquer The World
African Wild Dog
When it comes to loyalty, dogs win. Now, new evidence suggests dogs and early humans formed an alliance 36,000 years ago.  Together, they drove Neanderthals to extinction, then invaded and conquered...
Looking for Justice in the Justice System
In his new book Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson chronicles his work as an activist lawyer fighting against wrongful convictions and promoting social justice in a system where one of every nine people on...
A Veteran NPR Journalist Turns Her Eye to Fashion
For years, public radio audiences knew Jacki Lyden as a senior correspondent and occasional host on NPR, but last year she set off on her own and started an independent reporting project devoted to...
How to Stop Murders? Start Solving Them.
In 2006, Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy launched a blog that attempted to cover every murder in Los Angeles. It was no small task—there were about 1000 in the first two years of the project....

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