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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday. The suspects are believed to be with a radical group blamed for a bombing Monday. Kelly McEvers talks to Michelle Faul of The Associated Press.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.
 

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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian tanks arrived in the city of Kramatorsk Wednesday morning. By the time they rolled out of the city, they were flying Russian flags. People in Kramatorsk tell the story of what happened.
 
April 16, 2014 | NPR · NATO has announced a strengthening of its forces near the alliance's eastern border. Gen. George Joulwan, the former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, discusses the plan.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Philosophy

Apr 13, 2014 — In a recent essay, David Graeber develops a playful panpsychism according to which play is the organizing principle of reality. Alva No suggests, more darkly, that it is work that organizes us all.
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Apr 10, 2014 — A Dutch organization called Mars One plans to establish a human colony on Mars by 2025. Anthropologist Barbara J. King wonders what it takes to leave your loved ones behind for the Red Planet.
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Mar 14, 2014 — In the story of astronaut William Pogue's quest for more contemplative time in space, commentator Barbara J. King finds inspiration for everyday life here on Earth.
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Mar 12, 2014 — A remarkable new book brings Plato back to teach us how to make our lives matter and why philosophy is here to stay. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser can't recommend it enough.
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Mar 5, 2014 — The gift of believing in imagination, enjoying it as if it's real, usually falls away in adulthood. But keeping the door open between the imagined and real worlds can show us the way forward.
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Feb 28, 2014 — Could it be that we are living in a giant, convincing simulation? If so, we've got a lot to be mad about, says commentator Alva No.
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Feb 26, 2014 — As we learn more about the brain, we should ask whether learning too much might, ultimately, compromise our freedom. Simulating reality could be a threat to reality, warns commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
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Feb 11, 2014 — It's time to hear from you, the 13.7 Cosmos and Culture community. What burning questions do you have about our existence? What do you need to know?
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Feb 7, 2014 — The idea that there is a unified, intelligible Natural Order is shared by materialists and the religious alike. Maybe it is time to reject this common Natural Order-ism. The Theory of Everything is a pipe dream, says commentator Alva No.
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Jan 22, 2014 — Is life (the universe and everything) just a series of predictable events, a chain of physics problems stringing all the way back to the Big Bang? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser takes on determinism.
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