| May 28, 2014
| 5:16 PM
On the day the Bastille was stormed in 1789, King Louis XVI wrote in his diary, "Rien." Few European leaders will have typed "nothing" into their iPads after the European Parliament elections over the weekend, but there is a real danger that, in...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:20 PM
Another college commencement season has come and gone. In retrospect, these are really odd affairs. The academic regalia is medieval. The solemn processions and homilies are liturgical. The speeches are futuristic, each being a verbal launching pad for...
| May 29, 2014
| 2:04 PM
The world isn’t getting smaller, it’s getting fatter, according to a comprehensive report published Thursday in The Lancet.
Whether you’re looking at men or women, children or adults, citizens of rich countries or poor ones, people...
| May 14, 2014
| 6:09 PM
Alot of people apparently thought it was a good idea. Five teachers in the Rialto Unified School District developed the program, which was intended to improve the critical thinking skills of eighth-graders. And administrators signed off on it.
| May 15, 2014
| 7:01 PM
Kurt L. Schmoke, the former mayor of Baltimore who will take over the presidency of University of Baltimore in July, will address graduates and their families at Anne Arundel Community College’s 52nd Commencement at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22.
| May 19, 2014
| 4:55 PM
Jack Brabham, 88, the three-time Formula One champion who famously pushed his car to the finish line to claim his first season title, died Monday at his home on Australia's Gold Coast. His family announced his death but did not state the cause.
| May 22, 2014
| 7:17 AM
George Orwell appears to have gotten half the future right in 1984.
The world of Big Brother aptly foretells the surveillance state that is watching all of us today. But Orwell's fears about Newspeak, that a totalitarian society could limit human...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 6:11 PM
"Vodka is our enemy, so we'll utterly consume it!" goes the old Russian proverb. That love-hate relationship is thought to have helped send 37% of Russian men in 2005 to the grave before they had toasted their 55th birthday. And a new study finds that,...
| May 12, 2014
| 4:35 PM
There always was music in the car. Lots of Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and James Taylor, singers who will always remind Blackhawks forward Ben Smith of being with his father, Larry Alan Smith, as they made lengthy drives around New England, sometimes five...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 12:24 PM
This year, NPR Books took an unconventional approach to the traditional year-end best-of list by creating NPR's Book Concierge, an interactive website that lets readers sort more than 200 notable books of 2013 by category.
| Dec 19, 2013
| 1:14 PM
When Janet Rowley was accepted into the University of Chicago's medical school in 1944, the quota for women was already filled — three in a class of 65.
So she had to wait a year.
Dr. Rowley made up for that early setback by becoming an...