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Joan Rivers is Hilarious on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show FULL INTERVIEW, 1986

Do Animals Have Morals?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Animals And Us.<p><b>About Frans de Waal's TED Talk</b><p>Empathy, cooperation and fairness seem like distinctly human traits. But biologist Frans de Waal explains why other animals might share those same qualities.<p><b>About Frans de Waal</b><p>Dr. Frans de Waal is a biologist and …

Jarl Mohn On Diversity At NPR

Latinos are underrepresented both in newsrooms and as NPR listeners. Maria Hinojosa talks with Jarl Mohn, NPR's new president and CEO about how he plans to change that and more.

Legal Dilemmas Become Human Drama In Ian McEwan's Latest

Ian McEwan's novels tend to be so well-made that they ought to come with a literary equivalent of the <i>Good Housekeeping</i> Seal of Approval. You know you never have to worry about the writing; it's always first-rate. And the structure of a McEwan novel tends toward near-perfection too, with careful …

Outside the Supreme Court, The Arguments Continue

As oral arguments were beginning Tuesday in the first of two same-sex marriage cases inside the Supreme Court, the steps in front of the court were filled with throngs of what looked to be mostly gay-marriage supporters, spilling out in front of the building and to the other side of the …

Supreme Court Returns To Affirmative Action In Michigan Case

The U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue of affirmative action again Tuesday, but this time the question is not whether race may be considered as a factor in college admissions. Instead, this case tests whether voters can ban affirmative action programs through a referendum.<p>In 2003, the high court …

Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case questioning the use of prayer at government meetings. But first, the marshal will ask "God" to "save the United States and this honorable court."<p>In 1983, the high court ruled that legislatures could begin their sessions with a prayer, as …

Supreme Court Examines Anew Prayer At Government Functions

The U.S. Supreme Court delved into a subject Wednesday that has bedeviled it for decades: how to reconcile a tradition of public prayers with the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion. At issue were almost exclusively Christian prayers that took place at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y.<p>…

Global Warming Explained, In About A Minute

On a pleasant day in 2011, researchers roamed San Diego's public parks in search of volunteers to fill out anonymous surveys about global warming. In the end about 270 responses were collected from a mix of park visitors and nearby community college students. The researchers wanted to know how well …

Pastor Says He Will Minister To Gays Even If He's Defrocked

A Methodist minister in Pennsylvania who was suspended after defying church authorities by presiding over his gay son's wedding has vowed to continue his work as a clergyman even if he is defrocked.<p>NPR's John Burnett reports that the Rev. Frank Schaefer was convicted in a church trial last month of …

Microsoft Executive Will Now Run HealthCare.gov

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will take over the operation of the troubled HealthCare.gov website.<p>DelBene will take over for Jeff Zients, who was appointed by President Obama to rescue the site after it launched with crippling problems. …

A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick?

<i>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. They're numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we live in.</i><p>This year, for the first time, national polls show a majority of Americans support the legalization of …

Episode 503: Adding Up The Cost Of The Planet Money T-Shirt

Today's show is the final installment of the Planet Money T-shirt project.<p>In all, each shirt cost us about $12.42. We open up the books and explain how that breaks down — how much went to cotton, how much went to the workers in Bangladesh, and how much went places we would never have imagined.<p>If …

A Woman Takes The Wheel At GM

For the first time, a woman has been named CEO of a major U.S. automotive company. Mary Barra, 51, breaks a glass ceiling in one of the most male-dominated industries in the nation. But women buy more than half the cars in America, so the question is why it took so long.<p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH, …

General Motors

New Princesses Rescue Girls From A Distressed Damselhood

The princess industry is lucrative: DVDs, dresses, crowns, theme parties. But the story of going to the ball and waiting for Prince Charming is outdated.<p>So one Southern California mom has created a new princess series with modern sensibilities. Creator Setsu Shigematsu recasts princesses as …

50 Years Of Government Spending (And The New Budget Deal), In 3 Graphs

Over the past 50 years, both the way the federal government spends money and what the government spends money on has changed a lot.<p>It used to be that most spending was what wonks call "discretionary spending." This is money that has to be approved every year by Congress.<p>Today, most government …

Edward Snowden Seeks 'Permanent Political Asylum'

<i>Updated at 11:04 a.m.</i><p>Edward Snowden says "permanent political asylum" will give him the freedom to talk about U.S. surveillance programs.<p>The former contractor for the National Security Agency, who leaked a trove of information on the agency's vast surveillance operations, has written "an open …

Chinese-American Descendants Uncover Forged Family Histories

What if you discovered the last name you've lived with since birth is fake?<p>That's what happened in many Chinese-American families who first came to the U.S. before World War II, when the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 banned Chinese laborers from legally entering the country.<p>The law, formally …

Genealogy

Nate Silver Gets Real About Big Data

While it has become <i>de rigueur</i> to ascribe all sorts of supernatural powers to Big Data, one of the world’s most celebrated statisticians, Nate Silver, is far more circumspect about it. If anything, according to Silver in his book <i>The Signal and the Noise</i>, Big Data carries the potential to cloud our …

How to Measure Your Content Marketing Efforts | Inc.com

Content marketing has been going through a growth explosion-- with many companies creating an entire team devoted to it. And rightly so. Did you know that in 2012 buyers considered 10 pieces of content before making a purchase? That's up from five pieces just a few short years ago.<p>Last week, 1700 …

Marketing

How Millennials Think, and What To Do About It | Inc.com

During the last month, hundreds of thousands of our nation’s college graduates have proudly crossed the chasm between college and the working world. With 21.9 million Americans either unemployed or underemployed and plenty of doting parents, mentors, and siblings dispensing advice on what they …

The Workplace

Not LinkedIn? -- Think Again, Even If You Hate It

People spend a lot of money on business development when a key tool, LinkedIn, is available for free.<p>I'm no spokesman for the site and have no financial connections to it, but have been struck by how little use some people make of it. Perhaps this is through fear of social media, or a belief that …

Taco Bell Says Adios To Kids' Meals And Toys

That Crunchy Taco will no longer come with a side of toy.<p>Taco Bell announced Tuesday that it is ditching kids' meals and the trinkets that come with them at its U.S. locations. The items will begin to come off menus starting this month, the company says, and should be completely gone by January …

U.S. Carmakers Are Riding High, But Detroit May Not Feel It

The news out of Detroit has been grim of late, but there are some bright spots coming from one corner of the Motor City. On Thursday, General Motors posted its 14th straight profitable quarter since emerging from bankruptcy. Ford announced its 16th consecutive profitable quarter Wednesday, and …

Former Microsoft manager wants to create 'Starbucks of Pot'

Washington's new law legalizing marijuana will go into effect in late 2013.<p>SEATTLE (AP) — For the activists who led the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington state last fall, Jamen Shively was one of their biggest fears: an aspiring pot profiteer whose unabashed dreams of building …

Here's What A Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Looked Like After A 2-Hour Fire

A cruise on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seat ship was cut short Monday after a fire broke out in the middle of the night and burned for more than two hours. None of the 2,224 guests or 796 crew members were injured, although two passengers were treated for fainting, according to CNN.<p>The fire …

Student Diversity Is Up But Teachers Are Mostly White

Classrooms are becoming more diverse, but the people leading them remain predominantly white.<p>More than 80 percent of the bachelor's degrees in …

How Will America Cope With Diversity Changes?

<i>Tell Me More</i> continues the conversation about America's increasingly diverse population. Host Michel Martin looks at how communities and governments are responding to the changes with Danielle Belton of Clutch Magazine, Univision's Fernando Vila, and Howard Dodson, a Howard University …

How To Promote Diversity With Your Internship Program

Let’s be honest, you already know the importance of hiring a diverse workforce. Diversity leads to better work environments, fresh ideas, and new ways of looking at old problems. In 2012, the Center For American Progress found people of color made up nearly one-third of the workforce and women made …

Foreign students are actually making US universities less diverse

When American university administrators talk about globalization, as they often do these days, they are clear on the value of international students to their campuses. Some emphasize the high moral road and the way diverse perspectives enrich the educational experience. Others more bluntly point to …

Higher Education