Tracy Vemulapalli

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The Trouble With Peak Trump

When he’s on a high, that’s when the problems start. What does this mean for a person angling for the most powerful job in the world?<p>In January of 2005, the week before his third wedding, Donald Trump assured Billy Bush that this time he would be a better man. “I’m gonna show up, I’m gonna say ‘I …

The book that changed Jane Eyre forever

Wide Sargasso Sea turned Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel inside out. As the book celebrates its 50th anniversary, Hephzibah Anderson explains its enduring power.<p>A while ago, and for more years than I ever intended, I was the resident books expert on an early-hours radio phone-in. Once a month, in …

John Cleese performs a very British recap of The Walking Dead

With AMC’s <i>The Walking Dead</i> set to finally reveal the payoff of last season’s big cliffhanger on Sunday, this week should give any of they show’s …

This Smithsonian scientist’s death was a mystery; 150 years later, his skeleton helped solve it

The last anyone heard of Robert Kennicott was his cheerful hum as he strolled into the Alaskan wilderness early on the morning of May 13, 1866.<p>It was good to hear the scientist sing. It had been a long and punishing winter at Fort Nulato, where Kennicott's expedition to map the Yukon had spent the …

Support group Warocho Kwan Wwawa is helping former child soldiers overcome stigma and abuse to create a brighter future<p>Jennifer Atim was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) when she was 14. She agreed to go with them to save her parents from being murdered – though they were later killed …

Africa

Complain All You Want, But Your Busy Schedule May Help Your Brain

Single mothers, untenured professors, young reporters and on-call doctors might have a thin silver lining for their hurried days and response for the people who insist on slowing down: All that hustling may translate into superior brain power as you get older, as a study finds that the busiest …

The Brain

The True Story of the Booze, Bullfights, and Brawls That Inspired Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway’s debut novel gave a voice to the Lost Generation—often by lifting it directly from his affluent expat circle in post-war Paris. A new book by Lesley M. M. Blume recounts the scandalous trip to Pamplona that inspired Jake Barnes, Lady Brett Ashley, Robert Cohn, and the characters …

Busting the Myth of Friday the 13th and the Knights Templar

The medieval religious order that fought in the Crusades is a favored subject of superstition.<p>The origins of superstitions can be hard to pin down. There are often several theories about how they started, and a bunch of people ready to debunk those theories. Friday the 13th is one such example.<p>If …

This Is What Life Is Like When Your Daughter Is Kidnapped By Boko Haram

When Boko Haram snatched 276 schoolgirls from a school in Nigeria, their families led a global campaign to bring them back. Two years on, distraught relatives live in hope they will return, but also fear that they may have lost their daughters to the group's brainwashing. Monica Mark reports from …

Provost's Advisory Committee on Diversity identifies goals, metrics in report

The Provost's Advisory Committee on Diversity has released a report identifying 10 areas of action that will serve to educate the Purdue community …

A Final Visit With Prince: Rolling Stone's Lost Cover Story

It is, in theory, a mundane sight, nothing 2 get excited about: just a 55-year-old man in his suburban Minneapolis workplace, scrolling through a …

Episode 613 - President Barack Obama

Marc welcomes the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the garage for conversation about college, fitting in, race …

We are consuming ever bigger portions on ever larger dinner plates. Food manufacturers keep pushing us to eat more. Can we learn to control our helpings? Plus: Jay Rayner, Gizzi Erskine and Tamal Ray on their struggles with cutting down<p>If you want to see how inflated our portion sizes have become, …

Alice In Wonderland

The Arctic Suicides: It's Not The Dark That Kills You

The first death was on the night of Jan. 9.<p>It was a Saturday. Pele Kristiansen spent the morning at home, drinking beers and hanging out with his older brother, which wasn't so unusual. There wasn't a lot of work in town. A lot of people drank. In the afternoon, they heard someone banging on their …

Mental Health

You have no idea how hardcore Harriet Tubman really was

The woman who will be the face of the new $20 bill, Harriet Tubman, was a daring and principled fighter. Her dramatic career included defying slaveowners, smuggling dozens of slaves to freedom as part of the Underground Railroad, leading raids in the Civil War, and fighting for women's right to …

Black History

'Purple Rain' Was His Final Song: How Tearful Prince Gave Emotional Last Concert Days Before His Death

brightcove.createExperiences(); They witnessed history – and didn’t even know it.<p>Prince, who died at 57 on Thursday, performed his final show at …

The Torture Colony

In a remote part of Chile, an evil German evangelist built a utopia whose members helped the Pinochet regime perform its foulest deeds<p>By Bruce …

Can audio go viral on Facebook? Here’s what happened when NPR ran an experiment for a month

“Trust me, this is really, really great even though you don’t know who’s talking and there’s nothing to look at and I’m asking you to focus for 40 seconds!”<p>Sharing audio on social media is hard to do. Stan Alcorn documented many of the struggles two years ago in a widely cited Digg story — and not …

Why Hamilton Matters

The story of Hamilton's journey from concept to cultural phenomenon, as told by someone who has been in all of the room(s) where it happened. Even in Obama's White House.<p><b>A young man</b> stands in the dark, waiting to take his shot. It is May 5, 2009, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is listening at the back of …

Here's The Real Story Of Why We Celebrate 4/20

How did 420 spread from a circle of California stoners across the globe?<p><i>This article was originally published on April 20, 2009, and has been reposted and updated each year since.</i><p>Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, routinely plays with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, …

Black Lives Matter and America’s long history of resisting civil rights protesters

One year ago this week, protests erupted in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. After yet another high-profile death of an unarmed black man connected to police, there were riots, peaceful demonstrations and proclamations from activists that black lives matter.<p>The …

Black History

The Long Decline of the Dinosaurs

For at least 40 million years before that pesky asteroid, the dinosaurs were losing species faster than they could replace them.<p>Around 66 million years ago, the sky fell on the dinosaurs’ heads. An asteroid smashed into the Yucatan Peninsula, causing cataclysmic climate changes that marked the end …

Paleontology