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Barack & Michelle Obama Wrote A Letter To DJ Khaled's Son Asahd

MAJOR KEY ALERT. <b>DJ Kahled</b>'s baby boy Asahd hasn't even celebrated his 1st birthday yet, and he's already on the fast track to becoming friends with …

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

<b>Kind of Blue is frequently cited as the greatest jazz album of all time. Stuart Nicholson tells the story of its making and reveals exactly why Kind</b> …

Soul Music

Tim Heidecker Gifts The World With The Nazi-Punching Anthem It Deserves

How many times have you watched the video of “lowercase kkk” leader Richard Spencer getting decked in the face? If it’s under 20, you’re not doing the internet right. I’ll let you have a minute and watch the video above.<p>Yup, still great.<p>Is it appropriate to cold-cock somebody? Usually no, but …

How—and Why—to Use Diminished Licks in Blues Solos

Are your blues licks and solos sounding tired? Want to make your lead work sound different from what every other blues player is doing?<p>Check out this …

Electric Guitar

The best language-learning apps for Android and iOS

There are countless apps out there designed to help you learn a new language, which makes it tricky to pick the right one. You may want to widen your …

Why Are Dutch Kids So Much Happier Than American Kids?

Writing in the <i>Telegraph</i>, Rina Mae Acosta Michele Hutchison list the differences between life for Dutch children, and life for kids from their home …

So You Want to Meditate? Here's the Simple Way to Start

When it comes to meditation, we all start out as rookies. There are so many different ways to get started and it can certainly be confusing with all …

Black Atheists Explain What It's Like to Be a 'Double Minority'

We talked to five black atheists about what it's like to be black in America and reject the the idea of a higher power.<p>A study cited by the American Psychiatric Association states that 85 percent of African Americans consider themselves "fairly religious" or "religious." Like many things concerning …

Amanda Charchian Photographs Female Nudes Around the World

We caught up with the artist about her intimate new book, 'Pheromone Hotbox.'<p><b>This article originally appeared on Creators and contains adult content.</b><p>Amanda Charchian celebrates the female nude in her new book, <i>Pheromone Hotbox</i>. From 2012 to 2015 the LA-based photographer traveled the world, shooting …

My Husband and I Are in a Four-Way Relationship

"The thing I couldn't get my head around was never having another first kiss."<p>In the last few years, polyamory has become more and more popular—and visible, from Showtime reality show <i>Polyamory: Married and Dating</i> to actress Mo'Nique proudly sharing with the world that her open marriage was her …

Pushy Parenting Doesn't Pay

Confessions of an innumerate: though well aware of the risk to my academic career, as a teen I refused to struggle with math, so much so that my …

5 Ways To Enhance Intimacy In Your Relationship

Long-term relationships are great but get complicated sometimes. Maintaining the foundation of a long-term relationship gets difficult over time. So …

Black Lives Matter protesters confront Clinton at a fundraiser

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A pair of Black Lives Matter activists interrupted Hillary Clinton Wednesday night at a private fundraiser, confronting the Democratic presidential candidate with past statements she made about youth in gangs.<p>"We want you to apologize for mass incarceration," Ashley Williams said …

Hillary Clinton

Here's What to Do if You Want to Quit Your Job and Travel

Or have a giant wedding, or any other majorly expensive goal!<p>We make a ton of small financial decisions every day. Do you buy a $10 salad for lunch or brown-bag it? Should you move out on your own or get a roommate? Your little decisions will be smarter (and stress you out less) if you set some …

Personal Finance

How To Be A Great Teacher, From 12 Great Teachers

Great teachers have two things in common: an exceptional level of devotion to their students, and the drive to inspire each one to learn and succeed.<p>At NPR Ed we're just about halfway through our 50 Great Teachers project.<p>We've profiled teachers at all levels, in all subjects, from all over the …

Teaching

The Hawkins Question: Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

As an interfaith activist, the question of God comes up surprisingly frequently in my discussions. Who do we worship? What do we call God? And how is our God different from the entity worshipped by other religions? As a Muslim, my belief is simple: there is one Creator, and He is the God everyone …

The Education Inequality Struggle

This has been a hard year for poor children and children of color in a gridlocked and cantankerous Congress. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replacing the No Child Left Behind Act was enacted after gutting a strong federal role in education policy designed to protect these children and …

Education

The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

Education is broken — but this entrepreneur has a stunningly simple idea to fix it

Salman Khan, also a founder of the free education resource Khan Academy, says we force students to move ahead when they aren't ready.<p>But he has a solution.<p>"We shouldn't drag everyone around at the same pace," Khan told the audience. Instead, he says, we should take inspiration from martial arts …

Education

Two Things to Do After Every Meeting

Steve Jobs insisted that every item on a meeting agenda have a designated person responsible for that task and any follow-up work that happened. He called that person the DRI—the Directly Responsible Individual. He knew the public accountability would ensure that a project or task would actually …

10 Mind-Blowing Books That People Who Love Thinking Can't Miss

P.J. O’Rouke once said, “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”<p>While I do think there is a place for …

8 ways to use emotional intelligence to increase your success

They were taught to be an Archie Bunker-type of leader. Whenever someone showed too much emotion in the "All in the Family" sitcom, Archie would shout, "Stifle! Stifle!" In other words, he was saying, "Forget about all that touchy-feely relationship stuff."<p>If you were taught that, it's got to be …

Emotional Intelligence

Military leaders dubious of bigger war against ISIL

Military officials worry that leaders in Washington haven't absorbed the lessons of America's last big wars.<p>U.S. military leaders are skeptical about calls for escalating the war against the Islamic State, saying they have watched too many of their troops’ hard-won victories slip away amid civilian …

National Security

Make Sleep the Most Productive Part of Your Day With This Simple Trick

It seems hard to find enough hours in the day to get everything done, let alone sleep. Making sleep work for you is the perfect excuse to get more zzz's.<p>Sure, you all know the health benefits to getting a good night's rest and the correlation between sleep and heart disease, diabetes, high blood …

Sleep

Spain is threatening to cut off its richest economic region

The all-too predictable reaction of Madrid's central government has been to raise the stakes to lofty new heights by threatening to cut off the financial supply lines between Madrid and Catalonia. As El Mundo reports, Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy has threatened to centralize all financial …

Europe

​8 mental habits the most successful people learn to break

That bit of wisdom comes from Sandja Brügmann, serial entrepreneur and founder of the Passion Institute, a recently launched online educational program and consultancy for executives and entrepreneurs.<p>"Once we have developed understanding of how we interfere with our visions and goals, then comes …

Self-improvement

5 cognitive biases that are killing your decisions

<i>This post originally appeared on Crew blog.</i><p>It’s hard to accept that what holds us back from reaching our potential is all in our head.<p>Have you visited TNW's hype-free blockchain and cryptocurrency news site yet?It's called Hard Fork.TAKE ME THERE<p>While it may be a bit of a cliche, we really are our …

Critical Thinking

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The right hides behind a fictional Bible: Memo to Ted Cruz and Donald Trump — your favorite book is made up

<b>(AP/Reuters/J. Scott Applewhite/Richard Drew/Steve Nesius/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>“The Art of the Deal” might be real but historians think less of the Bible’s veracity. Let’s not live by it in 2015<p>Jeffrey Tayler<p>September 20, 2015 9:59am (UTC)<p>Donald Trump told us recently that the Bible is his …

Ted Cruz

Report: Russian soldiers oppose 'secret orders' to send them to Syria

The Gazeta.ru news site on September 18 <b>published a report</b> containing interviews with four unnamed contract soldiers in the Black Sea port city of Novorossiisk who said a group of 20 of them had been specially recruited for deployment to Latakia, a Mediterranean coastal province held by Syrian …

Middle East