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Code Switch : NPR

• Podcasts ><br>• Society & Culture ><p>Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? <i>Code Switch</i> can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why California’s Current Drought Is Different From the Past

Water Deeply recently sat down with Gleick to talk about the evolution of California water issues over the last three decades and the biggest …

KQED

Many of California’s farmers, facing severe water cutbacks yet again this year, are blaming the hand they’ve been dealt on environmental protections …

Simulating Poverty: Is this an Effective Way to Understand the Experience?

Share50<p>Share11<p>Tweet<p>Email<p>Shares 61<p>Global Survivor 2012: ‘Struggle for Survival’ urban poverty simulation / Crossroads Foundation Photos<p>August 1, 2016;</i> …

Homelessness

The Importance Of Getting Things Wrong

Think about our planet for a second. Earth has an elliptical — oval-shaped — orbit. That means we're closer to the sun for one part of the year and farther away another part of the year.<p>Does that fact explain why it's hotter in the summer and colder in the winter?<p>Lots of kids think it does. Lots of …

Teaching

About That $17 Billion Water Project: Delta Tunnels 101

Controversy swirls as hearings begin on the governor's legacy water project -- but this time voters are not likely to get a say.

Voting

KQED

Camping is growing in popularity. According to National Park Service data, every kind of camping (tent, backcountry, RV, campsites operated by …

Child Care
Leadership

The Maturation of a White Ally

<i>White people on an anti-racist path need allies of color who can support our journey – people who will talk to us honestly, tell us like it is, while</i> …

Six Awesome TED Talks About Storytelling

We love TED Talks. The ideas and passions that shine through them inspire us, and they are a great tool for inspiring creativity among museum …

Smarter About Feelings - Emotional Intelligence for Children

An introduction to emotional intelligence for kids<p>When I was a kid, no one taught me about feelings. Even when I took psychology in college I still …

Leveraging Business and Analytics for Successful Audience Engagement: Interview with Musical Instrument Museum

We recently visited museums in Arizona, including the incredible Musical Instrument Museum. While there, we were amazed to see how the museum has …

Identifying Corridors among Large Protected Areas in the United States

Abstract<p>Conservation scientists emphasize the importance of maintaining a connected network of protected areas to prevent ecosystems and populations …

National Parks

A predator fish in California has lost its White House support | McClatchy Washington Bureau

A still-controversial 1992 law intended to boost California’s striped-bass population can be scaled back, the Obama administration now believes.<p>In a …

Water Wars Threaten America's Most Endangered Rivers

Conflict over water is intensifying, as shown by these 10 rivers at risk. Some solutions are in sight.<p>What do two rivers in the Southeast and California have in common? Both are threatened by battles over their water.<p>The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Basin in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida tops a …

Maps

How A Geologist Designed The Perfect App For The Window Seat

What dinosaur digs, glaciers, or extinct volcanoes are you flying over?<p>I was on a flight from Chicago to Phoenix, peering out the window as the sun rose over the snow-dusted alien topography of the southwest, when I saw it, what could only be describes as a volcano-like formation rising out of the …

Apps

This Is Your Brain on Nature

When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor.<p><b>When you head out</b> to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the …

The surprising psychology behind why some people become environmentalists

The environment — and especially the subject of climate change — is one of the most polarizing topics in American politics. This fact is obvious and indisputable — but what is the root reason <i></i>behind it?<p>Psychologists are beginning to probe that question using the tools of their trade — surveys, …

Psychology

TED-Ed

Letting Go of Learning Styles

As parents, we always want what’s best for our children. That’s why we search for the healthiest foods, the safest car seats and the cutest little …

Peer Pressure May Not Work The Way We Think It Does

A new research study finds that students exposed to their very best peers became discouraged about their own abilities and performance — and were more likely to drop out.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>We all know how peer pressure works. Maybe you're sitting next to a student in class, and some of …

Teaching

Nice Trails 3-D Maps

It’s one thing to you show your friends your trail on a regular map or online. It’s another to show them the trail with a 3-D sculpture.<p>With Nice Maps, just save a GPS track of wherever you’re hiking or biking, and upload it to the site. They use a 3-D printer to create a mini replica of the …

Boosting Audience Engagement in Non-Traditional Museums

Most people don’t go to a zoo or botanical garden expecting to be entertained by wild and unexpected stories filled with little-known facts their …

Rebecca Solnit on Hope in Dark Times, Resisting the Defeatism of Easy Despair, and What Victory Really Means for Movements of Social Change

“This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It’s also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both.”<p><i>“There is no love of life without despair of life,”</i> wrote Albert Camus — a man who in the midst of World War II, …

Weather

A missing mascot: Californians mourn the grizzly, mull its return

Monarch the bear is a regal presence on four legs, his long claws curling out from a thick golden-and-chestnut pelt. Even in taxidermied form, the …

Bake Chocolate Stout Loaf with Sweet Whiskey Glaze

I’m on this really annoying healthy-eating bit. While it’s somewhat dreadful, I do feel fantastic. There are a few meals in the week when I’m allowed …

Dessert