NPR Selected Archives
May 3, 2012 — For decades, teachers, managers and parents have assumed that the performance of students and employees fits what's known as the bell curve — in most activities, we expect a few people to be very good, a few people to be very bad and most people to be average. But new research argues that a lot of people are actually outliers.
Jan 2, 2012 — In the 1970s, a sizable number of U.S. servicemen in Vietnam self-identified as heroin addicts. But when they returned stateside, the number of these soldiers who continued their addiction was surprisingly low. Why? Turns out a massive disruption in their environment and routine played a big role in helping them change their behavior.
Apr 30, 2012 — The two Washington political veterans who wrote the new book claim today's Congress is probably the most dysfunctional since the Civil War — and they aren't afraid to point fingers at who they think is to blame: the Republican Party.
Apr 22, 2012 — Troubled by her 20-something clients' lack of direction, clinical psychologist Meg Jay decided to write a book about those formative years. In The Defining Decade, she argues that those years are by far the most crucial in our adult development.
Nov 26, 2012 — London-raised Ahmed Jama won't give up on Mogadishu, even though his restaurants have been attacked by suicide bombers more than once. In fact, he's leading the city's cultural revival, one dish at a time, by offering residents and visitors a taste of authentic Somali cuisine and hospitality.
Apr 1, 2012 — Some claim that Jesus is a myth, created for nefarious or altruistic purposes. Some truly believed that Jesus lived and breathed. But did he really? Is there any historical evidence? Historian and religious studies professor Bart Ehrman answers these questions in his new book, Did Jesus Exist?.
Nov 14, 2012 — Criminologists in Texas find that you are more likely to become a victim of theft if your behavior somehow marks you as being "outside the mainstream." One sign of such behavior: leaving copies of racy magazines and crushed beer cans in your car.
Apr 30, 2012 — A psychologist says he can predict whether two people will end up on a date by analyzing their language style and use of certain words. His research on language can also help explain power dynamics between people.
Apr 16, 2012 — These debilitating, painful headaches affect three times more women than men. Migraines play out as a wave of electrical activity travels across the brain. Hormones can provide a trigger.
Apr 12, 2012 — People behaved very differently on another ship that sunk around the same time. An economist thinks he knows why.