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To Infinity And Beyond: Would-Be Astronauts Keep Faith In Uncertain Era

Space exploration has stirred imaginations and piloted hopes and dreams, but the future of space travel looks very different from […]

Chinese ‘Pingpong Diplomacy’ Player Dies

The Chinese table tennis player who was instrumental in the pingpong diplomacy that paved the way for President Nixon’s groundbreaking […]

Eerie Echoes From The First State Of The Union

Guns, immigration, support for diplomats abroad, and the nation’s financial situation. These are key issues facing President Obama as he […]

The Splendor Of Suffering In ‘The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne’

Ann Leary’s latest book is The Good House. I tend to read funny books when I’m happy and tragic books […]

Will Syria Become An Islamist State?

The author, a Syrian citizen living in Damascus, is not being identified by NPR for security reasons. Many Syrians interviewed […]

Islamists Make Sufi Shrines A Target In North Africa

When radical Islamists lash out at cultural sites they consider un-Islamic, a frequent target is Sufi Islam shrines. Islamists in […]

‘House Girl’ Ties Past To Present In Tale Of Art And Slavery

On a Virginia plantation in 1852, a young house slave tends to her ailing mistress, creates exquisite paintings and plans […]

Is The Earth Cooking Up Another Super Volcano?

Every few million years or so, the Earth burps up a gargantuan volcano. These aren’t like volcanoes in our lifetimes; […]

Bloomingdale’s Lays Out Welcome Mat To Chinese Shoppers

A number of luxury retailers are rolling out tactics this year to mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year. […]

‘We Need To Talk’: Missed Connections With Hyper-Connectivity

For Valentine’s Day, maybe you’ll post a photo of your loved one on Facebook, tweet out a love poem or […]

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