Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

NPR | March 02, 2015

The Star Trek actor died Friday in Los Angeles, and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Nimoy's signature role taught fans the power of accepting their differences rather than fighting them.

Mr. Spock, Mixed-Race Pioneer

NPR | March 02, 2015

As Mr. Spock on Star Trek, the late Leonard Nimoy embodied the conflicts faced by many biracial and other people of color. Even on the diverse crew of the Enterprise, he stood out.

Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock On 'Star Trek,' Dies At 83

NPR | Feb. 27, 2015

The cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, told The New York Times.

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This Season On 'House Of Cards,' It's Tough To Be The Boss

NPR | Feb. 27, 2015 8:13 a.m.

New episodes of Netflix's House of Cards debut today, and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says this season's challenges may please critics who say the show's vision of Washington, D.C. runs too smoothly.

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Tiny House Craze Finally Shows Up On 'Portlandia'

OPB | Feb. 26, 2015 9 a.m. | Portland

Portlanders may roll their eyes at the overblown local stereotypes on IFC's "Portlandia," but this Thursday's episode almost perfectly captures the tiny house craze.

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Out Of The Shadows, TV Star Shines A Light On Immigration

NPR | Feb. 23, 2015 10:52 a.m.

Actress Diane Guerrero now stars on shows Jane the Virgin and Orange is the New Black. But when she was a teenager, her parents were deported. She tells Michel Martin how it shaped her life.

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How Can We Explain The Mystery Of Consciousness?

NPR | Feb. 20, 2015 4:35 p.m.

Philosopher David Chalmers asks why humans have a sense of self, a constantly-running movie full of sensation and internal chatter. He offers two ideas about the nature of consciousness.

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How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?

NPR | Feb. 20, 2015 4:34 p.m.

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explains how one region in the brain focuses on other people's thoughts.

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What Does It Take To Map The Human Brain?

NPR | Feb. 20, 2015 4:32 p.m.

Nancy Kanwisher studies the brain partly by staring at her own. She's spent countless hours in an fMRI scanner, mapping her own brain to gain insight into what makes us human.

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What Makes The Human Brain Unique?

NPR | Feb. 20, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel turns brains into soup, so she can meticulously count the neurons, and determine why human brains are unique.

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How Can A Stroke Change Your Brain?

NPR | Feb. 20, 2015 4:13 p.m.

When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke.

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Will The Next 'MacGyver' Be An Indian Woman?

NPR | Feb. 20, 2015 7:33 a.m.

Sharpen your Swiss Army knives and grab an extra roll of duct tape because Mac may be coming back. The creators are looking to the fans to design the new show. And there's one big twist.

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How Marijuana Highjacks Your Brain To Give You The Munchies

NPR | Feb. 18, 2015 9:20 a.m.

Where there's pot, there's often an insatiable hunger. Now researchers have a big clue why: Cannabinoids, the drug in marijuana, appear to flip a neural circuit that normally tells us we're full.