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The Racially Charged Meaning Behind The Word 'Thug'

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to John McWhorter, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, about the use of the word "thug" to describe Baltimore rioters.

Political Story On Breast Cancer Screenings Was Missing Some Science

A story on mammogram recommendations quotes only the opposing views in Congress.

Boxing Fans Shift Focus To Small Men, Big Money

As some boxing fans await a major welterweight matchup on Saturday, it's clear that the sport is struggling to keep the attention on the boxers' athleticism rather than their riches.

From TED Talks To Taco Bell, Abuzz With Silicon Valley-Style 'Disruption'

Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the roots and resonance of the latest tech buzzword to catapult into the mainstream. "Disrupt" may be ubiquitous now, but could the term be on the eve of a disruption?

U.K. Candidates Stumble Just Days Before General Election

The U.K. will vote in a general election on May 7. The BBC's Jonny Dymond has spent the last month covering a contest notable for, he says, closeness and dullness in equal measure — until now.

Pick The Perfect Profanity To Season Your Message

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price repeated a choice curse word 77 times in a press conference. NPR's Scott Simon defends profanity, but warns it can obscure meaning if too liberally applied.

The Day One Man Decided To Give Up His Gun

In the 1970s, Pastor David Ned learned an important lesson about himself after what could have been a tragic situation.

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years In Space

Friday marks 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. Astrophysicist and NPR blogger, Adam Frank, celebrates what it's shown us.

Bruce Jenner's Long History Of Clearing Hurdles

As Jenner prepares for an interview in which he's expected to talk about his gender identity, commentator Frank Deford looks back at the reality TV star's days as an Olympic athlete adjusting to fame.

Advice For Beleaguered Battleground State Residents: Leave Town

With the presidential campaign season already underway, NPR's Linda Wertheimer has a hot tip for swing state voters feeling besieged: Rent your house to a political operative and take a vacation.