Join Diane and her guests for our October Readers’ Review of Geraldine Brooks' novel, "Year of Wonders." It's based on the true story of measures taken by the residents of a small 17th-century English town to protect themselves and others from the plague.
While many voters complain that modern political conventions offer little more than over-scripted political theater, most nominating conventions provide a handful of moments to remember. NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin takes a look back at highlights from political conventions throughout history.
If you work in an office in India, lunch might travel through a complex network of kitchens, bicycle deliverymen and train stations before ending up on your desk. Dabba wallahs have been delivering meals for a century, but over the years, lunchbox fare has changed dramatically.
Finding a good-sized, inexpensive barrel, previously used to age bourbon, is not so easy, as a hot sauce maker on the hunt found out. But they can be found, and when they are, these barrels experience a remarkable afterlife.
Reporting in Science, researchers write that many of today's most widely spoken languages, like English, Spanish and Hindi, can be traced back to ancient tongues in present-day Turkey. Evolutionary biologist Quentin Atkinson talks about investigating language evolution using the same methods geneticists use to trace flu virus outbreaks.
Bassem Samaan of Bethlehem, Pa., is on a quest to save rare varieties of figs often growing unnoticed, right under our noses in neighbors' backyards. He's donated some of his finds to a government-backed fruit tree preserve in California.
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