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This Should Be A Hit In Texas: Puddle Of Oil Turns Into A Christmas Tree

Start with a pool of oil. Turn on a magnet. The oil travels up a superstructure and blossoms into a tree. Turn off the magnet, and the branches, the needles, the tree melt away. It's a puddle again.The perfect tree for an oil billionaire, no?

Yet Another Teaching Memoir? A Teacher's Critique

Recent years have seen a proliferation of books about the struggles of rookie teachers. We asked a veteran New York City teacher to review The Battle for Room 314 by Ed Boland.

Week In Politics: Justice Antonin Scalia's Death, Presidential Race

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the fight over who should nominate Justice Scalia's successor, and the upcoming Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary.
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Beyond The Oscars: A Look At Racial Diversity In Hollywood

The lack of diversity among Oscar nominees has ignited a conversation about race in Hollywood. A look at the push to include a wider variety of voices, and why some argue more diverse films will benefit the industry’s bottom line.


Week In Politics: Democratic Debate, New Hampshire Primary

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with our regular political commentator David Brooks of The New York Times and MSNBC analyst Alex Wagner. They discuss Thursday night's PBS Democratic debate and the emerging virtue of humility in the GOP.

In Beyoncé's 'Formation,' A Glorification Of 'Bama' Blackness

Beyoncé's latest song is for the black Southern woman, says National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, who's from Mississippi. It's a message she needed to hear.

Week In Politics: Iowa Caucus, New Hampshire Primary

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the Iowa caucuses and the upcoming New Hampshire primary.

Roundup: Here's What People Are Saying About Barbie's Diversity Makeover

Mattel is rethinking how the Barbie brand could represent women of all colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are buying it. Others, not so much.

Super Bowl 50's Quarterbacks: So Talented And So Different

For Frank Deford, the best football games are those played with two star quarterbacks, because football needs quarterbacks.

Amid A Lost Love, A Son And Father Finally Speak The Secret Between Them

It was a love long hidden, and cut short all too soon. But it was only around the time Andy Goodling's boyfriend died that he was finally ready to tell his father: "Bryan was my everything."