Digital Life

Library of Congress
May 21, 2015 | NPR · Communication breakdown is not a new phenomenon. American history features a mass — and a mess — of misunderstood messages.
 

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May 19, 2015 | NPR · Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the site wants to encourage a variety of views, within limits. “It’s not our site’s goal to be a completely free-speech platform. We want to be a safe platform,” she says.
 

May 18, 2015 | NPR · A host of apps aim to take the guesswork out of navigating traffic. We put their accuracy to the test in a daily commute. As varied as the options are, the future of mobile GPS may be more precise.
 

AP
May 18, 2015 | NPR · The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, says they’re now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists.
 

AMC
May 18, 2015 | NPR · AMC’s Mad Men ended its seven-season run on Sunday. Fans may have loved how characters’ stories were resolved, but critics may question how writers got them there.
 

Getty Images
May 14, 2015 | NPR · In Tokyo, a stylish new department store receptionist isn’t a human at all. It’s a lifelike silicone robot with movements so real, it’s fooling some customers.
 

Facebook
May 13, 2015 | NPR · Nine media organizations, including The New York Times and National Geographic, have signed a deal to distribute their content through a new Facebook feature called “Instant Articles.”
 

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May 11, 2015 | NPR · One company is attempting reforestation with an innovative business model. Investors can track the coveted trees using digital IDs. Their money goes to plant new trees that won’t be harvested.
 

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May 11, 2015 | NPR · With so many restrictions on their movements, it has never been easy for Saudi women to join the workforce. But the Internet has opened up a new range of opportunities to work from home.
 

ABC
May 8, 2015 | NPR · TV networks officially reveal fall schedules next week, but word has already spread on some new shows and cancellations. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says early trends include more diversity, big names.
 

 

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News

May 24, 2015 | NPR · Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.
 

NHPR
May 24, 2015 | NHPR · A burial ground including the remains of 18th century African slaves was uncovered in 2003 in Portsmouth, N.H. Over Memorial Day weekend, the city dedicated the grave site as a special memorial park.
 

Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab
May 24, 2015 | WESA · In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It’s not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.
 

Arts & Life

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · “I’ve never accused myself of being manly,” Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.
 

Associated Press
May 24, 2015 | NPR · Meara, who was married to Jerry Stiller and mom to Ben Stiller, had roles on Rhoda, Alf, Sex and the City and The King of Queens.
 

The Kobal Collection
May 24, 2015 | NPR · Actor Kenneth Choi is best known as the boisterous Chester Ming in The Wolf of Wall Street. Growing up in Chicago, acting was his passion, but his dad didn’t approve. So he ran away — to Hollywood.
 

Music

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · More than three decades after Pancho & Lefty, the country titans pair up again, this time for an album that puts eclecticism front and center.
 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · The gospel-punk band’s self-titled debut couches its invective in feedback, guitar noise, bruising drum machines and Franklin James Fisher’s guttural howls.
 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · On its fourth album, Dawes calls from deep inside the feedback loop of love’s aftermath. Throughout All Your Favorite Bands, singer Taylor Goldsmith takes full advantage of the dramatic possibilities.
 

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