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Document In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick
In Tom Wolfe's first book of nonfiction in 16 years, he argues that the development of speech, not evolution, has made humans what we are today — evolution, he says, applies only to animals.
Document After Losing Half A Beak, Grecia The Toucan Becomes A Symbol Against Abuse
After the famous toucan received a prosthetic replacement, it's story has helped spark a national movement against harming animals in Costa Rica, where a new anti-abuse bill is also gaining traction.
Document Sir The Baptist: A Preacher's Kid Finds His Own Sanctuary In Music
Sir the Baptist grew up on the South Side of Chicago. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the singer and rapper about how music became his way of picking up where his father left off.
Document Fear Not, White Sox Fans: You'll Get Used To 'Guaranteed' Field
The Chicago White Sox announced this week that their 25-year-old ballpark, U.S. Cellular Field, would be renamed Guaranteed Rate Field. Scott Simon ponders where such a name might lead.
Document Rising U.S. Mortality Rate For Mothers Is Highest In Texas
The maternal mortality rate in Texas doubled from 2010 to 2014. Dr. Lisa Hollier of Texas' Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force tells NPR's Scott Simon it's a complex problem.
Document Langston Hughes' Harlem Home May Get Its Own Renaissance — As An Art Center
The brownstone is a national landmark, but it's been mostly empty for decades. In an effort to keep it from becoming another high-end co-op, a nonprofit wants to use it to preserve Hughes' legacy.
Document A Mom's Life, Rebuilt After Katrina, Wrecked By Baton Rouge Floods
Myra Engrum works, cares for her son, has friends and is active in church. She's done things "right." But for the second time in 11 years, she's picking up the pieces of her storm-ravaged life.
Document Rachel Weisz Plays With Identity In 'Complete Unknown'
Rachel Weisz plays a woman who reinvents herself through the years in her new movie "Complete Unknown." NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about the film.
Document Germany Is Latest Country To Propose Burqa Ban
France, Bulgaria, Belgium and the Netherlands all have different kinds of bans on wearing burqas in public. NPR's Scott Simon talks to German journalist Janek Schmidt about the proposal.
Document Why Do We Only See Dragonflies In The Summer?
NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Dr. Jessica Ware about dragonflies in this next installment of the summer series "What's Bugging You?"
Document Late Journalism Legend Daniel Schorr Would Be 100 Years Old This Week
NPR's Scott Simon remembers the late Daniel Schorr on the 100th anniversary of the newsman's birth.
Document Revisiting The Syrian Playbook After Obama
The Obama administration has kept its distance from the crisis in Syria. Journalist Thanassis Cambanis tells NPR's Scott Simon that it would be in our own interests to escalate military involvement.
Document National Day Of Mourning Commences In Italy After Earthquake
Funerals are being held today for some of the more than 260 killed in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that shook central Italy reducing many villages to rubble. Relief efforts are underway.
Document The Latest In Sports
The Olympics are over, but that doesn't mean we're out of sports to talk about. Howard Bryant of ESPN.com tells NPR's Scott Simon about what to look forward to next.
Document Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Neal Shusterman
For our series "Next Chapter," author of award-winning YA novel "Challenger Deep," talks about the summer he was 16, when his parents uprooted him from their Brooklyn home and moved to Mexico City.

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