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Theory Vs. Reality: Why Our Economic Behavior Isn’t Always Rational
Shankar Vedantam, Maggie Penman, Kara McGuirk-Allison, Max Nesterak, Cat Schuknecht, Tara Boyle | May 28, 2020
We don't always behave the way economic models say we will. We don't save enough for retirement. We give money to charity. This week, why we act in ways that go against our "rational" self-interest.
New Spaceship Prepares To Blast Off And Make History
Nell Greenfieldboyce | May 26, 2020
NASA and SpaceX plan to launch astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday. It'll be the first time a new kind of spacecraft has launched astronauts into orbit since the space shuttle.
Oliver Jeffers: An Ode To Living On Earth
NPR/TED STAFF | May 22, 2020
If you had to explain to a newborn what it means to live on Earth, at this time of crisis — what would you say? Writer, illustrator, and artist Oliver Jeffers gives his answer in a letter to his son.