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Yoga has been promoted as the cure for many ills, from diabetes to insomnia. Scientific proof is mixed. But this skeptic says if yoga makes climbing the stairs hurt less, that's good enough.
Dec. 31, 2016
By refusing to respond to the sanctions, Russian President Putin spurned Obama and kept up what has looked like a public bromance with the president-elect, who in turn called him "very smart!"
Dec. 31, 2016
NPR's Scott Simon talks to Middle East analyst Robin Wright about what the world might expect from the Islamic State in 2017. She says the group's recent losses may provide an opening for al-Qaida.
Dec. 31, 2016
Former CIA analyst John Nixon interrogated Saddam Hussein after his capture. He tells NPR's Scott Simon that he's not an apologist for Hussein, but he did come away with grudging respect for the man.
Dec. 31, 2016
In 2013 NPR's Scott Simon interviewed Debbie Reynolds. She shared a lesson she learned from Fred Astaire on the set of Singin' in the Rain — that even great artists have to work hard.
Dec. 31, 2016
How do you read a bank statement? Or a map? A program in Chicago is working to connect refugees with people who can teach them.
Dec. 31, 2016
The year 2016 ends in China amid an unprecedented crackdown on human rights attorneys. But the Communist Party's intimidation tactics sometimes have the opposite effect.
Dec. 31, 2016
Linda Tirado spent 15 years working in the service industry, at gas stations, restaurants and bars. She says New Year's resolutions aren't really for people working dead-end jobs.
Dec. 31, 2016
In 2016, the collapse of the coal industry hit the epicenter of U.S. production: Wyoming. Miners reflect on hard times, and how they're hedging their bets in a shrinking industry.
Dec. 31, 2016
Trump's tweet about strengthening U.S. nuclear capability renewed conversations about proliferation. Arms Control Wonk blogger Jeffrey Lewis tells NPR's Scott Simon about a nuclear close call in 1983.
Dec. 31, 2016
Smart devices like the Amazon Echo record snippets of conversation when they're being used. NPR's Scott Simon asks Scott Stein of CNET to explain what happens to the data that is collected.
Dec. 31, 2016
Was this the year of the activist athlete? NPR's Scott Simon looks back on the year in sports with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com.
Dec. 31, 2016
Researchers have found new clues to how bats communicate. And it turns out they tend to argue — a lot. The research could lead to a broader understanding of animal communication.
Dec. 31, 2016
David Fisher's farm is a kind of American Dream. Not the conventional one of upward economic mobility. This is the utopian version, the uncompromising pursuit of a difficult agrarian ideal.
Dec. 31, 2016
A 6-year-old comic had nearly 6.7 million views in Nigeria alone! Let's see who else made the YouTube Rewind list of most popular videos in countries around the world.
Dec. 31, 2016
A woman with ALS was able to type just by thinking about the letters, and people with cancer found their anxiety and depression erased by a single encounter with magic mushrooms.
Dec. 31, 2016
Some Simon & Schuster authors are outraged over plans to publish the book by Milo Yiannopoulos, widely known for his attacks against actress Leslie Jones on Twitter.
Dec. 30, 2016
In a rare break in relations between the U.S. and Great Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May was reportedly critical of John Kerry's speech that condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Dec. 30, 2016
Neighbors on Maryland's Eastern Shore said the Russian vacationers "were just like anybody else", but an intelligence expert says the sites were likely used for eavesdropping on communications.
Dec. 30, 2016
Russia responded to new U.S. sanctions with political theater, careening from threats of countermeasures to a reprieve from Vladimir Putin, who pledged to work with Donald Trump to repair ties.
Dec. 30, 2016

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