So, you bought an Amazon Echo during Prime Day, but you’re not sure what to do with it other than ask it silly questions, set timers, and roll a dice. Before you return it, know there’s a whole bunch else you can do with that smart speaker.
NPR tweeted the entire Declaration of Independence in 140-character chunks yesterday to celebrate Independence Day. But more than a few people thought that the tweets were a political stance against Donald Trump. Seriously.
Humanity gets served up a nice slice of humble pie in this NPR video that lays out the history of our planet on a football field. Even in a giant stadium, every inch represents an incredible 1.3 million years. Which means that humans, who walk around like they own the place, only show up about an eighth-of-an-inch…
When our phones are dying we sometimes do desperate things. And the ride-hailing company Uber knows that. The company recently admitted that riders with a dying battery are willing to pay the most in surge pricing. But they insist they’d never use this knowledge to raise rates on desperate people.
Podcasts are on the rise these days, but as with everything on the internet, garbagecasts proliferate just as quickly as sweet audio excellence. Doesn’t in make sense to let the radio mavens at NPR curate the goods for you?
Trevor Powers, the musician behind the dulcet tones of Youth Lagoon, has accomplished more in his 26 years than most. Coming off two wonderfully trippy albums The Year of Hibernation and Wondrous Bughouse, he’s ready with his tertiary title called Savage Hills Ballroom. And like the albums before, it offers up another…
Aside from Justin Bieber videos, YouTube’s greatest contribution to the internet has been in the ‘humans being dumb’ genre — everyone loves watching, say, people failing to pour ice water on their heads. But viral videos don’t just go viral on their own; in many cases, there’s a viral puppetmaster pulling the strings.
If you're not taking a lunch break, your creativity is probably suffering. This might seem obvious, but now there's research to back it up. And it doesn't even matter what you eat, or if you eat at all; what's important is that you physically step away from your workspace to recharge.
This week, NPR's "All Things Considered" is running a fantastic series of interviews with film score composers. "You'll hear about the magic of the Wizard of Oz score, how 5/4 time inspiredHalloween's terrifying theme, and why a Canadian says he's become to the go-to composer for films requiring South Asian-inspired…
We're all used to hearing about women, or rather, the lack of, in the technology industry. But as NPR's Planet Money, points out, things weren't always that way: back at the dawn of the IT age, women were a major player in the computer science field. The question is: what happened in 1984?
Or at least how they helped one man to control his stutter.
There's something wonderful about listening to radio soaked in that soothing NPR gravy. The public radio powerhouse's new NPR One app keeps a personalized stream of lovely stories pumping into your ears at all times.
Exactly 20 years ago, NPR staffer Dennis Fuze circulated a memorandum to his colleagues announcing that the venerable public broadcasting powerhouse would be getting something called "internet." In 2014, the memo seems adorably naive—which just shows you how much technology has evolved since 1994.
A beautiful look at the U.S.-Mexico border, how American cities are turning into "play deserts," and where you'll find the real roots of the tech industry. Plus a pizza-funded religious community in Florida, a farm on Staten Island, and where rich dogs poop, all in this week's Urban Reads.
Apple is adding NPR to iTunes radio, making it the first news station on the streaming service. (Read in your best public radio voice). [Re/code]
In an age that encourages everything organic, fairly traded, and USA-made, it's easy to overlook the less-celebrated (and often significantly more common) goods we use on a daily basis. Take the shirt on your back, for example—because NPR certainly did.
Here's a fun experiment to try next time you find yourself in an open field. Close your eyes (or wear a blindfold) and set off walking, taking care to walk in as straight a line as possible. Have a buddy monitor your route (and warn you of obstacles). Sounds simple enough, right? Turns out it's harder than you think.
No one can say that the snapshot is dead. If judged by sheer quantity, our culture is no doubt taking more photographs than ever before. Robert Jackson collects vintage snapshots, and points out that even though the practice is alive and well, it is not what it once was.
In January 1997, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the Tappet Brothers of NPR's Car Talk, received an unusual phone call. A John from Houston wanted to pick their brains about the odd behavior of the government vehicle he was driving, and the car-savvy duo quickly realized he wasn't talking about a car.