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Stories of near-death experiences are not uncommon, but science generally dismisses them as tricks of the brain. But is dying really the end of consciousness?

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The title of journalist Eric Garcia’s book, We’re Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation, says it all: People with autism don’t need to be fixed. 

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How many genders are there? Nonbinary.wiki lists 32 common genders — and that’s just the beginning. It can get confusing … and queer.

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What can we learn from human sweat? More than you might think.

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It seems an obvious question: What is life? But science writer Carl Zimmer says the answer to it is far more complicated than it appears at first glance. 

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If it feels like a slog to get to the gym and hit the weights, the reason may be much deeper than laziness — it could be evolution asking you to stay home.

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More human beings are more comfortable today than at any time in the history of our species. And sure, comfort is nice, but what if we actually have too much of it?

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There was no way to know the COVID-19 pandemic was going to get as bad as it got in the U.S. … or was there? In his latest book The Premonition, Michael Lewis looks at what went wrong, and who saw it coming.

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Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk is an expert on treating trauma. He says that the body and brain are literally reshaped after a traumatic experience. And in the past year, Americans have collectively experienced quite a bit of trauma.

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If you’re a woman in the sports world, trying to dominate the field can be a tough gig. Julie DiCaro joins us to talk about her book Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America.

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