Choosing to Stay at Home, Peace in the Middle East, Oldest Light in the Universe Found

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Is there Hope for Middle East Peace in Obama's Second Term? | Blind Spots in Our Kids' Education | The Choices and Challenges of Feminist Stay-at-Home Moms | New Photos Capture 'Oldest Light' in the Universe | Music Marathons | Our 'Blindspot': Hidden Biases with Real-Life Consequences

Is there Hope for Middle East Peace in Obama's Second Term?

In President Obama’s first term, amidst the Arab Spring and strong nuclear threats from Iran, the Arab-Israeli peace process seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Now Obama is making his first visit to Israel as president.

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The Things We're Leaving Out of History Class

When asked to reflect on key moments in U.S. history, how often do we reach for events from our youth? Rarely do we thumb through the fresh pages of recent history, some of which are still being written, and as a result we give up the chance to bring recent historical events to the front of our nation’s classrooms. Events like the Iraq War, which began in 2003, or the 2008 financial crisis.

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The Choices and Challenges of Feminist Stay-at-Home Moms

We continue our thread on gender roles, work, and home life with a look at educated, independent women who choose to leave the workforce to raise their children. Self-proclaimed feminist stay-at-home moms, these women face a whole new set of challenges — and judgments — as they make parenting their primary job.

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Some Republicans Changing Their Tune on Immigration

For the G.O.P., the consensus view says immigration has been a particular blindspot, but perhaps not for much longer. There's been a palpable change in both position and tone. And direction of the travel this week has, some suggest, hit hyperdrive. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, explains.

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New Photos Capture 'Oldest Light' in the Universe

New photos from the European Space Agency’s Planck surveyor of the "oldest light" in the universe could significantly change our understanding of the origins of the universe. Brian Greene, theoretical physicist and string theorist at Columbia University, explains what scientists hope to learn from these images.

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Could Any Musician Hold Our Attention for Days on End?

Here in New York, WQXR, the sister station of our co-producer WNYC is launching something they're calling Bach 360°. It's a proper Bach-a-thon — a ten-day Bach marathon festival that explores what Johann Sebastian's music means to modern listeners.

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Our 'Blindspot': Hidden Biases with Real-Life Consequences

According to Anthony Greenwald, professor of psychology at the University of Washington, and Mahzarin Banaji, professor of social ethics at Harvard University, the vast majority of us have to work hard to counteract our biases because most of the stereotypes we hold are deeply ingrained.

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