Feeling Artsy? Here's How Making Art Helps Your Brain


A lot of my free time is spent doodling. I’m a journalist on NPR’s science desk by day. But all the time in between, I am an artist — specifically, a cartoonist. I draw in between tasks. I sketch at the coffee shop before work. And I like challenging myself to complete a zine — … Continue reading Feeling Artsy? Here's How Making Art Helps Your Brain

Most Of Nation’s Top Public Universities Aren’t Affordable For Low-Income Students


America’s top public universities, known as flagships, are generally the most well-resourced public universities in their respective states — think the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor or the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. They’re rigorous schools, and many were built on federal land grants meant to serve the “industrial classes.” Today, only four public … Continue reading Most Of Nation’s Top Public Universities Aren’t Affordable For Low-Income Students

Fake News: How To Spot Misinformation


Fake news has consequences. Back in 2016, before the term was even part of our national vocabulary, it threw the government of Twin Falls, Idaho, into chaos. Rumors of a government cover-up involving child molestation and Syrian refugees swirled. They soon leaped from the fringes of the Internet to kitchen tables and the mainstream media. … Continue reading Fake News: How To Spot Misinformation

The Key To Raising Brilliant Kids? Play A Game


We all want to raise smart, successful kids, so it’s tempting to play Mozart for our babies and run math drills for kindergartners. After all, we need to give them a head start while they’re still little sponges, right? “It doesn’t quite work that way,” says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a professor of psychology at Temple University … Continue reading The Key To Raising Brilliant Kids? Play A Game