In her new book The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.
The 101 Freeway slices right through the wilderness in and around Los Angeles, separating local mountain lion populations. To mate and avoid inbreeding, the animals must risk the dangerous crossing.
Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice and A League Of Their Own. But before her acting debut in Tootsie, she worked at a clothing store in window displays.
Following years worth of news stories about climate change and drought, books and movies are starting to capture those stories, too. Worlds without water are the settings for quite a few new projects.
NPR's Arun Rath talks to Tennessee obstetrician Jessica Young about a recent law that allows police to arrest mothers who give birth to a child testing positive for drugs.
Detaining, rather than releasing, migrants has become a controversial policy for the White House. NPR's John Burnett talks about his recent trip to a new family detention center site in Dilley, Texas.
The Nike-owned company is suing to protect its Chuck Taylor All Stars from copycats. But NYU law professor Chris Sprigman says it might be an uphill battle, since copying is part of the fashion cycle.
Across the U.S., cattle prices are at record highs. So ranchers and special rangers are working to protect herds from cattle rustlers — thieves looking to sell off stolen animals at auction.
Immigrant families living in the U.S. illegally have been moving out of urban areas into the suburbs. That's creating new tensions with some of the people who live there.
It's literary awards season. The Nobel, the National Book Awards shortlists, and the Man Booker Prize were all recently announced. Author Jason Sheehan recommends some reading on all this reading.
This week, Anita Sarkeesian, known for her series critiquing the portrayal of women in video games, canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received a threat of a mass shooting.
A new group called Prosecutors Against Gun Violence has formed to find solutions to gun violence in the U.S. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with attorneys and co-chairs Cyrus Vance Jr. and Mike Feuer.
NPR's Arun Rath speaks with infectious disease specialist and HealthTap member Dr. Jonathan Po about telemedicine and hypochondria in a time of heightened health concern.
There has been a dramatic shortfall of Ebola-related equipment in Sierra Leone and other countries battling the disease. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Steve McAndrew about the logistical challenges of responding to the outbreak.
Dear White People follows four black students at a prestigious, majority-white college, where racial tensions are threatening to bring chaos to campus. So why not catch a screening at Harvard?
Eric Kaplan's son had a zoo trip canceled because one mom worried about reindeer-induced questions. So Kaplan, a comedy writer and philosophy grad student, started pondering the puzzle of St. Nick.