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Development & Education

Learning that each of us gets stereotyped helps us move beyond the 'single story'

Many students from immigrant families go to diverse schools. But diversity itself doesn't guarantee understanding. Self-segregation and stereotypes persist, even in communities that pride themselves on their multiculturalism. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, middle-school teachers build empathy among classmates by teaching "the danger of a single story."

Health & Medicine

Scientists discover a potent new antibiotic

Antibiotics, among the most extraordinary drugs of the last hundred years, mostly come from a very ordinary source: dirt. But that source has been slowly exhausted, since 99 percent of the microbes in dirt can't be cultured in a lab. Now, a group of scientists has developed a new technique for cultivating bacteria on their home turf, so to speak: right in the dirt, where they grow best. The results are a game-changer.

Conflict & Justice

As we remember the Boston Marathon tragedy, should we try to forget the alleged bombers?

This weekend, a dancer and runner who lost her foot in the Boston Marathon bombing refused to go on a national television show about the tragedy without a guarantee — she didn't want the names of the alleged bombers mentioned. PRI's The World senior producer Jeb Sharp looks at why some people need to move on, while others still want to understand what happened.

Health & Medicine

Scientists discover a potent new antibiotic

Antibiotics, among the most extraordinary drugs of the last hundred years, mostly come from a very ordinary source: dirt. But that source has been slowly exhausted, since 99 percent of the microbes in dirt can't be cultured in a lab. Now, a group of scientists has developed a new technique for cultivating bacteria on their home turf, so to speak: right in the dirt, where they grow best. The results are a game-changer.