The new film The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing â€” the eccentric, socially awkward British mathematician who led the effort to break the Nazi's secret Enigma code.
In part, it's a movie about a great intellectual achievement, instrumental to winning World War II â€” but the film also traces the bullying Turing faced as a child, and the trials he endured as a gay man in Britain at a time when homosexuality was a crime.
If you looked at Earth from far off in the solar system, would it look like it's run by humans â€” or chickens? There are about three times as many chickens as people on this planet. And while horses and dogs are often celebrated as humankind's partner in spreading civilization, a new book argues it's really the chicken.
Andrew Lawler, author of Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?, tells NPR's Scott Simon about the chicken's malleability, its religious symbolism and the most disturbing thing he learned while researching his book.
A version of this story was originally published on Nov. 21, 2012.
Everyone knows the schoolhouse version of the first Thanksgiving story: New England pilgrims came together with Native Americans to share a meal after the harvest. The original menu was something of a joint venture, but over the years, a lot of the traditional dishes have lost their native flavor.
It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar â€” except it's your house, and they're gathered around your Thanksgiving table.
More and more Americans are passing on gluten â€” some for medical reasons, most by choice. Others are adopting diets that exclude meat, or insisting on the kinds of unprocessed foods that early man would have hunted and gathered.
All of this is a challenge to the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
Karl Wildman was the hero of his family â€” he escaped Vienna at the start of World War II and became a successful doctor in the United States. When Karl died, his granddaughter Sarah Wildman found a hidden trove of love letters from a woman Karl left behind in Vienna.
In the short time since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, he has made headlines around the world â€” both for his new, seemingly more humble approach to the papacy, and for comments on social issues that surprised many.
As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.
You probably recognize him as the energized muscle man with the ponytail selling his exercise machine, The Gazelle, on late-night infomercials: Tony Little, also known as America's Personal Trainer.