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Alawites to Yazidis: A Guide to Religious Communities in...08/22/14
The divide between Shiites and Sunnis plays an important role in the current politics and turmoil in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. On this week’s Please Explain we’ll learn about the differences—and similarities—among the many religious...
How Highways Changed America
Many families who travel for the summer will pack up the car andjump on the highway to their destination. On this week'sPlease Explain, Dan McNichol, author of The Roads that Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System, explains...
How to Contain and Control the Ebola Outbreak
Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have been trying since March to stop what has become the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded—as of August 6, 932 people have died from the disease and more than 1,700 people have been sickened. There have been cases...
Freeze! Or Can or Pickle!
Fresh produce is plentiful all summer long and there are many ways to preserve it for the rest of the year. Daniel Gritzer explains how to freeze, can, pickle, or dry fruits and vegetables. Gritzer is Culinary Director at Serious Eatsand he offers...
What the Sun Does to Your Skin
This week's Please Explain is all about how exposure to the sun affects our skin--from tanning to sunburn, from freckles to skin cancers. Dr. Jennifer Stein, of NYU Langone Medical Center'sRonald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, talks about UV...
How to Grow and Use Herbs
This week’s Please Explain, Dr. Michael J. Balick of the New York Botanical Garden talks about herbs! He’ll explain how to grow them and use them in cooking, medicine, cleaning, and more, and he’ll discuss the relationship between humans, plants, and...
How to Use Airbnb Without Getting Evicted
Airbnb, which allows people to rent out a room or home online, has turned into a worldwide hospitality industry, with 600,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 190 countries. It’s a growing presence in New York City, but many politicians claim that the...
Some Tips on How To Learn a Foreign Language
Katharine B. Nielson, chief education officer at Voxy, discusses how we learn languages, why it can get more difficult to learn new languages as we get older, and why the challenge of learning a language is good for our brains. Here are a few tips...
Food Labels and What 'Natural' Really Means
On this week’s Please Explain, Urvashi Rangan, director of the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports, discusses the findings from Consumer Reports' new survey about food labels, and explains what terms like "natural," "fair...
Please Explain: The Science of Sound
Acoustical engineer Trevor Cox, author of The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World, discusses acoustics, how sound works, and his hunt for the world’s strangest sounds. Leave your questions as a comment, below, or call us at...
Please Explain: Why I'm Sneezing So Much
The Weather Channel's four-day pollen forecast for New York notes that grass pollen is high, tree pollen is moderate. For the many who people suffer from seasonal allergies, spring brings sneezing and sniffling. So on this week's Please Explain,...
Please Explain: The Eye
On this week's Please Explain we'll find out how the human eye works and how it enables us to see the world around us. Dr. George A. Cioffi, Chairman and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at NewYork-Presbyterian...
I Feel Your Pain: All About Empathy
Paul Bloom, professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University, and Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, and tell us what empathy is, how we develop it, what happens when people don’t develop it, and empathy’s role in human...
The Stuff That Dreams (and Nightmares) Are Made Of
When we fall asleep, our brains invent incredibly realistic and memorable dreams. Sometimes those dreams are dark and terrifying, making falling asleep something to fear. On this week's Please Explain, we'll find out what goes on inside our brains as...
Please Explain: Insomnia and Other Sleep Disturbances
Dr. Matthew Ebben of Weill Cornell Medical College’s Center for Sleep Medicine discusses what normal sleep is and what happens when it gets disrupted by disorders such as insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, sleep walking, and...
Please Explain: Arthritis
More than 40 million Americans have arthritis, and it's the leading cause of disability for people who are 65 and older. Almost everyone over 70 has some form of arthritis, but it can affect much younger people too. Dr. Clark Smith, an Assistant...
Sitting Too Much Is Harmful for Our Bodies, Minds, and Spirits
Get up, stand up! Evidence is mounting that sitting for long stretches of time — in a car, at a desk, or on the couch — is bad for our health. A sedentary way of life and spending hours sitting down seems to increase the risk of death from...
Please Explain: Hypnosis
On this week's Please Explain. Dr. Philip Muskin, MD is the Chief of Consultation-Liaison for Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center of the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry, described how hypnosis works and...
Please Explain: Breast Cancer
A recent long-term study questioning the benefits of annual mammograms for older women. This week’s Please Explain is about breast cancer. Dr. Larry Norton, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer...
Please Explain: Cats
John Bradshaw, director of the University of Bristol’s Anthrozoology Institute, and author of Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet, tells us all about cats—from how they were first domesticated to how they...
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