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Cori Bargmann's new job description includes "to help cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century." That's quite a lofty goal. Bargmann is a neuroscientist and president of science for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative , the joint venture of pediatrician Priscilla Chan and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The couple pledged $3 billion to solve major medical problems by helping scientists and engineers collaborate long term, over 25, 50, even 80 years. All Things Considered...

Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic's new editor , has had a long career as a reporter, covering Israel, Pakistan and Iran, and spending hours interviewing President Obama. And recently, Goldberg pressed for his magazine to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. He said it was right, even though it's only the third time in its history The Atlantic has endorsed a presidential candidate. " The Atlantic was founded by abolitionists in 1857 to bring about an end of slavery. It was not merely a non...

Donald Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again" is an easy one to adapt for whatever your cause. There are ones like "Make America Gay Again ," "Make America Skate Again ," "Make America Read Again," "Make America Fair Again ." You get the idea. Bakers, of course, had to get in on the action. How could you pass up "Make America Cake Again"? For bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam, it's more than just a slogan. (They actually formally call it "Mak ing America Cake Again" on their website,...

Make no mistake. Gloria Steinem, noted feminist and author, does not see that a woman elected to the White House automatically means a win for feminists or women. "This is not all about biology, and I think we have to be careful to always say that, because if Sarah Palin were the president it wouldn't signify change," she tells NPR's Steve Inskeep. "If President Obama did not represent the majority views of Americans and of African-Americans, he would not represent change as he does. So it...

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debated Wednesday night in Las Vegas — the final time before the November election. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors across the newsroom, live-annotated the debate. Portions of the debate transcript with added analysis are underlined in yellow, followed by context and fact checks below. Find more coverage at nprpolitics.org . Note: The transcript was updated throughout the debate. While we are working to correct...

Claims by one side — so far without evidence — that the coming presidential election will somehow be "rigged" are being echoed at campaign rallies and in one new poll of voters . Donald Trump has questioned the integrity of the election, and there's been talk of the race for the Democratic nomination having been rigged at the expense of candidate Bernie Sanders. Historically, says Edward Foley, an election law expert from Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, a rigged election has...

What Best in Show did for dog shows and what A Mighty Wind did for folk music, the new mockumentary Mascots does for, well, mascots. The film, from director Christopher Guest, follows contestants in the World Mascot Association Championship. Guest tells NPR's Robert Siegel that he started thinking of the comic possibilities of mascots several years ago, when his son was a mascot for a school team. "I became interested in the idea that people are performing, in front of large crowds sometimes,...

At $68,000 per year, George Washington University in Washington D.C. is one of the most expensive schools in the country, and yet some students — most of whom receive financial aid — still don't have enough to eat every week. The university, bolstered by a national survey by the College and University Food Bank Alliance , discovered that nearly half of its student population matched the national rate of 48 percent of respondents who experienced food insecurity. So the school opened a food...

The Nobel committee made a bit of a surprising announcement Thursday morning: Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for, according to the Swedish Academy, "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Dylan has written more than 900 pages of lyrics, but the Nobel Prize is primarily awarded to essayists, novelists and playwrights. Princeton University professor and historian Sean Wilentz says that Dylan fits right in with that crowd. Wilentz,...

Here at Goats and Soda, we're trying something new: We want to know what you want us to investigate. The first topic is girls in developing countries. Earlier this month, we gathered over 100 questions from our readers. We put three of them up for vote. More than 600 people voted, and this question was the winner: I would like to know more about about microloans, and if they are in fact helping women start businesses in the developing world. Thanks to everyone who submitted. You can read the...

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