NPR’s reporters don’t all have perfect, radio-smooth voices, but they all sound natural and confident on air. In this video, vocal coach Jessica Hansen gives you three NPR-approved exercises to help you speak into a microphone while sounding more like yourself.
Welcome back to our health news roundup, previously What to Worry About This Week. We’ve renamed it Dose of Reality because health news isn’t always giving you things to worry about. Sometimes it’s benefits, rather than risks, that are overhyped. This week we’re looking at studies that seem to hold the key to…
If you think you’re a smartypants because you know a tomato is a fruit, buckle up. You’re right, but a tomato is also a vegetable. And rice is a fruit. And some of the things you think are fruits—strawberries, for example—aren’t actually what they seem.
If you’ve got back pain, yoga may be the last thing you feel like doing. But after 12 weeks of a gentle, beginner-level yoga program, people in a recent study had as much pain relief as those who did physical therapy sessions. And either type of exercise worked better than doing nothing at all.
Coloring can be relaxing and meditative, or a no-skills needed artistic expression. But it can also be a great way to learn something. Check out these books for learning about anatomy, nature, and more while you meditate with your pencils.
This one will get you sweaty, but it’s totally worth it. If you’re in your good work clothes, bookmark this for later today, or just grab your cleanup kit and get going.
Have you had a conversation with your loved ones about what should happen if you’re ever on life support? Probably not, especially if you’re young. A startup called LifeFolder is hoping you’ll be more comfortable having that conversation with a Facebook messenger bot.
Welcome to another one of those posts you hope you never need to use. Today we’ll be talking about how to use naloxone (including brand names Narcan and Evzio) to help somebody who has overdosed on opioids like heroin or prescription painkillers.
You do not want your toddler to drown. I don’t want your toddler to drown, either. Swimming lessons are great, and can help them be more comfortable in water, but please don’t rely on them to give you peace of mind at the pool.
You’re walking your dog. Someone else is walking their dog. Your pup is so excited to meet a new friend, and it’s tempting to go over for a sniff. But this isn’t always in your dog’s best interest—or the other dog’s.
How drastically have new advances in science changed what we know about nutrition? This week, just a little. We’re looking at three studies on potatoes, coconut oil, and vegetarian diets.
Are you doing anything on Monday, August 21? If not, maybe you should plan a short vacation. There will be a total solar eclipse that day, passing over the entire continental US from Corvallis, OR to Columbia, SC. Most of us will see at least some darkening, but only a 70-mile-wide strip of the country will experience…
Even when you plan to eat healthy, it’s easy to end up at a fast food place because it’s the only thing around and you’re hungry, dammit. But does McDonald’s have anything for a vegetarian to eat? Is there anything low carb at Starbucks? This cheat sheet can help.
If you’ve ever been a paying customer of meditation app Headspace, you know the tyranny of the “packs”. A pack is a course of meditations, each building on the next. But if you were working through the Anxiety pack, and wanted to check out Creativity one, you’d lose all your progress. Until today.
Gwyneth Paltrow used to be best known as an actress, but in the last decade she’s built an even bigger reputation as a health guru. Her newsletter venture, Goop, peddles an enviable lifestyle—travel, fashion, anything that looks gorgeous in photographs—but with a central message of living a clean, healthy life.
You probably haven’t heard much about the Senate’s version of the health care bill, because a small committee has been working on it in secret. They’re currently planning zero public hearings, and trying to send it to the Congressional Budget Office before making any text public to the American people. If you don’t…
In this week’s roundup of health news, we’ll look at whether you need to do anything differently about your choice of bread, the place your baby sleeps, and your attitude toward mosquitoes on your vacation.
I try to eat healthy. I really do. But if I haven’t planned ahead and don’t have a healthy meal in the fridge, I could end up eating anything. I won’t go into detail except to say that one time I had cookies for dinner right before rushing off to teach a nutrition class. I’m not proud.
Former FBI director James Comey’s testimony was released yesterday in written form ahead of his hearing today. It’s a matter-of-fact recounting of a few conversations he had with the president, so you wouldn’t expect it to be an entertaining read. But it’s well-crafted: just the right amount of detail, just the right…