In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, inevitably everyone turns to the question of why – why would someone do something so horrific? President Trump was asked this very question right before he boarded Marine One. And here's what he said.
He was a sick man, a demented man…
Now we have some trash talk. Bad-mouthing opponents – you know, like in a competition. Researchers have asked this question – if you trash-talk your opponent, does it affect their behavior? Let's try to find out by asking NPR's social science correspondent, Shankar Vedantam.
Parents are not supposed to play favorites with their kids, but we have known for a long time that firstborns often have an advantage over their younger siblings. New research examines whether firstborns are more likely to become CEOs. NPR's Shankar Vedantam is here in our studios to explain.
There was a time when you could smoke just about anywhere – in the old days. Well, not anymore. In much of this country, restaurants, bars and offices restrict smoking, of course, which is good for your health. But some economists have been asking if there is a downside.
If you've taken a flight any time recently, you may have heard the pilot make one of those announcements – ladies and gentlemen, we're going to be arriving about 10 minutes early. Great news – 10 minutes early or 20 minutes early – happens a lot. Airlines are doing great at meeting their schedules. But NPR's social science correspondent, Shankar Vedantam, encountered a researcher who wondered if the improvement was real.