NASA’s List of Plants That Best Filter Indoor Air

NASA’s 1989 Clean Air Study ascertained that certain plants act as an effective natural filter and remove organic pollutants from the air in enclosed spaces. To counter the effects of reduced ventilation in buildings at the time, and the lack of fresh air in this abodes, researchers documented the percentage of chemicals (like formaldehyde) that were naturally removed from sealed spaces within 24-hour periods by …

Reflecting on Toni Morrison’s Life, From Her Point of View

The first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize, a Pulitzer prize winner for penning Beloved and a mentor to millions, among many other things, Toni Morrison lived unapologetically but with unmatched empathy, intelligence and insightfulness. She famously told Terry Gross (of NPR’s Fresh Air) that she “regret[s] everything” about her life. She explained in a 2015 interview, “Now that I’m 84, I remember everything …

Conversation Tips from NPR’s Terry Gross

Host and co-executive producer of NPR’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross has spent nearly 40 years mastering the art of interviewing. It makes sense then, that the New York Times asked her for her tips on being a good conversationalist. Gross believes that, rather than asking specific questions, saying “Tell me about yourself” is the only icebreaker you need. Additionally, she shares tips on reading body …