Shankar Vedantam

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Nearly one-quarter of all Americans reach for a bottle of acetaminophen every single week. Many of you might know this drug as Tylenol. It's a pain killer that can take the edge off a headache or treat you when you have a fever. It also might have another effect. And let's talk about this with NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam. And, Shankar, straight out, is this going to make me not want to take Tylenol, what you're about to tell me?

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: It might make you not want to take Tylenol.

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You know, when we think about disparities in American education, we think about things like race, gender. There is also income, which is one of the most persistent disparities. Children from more affluent families do better in school on average than children from poor families. And there's new social science research exploring why this is the case. To talk about it, I'm joined by NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam. Hey, Shankar.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Hi, David.

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It's June - wedding season, and maybe you're going to one or two or maybe more. And there are some things to think about if you are - first of all, travel, maybe what you're going to wear. And then there's the gift - choose from the registry or go rogue.

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Student debt has been a huge topic of conversation in this year's presidential election. And that got us thinking back to an interview we did last year with a student Amber Michael who owed $92,000 in student loans.

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There's an old saying that if you want to get something done, always ask a busy person. Researchers have scientifically tested that theory. And NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam joins us now to explain what they found. Hey ya.

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