A Mexican attempt to curb bribery among traffic cops turns on the belief that women are less likely to take illicit payments from drivers. A new study suggests that this approach can work, under the right circumstances.
September 30, 2013 A new study finds that context determines whether women are more or less likely to succumb to bribery. Commentator Tania Lombrozo looks at the research and wonders what it says about a Mexican experiment aiming to reduce corruption among traffic cops.
September 30, 2013 The federal government may partially shut down at midnight unless the House and Senate can reach a compromise on the health care law and the budget. Nick Anderson thinks the GOP has been riding the same horse for too long, while Bob Englehart questions the president's unwillingness to make changes to Obamacare.
September 29, 2013 Can everything that happens in the universe (like the working of your mind) be understood merely as an expression of interactions at the level of elementary particles? Astrophysicist Adam Frank doesn't think so. He's skeptical of reductionism and takes heart from a new theory that sees cause-and-effect flowing both ways.
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September 29, 2013 A U.N.-assembled panel of scientists says it "is clear" that human activity is the dominant cause of climate change. Clay Bennet finds this a worrying problem, while Rick McKee sees some problematic worriers.
September 28, 2013 Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas held the Senate floor for 21 hours, and during that time, he read from Green Eggs and Ham. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the quotes and texts politicians turn to, and the ones they avoid.
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September 28, 2013 The Senate passed a budget bill despite Ted Cruz's 21-hour talkathon in which he urged fellow Republicans to block any measure that doesn't derail Obamacare. Mike Peters thinks Cruz has egg on his face, while Eric Allie suggests it's Democrats who are being foolish.
September 27, 2013 How can we think we've made sense of the world if we can't make sense of the role of values in it? Commentator and philosopher Alva Noë says this is one of the fundamental problems of our time and starts in on it by trying to tease out the intimate relationship between science and values.
September 27, 2013 September 2008 marked the beginning of the darkest days of the worst financial calamity to hit the U.S. since the Great Depression. Jen Sorensen caters a fifth-anniversary party, while Eric Allie doubts America has found the cure for its still sluggish economy.
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September 26, 2013 Food writer Mark Bittman is advocating what he calls part-time veganism, selling it as good for you, good for animals and good for the Earth. Commentator, and admitted pescatarian, Barbara King cottons to his cause and wishes everyone a bountiful autumn.
September 26, 2013 During his U.N. charm offensive, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani raised the possibility of nuclear negotiations, though a much-talked-about meeting with President Obama did not happen. Lee Judge thinks Rouhani's moderate remarks could inspire U.S. politicians, while Nate Beeler doubts Iran's overtures are honest or peaceable.
September 25, 2013 How far can humans go? Farther than we know. That's one of the lessons we can learn from the Voyager spacecraft, says physicist Marcelo Gleiser. He sees these missions as the embodiment of our hope that we are not alone in the universe, that there may be other beings out there who embrace life and beauty.
September 25, 2013 As the House's "Defund Obamacare" continuing resolution comes before the Senate, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has promised to do all he can to pass it. Jake Fuller observes that Cruz's stand has earned him enemies on both sides of the aisle, while Chip Bok accuses President Obama of being equally strident.
September 24, 2013 The authority claimed by science rests on an ever-growing foundation of demonstrable facts. Values, on the other hand, are squishy and human; they have no place in science. But philosopher Alva Noë says it's not quite that simple. Look a little closer and you'll see the entanglement of facts and values shaping science.
September 24, 2013 Is Pope Francis taking the Catholic Church in a new direction, or is he merely giving it a kinder, gentler image? Pat Bagley believes in the power of words, while Joe Heller thinks the new pope is, after a fashion, walking the walk.
Are faith and reason just like oil and water?
September 23, 2013 People get worked up about this question because something about the relationship between science and religion seems to be at stake. Commentator Tania Lombrozo maps out the possible answers before turning the tables on this seemingly intractable argument.
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