January 31, 2014 Audie Cornish speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the president's State of the Union initiatives, the retiring members of the House and the agenda of the annual Republican retreat.
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Detached admiration for sporting achievement? Not on your life. It's all about allegiance and, even, love.
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January 31, 2014 Can you choose to be a fan? Not really. Not if you're honest with yourself. As the philosopher David Papineau notes, choosing a team isn't like choosing a washing machine. With the Super Bowl looming, and his family taking sides, commentator Alva Noë tries to define what it means to be support a team.
January 31, 2014 In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that "it's time to give America a raise." He's now taking that message on the road, urging Congress to increase the federal minimum wage. Mike Lester assails the president's logic on "income inequality," while Mike Smith predicts a grim future if Obama doesn't succeed.
January 30, 2014 The first TV spot featured an adorable, curly-haired moppet named Gracie who had a black father and a white mother. The ad for Cheerios prompted a storm of protest and counter-protest last summer. Now, the cereal-maker is back with a sequel.
January 30, 2014 Earning power, leadership in corporate America and fame are primary measures of American success, according to an op-ed just published by Amy Chua and Jeb Rubenfeld. Contesting this definition, commentator Barbara J. King suggests some other criteria we should consider.
January 30, 2014 Extreme weather events are hitting the U.S. again. Rick McKee sees the winter storms pummeling Southern states as an apocalyptic event, while Daryl Cagle dryly notes that California and other Western states would welcome precipitation in any form.
An illustration of what the Philae lander will look like at work on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
January 29, 2014 The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is on track to rendezvous with a far-away comet and land a probe, a first. It will be a major turning point in our history and one that promises to address key questions such as the origin of water and life on Earth.
January 29, 2014 In his State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to make 2014 a "year of action" and said that if they didn't, he would. Dave Granlund thinks using the White House's bully pulpit and executive orders could be a winning game plan, while John Deering is worried that the president might be branching out way too far in terms of his authority.
Will the distant future give rise to exhibits of a human past long gone, much as we gawk today at representations of a dinosaur age we can only imagine?
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January 28, 2014 The real dilemma we face from climate change is keeping this machine we call civilization working in a rapidly changing natural world. Nature, life, will survive and thrive, regardless of what happens to humanity, says commentator Adam Frank.
January 28, 2014 President Obama is expected to emphasize income inequality in his State of the Union Address tonight. Gary Varvel looks at the first lady's star-studded 50th birthday party and questions the president's commitment to struggling Americans, while Pat Bagley doubts only the GOP's wisdom.
January 27, 2014 Dozens of thinkers have been asked to identify cherished scientific ideas that are ripe for retirement. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers their answers and ends up questioning the wisdom of discarding worn-out scientific ideas.
January 27, 2014 The President told the New Yorker that smoking marijuana is "a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy" but that he didn't think it was "more dangerous than alcohol." Dave Granlund thinks the President's statement has been misinterpreted as supporting the drug, while Pat Bagley argues that some of the unintended consequences of legalization could be to the good.
This handout provided by the Santa Monica Police Department shows ammunition, magazines and guns believed to have been dropped by a suspected gunman during a mass shooting at Santa Monica College in June 2013.
January 25, 2014 Suicide bombings like the one that killed two university colleagues in Kabul prompt many Americans to tell themselves they're safe from targeted violence in the U.S. We know that isn't true, says NPR's Jacki Lyden.
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January 25, 2014 The 30th anniversary of Apple's Macintosh was celebrated while the online world was still reeling from a judicial overturn of the FCC's "Net Neutrality" doctrine. Aislin celebrates the little box that made computers truly personal, while Steve Artley fears the end of the freedoms it helped make possible.
January 24, 2014 Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, EJ Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the latest on the charges faced by former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and the upcoming State of the Union address.
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