February 13, 2013 President Obama gave the first State of the Union address of his second term under the looming possibility of sequestration. Matt Weurker shares his horror of the across-the-board cuts, while Taylor Jones doubts that even thoughtful trims would be any more appealing.
February 13, 2013 Last month, Brent Musburger was accused of being sexist when he gushed about "what a beautiful woman" Miss Alabama was during the BCS Championship game. Commentator Frank Deford says if Musburger was guilty of anything, it was failing to note what a cliche he was perpetuating.
February 13, 2013 It isn't just the fairy tale stuff of Goldilocks, or the pauper gruel of Oliver Twist. Really, porridge can be a beautiful (sweet or savory) thing, especially during the cold slog of winter.
February 12, 2013 Strident strains of atheism often ignore the history of humanity's search for spiritual answers to the universe we live in. They shouldn't. One person who can help open the door to this vibrant landscape is the author Karen Armstrong.
February 12, 2013 A channel on YouTube lets you see what goes on deep in the bowels (excuse the expression) of a natural history museum. There are dead things in jars, drawers and basements, but best of all, there's Emily, who hosts the show. She's a volunteer curatorial assistant/storyteller who could make a thumbtack interesting.
February 12, 2013 A recent emergency announcement of a zombie attack turned out to be a hoax. But how would you identify the real thing? Thank goodness we have some ideas.
February 12, 2013 For the first time in almost 600 years a pope is resigning. Joe Heller notes the timing, while Randy Bish wonders what he'll do next.
February 11, 2013 This week many will buy chocolates, flowers and sappy cards for their loved ones in celebration of Valentine's Day. We here at 13.7, however, are marking the week in a different way. We'll be celebrating intellectual inspiration with posts each day on figures who have influenced our own views.
February 11, 2013 Everybody knows you need a chicken to lay an egg. Everybody knows you need an egg to produce a chicken. What nobody knows is how the cycle started. Here's a new take, that leans eggwards — and it's fun to watch.
February 11, 2013 Poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher says The Colossus, Plath's first book of poetry (and the only one published in her lifetime), shows us glimpses of the poet she would later become. Do you have a favorite Plath poem? Tell us in the comments.
February 11, 2013 President Obama instructed the Justice Department to give Congress access to information about the legal justification and standards for drone strikes targeting suspected terrorists. Manny Francisco believes the attacks are justified, but Jimmy Margulies doubts they're within the president's power.
February 10, 2013 Brian Moore's The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, a book about an alcoholic looking for love, is the novel that author Ann Leary always turns to when she's depressed. What books do you read when you're sad? Tell us in the comments.
February 10, 2013 Hasbro announced it's replacing one of the oldest Monopoly pieces — the iron — with a cat. Steve Kelley is not feline good about the choice, while Nick Anderson reminded us back in 2008 that the financial game is still being played in the same old way.
February 9, 2013 This week, the French National Assembly has been debating a bill on same-sex marriage and gay adoption. But a small scandal erupted after several lawmakers, who support gay marriage, were spotted playing Scrabble on their iPads during the parliamentary debate.