April 12, 2013 Baseball is more than a game to many people. Commentator Alva Noë thought he knew it better than most, until his children started playing Little League. That's when the community that makes up organized youth baseball welcomed him into their fold and opened his eyes to whole new levels of meaning in the game.
April 12, 2013 Congress seems closer than it has been in years to overhauling immigration law. John Cole and Lisa Benson think there's basic agreement on what needs to be done, the real fight is over who'll get the political benefit.
April 12, 2013 Although Venezuela has a rich literary culture, its writers remain largely unknown outside of the country. Marcela Valdes traces the intersection of literature and politics in the large Caribbean nation, showing the forces that have kept Venezuelan writers from getting the praise they deserve.
April 11, 2013 When animals die, their close relatives and friends may be plunged into mourning. Commentator Barbara J. King writes about animal grief in her new book, citing examples seen in animals large and small. She finds solace in the knowledge that humans are not the only animals who feel loss.
April 11, 2013 Several states have passed gun control legislation, and the U.S. Senate is set to begin deliberating similar measures Thursday. Chip Bok questions whether more restrictions will make us safer, while Signe Wilkinson argues that being well-armed doesn't have a great track record, either.
April 10, 2013 Our comics blogger examines the controversy surrounding the decision not to release an issue of the popular SAGA series for Apple devices.
April 10, 2013 Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings follows a group of teens who meet in the '70s at an artsy summer camp and remain friends for the rest of their lives. Reviewer Lizzie Skurnick says the book is about changes in the world as well as in the characters.
April 10, 2013 Humans see seven colors. Dogs see three. But which animal sees the most colors? It's a vicious undersea critter you'll want to know more about.
April 10, 2013 The National Spelling Bee is adding vocabulary questions to the qualifying tests. It's a great step toward ensuring that the most visible showcase for really smart kids isn't just a memory competition.
April 10, 2013 Science discovers one dark material after another, making reality stranger than fiction. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says the recent observation of the Higgs field and last week's announcement of the possible detection of dark matter are just the latest data points in our long quest to know what the Universe is made of.
April 10, 2013 The budget President Obama is releasing Wednesday reportedly includes a calculation adjustment that will lower Social Security cost-of-living increases. Nick Anderson thinks some Democrats are overreacting, while Jen Sorensen fears it's the first step on a slippery slope.
April 10, 2013 When Tiger Woods tees off at Augusta National Golf Club this week, he will have overcome injuries and personal scandal. But commentator Frank Deford wonders whether a Masters win for Woods would be a comeback or his way of getting back at his detractors.
April 10, 2013 Salted and aged, the fruit develops mellow yet intensely lemony flavor, with none of the nose-tickling bright, high notes of the fresh version. Though they do take some time, preserved lemons are easy to make, keep practically forever, and make everything around them seem a little sweeter.