April 25, 2013 The story of Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic trip across the Pacific Ocean has been told before, and often. But in Kon-Tiki, the how and why of that trip get a robust, dramatic airing — if one that may not be quite historically accurate.
April 25, 2013 A performance of Mozart's Requiem has commentator Barbara J. King thinking about the ways humans grieve. Of all species on Earth, we alone mourn across time and space for people we have never met.
April 25, 2013 The environment took a back seat to other news this week, but Earth Day and climate change did not escape the notice of Eric Allie and Luojie.
April 24, 2013 A difficult, dense documentary that focuses on complicated matters of guilt and culpability, The Kill Team examines the story of a soldier charged with premeditated murder in Afghanistan.
April 24, 2013 Ryan Lochte has a new reality show in which he embraces the role of the public dummy. Given the fact that he has 11 Olympic medals, does this mean being a public hero has become too much of a drag?
April 24, 2013 The quantum world is mysterious. It behaves in ways that just don't match up with what we see in the larger world. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser probes the space between what we see and what we know in search of a bridge between both realities.
April 24, 2013 Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortion provider, is on trial for allegedly killing viable infants. John Cole blames lax government oversight, and Chip Bok thinks the media has mostly avoided the story.
April 24, 2013 Emerald green and tender, yet with a gentle crunch, garden peas can be so delightful when fresh — and so disappointing when not. Try them now in their seasonal prime in these recipes for chilled soup, a citrusy spread and a traditional rice dish.
April 23, 2013 If you liked the movie The Blob, then feast your eyes on this: It's tricked-out Silly Putty in the form of a gelatinous monster that eats magnets for lunch.
April 23, 2013 Following the GOP's losses in the 2012 elections, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about what the party should do next. David Brooks, Laura Ingraham, Mickey Edwards and Ralph Reed take on the Republicans' future in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
April 23, 2013 A new documentary uses the banner Bordeaux seasons of 2009 and 2010 as a springboard for an analytical profile of the modern wine industry — in which France is both keen to slake China's thirst for good wine and wary of Chinese investment in viniculture.
April 23, 2013 The leading man known for his good looks and lighthearted charm has made a comfortable career for himself in romantic comedies. Lately, however, he has been taking on more serious roles in films such as Bernie, Magic Mike and most recently Jeff Nichols' Mud.
April 23, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wasn't read his Miranda rights. Daryl Cagle thinks "public safety exceptions" should be made more often, while Matt Wuerker affirmed the importance of not infringing on these rights during last year's debate over Arizona immigration policy.