May 6, 2013 A new site called The People's Science aims to bring researchers and the general public together to talk about the work they're doing. Tania Lombrozo takes a look and tries it out for herself.
May 6, 2013 Can you believe it took until now to establish a permanent ABBA museum?
May 6, 2013 On Showtime's dark comedy series, Laura Linney plays a terminally ill cancer patient. The actress's own father died from lung cancer while the series was being made; her mother was a cancer nurse when Linney was young. These experiences, she says, inform her performance.
May 6, 2013 Last night's Mad Men brought talk of cars, fathers, and old resentments.
May 6, 2013 The latest Iron Man installment continues an argument begun in last summer's The Avengers about two very different kinds of American exceptionalism.
May 6, 2013 President Obama has confirmed that "chemical weapons have been used" in Syria but says we don't yet know who used them. Nate Beeler thinks the president wants to take back his "red line" remark, while Dave Granlund accuses GOP Sen. John McCain of wanting to fire and forget.
May 5, 2013 President Obama said he will renew his efforts to close the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mike Luckovich thinks the military prison is incompatible with American values, while Jimmy Margulies thinks the president is in for a second helping from Congress.
May 5, 2013 Ahmadou Kourouma's Allah Is Not Obliged recounts the story of a child soldier in Liberia. Author A. Igoni Barrett says in this book, horror and humor become bedfellows, making for a heartbreaking yet laughter-filled read.
May 4, 2013 Comedian Marc Maron just released his newest book, Attempting Normal, and his TV show Maron premiered on IFC this month. He still found time to speak with NPR's Molly Hart about learning from heartbreak, not wanting to be alone, and stealing from Whole Foods.
May 4, 2013 More than 500 people perished in the collapse of a Bangladeshi garment factory that served a number of Western retailers. Hajo de Reijger blames the root of all evil, while Nick Anderson points to lax worker safety enforcement.
May 3, 2013 Faculty at San Jose State University are rebelling against pressure from their own administration to integrate MOOCs — massively open online courses — into their teaching. Across the country the issue is being debated on campuses and in state houses. Commentator Alva Noë's dips his toe into the conversation.