July 15, 2013 Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder. Chip Bok misses the days of football gone by, while John Cole (of the Scranton Times) looks at Yankee Derek Jeter's recent rehab assignment and finds that sports can still offer role models.
July 14, 2013 When crime writer Karin Slaughter was struggling to find a good literary relationship, she turned to the Marcus Didius Falco series by Lindsey Davis. She learned about togas and scrolls and came away with a new template for a happy marriage.
July 14, 2013 Texas is considering legislation that would close all but five clinics in the state that currently provide abortions. Nick Anderson thinks the measure goes too far, while Jeff Darcy levels the same charge at Texas pro-choice standard-bearer Sen. Wendy Davis.
July 13, 2013 Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon argues that it's time to retire the phrase "this wouldn't be a scandal in Europe" when referring to American politicians embroiled in sex scandals. From former President Bill Clinton to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, such scandals no longer seem to end careers.
July 13, 2013 In I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place Howard Norman recounts his Midwestern boyhood, his travels among Inuit communities in Canada, and a murder-suicide that took place in his house. Reviewer Helen Oyeyemi says the book commiserates with and celebrates the human condition.
July 13, 2013 Why keep a score card at a baseball game? Because baseball, like life, doesn't come with its own interpretation. It is up to each of us to make sense. Whether you like baseball or not, commentator Alva Noë thinks we have something to learn from the practice of keeping score.
July 13, 2013 A med student is paired with a patient her age. She does her job. They talk. They bond. The patient gets better. She's thrilled. And then ...
July 13, 2013 The trial of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder case is almost done. Jeff Darcy laments that we will never know the full story, while Gustavo Rodriguez predicts mass disagreement regardless of the verdict.
July 12, 2013 Michael Cera anchors Sebastian Silva's off-kilter road-trip drama, playing a disagreeable American at loose ends in Chile. Gaby Hoffmann is the free spirit whose influence may change him for the better — if he's willing. (Recommended)
July 12, 2013 BuzzFeed's Joseph Bernstein compiles a list of books that are signs of serious character flaws in people who say these are their favorites. But these books are not the problem, nor are the people reading them. The problem is jumping to conclusions.
July 12, 2013 If you couldn't get away from the movie Sharknado last night, you're not alone. We're here to help.
July 12, 2013 A majority of House Republicans has refused to consider the Senate's bipartisan immigration reform bill. Chip Bok echoes much of the GOP opposition to the legislation, while David Fitzsimmons doubts the integrity of the "border security first" claims made by many of its opponents.
July 12, 2013 In 2007, 4-year-old Faith Marr was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. Doctors were uncertain about her chances of survival. Faith and her father, Jerris, talk about how their bond grew stronger during hospital stays when he would "tattoo" her favorite things on her skin and scars.