August 12, 2013 Fast food and other minimum wage workers have been protesting, alleging that their paychecks fail to cover their basic needs. Jimmy Margulies doesn't think technology will solve the problem, while Steve Kelley finds employers have the premiere bargaining position.
August 11, 2013 When the economy's dropping like an anvil, young professionals have to find ways to make do — and having friends always helps. Reviewer Alex Espinoza says Choire Sicha's Very Recent History is an insightful tale of friends weathering a tough economy in the big city.
August 11, 2013 Science fiction has long offered us the image of "the final frontier," but some sci-fi authors have mapped frontiers of their own. Author Stephen Burt says James Tiptree Jr. (pen name of Alice Sheldon) was a pioneer in writing about gender and sexuality when most sci-fi authors were male.
August 11, 2013 The disclosure of a potential terrorist attack and the temporary closure of more than 20 U.S. embassies have revived the politics of terror. Chip Bok mocks President Obama's view that the struggle has changed, while Mike Smith discounts GOP criticism of his administration's anti-terror efforts.
August 10, 2013 Both Paul Wayman and Nathanael Roberti found it difficult to return to civilian life after serving in combat. They ended up in front of a special veterans court and were given a choice: Go to prison, or enroll in a program that helps veterans readjust to civilian life.
August 10, 2013 According to his attorney-advisors, in representing himself, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan is actively pursuing his own death. Rick McKee thinks Hasan is making a mockery of justice, while Nick Anderson decries the Army's treatment of his victims.
August 9, 2013 President Obama has canceled his one-on-one September meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum. Randall Enos thinks it isn't one of Obama's finest moments, while Chip Bok finds Putin's record far more disturbing.
August 9, 2013 Even as the gender divide in some areas of science has diminished, a stubborn gap has persisted in high school physics. A new study finds that girls are more likely to take physics if they see women in their communities working in science, technology, engineering and math.
August 8, 2013 The U.S. Postal Service lost some $16 billion last year and continues to bleed red ink. Congress has been unable to agree on a plan to turn things around. The latest proposal would allow the post office to end Saturday delivery in a year, and enable it to ship wine and beer.
August 8, 2013 Getting a job writing about music isn't easy, but it can be done. Stephen Thompson has some advice.
August 8, 2013 There's tantalizing — if preliminary — evidence that compounds in cocoa may boost thinking, attention and memory. But headlines on the latest research get it wrong.