January 10, 2013 In his new book, Jared Diamond describes how readily people in small-scale societies learn to speak many distinct languages. After reading Diamond's book, commentator Barbara J. King takes time to consider what we in the U.S. may lose in a sea of monolingualism.
January 10, 2013 This year's flu season began early and in strength. Joe Heller wishes he could say, "It's only a movie," while Jimmy Margulies offers divinely inspired advice.
January 9, 2013 Susanna Sonnenberg's life has been full of interesting women, and in a new memoir she tells their stories. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that She Matters: A Life in Friendships is a beautifully written book about the bonds, and the boundary issues, between women.
January 9, 2013 One of the country's speediest, most daring and dangerously tall climbers seems to be walking across the sky until his foot touches the moon's edge. But he doesn't stay for long.
January 9, 2013 Modern cosmology predicts the existence of other universes. But can such idea be tested? And should we worry about universes colliding? Yes! Welcome to the world of cosmic catastrophism.
January 9, 2013 Former VP Al Gore sold his low-rated Current TV to the Qatari government-funded network Al Jazeera for millions of dollars. Signe Wilkinson thinks money trumped Gore's ideology, while Mike Smith thinks ideology trumps reason for some critics.
January 9, 2013 Who says you need a smoothie to feel great? Food writer Eve Turow says she'd rather gnaw than swish her way back to health after the indulgent holidays. Ingredients like ginger, tamarind and coconut are good for much more than so-called "detox" drinks.
January 8, 2013 American men are at the top of their shirt-buying game in their early 50s. Then something drastic happens.
January 8, 2013 The NHL lock-out has ended and professional hockey will begin play "in about ten days." Olle Johansson sees a sport battered, but eager to return, while Aislin suspects that the settlement will stick it to the fans.
January 7, 2013 WNYCMany teenagers are living half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend 16-year-old Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is something she calls "slut shaming" — using photos and videos to turn a girl's private life inside out.
January 7, 2013 What can we learn from philosophers about keeping New Year's resolutions and becoming better people? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers some clever studies on the relationship between words and deeds.