If Amazon begins using drones to deliver customer purchases, the nation's cartoonists see nothing but problems. The whole idea gives Nick Anderson paws, while Rick McKee doubts it's a wise trail to blaze.
December 8, 2013 There's no question that people have mixed motives when they send out their cards. No doubt they want to put the best face on their own lives, offering an annual report marked more by pride, perhaps, than honesty. Christmas cards may be self-serving and smug, but they're also well-meant attempts to connect.
December 8, 2013 According to more leaks from Edward Snowden, the NSA collects "nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world." Jeff Danziger sees it as unwelcome holiday news, while Lee Judge believes Americans sacrificed their privacy long ago.
December 7, 2013 By the time he died, Nelson Mandela was considered one of the few giants on the world stage. As NPR's Scott Simon remembers, Mandela was not alone in offering his life for freedom, so the acclaim justly heaped upon Mandela is also a credit to those who worked, served and led with him.
December 7, 2013 Many have lead countries, but very few have created nations as Nelson Mandela did as the first president of post-apartheid South Africa. Nick Anderson celebrates his indomitable spirit, while Bob Englehart notes that it's up to those left behind to keep "Madiba's" legacy alive.
December 6, 2013 Last week commentator Alva Noë drew readers' ire by suggesting that there is a conflict between science and both religion and common sense. He takes another stab at the matter here.
December 6, 2013 Detroit was found eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which could allow the city to avoid billions of dollars in pension and other retiree benefits. Rick McKee blames the city for ignoring the gravity of its situation, while Signe Wilkinson fears that the decision is a bad sign for all retired government employees.
December 5, 2013 New research shows that chimpanzees not only enjoy interacting with a humanoid robot, but also work actively to keep the connection going. Commentator Barbara J. King ties this finding to our past and our future.
December 5, 2013 President Obama says the federal health exchange website is now "working well for the vast majority of users," but Republicans say it has security problems. Steve Kelley questions whether the site is too easy for some to use, while Lee Judge refuses to go with the flow of Obamacare critics.
December 4, 2013 Is the brain a sort of quantum computer? What is consciousness? Marcelo Gleiser's brain is buzzing with big questions after participating in a conference that asked if quantum physics plays a role in how we think.
December 4, 2013 Smartphones and the Internet have made it easier than ever for people to share photos of their friends, family, pets and children. But sharing personal photos raises technological and ethical questions. Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal recently became a father and has some tips for navigating the world of online photo sharing.
December 4, 2013 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the company hopes to someday use drones to deliver packages. Mike Smith thinks America's online shoppers will be eager customers, while Chip Bok expects employment to drop like a stone.
December 3, 2013 Imagine stepping into an elevator and bumping into your greatest hero. What would you say? Commentator Adam Frank had this happen with one of the 20th century's greatest astronomers, a seer of sorts.
December 3, 2013 China has established a new air defense zone that overlaps similar defense zones of its neighbors South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Deng Coy Miel fears China is seeking a confrontation, while Jeff Danziger thinks Japan has been too quick to interpose the United States in its territorial disputes with its neighbor.