Countries around the world are moving to officially adopt recognition of a third gender. Commentator Barbara J. King thinks we should go further, embracing a fluid system of gender identities.
A new leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveals that intelligence agencies spied on popular online fantasy games like Second Life and World of Warcraft. Nick Anderson suggests there may be less to the story than we think, while Joe Heller wonders if it will suffer from mission creep.
December 11, 2013 We have a vice: an addiction to screen time and digital linkage. Not a moment is allowed to go by without tapping into some free-flowing source of information. The antidote, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser, is renewal of our links to the natural world.
December 11, 2013 Much of the nation is in the grip of extremely cold weather, fueling the climate change debate. Dave Granlund marks the breadth of the powerful storm systems assailing the U.S., while Daryl Cagle faults both Democrats and Republicans for making arguments based on single weather events.
December 10, 2013 Can a monkey randomly striking keys on a typewriter write Hamlet? It doesn't seem likely. But that hasn't stopped people from trying to bring this idea to life. Watch and find out what they did.
December 10, 2013 It hasn't been a banner year for either President Obama or Congress, and there's still the prospect that 2013 could end with yet another budget impasse. Lisa Benson blames the president for failing to appreciate the complexity of the problems he faces, while Chuck Legge thinks things have gone according to plan for House Speaker John Boehner.
December 9, 2013 Students around the country are gearing up for final exams, including often-disparaged multiple choice tests. Is their bad rap deserved? Commentator Tania Lombrozo looks at some research suggesting it's not.
December 9, 2013 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.