December 25, 2012 Looking to film a winter movie scene in warm, sunny weather? Head out to marshes and collect cattails. Squeeze out the seeds, and voila!
December 25, 2012 In a world with so many attractions and distractions, Joe Heller and Nick Anderson hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
December 24, 2012 If you counted every good deed, every smile, every act of charity, then counted every growl, frown, kick and wrong, which would be greater? The good or the bad? Thinkers from John Locke to Martin Luther King, Jr., give insight on the progress of humanity.
December 24, 2012 Author Ayad Akhtar writes about three books that deal with the intersection of religion and literature in the U.S. What is your favorite book on American faith? Tell us in the comments.
December 24, 2012 Scientists in Cern, Switzerland announced the discovery of the Higgs boson "God Particle" and Jimmy Margulies was sure to credit its original author. The shootings in Aurora, Colorado prompted David Fitzsimmons to wonder how many more times we'll do the same thing.
December 23, 2012 New research takes on the question: "Are you a simulation?" It's a question some, including commentator Adam Frank, enjoy with a sense of humor. Others aren't sure they even want to now the answer.
December 23, 2012 After bruising battles, the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare," and Wisconsinites voted to retain Scott Walker as their governor.
December 22, 2012 Yesterday came and went, but I never finished Ulysses. I never took up skydiving. Come to think of it, I didn't even really finish cleaning up my closet before the "Mayan Apocalypse." Yet even a failed apocalypse still has value, in reminding us that life is fleeting, fragile and unpredictable.
December 22, 2012 Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng escaped house-arrest to seek refuge in the U.S. and Bob Englehart noted his importance during an election year. Many felt that politics prompted Obama's position change on same-sex marriage, which Steve Kelley felt put him on equal footing with Mitt Romney.
December 21, 2012 It's wild windy weather here in Berkeley, California. It's the shortest day of the year. So Alva Noë offers us an old riddle.
December 21, 2012 NPR's Bilal Qureshi meditates on a Canadian drama that confronts some of the issues we all face in the wake of the Newtown school massacre: pain, confusion, and the effort to make sense of the senseless.
December 21, 2012 Will the world end on December 21, 2012, as the fabled Mayan calendar predicts? Pat Bagley finds hope in human nature, while Dave Granlund predicts what might happen on December 22nd.
December 20, 2012 People who care for and about chimpanzees are awaiting word from the U.S. Senate this week about passage of legislation that would send many lab-bound animals into quiet retirement. During this holiday season of hope, commentator Barbara J. King lays out a case for why this is the right thing to do.